Basically, when a house sells for a price that is less than the seller still owes on the mortgage, that’s a short sale. If the owner cannot make the mortgage payments, many lenders will agree to accept the proceeds of a short sale and forgive the rest of what is owed on the mortgage.
If that’s the case, it means the seller’s lender is accepting a discounted payoff to release an existing mortgage. There are no guarantees that the lender will accept an offer that the seller accepts so the process for negotiating a short sale can be a lot longer than a normal sale.
Potential buyers need to be aware that the seller will need to be in default, to have stopped making mortgage payments, before a lender will consider a short sale. The seller might owe more than the home is worth, so a discounted price might bring the price in line with market value, not below it.
The seller must provide a hardship letter to the lender and may be liable for taxes on the amount of debt that is forgiven.
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All statistics are gathered from the Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS®.
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