Short Sales: Can I Short Sale My Upside Down Home?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Tacoma

Seattle and Tacoma,WA –Hi! This is Nathan Olotoa withwww.59days2sold.com and www.seattleshortsalesagent.com and I specialize in short sales in the Tacoma and Seattle areas.

– The Stop Foreclosure Institute recently received a question from Brent. Here is Brent's Question.

Seattle-Tacoma, WA "If we are not behind on our mortgage but can't sell our home through a normal sale because we don't have any equity, can we still qualify for a short sale?

We would like to sell this property and get another property where we are not upside down. Thank you!” asked Brent.

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Here was our answer. Brent, there is actually a federal short sale program that encourages what you would like to do. It is called the FHA 4155 loan program.

It allows a person that is short selling their house to buy another one right away. However, there are a few caveats.

We have been told that you will need the following. (Guidelines can change at any time, so make sure you check them with a Mortgage Professional familiar with the program.)

A. A 640 FICO credit score or better.

B. You must be current on all installment payments and on your mortgage.

C. No bankruptcy or foreclosure on your credit in the last 7 years.

D. The home you are purchasing must be inferior to the one you are selling. I don’t know the exact guidelines, but I think it means it is a smaller home, or it has less bedrooms or a lower price.

E. You will need the 3.5% down payment for the new purchase.

The biggest hurdle will be getting your current lender to approve the short sale. Most lenders will approve a short sale. It just takes time and a little patience.

But, it is a great opportunity to move on from your upside down property and start building equity elsewhere.

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 asknate@kw.com. I will contact you for a free consultation.

When we talk, I will explain how the process works in detail. If you prefer, then you can call me at 253-310-1177.

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Thanks for reading this, Nathan Olotoa.

Nathan is a Real Estate Broker at Keller Williams-Tacoma. Short Sales Realtor

Phone: 253-310-1177. asknate@kw.com.

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Comments (1)

Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

I did not know about this program, thanks for sharing!

Jan 25, 2011 07:41 AM