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How Does Short Sale and Foreclosure Affect My Credit Score?

How Does Short Sale and Foreclosure Affect My Credit Score?

Well, the Credit Impact for a Foreclosure vs Short Sale can be dramatically different.bigstock-The-house-in-human-hands-17017331

In a challenging market, many homeowners are faced with the decision to try a short sale or just let the property go to foreclosure.

Below are some points to think about when dealing with this subject.

If you have questions on whether missing mortgage payments and selling your property for less than the full amount you owe on it(short sale) will hurt your credit score, the answer is yes.

HOWEVER, that being said, the credit damage done by a short sale is significantly better than a Foreclosure or Deed in Lieu. In a short sale it does not show up on your credit report as long nor is the impact as severe as a foreclosure.

Take a look at some of the most common questions….

Question 1) When will I be able to buy another house? (Primary Residence)

Short Sale: Homeowner is eligible for re-purchasing in 2 years

Foreclosure: Homeowner is eligible for re-purchasing a primary residence in 5 years

Question 2) When will I be able to buy another property? (Investment Property)

Short Sale: Homeowner is eligible to purchase an investment property after 2 years

Foreclosure: Homeowner is eligible to purchase an investment property after 7 years

Question 3) On future loans will I have to disclose what happened with my house?

Short Sale: There is no disclosure required for a short sale

Foreclosure: On any future loan applications (1003 mortgage) when they ask, “have you ever had a property foreclosed upon…” you will have to mark YES, affecting what programs will be available to you and interest rate that you would qualify for.

Question 4) How will my Credit Score be affected?

Short Sale: Only late or missed payments on the mortgage will show up as derogatory items on the credit report. After the sale is completed the mortgage will report as paid or settled. Short Sales can affect your score differently depending on how many payments are missed, sometimes as little as 50 points. A short sale will have an affect on your score for approximately 18-24 months.

Foreclosure: The credit impact of a foreclosure is MAJOR and can reduce your credit score anywhere from 250-300 points and stays with you on your report for 7-10 years.

Question 5) How will my Credit History be affected?

Short Sale: Short sales are currently NOT reported in the credit history of a credit report. The loan is generally reported as “paid off, settled”

Foreclosure: A foreclosure will remain as public record on a homeowner’s credit history for 7-10 years, sometimes even longer.

For all the information on Fannie Mae’s guidelines, go to…https://www.efanniemae.com/sf/guides/ssg/annltrs/pdf/2008/0816.pdf

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Short Sales- A better way to sell your home and avoid Foreclosure

Short Sales- A better way to sell your home and avoid Foreclosure!:

The effects from the last market can still be felt today.

Nearly 20% (9 million people) of homeowners across the US are “upside down” on their mortgages. Meaning, they owe more on their mortgage balance than their properties are actually worth.

Short Sales and Real Estate San DiegoSome people thank that they should just walk away and give up their home to foreclosure…

But Hold On!

There is light at the end of the tunnel…

There can be some big time benefits to doing a Short Sale rather than a foreclosure.

To the homeowner there is little difference because either way they will be a walking away from a depreciating asset

BUT the benefits of a Short Sale are in favor of the homeowner.

Let me explain,

Credit Impact: For starters Short Sales affect a person’s credit significantly less than a foreclosure (most of the time, please contact a professional to examine your case individually). Someone who “Short Sells” a property is more likely to qualify for a new mortgage in as little as 12-24 months, whereas a foreclosure and/or bankruptcy will haunt someone for up to 7 years. Depending on how many late payments (if any) are missed during a short sale, will determine how much your credit drops while a foreclosure will leave a massive mark.

Stress: On top of the credit impact most people never talk about the effect on homeowner’s moral when they are going through a foreclosure. It’s never a good feeling for someone that is just watching the bank take their their house away. With a Short Sale, the homeowner will have more time to make moving preparations and the lender will work with you to come up with a resolution.

Homeowner Help: In a Short Sale the homeowner is 100% involved in the process, making their own decisions with the help and guidance of a Short Sale Professional (contact us today for assistance). The Short Sale specialist will handle all communications with the lender, as well as market and sell the property with the help of an Real Estate Agent. This allows the homeowner a great alternative to foreclosure and is a very dignified way to sell a property!

If you, or someone you know is upside down on a property or facing foreclosure contact a Short Sale Specialist once they have missed at least one mortgage payment or decide you need to sell.

We would gladly help if you need any assistance.

Your friends and local real estate experts,

San Diego Realtors

Oliver, Sam, Sandro

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Understanding The 3 Step California Real Estate Foreclosure Process

Understanding The 3 Step California Real Estate Foreclosure Process…

In this market, there are many challenges for homeowner that could cause them to fall behind on their mortgage payments. It could be anything from job loss to a death in the family.

man_question_markWhat ever the reason is, as you fall behind on the payments you have state regulated guidelines that the lender must follow before they can foreclose on the property.

