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A Few Questions and Answers About Short Sales and How to Minimize Credit Impact


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Back in February, I wrote a blog about short sales and using a Certified Depressed Properties Expert (CDPE) to assist with the transaction.  I received great feedback on that information and I wanted to continue the conversation by giving you a list of FAQ's and their answers regarding short sale.


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It all begins with:


"I am having financial difficulty.  Should I stop paying my mortgage?"



That's a very subjective question.  Let me ask you some inquiring questions in return.


  • How long can you continue to pay your mortgage and your living expenses before something has to give?
  • Do you have a lot of debt (credit cards, car payments, doctors bills, etc.)?
  • Do you have a source of income - ie. retirement account, rainy day savings, access to home equity line of credit, that you can access short term to help you through this?
  • Have you done everything you can to cut your living expenses back before you think about not paying your mortgage?


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OK - so you see it's complicated.  None of my answers will be cut and dry.  Everyone's situation is unique and I am not a lawyer, but I am a Realtor who has been through the process many times over on both ends of the spectrum, with Sellers and Buyers.  Plus, I'm a Certified Depressed Properties Expert so I think I speak from experience when I give you my two cents.


Ideally, no one wants to sell their property as a short sale, so if you can access a source of income to get you through this troublesome time, that would be best.  However, you don't want to get further into debt (especially credit card debt) that you cannot dig out of once your financial situation turns around.  So word of caution, do not overextend on credit.  That will not help!




Take a good, hard look at your finances and make a list of all your monthly expenses and another of total amounts owed.  From there, you can answer just how long you have to meet those expenses until your source of income runs dry.  If you can, make cuts to your expenses' list.  Drop the extra cable channels, sell that car you use only during the summer, stop using a lawn person or find someone cheaper, increase your deductibles on your insurances, adhere to a strict grocery budget each week... It's worth a call to your cable company and your home alarm company to see what they can do for you to cut those bills.  In so many instances, all you have to do is ask!



Next question I get is:


"If I stop making mortgage payments, do I automatically go into foreclosure?


You have to consult your lending documents, but most likely if you stop paying your mortgage, the bank has the right to call in your loan and possibly evict you from the property.  BUT, that is not what you are going to do!  Before you decide that it is time to stop paying your mortgage, get a consultation with an attorney who specializes in foreclosures and short sales.  A 45 minute consult for $some could save you much heartache and you will arm yourself with knowledge and possibly find another option.  For instance, perhaps your lender will agree to modify your loan so you won't have to sell.  Or maybe they will move the next two payments due to the end of the loan period to give you two months of breathing room.  Lawyers are paid to do this kind of negotiating and come up with options.  I can recommend a lawyer to you if you ask.



A lawyer can work with you and your lender to keep things amicable if you need to default on your mortgage.  Along with your lawyer, you can decide if there is urgency to get out of your property or if you might be able to stay for a length of time while it sells without paying the mortgage.  Working with a lawyer, who works with your lender, will keep you out of foreclosure for the time being.  Remember, foreclosure is different from short sale.  If you need a refresher on the differences, please review my blog from Feb. 28th entitled "Using a Certified Depressed Properties Expert Can Save You More Grief!"


How badly will my credit be affected due to a short sale?


Part of the answer to this question may depend upon how your credit was before your financial troubles began.  There's no sure way to tell what the adverse effects will be and for how long.  Generally, if you have never been late on a payment on your credit cards, car payments, student loans, doctors bills, vendors who do work for you, etc, your credit score will decrease due to a short sale but it won't be as much had you missed payments. 


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It's been my experience that a lawyer will tell you to keep paying your bills - other than your mortgage - if you are going to do a short sale.  That way, you will keep your credit rating somewhat intact.  You are going to need a place to live after you sell.  Unless you are paying cash - and you won't be able to obtain a mortgage for some time - so you will need to rent.  In order to be able to get a rental you will need to have some kind of credit rating.  No one wants to rent to someone who may not pay them!  If you have a history of not paying bills, chances are you won't pay your rent.  So keep up with your other payments!


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A point to keep in mind, make sure you understand the terms of how your mortgage loan will close with your bank before you agree to it.  How the bank reports it to the credit bureaus will make a difference in your credit rating.  If it is reported as "paid in full" your credit score won't be impacted as much as if it is reported as "settled for less than full balance".




