"Short Sale" is when more money is owed on property than the suggested listed price.
Is a Short Sale right for you? How to know if you are a canidate.

Approximately one in five homeowners is “underwater” – meaning they owe more on their mortgage than their home is currently worth. For borrowers in default or at risk of defaulting, selling their house for less than is owed, often termed a short sale, may be the only option. However, short sale offers must be accepted by the bank that owns the mortgage, and can take as long as a few months before an offer is accepted.
Be persistent during ordeal of short sale

MAKING SENSE OF SHORT SALES

· Some home buyers are submitting unrealistically low offers on bank-owned properties, hoping to purchase a home at a bargain price. Low offers often use valuable time and resources that could be dedicated toward more favorable offers more likely to garner bank approval. It is vital that home buyers work closely with their REALTORS® to submit appropriate offers, especially when dealing with a short sale property.

· Theoretically, short sales should be a win-win for the bank and the homeowner. Although the bank does not receive the full payment on the mortgage, it also does not incur the costs of foreclosure and/or eviction, if necessary. Many homeowners also prefer short sales because it does less damage to their credit score than a foreclosure. However, many real estate experts say that the majority of banks are reluctant to approve short sales, and often let properties go into foreclosure, even when there are reasonable offers on the property. In addition to considering the price, most lenders also take into consideration whether the homeowner can demonstrate financial hardship. If the homeowner is capable of making payments, many lenders will try to work out a loan modification, rather than a short sale.

· Short sales often are more time intensive than traditional transactions and often require additional paperwork. Due to the large number of short sale offers, many take as long as a few months to receive approval. If information or required forms are missing or incomplete, the bank may set the offer aside, which could delay the process and cause the property to go into foreclosure. To expedite the process, it is important that sellers work closely with their REALTOR® to provide all of the necessary paperwork.
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Is a Short Sale right for you? How to know if you are a canidate.

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Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer of the San Francisco Chronicle