Defined: Short Sales


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For example:

Homewoner A owes $100,000 on their current mortgage. Their home is not worth at least $100,000 in the current market. The lender who has the loan on the property allows the home owner to sell the property for $75,000. There is a shortage of $25,000. The lender agrees to accept this loss and release their lien on the property.

What You Need To Know:


  • Home owners considering short sales must qualify for a short sale based on their lender’s criteria.
  • The short sale process can take several months to complete.
  • If the property has more than one loan, both lenders will have to approve the short sale
  • Before the lender will agree to the short sale, they will do their own appraisal to determine the current value of the property.
  • The home owner must