Question: In Florida. Lots of stuff going on and now the MI says today they need a take it or leave it answer with no negotiation by close of business Friday. Son no longer lives in house that has mortgage insurance on it that the lender has accepted a short sale contract on and forwarded to the MI. He has purchased another house and just stopped making payments on the other in September. The MI says that they want 42000 over ten years 0% interest starting 2/12 or they will foreclose. (Doesn’t the lender do that?) He has some cash but has a baby due at Christmas that requires 20000 out of pocket at least, assuming no emegencies, because of crappy insurance. He made less this year than last but more last year than in 2009. The short sale contract and the appraisal are 89000 and the mortgage is in the high 150s give or take a few thousand. Not sure what the least expensive thing is to do but 42k is a lot more than he will have in the bank after the baby comes and no one wants to pay an extra $350 a month for 10 years to compensate them for a mutually bad investment. I am thinking ask the lender to do a deed in lieu so there is no deficiency and then file a 982 I think it’s called to get around that. If they don’t take the deed in lieu, then file for bankruptcy to get out of the deficiency but since I have little experience with this I need some advice that may help resolve this better than my solutions.
Answer: – The least expensive thing to do is file bankruptcy. It will cost him $1500 and he can start over from scratch. A lot of lenders, when you tell them you are going to file, will work with you to find a solution. A better option might be to get an attorney or good real estate agent / short sale negotiator to help you push the short sale through with a full satisfaction meaning they can’t ask for any money to be paid back. The loan would be paid in full. Your son would receive a 1099 which would be negated with form 982 as mentioned. Don’t let the bank push you around… unfortunately they deal with homeowners a lot differently than an attorney or 3rd party negotiator because they automatically assume the homeowner doesn’t know what they are doing.