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FAQ's

Is a Short Sale right for me?
If you add up your total monthly expenses, including your mortgage, property tax payments, insurance, car payments, utilities and food and compare that to your take-home income, how much longer can you afford to keep up with your payments? If you have an adjustable rate, and the payment is going up, how long can you afford that? Is it worth prolonging your current financial situation?-especially if home values in your area continue to decline?

What are the implications to my credit history?
A short sale is usually reported as paid in full and is not reported on your credit history. A foreclosure will remain on your credit history for 10 years or more and will remain as public record

Does it affect my employment opportunites?
A short sale does not appear on a credit report and will not challenge your current employment status. In comparison, if you have a foreclosure on your credit report, some employers consider it a reason for termination or reassignment since many run credit checks on employees for certain positions. A foreclosure can be extremely harmful to your chance of being selected for a new job if your credit report is taken into consideration.

My property needs a lot of repair work. Can I still do a Short Sale?
Yes. A lender is often less likely to want to repossess (foreclose on) a Los Angeles home that needs work-it would make it harder for them to sell it later. Lenders are not in the "home repair" business. They do not want the responsibility. A home in rough shape may serve as an incentive for a lender to do a Short Sale.

How long will I have to wait to buy another home?
After a foreclosure, you may end up waiting another 24 to 72 months before a mortgage lender will offer you an interest rate that is acceptable. Most mortgage lenders report that for homeowners who have undergone a previous short sale they may get a reasonable interest rate in less than two years. Fannie Mae guidelines allow a short seller to apply for a new loan immediately if payments were kept current and had no 60-day late payments on their record.

I've missed a few mortgage payments, what will happen?
Your home may undergo the foreclosure process, but there are ways for you to prevent this from happening.

What should I do once I'm behind on my mortgage payments?
Don't wait, get help early! By actively working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, you greatly increase your chances of avoiding the loss of your home through foreclosure. If you even see the possibility of missing a payment, contact your lender and explain your financial situation. This act of initial contact, before letters of delinquency arrive, will help your lender understand that you are facing issues that impede your payments, providing your lender an incentive to find a proper "work out" resolution, or to begin modifications to your loan.

What is a "work out" resolution?
Commonly, the term "work out" resolution is an agreement where you continue making payments on your past due amount over a period of time, or a modification to your loan to lower your interest rate, or an extension loan period that will help lower your payments.

Why would my lender rather help me stay in my home than foreclose?
There are several reasons your lender may be interested in other options than foreclosure. Most times, the lender will take substantial financial losses, on average $50,000, from a home foreclosure. Mortgage companies are not interested in owning and selling homes.

How common is foreclosure?
Unfortunately, foreclosures are becoming more common and happen to many Americans. Although the number of foreclosure filings vary from state to state, and even from one financial quarter to the next, the number of filings nationally in 2008 was 3.1 million for 2.3 billion U.S. properties. This is an 81% increase from 2007 and represents 1 in 54 housing units in America having received at least one foreclosure filing during 2008.

How much would it cost me to sell my home in a Short Sale?
Nothing! All fees and commissions are assumed by your lender-NOT YOU. Your contract will specifically read: "Seller's agreement to sell is subject to approval by existing lender of a Short Sale at no cost to Seller" Seller shall not be required to deposit funds to close escrow.

What is a financial hardship?
A hardship is a situation that has a life changing effect for the borrower that results in an in-ability to pay the mortgage debt in either, short or long term. Some examples are: *Separation or Divorce *Medical Bills *Inability to work due to health reasons *Death of Spouse *Job Relocation *Reduced Income or Unemployment *Business Failure

Do you have any other advice?
Always be wary of potential scams. Any person or company offering a solution that sounds overly optimistic may be trying to take advantage of you during your time of financial troubles. Some warning signals of a scammer include anyone who charges a fee before any services are completed.

Do I have to deal with the bank throughout the Short Sale process?
As your agent, we take on the task of communicating and negotiating with your lender relieving you of that stress and burden.

What will be the effects on my future loans?
For most mortgage lenders you will not be asked to declare or be questioned regarding a short sale on any standard loan application (1003). In regards to foreclosure, you will be asked on any future standard loan application (1003) if you have had a property foreclosed in the last seven years, therefore affecting your rate. Fannie Mae backed mortgages will be available to you following a short sale after two years. Fannie Mae backed mortgages will not be available to you for at least five years if you have lost your home due to a foreclosure. 

What are the implications to my credit score?
Following a successful short sale your mortgage will be reported on your credit score as either paid or negotiated, lowering your score as little as 50 points and affecting you for only 12 to 18 months. After a foreclosure, however, your credit score can lower as much as 300 and usually at a minimum of 250 points and affects your score for over three years.

I am in the foreclosure process, should I stay in my home or leave?
You should contact your attorney to determine the best course of action. Abandoning your property may have severe negative consequences on your qualification for assistance.

How does a short sale versus a foreclosure affect the deficiency judgment?
If your short sale is handled successfully, the lender may give up the right to pursue a deficiency judgment against you. If the lender does pursue a deficiency judgment against you after a successful short sale, the amount will be considerably lower because your home was sold at a price closer to market value than that of an REO (Real Estate-Owned) sale. In all foreclosures, with the exception of those states without deficiency, the bank has the right to file a deficiency judgment against you. Since your foreclosed home will have to go through the REO process if not sold at auction for a lower sales price, this results in a higher deficiency judgment against you.

Who decides if my home should undergo a foreclosure or a short sale?
In both short sales and foreclosure, the decision is made by your mortgage lender. The most important aspects to getting a lender to agree to a short sale, and saving you the more damaging credit implications of a foreclosure, is to prove that you have no other way to pay the mortgage and that the amount received from a short sale is the fair price of the market. Lenders who believe they can receive more by taking possession of the home in a foreclosure and selling it themselves will not agree to a short sale.

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