When Should You Consider A Short Sale?

People who are facing a Michigan Foreclosure frequently ask us how they should know if a short sale is their best option. That’s an easy answer. When you’ve tried everything else possible, nothing has worked out (and your expenses exceed your income), and you have a hardship that you can explain, THEN, you try a short sale. It’s a last-ditch effort when the only other alternative is foreclosure.

What else is there to try? Well, there’s a loan modification, forbearance plan, repayment plan, refinancing, private loan, getting a roommate to share expenses and even selling it to a friend or family member (not using a short sale).

We always tell people to use a short sale as their last option before foreclosure. It doesn’t cost anything to do a short sale with us, we keep everything confidential and we won’t put you in a worse situation so you’re not losing anything if you try. The Veenstra Team works with a professional 3rd party negotiating company, so your chances of getting your short sale approved when you work with us are about as good as they get!

Of course, your situation is unique and you do have questions so give us a call and let us explain your options to you and help you figure out what is right for you.

Here are some of the Options and a Few of the Pros and Cons of each.
1. Repayment Plan: Your lender may give you a fixed amount of time to repay the amount you are behind, plus any late fees, by adding a portion to your regular monthly payment. This may be an option if you only missed a few payments and had adequate income to make regular monthly payments again.

2. Forbearance: Your lender may agree to suspend your payments for a period of time. At the end of this time, you will resume your regular monthly payments, and you may be required to either make one lump sum payment or additional partial payments. This may be a good option if you have a temporary reduction in income and are now able to make regular payments plus lump sum or partial payments.

3. Loan Modification: Your lender may agree to reduce your interest rate, extend the term of the loan, or add missed payments to the loan balance. This may be a suitable option if the terms meet your needs and financial abilities.

4. Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure (voluntary foreclosure): You voluntarily transfer title to the lender. The lender has the option of canceling the remainder of the debt, but we’ve never seen this. But you will lose any equity in the house and may have to pay taxes on the debt forgiven (if any).

The above is referenced from this Michigan Web Resource

5. Refinance: May only be an option if you actually have equity in the house and/or one spouse was not on the original loan and is able to refinance into their name alone.

Thanks for reading!
Your Kalamazoo Real Estate Short Sale Team
Jason Veenstra, Kalamazoo REALTOR
David Veenstra, Kalamazoo REALTOR

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