In a recovering market another potential scenario is when a homeowner needs to sell but the value of the house is “upside-down”, the market value of the home is actually less than the amount owed on the mortgage. In this scenario you could try a short sale, however if unsuccessful the threat of foreclose becomes real.

Foreclosure is the proceeding in which a mortgage holder, bank or other secured creditor sells or repossesses a real property after the Homeowner has failed on the terms of their agreement (a mortgage or a deed of trust).

Whatever the reason, after consistently missing payments the lender will usually consider the loan in default and begin with the foreclosure process. The Lender will have the right to sell the property or even call the loan due.

In California short sale / foreclosures have 3 steps in the timeline towards the property being sold.

1. Notice of Default (NOD):
A Notice of Default is a public notice given to the homeowner. It could be posted on the window or door, or mailed. When a borrower is in default, or behind in mortgage payments, the lender will attempt to collect by any means necessary, including seizing the home. In California lenders usually do not file an NOD until the homeowner is at least 90 days behind in payments. At this point many homeowners will try a short sale to avoid the property going to foreclosure.

2. Notice of Trustee Sale (NOTS):
A Notice of Trustee Sale is a public notice, given to the homeowner and published in a newspaper communicating a date for auction. This is also generally posted on the door; it is generally at least 21 days before the sale takes place.

3. Auction:
An auction is a public place, usually a courthouse, where properties are auctioned to the highest bidder.

Contact us today if you have questions or would like some assistance.

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Oliver, Sam, Sandro

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Senate Bill 458 gives added protection to short-sale hopefuls
On Friday July 15th 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 458 (Corbett) into law. The new law, which contained an urgency clause and became effective upon signing, protects homeowners pursuing short sales by barring first and secondary lien holders from going after sellers for money owed after the short sales close.

Making sense of the story

-- A short sale – a transaction in which the homeowner sells the property for less than is owed on the mortgage – must be approved by the lien holder or lien holders, if there is more than one.

-- Under previous law (SB 931 of 2010), a first mortgage holder could accept an agreed-upon short-sale payment as full payment for the outstanding balance of the loan, but the rule did not apply to junior lien holders. SB 458 extends the protections of SB 931 to junior liens.

-- The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) sponsored the bill and urged lawmakers to pass this much-needed legislation.

-- “The signing of this bill is a victory for California homeowners who have been forced to short sell their home, only to find that the lender will pursue them after the short sale closes and demand an additional payment to subsidize the difference,” said C.A.R. President Beth L. Peerce. “SB 458 brings closure and certainty to the short-sale process and ensures that once a lender has agreed to accept a short-sale payment on a property, all lienholders – those in first position and in junior positions – will consider the outstanding balance as paid in full, and the homeowner will not be held responsible for any additional payments on the property.”

From July 21, 2011. C.A.R's Market Matters
Reprinted with permission of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®



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Senate Bill 458 gives added protection to short-sale hopefuls
On Friday July 15th 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 458 (Corbett) into law. The new law, which contained an urgency clause and became effective upon signing, protects homeowners pursuing short sales by barring first and secondary lien holders from going after sellers for money owed after the short sales close.

Making sense of the story

-- A short sale – a transaction in which the homeowner sells the property for less than is owed on the mortgage – must be approved by the lien holder or lien holders, if there is more than one.

-- Under previous law (SB 931 of 2010), a first mortgage holder could accept an agreed-upon short-sale payment as full payment for the outstanding balance of the loan, but the rule did not apply to junior lien holders. SB 458 extends the protections of SB 931 to junior liens.

-- The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) sponsored the bill and urged lawmakers to pass this much-needed legislation.

-- “The signing of this bill is a victory for California homeowners who have been forced to short sell their home, only to find that the lender will pursue them after the short sale closes and demand an additional payment to subsidize the difference,” said C.A.R. President Beth L. Peerce. “SB 458 brings closure and certainty to the short-sale process and ensures that once a lender has agreed to accept a short-sale payment on a property, all lienholders – those in first position and in junior positions – will consider the outstanding balance as paid in full, and the homeowner will not be held responsible for any additional payments on the property.”

From July 21, 2011. C.A.R's Market Matters
Reprinted with permission of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®



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Short Sale News for Homeowners: Treasury expands HAFA short sales program for vacant properties
The Treasury department recently announced several changes to the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program to make the program accessible to more borrowers and properties. With the lackluster numbers on permanent HAMP modifications and other widely reported problems, HAFA and short sales may become a bigger focus for policy makers, loan servicers, and REALTORS® in 2011.

One particularly notable change announced relates to HAFA eligibility of vacant properties. Previously, only properties which were vacant for 90 days due to employment-related moves of more than 100 miles were typically eligible. Under the new HAFA guidelines, previously owner-occupied properties which have been vacant or rented for up to 12 months are eligible as long as, among other things, the seller has not purchased another property in the interim.