I hope this helps clear up some questions on short sales.  There's alot of fear of the unknown when thinking of selling short.  Arm yourself with knowledge and ask a lot of questions!  And, use a Certified Depressed Property Expert like me, Dagny Eason,  to assist you in selling or buying a short sale or foreclosure property!  Please forward this blog on if you know someone who is struggling.  I'm happy to answer any questions.


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Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
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Thanks for sharing.  Thats a good list of questions.  And the answers totally depend pn each individual. 

May 09, 2017 07:39 PM #4
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

A lot of sellers don't know the first thing about short sales, even if they think they do

May 09, 2017 11:17 PM #5
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Save for that rainy day, live before your means is not square, it is survival. Great blog post Dagny Eason on how to hang on and survive hitting the rocks of a short sale situation in life when it yanks you wildly sideways!

May 10, 2017 03:52 AM #6
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Dagny Eason ,

What an excellent post so glad to see it featured. Great information for those out there facing a difficult situation. There is someone to help them and in CT and person would be you. Thanks for the facts and letting us know each case is different. There is hope at the end of the tunnel. 

May 10, 2017 04:05 AM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

every case IS different and there are lawyer states and non lawyer states...Wisconsin is a non lawyer state and to involve one when you can't pay the mortgage is putting you in a worse state.

May 10, 2017 04:18 AM #8
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

This is an excellent overview of some of the thought process that should be undertaken before doing a short sale (or winding up with a foreclosure).

May 10, 2017 04:24 AM #9
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Great article, Dagny.  It's so great that you have a wonderful team of experts who can guide someone through this challenging and stressful process.  It all starts with a phone call.

May 10, 2017 04:46 AM #10
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Dagny, short sales have improved a great deal but they remain to be complicated and each transaction is different. Working with a competent real estate agent is a must. Well deserved feature!

May 10, 2017 06:27 AM #11
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Good post, with useful information. We are not seeing so many short sales, but not everyones property values have increased to where they were so lots of sales sellers need to bring money to the table.

May 10, 2017 06:45 AM #12
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Every agent has different opinions and takes on how to do a short sale. The more short sales an agent closes, the more knowledge one gains, not to mention, short sales are very fluid, like the Everglades, always moving, always changing.

The most important thing to know about short sales is to hire an agent who has closed enough and worked with a variety of situations, lenders, to truly understand what is best for each seller -- because every situation is unique.

May 10, 2017 07:23 AM #13
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

There are people who need to know this subject. You did them a good service

May 10, 2017 07:37 AM #14
Vickie Teel
Allison James Estates & Homes - Punta Gorda, FL
It's all about YOU!

Great info. Thanks for this post.

May 10, 2017 04:31 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Dagny

Congratulations on a well-deserved feature. No doubt there are people who can benefit from this information plus finding the right/experienced short sale agent to help them navigate these difficult waters. I don't think they have gotten any faster or easier, although that may depend on the lender!


May 10, 2017 04:49 PM #16
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I like the list of questions you have to ask those who ask you if they should stop making a mortgage payment.

I am very cautious about giving answers outside my capability.

I am real good at referring to a professional.

May 10, 2017 06:01 PM #17
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

Short sales are hard; hard for the owner and hard for the agent. But this is a great list of questions and short sales. If one must take that road, its a better option then foreclosure in most cases.

May 10, 2017 07:35 PM #18
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Dagny,

This seems to boil down to getting all the data about the current situation, do some surgery, where possible & then do some hard thinking about which route to take to continue or abort the mission for the moment. Luckily, fewer & fewer home owners remain under water. This is very hopeful.

May 11, 2017 03:43 PM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                           Thank you Dagny Eason 

May 13, 2017 05:25 PM #20
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

No one wishes they could do a short sale....but it is often the very best choice.

May 14, 2017 04:27 AM #21
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great informative post this is, and I love how you made it easy to read and simple.  You have a great style.  A

May 14, 2017 06:53 AM #22
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dagny Eason - I have to bookmark this post - one of the best written on this topic.

I know there are not many short sales around - but when it comes back...

May 14, 2017 11:11 PM #23
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