Short Sales In Greater New Haven Connecticut-Do You Qualify?

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If you own a home in Greater New Haven Connecticut, are in arrears on your mortgage payments or have found out that you owe more money to your lender than what a buyer is willing to pay for your home does not automatically mean you will be able to just sell your home for less than what is owed to your lender. It is going to be dependent on many factors. 

Greater New Haven CT Short Sales



 The simplest way to get a short sale approved is to pass the hardship test. The more worse off your situation is financially, medically, etc. the less complicated it can be to get your Greater New Haven Short Sale approved.  To qualify as a Greater New Haven short sale, you must pass the Hardship Test and show just and provable reasons why you cannot keep your home any longer.  





The Hardship Test- As you go through each of these questions take a look at your current situation to see if it will pass the hardship test.

  • Did you lose your job since you bought the home?
  • Have you incurred new large medical bills since you bought the home?
  • Did your interest rates increase so much that it is now a hardship for you to pay your mortgage?
  • Are you recently divorced or have to pay high child support payments?
  • Have you had an illness, injury or bad accident and could not work?
  • Have you been relocated to another city or state?

Naturally each situation is different. Each short sale request is looked at individually. Bottom line is you must be able to prove there is a hardship.

What is NOT a Hardship? If you took all of the equity out of your home and used your home as an ATM machine and are now in debt you are going to have a very tough time having that accepted as a hardship. Unless you plan to take part in the loss to some extent we would propose that you do what you have to do to be able to keep your home.

If you bought your home at the height of the market and it is now worth less than what you paid for it that is not a hardship or reason to sell your Greater New Haven home as a short sale. However just the bare fact that you may be upside down in your mortgage is a circumstance that your lender may be wiling to take under consideration as long as you are agreeable and willing to contribute a promissory note or a one lump payment. It all comes down to this being a business decision.

The Asset Test -Are there assets that you can liquidate to bring to closing when you sell your home short of what is owed to your lender?

  • Do you have money in CD's and savings accounts?
  • Do you have stocks and bonds?
  • Do you have equity in other properties?

Your lender is not going to take all of the loss if you have any of these types of assets and not have you bring some money to the table at closing. Your lender will only accept the short sale if you contribute to the loss as well. You may however be able to negotiate the loss with your lender.

The Fraud Test- Did you commit fraud on your loan application for this property? If you were not truthful and lied about anything on your loan applications like:

  • Where you worked?
  • What your assets were?
  • How much money you were making?

Lenders have access to your original loan application and any untruths or lies are going to be checked out by the lender. They will be matching up what you are saying now to what was said on your original application when you applied for the loan. If there are any big differences then you better have a very good explanation of why the change. An obvious reason would be a job loss.

If you committed fraud we will not list your home as a Greater New Haven short sale because you will be expected to turn in a short sale package to send to the lender along with an offer and then you are exposing the fraud and that can have serious legal implications to you.

Authored by Donna Bigda 


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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Donna this is excellent information.  I have been talking to our Loss Mit people to get a better idea of the whole process.  One thing that I am finding out is that there are many guidelines that the Lender has to follow, that take a large part of the decision out  of their hands.  Also every time something does not conform to the guidelines and they have to go for a variance that it adds 10+ days each time to the process.  

Feb 20, 2013 09:13 AM #1
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

George - It's amazing how each lender is different when it comes to their guidelines.  One of the things that a lot of people don't realize is that many of the banks have other servicers or investors that they have to submit the short sale file to.  I'm negotiating a short sale right now where after submitting all of the documents the lender asked for the investor is now requesting additional documentation before making a decision on the file.

Feb 20, 2013 09:24 AM #2
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Donna, so many people qualify on several of those points and still are reluctant to seek the help they need.

Feb 20, 2013 11:04 AM #3
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Donna great information.  You can't just decide on having a short sales there are criteria as you so outlined.

Feb 20, 2013 01:44 PM #4
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Ed - With all of the information out there about short sales it's still so surprising that so many people are unaware that there is help available to them.

Jennifer - And those of us that do short sales know that this is only a small part of what's involved in the short sale process.

Feb 21, 2013 03:58 AM #5
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

This is very good information Donna. You laid it all out pretty well. Keep it up and stay the best!

Feb 25, 2013 06:12 AM #6
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Great post Donna. I'd have to agree that each short sale is assessed individually. Wishing you all the best in CT. Stay the best!

Feb 25, 2013 06:25 AM #7
Waynette Hoover Araj
Keller Williams Realty - Asheboro, NC
Connecting your Dreams with the Right Real Estate

Donna, I can't help but agree with your post. The hardship test seems to be the most important of the three. Fail this and you lose the chance of a short sale.

Feb 25, 2013 06:30 AM #8
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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That's excellent information on how  to qualify  a Short Sales In Greater New Haven, is to be able to pass the Hardship Test and show just and provable reasons why you cannot keep your home any longer. Wishing you all the best this 2013.
Jul 25, 2013 12:56 PM #9
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