The new guidelines are effective Feb. 1, 2011, and are not applicable for, among others, loans owned or guaranteed by government owned or sponsored entities including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and VA.

From January 26th, 2011. Market Matters Weekly Advisory
Reprinted with permission of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®



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Short Sale News for Homeowners: Treasury expands HAFA short sales program for vacant properties
The Treasury department recently announced several changes to the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program to make the program accessible to more borrowers and properties. With the lackluster numbers on permanent HAMP modifications and other widely reported problems, HAFA and short sales may become a bigger focus for policy makers, loan servicers, and REALTORS® in 2011.

One particularly notable change announced relates to HAFA eligibility of vacant properties. Previously, only properties which were vacant for 90 days due to employment-related moves of more than 100 miles were typically eligible. Under the new HAFA guidelines, previously owner-occupied properties which have been vacant or rented for up to 12 months are eligible as long as, among other things, the seller has not purchased another property in the interim.

The new guidelines are effective Feb. 1, 2011, and are not applicable for, among others, loans owned or guaranteed by government owned or sponsored entities including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and VA.

From January 26th, 2011. Market Matters Weekly Advisory
Reprinted with permission of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®



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Options for Property Owners struggling with their mortgage
Owners of distressed or “up-side-down” properties are face with many choices on both a financial and emotional level. For the struggling homeowner it is important to understand that when they are in a “distressed” position any of the following could have negative credit / tax consequences.

1) Loan Modification: This is where the homeowner and the lender come to an agreement. A modification can involve reducing the interest rate, deferring payments on the loan, an extension of time to pay back the mortgage, reduction in balance, or a combination of all of these possibilities.
Note: According to the Treasury Department, only 9% of home owners eligible for mortgage modifications have actually had their payments reduced, Only 1 in 50 have had any debt reduced, 78% see their debt increase as a result of late charges / attorney fees / missed payments, 63% of modified loans end up back in default within 1year. So while this option can sound really great, most banks and lenders are not actually helping the majority of people who apply for a loan modification.

2) Foreclosure: Foreclosure is a legal process through which the mortgage holder gains title to the property form a homeowner show has stopped paying their mortgage. After certain time periods, the lenders can foreclosure with or without the consent of the property owner.

3) A deed in lieu: Also known as cash for keys. A deed in lieu can happen when the homeowner offers to “give back” the property to the lender before the foreclosure date. The lender gets the property back without having to go through the entire foreclosure process and agrees to accept title to the property from the homeowner. In exchange they forgive the loan, and can give the homeowner a small amount of money to walk away. The deed in lieu must be agreed to by the lender and the homeowner.

4) Bankruptcy: A legal action generally filed by a homeowner to have debt (s) discharged. An “automatic stay” happens once someone files bankruptcy, “staying” all actions against the person. While petitioning for bankruptcy can cause delays in the foreclosure process. It does not necessarily prevent a foreclosure from eventually occurring.

5) Short Sale: Many people consider this the best option because the lender agrees to let a homeowner sell the property at today’s market values as opposed to what is owed on the mortgage.



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Options for Property Owners struggling with their mortgage
Owners of distressed or “up-side-down” properties are face with many choices on both a financial and emotional level. For the struggling homeowner it is important to understand that when they are in a “distressed” position any of the following could have negative credit / tax consequences.

1) Loan Modification: This is where the homeowner and the lender come to an agreement. A modification can involve reducing the interest rate, deferring payments on the loan, an extension of time to pay back the mortgage, reduction in balance, or a combination of all of these possibilities.
Note: According to the Treasury Department, only 9% of home owners eligible for mortgage modifications have actually had their payments reduced, Only 1 in 50 have had any debt reduced, 78% see their debt increase as a result of late charges / attorney fees / missed payments, 63% of modified loans end up back in default within 1year. So while this option can sound really great, most banks and lenders are not actually helping the majority of people who apply for a loan modification.

2) Foreclosure: Foreclosure is a legal process through which the mortgage holder gains title to the property form a homeowner show has stopped paying their mortgage. After certain time periods, the lenders can foreclosure with or without the consent of the property owner.

3) A deed in lieu: Also known as cash for keys. A deed in lieu can happen when the homeowner offers to “give back” the property to the lender before the foreclosure date. The lender gets the property back without having to go through the entire foreclosure process and agrees to accept title to the property from the homeowner. In exchange they forgive the loan, and can give the homeowner a small amount of money to walk away. The deed in lieu must be agreed to by the lender and the homeowner.

4) Bankruptcy: A legal action generally filed by a homeowner to have debt (s) discharged. An “automatic stay” happens once someone files bankruptcy, “staying” all actions against the person. While petitioning for bankruptcy can cause delays in the foreclosure process. It does not necessarily prevent a foreclosure from eventually occurring.

5) Short Sale: Many people consider this the best option because the lender agrees to let a homeowner sell the property at today’s market values as opposed to what is owed on the mortgage.



What options have you tried / seen work best?



To your success,

Oliver Graf

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