As a Florida Mortgage Professional, I get calls and emails all the time from worried homeowners wondering if they should start Short Sale Proceedings.
The most obvious negative effect is to your Credit. A Short Sale is a "derogatory". That means that you will have significant damage done to your credit.
Even though a Short Sale is not nearly as bad for your credit as a Foreclosure, it will nevertheless stay on your file for years and will affect:
- The Interest Rate on your next house
- The Finance Price or Lease Payment on your next car
- Your ability to Rent an Apartment
- Your ability to get a credit card
- Your ability to get a Business Loan
This is why it is important to figure out whether you really, really, really need one... NEED ONE.
So how do you do that??
First, start by contacting your friendly neighborhood Mortgage Broker (that's me!!) and Realtor. Set up a coffee appointment and we three can go over your situation and lay out your options.
I can supply the financial advice and the Realtor can come with comps and market rental data and provide the real estate advice. The Realtor can also help you figure out how long it will take to sell your property in this market!
From there, we can provide referrals to other professionals to help you along the way.
For more information on Short Sales and to read the full text of this article, click on the links below
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