Short Sales: Why Should I Pay Double For My Home?

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Metro Real Estate Services
Orange County CA – The Stop Foreclosure Institute recently received a question from Luis. Here is Luis's Question. "I am working on a loan modification on my home. I just don’t want to be upside down and want a fair interest rate. Why should I pay on a mortgage that is twice as much as my home is worth, plus the interest on that mortgage? It just doesn’t make sense. How can I get a loan mod with a fair interest rate where I am repaying what my home is worth today? Thank for your help, Luis.” Discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale to avoid foreclosure by clicking here. Here was our answer. You are asking for something that most lenders don’t like to do. Lenders don’t like principal reductions. Here is why. Principal reductions usually have to be written down right away on their financial books. If you owe them $300,000 and they reduce your loan principal to $150,000, then they immediately have to reduce the company’s earnings by $150,000 for the year. If they do that on enough loans, then it hurts the CEO’s ability to get a bonus. He may even risk losing his job. I don’t offer much sympathy to CEOs, but that’s how it works. Here is what lenders like to do instead. They will reduce your interest rate to 2% for 5 years. After that, the interest rate will go back to the original level. That way the write off will be much smaller than $150,000. It might be a $30,000 write off. That makes a much smaller difference on the CEO’s bonus for the year. It’s also one of the reasons that most loan mod programs don’t work. The banks aren’t willing to be realistic. It’s also why I think a short sale is the best principal reduction plan. You get to erase the bad debt. Rent a home for 2-3 years and then buy a new one at today’s market level. That way you guarantee your principal reduction and don’t waste time arguing for a principal reduction with someone who isn’t allowed to give it to you. Thinking about a short sale? I can help you short sale your property and never pay the bank another penny. Send me an e-mail at I will contact you for a free consultation. When we talk, I will explain how the process works in detail and answer any questions you may have. Or, if you prefer, you can call me at 714-863-8939 Discover how other sellers successfully completed a short sale and request a free consultation by clicking here. Thinking about a loan modification? Our Orange County loan modification kit has the instructions you will need to get a loan modification approved with your bank. Paul Flores specializes in loan modification assistance and short sales in Orange County California. Orange County Loan Modification Help, Orange County short sales. Orange County Short Sale Realtor. Short Sale Realtor. Orange County CA Short Sales. Orange County Realtor. Copyright 2010 SFI Marketing Institute, LLC. All Rights Reserved. This is not intended as legal, technical, or tax advice. Please speak with a licensed professional before making any decision. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed as of the date of writing. The views expressed here are Paul Flores's personal views and do not reflect the views of Re/Max Metro Real Estate Services. This information on Orange County Short Sales: Why Should I Pay Double For My Home? is provided as a courtesy to our viewers to help them make informed decisions.

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Terkel Sørensen
Real Estate Places - Temecula, CA
Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales

Paul, AMEN - to that. I have been doing that math piece loud and clear for a while now. 

Jan 21, 2011 04:36 PM #1
John Michailidis
Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee - Sarasota, FL
Real Property Management of Sarasota & M

Paul, your comments are right on the mark, but the formatting of your post is EXTREMELY hard to read! --JM

Jan 21, 2011 04:38 PM #2
Diane Lynch
Realty Executives Premiere - Warrenville, IL
Real Estate Broker

Hmmmm just because people bought in a high market, why should the banks have to discount everyone's principle? I know nobody wants to pay for a house that is worth half of what they paid, but if you buy something, you have to pay for it! If you hold the property till the value rises, less loss. I know the banks have made a lot of money, but is it their responsibility to bail everyone out? If you bought in a low market, I am sure you would not offer to pay the banks more! (I am not referring to hardship cases here) Just my 2 cents!

Jan 21, 2011 04:41 PM #3
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul, I agree with Diane. People bought desktops at $2,000 or more once upon a time and within a year they lost value.

You have a very good point in your post - would have been better if formatted correctly for an easy read.

See you around, more often.

Jan 21, 2011 05:10 PM #4
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