Question: Who is responsible for the difference of the original loan amount if the property is redeemed by the mortgagor, or if the property is sold in a short sale? Who is responsible for the difference? The money lost on the original loan?
Answer: -The individual(s) who signed on the dotted lines and promised to pay the loan back are responsible for the difference. The lender has the option of doing nothing and counts it as a loss, or they can 1099 the homeowner for the difference, or they can file a deficiency judgment against you for the whole amount. If they file a deficiency judgment against you, the only way to get rid of it is to file bankruptcy or pay it off. If they 1099 you for the difference and count it as income, you can fill out a form (982) the IRS has that (in most cases) will counter the 1099. So really all you have to worry about is the deficiency judgment. And a good short sale expert knows how to avoid that so it’s rarely an issue. Most of the time they just 1099 you for the difference.