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A Short Sale, also known as a pre-foreclosure sale, is when you sell your home for less than the balance remaining on your mortgage. If your mortgage company agrees to a short sale, you can sell your home and pay off all (or a portion of) your mortgage balance with the proceeds. You may also be eligible for the government’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA) which offers short sale and DIL options.
A short sale is an alternative to foreclosure and may be an option if:
What are the benefits of a Short Sale?
What is the process for a Short Sale?
If you qualify for this option, the process is similar to a normal real estate sales transaction. You will work with a real estate agent to market and sell your home. However, your mortgage company will also be working with you and your real estate agent every step of the way to:
In some cases, you may be eligible to receive relocation assistance to use toward your moving expenses and to make the transition to new housing easier. A Short Sale may take up to 120 days, but this could be shorter or longer depending upon your specific situation. If you are unable to sell your home, you may be able to transfer the ownership of your property to the owner of your mortgage (also called a Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure).
Gather your financial information—Make sure you have your basic financial and loan information on hand when you call your mortgage company. You’ll need:
Explain your current situation—Be ready to outline your current hardship and explain why you are having trouble making your mortgage payment, the reasons why this is a long-term problem and inform your mortgage company that you want to sell your home to avoid foreclosure. Your mortgage company will need to understand the reasons why you are having difficulty in order to find the right solution for you. Contact your mortgage company—Tell them you are interested in a Short Sale and you want to see if you qualify.