Author: Vlad Kats – Realtor, Atlas Home Group Founder and Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE)

Short Sale vs. Foreclosure

When a mortgage becomes un-affordable, homeowner are faced with the question of how to avoid foreclosure. It is a unique situation that adjusts priorities and changes perspectives.

For the millions of homeowners unable to make their mortgage payments today, there are alternatives to foreclosure that can lead to an entirely different, more positive financial outcome.

One of the leading alternatives to foreclosure, today, is a short sale.

Our short sale experts can help you determine whether a short sale is right for you. Fill out the form below and our specialists will provide you with a free consultation.

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    In a short sale, the lender agrees to accept the sale amount, even if it is less than what is owed on the mortgage. Keep reading to learn how the consequences of foreclosure compare to those of a short sale.

    Our team of short sale experts has been extensively trained in finding alternatives to foreclosure and can help you make an informed decision.

    Contact us today – we can help.

    The following video will explain how a short sale is different from a foreclosure in the following important areas:

    • Your ability to obtain a future mortgage
    • Effect on credit score
    • Security clearances
    • Current and future employment
    • Deficiency judgment

    Based on what a homeowner in distress may expect after a short sale or after a foreclosure, it is surprising why anyone would choose the foreclosure route.

    Our team of short sale experts understands the ever changing world of short sales and the complexities that each potential short sale case may bring. Our proven short sale process reflects this understanding, and we will put it to work for you.

    Contact us today, and we will help you avoid foreclosure.

    A Short Sale and Your Future Credit

    A short sale may only lower your credit score as little as 50 points. When facing the possibility of foreclosure, your credit score is also at stake – something that has become a stronger factor in lenders’ decisions to provide loans, low interest rates, credit cards, etc. A short sale, by itself, can lower your credit score by as little as 50 points, as opposed to anywhere from 250 to over 300 points in a foreclosure.

    In addition, a drop in credit due to a short sale can be recovered as quickly as one year, while a foreclosure will affect your credit for at least three years.

    Your credit history, which is also taken into account for loans, does not keep record of past short sales, but a foreclosure will be publicly recorded for at least 10 years.

    A Short Sale and Your Future Loans

    Our goal is to help you get your life back to normal as quickly as possible, and part of that is your ability to own a home again. Here, a short sale can help. After previous mortgage difficulties, owning a home in the near future will depend on your loan eligibility, which is severely impaired by foreclosure. A successfully negotiated short sale will allow you to be eligible for a Fannie Mae-backed loan in only two years, as opposed to five years after foreclosure (seven years if the property is not your primary residence) .

    What would it mean to own a home again in three to five years?

    When attempting to get a mortgage through another company, your loan application will ask whether you’ve had a property foreclosure in the last seven years. These applications do not ask about any past short sales, meaning if you have avoided foreclosure through a short sale, your chances of securing a future loan with lower interest rates are substantially better.

    You can also, immediately apply for an FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loan after a successful short sale, assuming you are current on your mortgage payments before the sale. If you aren’t current, you will be eligible after just three years. If you want to determine your eligibility for this process, contact us as soon as possible.

    A Short Sale and Your Future Employment

    Current and future employers have the legal right to check their employees’ credit, and many of them do so regularly. If an employer checks your credit, you want the report as clean as possible.

    Unlike foreclosure, a short sale is not directly reported on your credit (it will usually say “paid as agreed”, “paid as negotiated”, or “settled”).

    If your job requires a security clearance – such as police, military or government work – a foreclosure most often presents an issue. Since short sales are currently not explicitly reported on credit reports, they do not challenge most security clearances.

    A Short Sale and Your Deficiency Judgment

    In most states, lenders have the ability to pursue a deficiency judgment, or the difference between the amount the home sold for and what was owed on the mortgage.

    In some successful short sales, the lender may surrender this ability. However, if the lender does not give up this right, a short sale will present a much smaller deficiency because they typically sell for much more than a foreclosed property.

    Contact us, your Maryland Short Sale Experts, for all the information you’ll need to know about deficiencies, including our state’s specific laws.

    A Short Sale Works!

    A short sale offers more than the opportunity to strengthen your future financial stability. It offers peace of mind. The value of this foreclosure alternative is why our short sale team has put forth the time and effort to understand and master the short sale process .

    You deserve a professional level of guidance in your situation, and we offer extensive knowledge and access to updated information about avoiding foreclosure.

    The short sale REALTORS®at Atlas Home Group have made a commitment to helping as many homeowners as possible – and we are ready to help YOU as well.

    A short sale could make a huge difference in your financial future, so please contact us right away and put our expertise to work for you.

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