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Here's what I don't understand about Short Sales....

Here's what I don't understand about short sales....

Based on what I have read, and my own interpretation gleaned from conversations with friends, clients and potential buyers...

  • The great majority of the homeowner's involved in short sales do not want to leave their homes.
  • Banks are overwhelmed by the paperwork both for the new loan for purchase and the documentation of the hardship for the old home.
  • Foreclosures and other vacant properties blight neighborhoods
  • Short sales and Foreclosures cause a HUGE hit to credit scores and preclude most buyers from purchasing another home for 3-10 years, extending this crisis for the forseeable future.

According to an article in the Baltimore Business JournalNationally, 3,825,637 foreclosure filings were reported on a record 2,871,891 U.S. properties in 2010 -- an increase of nearly 2 percent from 2009 and an increase of 23 percent from 2008.   I would imagine that some portion of them attempted to sell their homes prior to foreclosure

Wouldn't it make more sense for lenders to offer the property to the current homeowner at the price they are willing to short sell it to avoid foreclosures.  Banks would essentially write off the old loan or rather re-negotiate the old loan (I would use modify, but that has such an ugly connotation these days).

What's the benefit to keeping a borrower in their home?

  • Bank-keeps the loan and a grateful borrower and their family in the home, potentially incenting the borrower to make on-time payments for years to come
  • Lightens the paperwork load-1 borrower's documentation (current owner) instead of two (buyer and seller)
  • Shortens the time to negotiate by using a pre-determined formula for value
  • Fewer foreclosures and vacant homes
  • Americans get back on their collective feet and begin digging out of this housing crisis!

Here's what I don't understand about short sales, wouldn't it make more sense financially and personally to keep homeowner's who want to stay in their homes IN their homes?  Granted, this plan will not work for everyone or in all cases, but it sure seems that it might help!

Just my humble opinion!


Warm Regards,

Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO or


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Comment balloon 2 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • January 31 2011 11:38AM


Yes, this makes perfect sense but not within the banking circles where they have to foreclose in order to write off the loss.  What's funny about all this is that the banks are back to making billions in profits while "Joe Homeowner" is suffering through this "crisis".

Posted by Bryan Robertson over 9 years ago

Bridget, I have often had the exact same thoughts.  It just makes perfect sense.  The lenders are going to write off the loss in either case so why not just do it to the current owner and it can be done much faster, less paperwork and will help out the home owners.  In the end the lenders still write off the loss....arggg seems like such a simple option.

Posted by Jim Keilson, Specializing in Mold and Radon Gas Testing. (Maryland Home Inspection Services, Inc.) over 9 years ago