Do you owe more than what your house is worth in todays market?

You may qualify for a short sale.

In Michigan it is more and more common for a homeowner to find himself/herself in a hardship situation when they are no longer able to make their mortgage payments, due to a variable interest rate that has changed, divorce, illness, job loss or a variety of other reasons. Sometimes a homeowner is current on their mortgage payment, but just got a new job out of state and must sell their home. There is a big difference between a short sale and a foreclosure on your record.
A short sale might be an option because the homeowner owes $300,000 on their mortgage, but can only sell their house for $200,000 because of current market conditions. Since the homeowner must sell their home, and the homeowner does not have the ability to bring the difference of what they can sell the house for and what is owed, in this case $100,000, then this might be a good case for a short sale.

A Time Sensitive
Real Estate Transaction

We do not negotiate with your lender. We can recommend a company who specializes in working with your lender. We can also point you in the direction necessary to have an attorney review all proposals offered by your lender. It's critical that when you make the decision to short sale your house, you put your trust with a real estate agent that has experience and a successful past track record in marketing short sales.

Keep in mind if the process isn't handled 100% correct from the begining you will run out of time and your home will go into foreclosure. This isn't a normal real estate transaction where if the home doesn't sell you can just re-list with another real estate agent. Once you stop making payments, the time clock begins. I tell you this so you know the importance of calling the right agent.


The benefit of a Short Sale over a Foreclosure

If you participate in a short sale, and the company you hire is successful in getting the bank to accept short of what is owed to them on your mortgage, your credit will only show 30-60-90 day late payments, contrary to an actual foreclosure on your record. If you foreclose on your home, you will not be able to get another mortgage for as long as seven years. If you manage to do a short sale, you may be able to get another home mortgage within a couple years or less.

This requires your lender to take a discount on what is owed them. Sometimes your lender will take as much as 20% or more less than what is owed. If you have a FHA mortgage, your lender will send out an appraiser and can accept approximately 82% less than the appraised value.

Why would a lender take less than what is owed to them? Because a short sale will save your lender the costly process of getting the home back in Foreclosure. The foreclosure process for a bank is a very long process and usually a very expensive project for a bank. They will have to incur the costs of an attorney, maintenance of the property, sometimes mold issues, securing the property, real estate fees along with many other fees.


Pre-Foreclosures & Short Sales In Michigan

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Real estate is very costly for a lender. Lenders do not want to become property managers, they want to lend money. While the house is left vacant, the pipes may freeze throughout the cold winter months, the house could be vandalized, and usually the home will sell for much less than what it could sell for in the short sale process.

We are a team of real estate professionals who specialize inmarketing pre-foreclosure homes for homeowners who are in this very situation. We work with your lender on your behalf to list and sell your home.

Your lender pays our commission and also your closing costs.

You need to know that Michigan is on the top of the list for number of foreclosures in the country and because of that, you must act quickly.


Required Documents to complete a Short sale

The first thing you should do to start a short sale process is call your lender and ask for the loss mitigation department and ask for a short sale package. Sometimes you must stop making payments for a month or two before your lender will begin to take you serious. Below is the package we must compile before your lender will even begin to entertain a short sale.

  • Authorization to release information form
  • Copies of all bank statements
    (last 2 months for everyone on the note)
  • CMA with pictures
    (MARK Z. Home Selling Team will do)
  • Hardship Letter
  • Copies of pay stubs
    (last 2 pay periods )
  • Application for Pre-Foreclosure sale program
    (Only if FHA , HUD form 90036)
  • Listing agreement
  • Signed purchase offer
    (MARK Z Home Selling Team will get)
  • Homeownership counseling form
    (Only if FHA , HUD form 90038)
  • Copies of tax returns
    (last 2 years for everyone on the note)
  • HUD 1 closing sheet

Short Sale F.A.Q.’s

Why would my Lender want to allow a Short Sale to help me?

The reason is simple. A short sale often has a better return on investment for the lender than a foreclosure. The average savings a lender receives from a short sale property compared with a foreclosure property is $54,000. Not only does the lender receive this savings, they are also paid on the loan 6 months earlier than in the foreclosure process. This allows them to collect and cash-out earlier than they would in a foreclosure. Plus, lenders spend a great deal of money with attorneys to complete the foreclosure process. Lenders created the short sale process as a foreclosure alternative for these very reasons. The incentives to perform a short sale on your property are in place to motivate you to participate.

When should I start my Short Sale?

It is best to begin a short sale when you realize you can no longer afford the mortgage, so that your property can be marketed properly. The earlier you start, the higher likelihood of success. We have sold short sales that have already gone to foreclosure sale. Contact Us to see if you have enough time.

