We created this form to go over the benefits of a short sale VS foreclosure, and the impact on current and future credit, employment, and liability. We think it is a helpful form to give to homeowners to go over the benefits of a short sale. For Preferred Partner Members of the Short Sale Specialist Network, we also have this form in an editable format to customize, add your own logo and distribute to potential customers. It doesn't show up in a good format below unfortunately...

BENEFITS OF A SHORT SALE VS. FORECLOSURE

To help understand the consequences of a foreclosure please read below....

Issue

Short Sale

Foreclosure

Credit Score

Upon sale, your mortgage company will report the short sale as ‘Paid', ‘Settled', or ‘Paid as Negotiated'. This will minimally affect your credit score, usually less than 50 points. Late payments are the largest negative impact on your credit score from a short sale

Your credit score could be lowered 300+ points and will stay on your record for 10 years!

Credit History

There is not a reporting item for a short sale. It is not reported on your credit history.

A foreclosure will remain on your credit for 10 years and is permanent in the public records of your county.

Current Employment

A short sale is not reported on your credit report and cannot negatively affect your employment.

Your employer has the right and many times will actively check your credit if you are in sensitive positions. Sometimes a foreclosure is grounds for immediate re-assignment or termination.

Future Employment

A short sale is not reported on your credit report and cannot negatively affect your employment.

Employers do check your credit history for many job applicants. A foreclosure is the most negative item you can have on your credit and may affect future employment.

Future Loan with a Mortgage Co.

You do not have to declare to future mortgage companies that you previously performed a short sale

On the federally mandated standard loan application form 1003 you will be required to answer ‘YES' to the question ‘Have you had property foreclosed upon or given title or deed in lieu thereof in the past 7 years?' Answering ‘yes' affects the interest rate you will receive

Future Fannie Mae Loan - Primary Residence

After a successful short sale you can be eligible for a Fannie Mae backed loan after only 2 years

After a foreclosure you will be ineligible for a Fannie Mae backed loan for a minimum of 5 years

Future Fannie Mar Loan - Non-Primary

After a successful short sale you can be eligible for a Fannie Mae backed loan after only 2 years on non-primary residences

After a foreclosure you will be ineligible for a Fannie Mae backed investment loan for a minimum of 7 years

Deficiency Judgment

It is typical for the lender to give up the right to pursue a deficiency judgment against the borrower

The bank has the right to pursue the deficiency judgment in all foreclosures (except in states where there is no deficiency)

Deficiency Amount

A short sale home is sold at market value and in most cases is a greater value than a foreclosure sale which results in a lower deficiency, which is typically forgiven.

If the home does not sale at a foreclosure auction it will have to go through the bank REO system. This will result in a longer time to sell and potentially a higher deficiency judgment for the homeowner.

Copyright First Coast Realty Associates 2010

Mike Linkenauger

Mike Linkenauger

Short Sale Specialist Network

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