Another day, another lousy piece of economic data. The 27.2 percent fall in existing home sales in July was far below analysts’ official expectations (though in line with some of the whisper numbers.
A foreclosure will have a very bad effect on a homeowner’s credit and the bank will in most cases take a bigger loss than they would in a short sale. A sellers credit in a short sale will be.
Typically a short sale is agreed to by a lender as a means of preventing foreclosure. You’re current with your mortgage so I don’t think a lender would be too willing to listen, but it wouldn’t hurt to call them. They can tell you under what specific circumstances they will allow a short sale. You may have to ask for the loss mitigation department.
In addition, borrowers that agree to a short sale escape the bad credit marks of a foreclosure and can often buy another house with mortgage financing after only two years.
Bruce asks: dear gina, I have a bad credit mortgage and my interest rate is going to over 10%. I always planned to clean up my credit and refinance but now my home is worth less than my mortgage balance. I can’t refinance, but I won’t be able to make the payment either. Will my lender approve a short sale or do I have to miss a few payments first?
By the time the bank takes back your property, your credit could be on life support. A short-sale still impacts your score, but not nearly as much as a default or foreclosure. bad credit affects rates when you’re looking to buy a car, raise your insurance rates, and can hurt your chances of finding a rental.
a foreclosure, the credit is damaged by 200 to 250 points, and for up to 4 or 5 years preventing someone from obtaining a government-backed mortgage. It is clearly less. Should I Short Sale My Home? 1 . 2 .
Is there a difference in the impact of foreclosure vs. a short sale when you sell your home? Recently, FICO, the company that produces the credit score used by many lenders to evaluate creditworthiness, offered some surprising answers to these questions – and added some new insights as well. Bad news for high scorers