Will I Owe A Deficiency On A Bergen County Short Sale If I Have An FHA Loan?

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Bergen County NJ – One common type of loan that does not usually have a deficiency is an FHA loan.

But, how do you determine whether or not you have an FHA loan?

Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure.

Here is the best way that I have found to do this. Look up your mortgage on the public records in your county. You can usually access the public records online.

Just Google, “County, State Public Records.” For example, if we Google “Cook County Illinois Public Records”, then you will get the clerk of court’s website on the second link.

Most realtors will know how to look up this information. If not, then they will know a title company that can do the research for you. Once you access the public records you will want to pull up your mortgage.

If you have an FHA loan, then on the first page of the mortgage, there should be a small square and inside the square, it will say “FHA Case Number 091-4242640-703.”

FHA’s Short Sale Guidelines are covered in a letter they send out to all the lenders that are handling their loan. Whenever they make a change to the guidelines, they send out a Mortgagee Letter.

They issued a new Mortgagee Letter at the beginning of the financial crisis that made a lot of changes to how they handle short sales. That letter was called “Mortgagee Letter 2008-43.”

You can Google that if you want to look at a copy yourself. On page 5 of Mortgage Letter 2008-43, it specifically states that if you short sale or attempt to short sale, then you will be released from the debt.

Here is an excerpt from the letter:

Mortgagors, acting in good faith, who successfully sell their properties using this option are relieved of their mortgage obligation and are entitled to a consideration of $750. If the closing occurs within 3 months of the approval to participate, the mortgagor will be entitled to $1,000. Unless the mortgagor’s consideration is required to release junior liens, the mortgagor may elect to accept cash paid at closing. The mortgagor may also apply a portion of or the entire amount of consideration to offset sales costs not paid by HUD; including a home warranty plan fee, costs of optional repairs, and buyer’s closing expenses. If the PFS is unsuccessful and foreclosure occurs, mortgagors who participate in the PFS Program in good faith will not be pursued for deficiency judgments by the mortgagee or HUD.”

The main requirement to being allowed to participate in the program is that the property cannot be an investment property and that the homeowner has to have a genuine hardship.

Looks like a good way to wipe out some upside down mortgage debt.

Thinking about a short sale? I can help you short sale your property and get back on your feet. Send me an e-mail at jlockard@remax.net. 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 (201) 825-6600 x343 or on my cell at (201) 674-3114. If you prefer, just fill out the form by clicking the words, Contact Me below:


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Thanks for reading this, James Lockard.

James is a Realtor-Associate at RE/MAX Properties.

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Important Notice

James Lockard, RE/MAX Properties, and the Stop Foreclosure Institute are not associated or affiliated in any way, shape, or form with the government. Our services have not been reviewed, endorsed, or approved by the government or your lender. Most lenders willingly work with agents on short sales. Why?

Because most short sales are beneficial to a lender. If you accept our offer to help you on a short sale, your lender may not agree to a short sale or to modify your loan. We do offer a loan modification kit.

However, the likelihood of negotiating a modification is like everything else in life. It takes work and persistence to convince your lender to modify your loan. No matter what you or we do, your lender may not approve a loan modification.

If you stop paying your mortgage, then you could lose your home and damage your credit. Because we know avoiding foreclosure is so important to any homeowner, we recommend that you speak with the appropriate legal or tax advisor before making any decision.

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.

You have the option to reject a short sale or loan modification from your lender if it does not meet your approval. If you decide not to go thru with the short sale, then you do not have to pay us our fee. We normally make a real estate sales commission for helping you on a short sale.

The views expressed here are Lockard’s personal views and do not reflect the views of RE/MAX Properties.

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