If you short sell your house but never make a late payment???

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What happens to you credit? I have a friend that has amazing credit, but they own a house they owe more on than it is worth and have to move out of state for work and renting the house out wont work because their mortgage payment it too high to have it be a break even,. So what happens to someones credit if they never pay the mortgage late but the sell for less than is owed??
My friend has 800 credit scores, she bought the house in the high of the market and it is now worth about 75K less than it was before. She has family back east she needs to go be with and lives in california, will a bank allow a short sale if you arent late on a payment??

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    July 21, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Most banks don’t approve short sales for loans that aren’t in “trouble”. Meaning you pretty much have to be running behind in your payments. In your friend’s case, they may very well owe the bank for what ever is not received at closing.

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    July 21, 2011 at 1:40 am

    and it’s your concern because. . . . . .

    it has some impact on credit, but if it’s the only significant event it won’t destroy their rating

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    July 21, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Your friend will likely have to bring cash to closing if he wants to sell. I had to take cash to closing to sell my place. It sucks, but it is what it is.

    And, the concern over not breaking even renting it out should be far less a concern then screwing his credit for 7 years. When he moves to another state he may have to just get a cheap apartment for whatever amount he’s getting in rent from his current home.

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    Expert Realtor
    July 21, 2011 at 2:51 am

    They can’t sell it that way because the lien from the current mortgage won’t be lifted by the bank until they are paid in full.

    It’s called a foreclosure.

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    July 21, 2011 at 3:34 am

    The lender won’t allow a short sale unless your friend is in financial trouble. They will have to make up the difference, stop paying and let it foreclose, or rent it out and take the loss each month until the market improves.

    One remote possibility is deed in lieu of foreclosure. If the owner explains the situation to the lender, they may allow her to release title back to them and let her move. HIGHLY unlikely though.

    Anything but renting it out is going to cause a big hit to her credit score, especially foreclosure.

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    July 21, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Someone asked this a few hours ago.

    No, the bank will not approve a short sale. She can try to sell short, but she needs to bring the 75k or whatever the differance is to closing herself, otherwise, no deal.

    She can not screw them over and expect to keep her shiny credit.

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    Janet P
    July 21, 2011 at 4:19 am

    You are a mortgage planner and you are asking this?

    I bet you do not get a lot of repeat business.

    There will not be a short sale, you should know this.

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