Avoid Foreclosure with a Short Sale

By November 1, 2011Traditions Property Blog

The high rate of homes going into foreclosure has been in the news for years, but now mortgage lenders are taking action. They are making short sales of homes easier to complete, because short sales may be more financially advantageous than foreclosures for all involved . Homeowners looking to sell and those in the market for Jacksonville real estate should be aware of the implications of this development. Short sales in Jacksonville are now easier to come by and can benefit buyers and sellers. A short sale happens when a lender allows a homeowner to sell a house for less than what the homeowner still owes on it. A seller who opts for a short sale over foreclosure may have to wait less time before buying another house and may avoid legal consequences or complications as well as further credit damage arising from foreclosure. For buyers, a short sale means a better chance of buying a desired house that may not have been an option otherwise. It also may mean buying the house at below market value.

If you are looking to buy or sell Jacksonville real estate, Traditions Realty has the capabilities and knowledge to manage all of your needs. We have realtors that are certified short sales specialists and can help you to avoid foreclosure. Traditions also handles all aspects of homes for rent in Jacksonville. If your involvement as a buyer or seller in a short sale leaves you scrambling for a temporary home or tenant, our agents are here to help.  Read more below.

CHICAGO – Oct. 21, 2011 – Are short sales getting easier? Some homeowners are reporting that banks are now not only more willing to consider a short sale, but are even offering incentives to complete a short sale. For example, a homeowner in Chicago says his lender approved his short sale and then gave him a $20,000 check after the deal was finalized for selling the home as a short sale instead of letting it sink into foreclosure.

Lenders accepting a lower mortgage payoff from an underwater seller traditionally isn’t thought of an easy transaction to complete. Lenders weren’t so willing a few years ago. But as the number of Americans underwater on their mortgages grow, more lenders are reconsidering as they try to avoid the extra costs incurred to their bottom-lines that a foreclosure can cause.

For 2011, short sales accounted for about 8 percent of total home sales, and rose 7 percent over 2010 totals, according to CoreLogic data. Short sales are up by 59 percent year-over-year in Illinois, 32 percent in Michigan, and 19 percent in Arizona alone, according to CoreLogic.

“We’re starting to see that servicers and lenders are viewing short sales as a better alternative than they had in the past,” says Daren Blomquist, spokesman for RealtyTrac. “Some of that relates to the fact that it’s getting harder to foreclose. There are additional requirements in terms of paperwork and requirements that states and judges are imposing.”

Short sales can still be complex and lengthy – they can take up to nine months to close and even after that, there’s no guarantee it’ll end successfully. “In general, it is a totally different type of transaction,” says Mike Cuevas, a real estate professional at Exit Realty in Chicago. “You’re not only selling a house, you’re negotiating debt.”

Source: “Why it can Pay to try a Short Sale; Lenders may be Viewing Short Sales as a Better Alternative,” MarketWatch (Oct. 20, 2011)
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