Southeast Michigan Short Sales 101

Posted in Southeast Michigan Short Sales by Michigan Real Estate Expert on September 12th, 2011

Today’s economy has been rough on most everyone’s pocketbooks, and when it comes to prioritizing payments, mortgage payments can take a hit. If you find yourself in a bind, owe more than your home is worth and can’t afford your current mortgage, then you might want to consider talking to a real estate agent, one who is a Certified Distressed Property Expert, and bank about the possibility of a Southeast Michigan short sale.

To help you prepare for those conversations, here are the basics about Southeast Michigan short sales:

  • What is a short sale? A short sale is an agreement that your real estate agent negotiates between you and your bank to sell your home for less than you still owe. The bank absorbs the loss so that the seller doesn’t have to repay the balance of the mortgage.
  • Why would you do this? Your home is now worth less than you owe, which is called being underwater, and you have a financial hardship. There are a number of reasons that could put you in financial hardship and have you considering a short sale — such as unemployment, job transfer, illness, under employment and divorce.
  • How does it work? A real estate agent lists your home at its current market value. Then a buyer places an offer that is usually much less than the amount required to pay off the loan. The seller or agent (if the seller has given written permission for the agent to do so) takes the short sale purchase agreement to the bank holding the mortgage in hopes that they’ll accept it.
  • What do you need? Basic guidelines usually include a hardship letter about why you need a short sale, bank statements for the last three months, two years of tax returns and permission for your real estate agent to negotiate short sale terms with your bank.
  • How should you proceed? Most accountants agree that a short sale is better for your credit score than a foreclosure. Talk to your real estate agent who is a Certified Distressed Property Experty and have him or her refer you to an accountant who can evaluate your situation and help you take the steps necessary to secure a good financial future.

There’s a lot more to short sales than I’ve outlined here, but it gives you a starting point.

If you’re finding it difficult to meet your monthly mortgage payments and still owe more than your home is worth, then you might want to consider a Southeast Michigan short sale. It can decrease your debt and release you from that monthly financial burden. Call me at 248-514-2640 or email me at for more information.

Lee Morof
Associate Broker/Certified Distressed Property Expert/Attorney
RE/MAX Showcase Homes, Birmingham, Michigan
Call:  248-514-2640

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