San Diego’s mortgage meltdown has left many stressed and relocating homeowners wondering what to do. Should they just let their home go to foreclosure? Should they see if their lender will accept a deed in lieu of foreclosure?
Or should they go through the uncertainties of a short sale on their San Diego home?
Fannie Mae’s recent announcement seems to provide some real clarity for owners of San Diego homes in default.
In a nutshell, avoid foreclosures, bankruptcy and deed in lieu of foreclosure if at all possible. It is far, far better to have a short sale–or a pre-foreclosure sale–as a resolution.
Under the Fannie Mae Announcement 08-16 (released 06/26/2008), short sales or those engaging in pre-foreclosure sales will be cleared to borrow on another home via Fannie Mae in two years from completion date of the short sale. This may be painful, but two years is far preferable to the alternative….
of 5 to 7 years if the home goes to foreclosure and 4 to 7 years if one opts for deed in lieu of foreclosure.
I am horrified that there are real estate agents advising people that there is no difference between a short sale and foreclosure–or that a deed in lieu of foreclosure may be preferable to either.
If homeowners were to follow this fallacious advice, our country’s real estate market would remain in the tank for at least another five years–and by that time we might have gone through an economic depression of epic proportions.
If your San Diego home is in default, please contact a qualified short sale specialist as soon as possible to help avoid the long-lasting consequences of foreclosure. The best buyer for your home is a cash buyer who is in a position to perform on short notice–at no cost to you.
We work with such a buyer–and are willing to forfeit any real estate commission on the sale to this investor group, because they will eventually turn around and list with us.
For additional information, call Mike or Roberta Murphy at 760-402-9101/9102.