Bellevue WA – One of the Stop Foreclosure Institute members talked to a homeowner recently about a short sale. Her house was close to being foreclosed upon.
She had thought about short selling the house. But, she had heard from her friends that banks don’t really like short sales and never pursued the option.
The fact is that banks are better setup for foreclosures. It is only with the recent historic drop in home values that short sales have more common.
Banks always knew that a short sale would reduce their losses compared to a foreclosure. Even the federal government agrees. That is why congress added short sale incentives to the recent loan modification laws.
FHA is another quasi federal agency that prefers short sales over foreclosure. They pay lenders $750 to process a short sale. I don’t think they pay them anything extra to process a foreclosure.
The bottom line is that most lenders do prefer short sales over foreclosure. The reason is best explained by a recent study done by Boston Consulting Group. Click HERE to continue reading.