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Tips for Dealing with Short Sales

Oct 12, 2007
In this day and age, a growing number of men and women have found themselves having problems satisfying the requirements and obligations associated with home mortgage loans. Indeed, in the Tampa real estate market, in the real estate market throughout Florida and the United States, a record number of homeowners are finding themselves facing foreclosure.

The fact is that there are some options available to you when it comes to trying to avoid a foreclosure. One tactic that you might want to employ is the so-called short sale. A short sale is a situation in which the home mortgage lender will agree to accept a final mortgage payoff that will not cover the entire outstanding balance due on the loan.

You may be wondering why a lender would agree to accept a short sale arrangement with you. The bottom line is that if a lender has to initiate a foreclosure process, the lender simply is going to lose money on the loan itself anyway. The lender will do the math. In many instances a lender can lose less money through a short sale than they would lose by going through the entire foreclosure process. Thus, the short sale can provide a mechanism whereby you can cut your own losses and the home mortgage lender can also cut its losses as well. In some instances it can be a win-win situation for both you and the lender.

In order to effect a short sale, you actually do put your home onto the market and end up accepting a purchase price that ends up being below the amount that is due and owed on the loan.

You absolutely cannot assume that your mortgage lender will agree to a short sale. You must work closely with your lender in order to obtain approval for the short sale. Moreover, you must obtain approval for the parameters the lender is going to be willing to accept when it comes to a short sale option.

When it comes to a short sale, you may want to engage a real estate agent that is familiar with the overall short sale process. Indeed, many people who desires to cut his or her losses will actually have a real estate agent or some other professional actually negotiate the ins and outs of the short sale with the home mortgage lender.

When all is said and done, if you have found yourself facing financial problems, if you have found the prospect of a foreclosure looming on the horizon, it is vitally important for you to be as proactive as possible. Once again, one step that you might want to consider taking is a short sale as a means of narrowing and reducing your own losses and, again, the losses that might otherwise be sustained by your own home mortgage lender.
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Lance Mohr is your Tampa real estate expert, with over 10 years of experience in real estate sales and 18 years of investing. Please visit our Tampa Real Estate website and add our Tampa real estate blog to your favorites section of your browser.
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