WHAT IS A SHORT SALE?
Background: While lower rates than several years ago, foreclosures and delinquent mortgages are still found on the Emerald Coast and all of Florida. About 8% of Florida homeowners are 30 days behind in their mortgage payments. Reasons include loss of income due to miscellaneous circumstances, relocation divorce, medical issues and more. Some borrowers purchased homes with teaser rates that result in higher mortgage payments. Others need to sell, yet have a mortgage that is still too high, as their properties were purchased when the market was at its highest. Higher insurance costs are adding to the difficulty for borrowers to keep up with their mortgage payments. Many have negative equity, i.e. owe the lender more on the mortgage than the property is worth. When this is the case, and the borrower needs to sell, one solution is a "Short Sale".
Definition: A “Short Sale” is when the lender agrees to a accept a payoff for less than the remaining mortgage balance to allow the sale of the property. The lender may forgive the entire shortfall, as well as pay the seller’s closing costs including the Realtor fee. The loss is either completely written off by the lender, a payment arrangement is made with the borrower (promissory note), or a lump-sum for a potentially lesser amount is agreed to (cash contribution). The short sale lender may also seek the deficiency from the borrower after the sale.
Why Would A Lender Accept a Short Sale? Banks don't want to own your Fort Walton, Niceville, Destin area real estate. A foreclosure can cost a lender $30,000 to $60,000. They have to maintain the property, market the property, pay for utilities, then spend money on closing costs. They would rather do a Short Sale- which saves them carrying and legal costs and generally is less expensive for them. Bottom line - with a short sale, you've done the work for them!