Short Sell, Refinance, Bankruptcy, But Try Not
to Lose Your Home
What are the options,
should you find yourself on the verge of getting a foreclosure notice?
You'll know it's inevitable... for some reason you have gotten behind in
payments and/or have decided to let the home go back to the lender.
First, if you have gotten behind, you should resist the feeling of trying
to avoid the situation. If you want to truly keep your home... you should
be proactive to try to work out new terms with your lender. What is hard
to follow through with is... the puzzlement of how to accomplish this.
To try to keep your home...
you must call your bank, your mortgage broker, or the servicing
company. Find out who to talk/write to before much time passes. Time
cost you accruing interest and penalties through the non-payment that you
owe on your past due loan. The bank who now owns your loan will/may have
a REO/Acquisitions department.
This department will want everything in writing, and
every page/document you send in will need the name of the homeowner and
account number written on each page. This department will need/require a
letter of hardship stating why you can't pay... how this situation came
about, etc. Be detailed. Keep copies of every piece of documentation you
The REO department will also require 2 years of your tax
returns, 3 months of bank statements, 3 months of pay stubs, each month
for as long as it takes... three, six to nine months of this.
Then they will tell you that you MAY
be eligible for a short sale. A short sale is when the lender agrees to
take less that is owed on the home. They will tell you to get a Realtor to
list the real estate. Now, here's a little bit on
You need to find an experienced Realtor to list.
REO companies have the control to cut the Realtors commissions
for all the hard, agonizing, profession work to get the Real Estate to a
successful short sale near/or at the time of the closing.
Realtors only get paid if the short sale closes... and very few get to
closing. Why do they not make it to closing....Well...
the seller owes more than the home is worth.
the seller has little equity in the home and can't pay the Realtors commissions.
the seller gives up on all the repetitive documentation the lender requires from
seller each month that passes. (the REO/acquisition department may ask for new letter of hardship, new pay stubs.
They will not take copies stating nothings changed.
Okay... lets say you have some equity in you home, and have enough funds to pay a Realtor's... if you close.
the Realtor must list your property with your approval from the lender... (there is over 100 items done
to list one, normal property, not in distress of foreclosure proceedings), FOR FREE.
the Realtor must provide, for this type of short sale listing, a BPO, (3 comparison sales for the house and
3 active listings for your home, FOR FREE.
the Realtor must provide detailed photos of the home, inside and out, FOR FREE.
the Realtor must provide a number of other documents to the lender as well as working with the home owner
every 3 weeks/month FOR FREE.
See why you have to have the numbers to make a short sale
work and... the dedication to stay with it for yourself, as well as the
Realtor that will not get paid unless you continue to follow through with
all the documentation the lender will require.