How long does it take for you to complete the case once we fill out the paperwork?

Typical cases are completed within three to six months. If you have a foreclosure sale date approaching, we will work diligently to complete it sooner. In the past we have found buyers quickly and have used a variety of short sale negotiation companies who have relationships with the banks to push back your foreclosure sale date.

What is a Deed in Lieu?

A Deed in Lieu is when the property is deeded back to the lender with the approval of the borrower prior to foreclosure. (This process may still leave a negative impact on the borrower’s credit.)

Why should a lien holder accept less than the outstanding debt?

After the lender does an appraisal on the property and discovers that the value is less than the payoff, the lender will decide if it is worth further legal actions and cost. A business decision is made to either continue foreclosure action or accept the short sale offer.

What is a Closing Statement or HUD?

A form used at closing that gives an account of the funds received and paid at closing, including the escrow deposits for taxes, hazard insurance, and mortgage insurance.

What is a Deed?

The legal document conveying title to a real property.

What is a Deed of Trust?

A deed of trust is an instrument used in many states in place of a mortgage. Property is transferred to a trustee by the borrower (trustor), in favor of the lender (beneficiary) and reconveyed upon payment in full.

What is Depreciation?

A loss of value in a real property brought about by age, physical deterioration, functional or economic obsolescence.

What is Loss Mitigation?

Loss Mitigation is a process to avoid foreclosure; the lender tries to help a borrower who has been unable to make loan payments and is in danger of defaulting on his or her loan. If you call your lender, you would ask for their loss mitigation department.

What is a Loan Modification?

A mortgage modification is a loss mitigation option that allows a borrower to refinance and/or extend the term of the mortgage loan and reduce the monthly payments.

What is a Forbearance Plan?

A forbearance plan is a loss mitigation option where the lender arranges a revised repayment plan for the borrower that may include a temporary reduction or suspension of monthly loan payments.

What is a Short Sale?

A short sale is a negotiated settlement. This is when the lender agrees to accept less than the amount owed as a payoff on a loan.

What is an Offer on a property?

An offer is an indication by a potential buyer of a willingness to purchase a home at a specific price; generally put forth in writing.

How long is a Short Sale process?

Depending on the mortgage company and the state in which the home is located, a short sale process can take between 3-12 months.

What is the difference between a Satisfaction of a Lien vs. a Release?

A satisfaction is a total release from the debt owed. A release is when the lender releases the lien from the property to allow the home to be sold. (The borrower may still be required to repay the balance of the debt.)

How does a foreclosure and a short sale show up on my credit?

Foreclosures show up as FORECLOSURE, and can stay on your record for seven years. Anytime you apply for a new loan or have your credit run, the foreclosure will show up and is usually a required disclosure you must make on most credit and job applications. A short sale is listed as SETTLED DEBT, and is much less harmful to your credit. Please consult a credit company for more information.

What liability do I have when doing a short sale?

In a short sale, it is possible the bank could 1099 you for the difference in what you sell your property for and what you owed. This means the IRS could consider the difference as income, and you could be taxed on that income. The bank might also ask you to pay a portion of the difference back in the form of an unsecured note, which is similar to an I.O.U. It is a negotiation, and we employ tactics to have the bank consider the debt settled.

In a foreclosure, your house is sold at an auction, which typically causes the difference of the total amount you owe and the foreclosure sale price to be much greater. This means you have a higher potential tax liability. Additionally, the bank may come after you for a Deficiency Judgment.

A successful short sale will eliminate a deficiency judgment, minimize your tax liability, and keep the foreclosure off your credit.

What is a Deficiency Judgment?

A Deficiency Judgment can arise when the bank sells the house at foreclosure auction. The bank can sell the house at auction for any amount less than the total amount owing of the debt plus fees. A deficiency judgment can arise if the bank sells the house for less than the mortgage debt. The lender then holds you responsible for the unpaid portion of the loan. For instance, if you owe $100,000 to the mortgage servicer and they see proceeds after the auction of $55,000, the remaining difference of $45,000 can be moved into a judgment against you. This will also appear on your credit report along with the foreclosure. The lender may be allowed to take further legal action such as garnishing wages to pursue payment based on the laws of your state. Some states have restrictions and regulations on deficiency judgments, but unfortunately the majority do not.

Some lenders will choose the deficiency judgment while others may pursue a path to write off the loan. If they choose to write off the loan, the lender may issue a 1099 form which you will have to pay taxes on for the calendar year, UNLESS you qualify for the mortgage debt relief act.