Question: We are moving and our home will have to be a short sale. We have perfect credit and have never been late on a payment. The short sale will need to be on the second mortgage only. We owe $150,000 on the second and the short sale will probably be $75,000 of that. We are purchasing a lot where we are moving to and I want to make sure they will not be able to put a lien on it for the difference. In other words what assets will they come after for the difference.
Answer: – Well, technically they can come after you for whatever is not satisfied. If the short sale is approved and successful, the individual doing the short sale will need to make sure it “satisfies” the loan in which you will receive a 1099-c. If they don’t satisfy the loan, then the bank retains the right to come after you for the deficient amount.
There is actually another option, similar to a short sale, but takes half the time, allows you to stay in the home or (be able to actually sell it in this case) for a profit. We basically get rid of the $150,000 second mortgage by offering a settlement with the lender. The loan is completely satisfied and it never shows up on your credit like a short sale does. Just another option out there for you to think about.