Should You Consider a Short Sale on Your Santa Cruz Home?

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Sunday, March 28th, 2010 at 11:01pm.

A short sale happens when a lender agrees to accept less than the balance remaining on a home. It is a way for sellers to avoid foreclosure and sell their Santa Cruz homes.

It seems like a good idea for people who owe more on their home than it’s worth, but that doesn’t mean it is right for everyone. Should you consider a short sale on your Santa Cruz home?

Pros to doing a short sale:

• You will be able to sell your property, get out from under a mortgage you cannot afford and lower your debt.

• You can still sell your property in a declining real estate market, even if you owe more than the home is worth.

• Buyers sometimes get good deals on the property or may be able to buy a home at market value in a popular area they couldn't previously afford.

• While a short sale isn't ideal, it is typically better than a foreclosure which stays on your credit report for 10 years.

• If your home goes into foreclosure and is sold at auction for less than the mortgage, you can still be held responsible for making up the difference.

Cons to doing a short sale:

• The lender may refuse to do the short sale, or they may still hold you responsible for the remaining debt.

• The bank’s loss is considered taxable income for you, and you may have to pay taxes on the amount.

• Short sales do stay on your credit report and may make it difficult for you to a get loan in the future.

• You may have to find a real estate agent willing to work for a smaller commission.

• Short sales take longer to close than traditional home sales.

I can help you decide if a short sale on your Santa Cruz home is right for you. Call me today at 831.662.6522 or email me at for more information about your selling options.


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