I can only answer your question in general terms. There are free of charge HUD counselors available to look at your entire situation and your options. However, I'm a Maricopa Realtor and this is my take on your situation:
If you are going to move out of state and you want to sell the home in Tortosa AND you don't have the savings to pay off the mortgage balance plus sales costs, then you probably have a hardship that qualifies you for a Short Sale.
Without looking at the comparables, just going by my rough estimate as a Maricopa Realtor, your house currently would not sell for more than around 140k. Over the years this property will regain a good portion of the value that it has lost. However, it will take several years until the sales value matches the mortgage balance plus sales costs.
During these years you would pay several hundred Dollars per month in addition to the rent that you are getting. Let's assume the rent is somewhere around $1300 or $1400. You know what your house payment including property tax and insurance is. Property management and HOA fees on top and not to forget potentially you are not receiving rent sometimes. My estimate is you are loosing somewhere around 7k each year.(I calculated with 6% interest and several "guesstimates"). That is not the solution.
Then there are mortgage modifications. Those are not completed with under the HAMP program with homes that are not owner occupied. Beware, the lender may grant you a trial period only to cancel later. I cannot go into detail here but one of my clients got her modification cancelled after a few months because th e home was occupied by renters and the owner lived in California. The lender knew that when she applied for the modification. Also the HAMP program pushes your payment only below 31% of your gross income which is too much for most people anyway. They don't consider your debts or car loans or anything - they jsut use the 31% of gross income. Be careful when someone promises to get your mortgage balance lowered. I have not met someone who got that done but I heard there are many out there that make promises and charge fees. It's sad to say, I wish I had better news but you share a problem that many of us have in Maricopa - you bought at a time where as we now know the prices were totally inflated. I recommend you look into the Short Sale option in more details. The effect on your credit is a lot less than with a foreclosure and you can get financing for the next home after around 2 or 3 years versus 5 or 7 with foreclosure. Foreclosure also hurts Security Clearances - if that is an issue for you. I'm a Maricopa Realtor and I received additional training to handle Short Sales. I would be glad to answer your questions. There is no obligation!
(520) 316-6101 or dagmar@MaricopaRealtySolutions.com