Question: We are in the process of doing a short sale to sell our condo in Illinois. We have a mortgage and a line of credit through Wells Fargo. The mortgage is approved for short sale, asking us to bring $20k to closing. The line of credit is almost approved but they are saying that we will have to settle that loan AFTER we close by setting up a payment plan. We cannot afford to pay on this line of credit and we are now considering foreclosure. If we foreclose, can the bank come after our assets? Can the bank come after us for the line of credit? We are moving out of state. Will we have to go to court? Will foreclosure permanently be on our record, or just for 7 years? Will we be able to get loans in the future? Thank you for your help!
These are great questions. You have about 3 or 4 questions here so I will try to answer them accordingly. First, the bank can’t come after your assets directly but they “could” file a judgment against you where you will have to pay them the amount that was deficient. The line of credit is what gets most people into trouble. They are the ones who take the biggest losses. So they are the ones that usually come after you. You can actually settle the 2nd mortgage completely for approx. 10% to 15% of the original note if you know what you are doing. That way there is no repayment plan. It’s basically wiped out for good. See most banks are worried that you will file bankruptcy, so they are willing to work with you if you provide them a quick settlement upfront. Third, you shouldn’t have to go to court, unless you decide to fight the judgment if it even goes that far. Fourth, foreclosure will be on your record for about 7 years. Bankruptcy is about 7-10 years. A short sale is about 2-3. A settlement has NO effect on your credit because it was paid off in full. No matter which route you choose, you will eventually be able to get loans again. It’s just a matter of time.