- In this case I would recommend you sell the house. Now, if you are reading this blog, then you must be researching a short sale. Which means that you are probably upside down on the home. You have three options.
Option #1: Let your lender foreclose on the home. You just stop making the payments and surrender the home to your lender.
Option #2: Short Sale the house and get the debt wiped out. A short sale offers the following benefits over a foreclosure.
Issue: Can I get a Future Fannie Mae Loan?
Foreclosure: The current Fannie Mae Guidelines require you to wait 5-7 years before you can buy another home with a Fannie Mae Loan. Most other banks and lenders have the same or even stricter procedures.
Short Sale: If are back on your feet 2 years after the short sale, then Fannie Mae guidelines allow you to get a loan from them.
Issue: Can I get a future loan from any mortgage company?
Foreclosure: Any future application will require you to answer the question, "Have you had property foreclosed upon or given title or deed in lieu thereof in the last 7 years?" you'll have to answer that question yes.
Short Sale: You can state "No" because you short sold your home. You only have to say yes if the bank completes the foreclosure.
Issue: Credit Score Impact.
Foreclosure: Your score is typically lowered by 250 to 300 points, or even more. This often stays on your credit score for over 3 years.
Short Sale: Only late payments show up. After a short sale, the mortgage is normally reported as "paid in full, settled." This lowers your score as little as 50 points if all other payments are being made. Oftentimes, this is off your credit report in as little as 12 months.
Issue: Will I owe the bank any money for the shortfall?
Foreclosure: Many lenders take 12-18 months to foreclose upon a property and resell it. This dramatically increases the loss and makes any deficiency judgment potentially bigger.
Short Sale: Few lenders ask for a promissory note on a short sale. As an example, on one short sale, the bank lost over $120,000. They settled with the seller for $25,000 to be repaid over 15 years with zero interest. The seller's monthly payment was only $138,89. You can often even negotiate and have the promissory note waived.
Option #3: Rent the property. This is a good way to earn some extra money. However, if you are upside down, then it is more than likely that the rent will not cover the mortgage. That means someone will have to write a check each month covering the loss.
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