Monday, September 21, 2009

How Will My Destin Short Sale Affect My Credit?

Curious what your credit score will drop when you do a short sale? You'll often read on the internet 80-100 points, sometimes less. Guess what? Sometimes it is more. I just received this email from one of my Destin short sale sellers. I sold his home a few months ago. I had asked him to check his credit score before and after the short sale. Here is his email:

"Checked on my credit score with Transunion and went from 780 (Excellent top 2 percent) to 633 (Rated poor to good). I was anticipating somewhere around 680 and disappointed that big of a drop."

My Destin short sale seller only had one mortgage loan on his home. So, six missed payments and a short sale caused a 147 point drop. I don't know the other variables he had that may have affected his credit, like high charge card debt, etc. But his drop is more than what is often quoted for a short sale.

A short sale or foreclosure are both similar derogatory events on your FICO score. However, a short sale will have a lesser impact on your future ability to borrow than a foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.

Fannie Mae, the nation's largest backer of mortgages, has guidelines that favor those who do short sales versus foreclosures or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. In fact, you may be able to purchase a new home immediately if you have no missed payments and were not required to sign a promissory note or deficiency judgment was not entered. Otherwise, the waiting time is normally only 2 years after a short sale to buy a new home.

If you do a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure (turning in the keys) you will have to wait 4 years to apply for a mortgage with restrictions up to 7 years If you do a "walk-away" foreclosure, you will have to wait 5 years with even more stringent borrowing terms and a credit score of at least 680.

Additionally, your chances of a deficiency judgment may be less with a short sale, since you are working with your lender to resolve the problem. In other words, with a short sale, your lender is not "taking" your property back and you are not leaving it in their lap.

So, don't just focus on your credit score when contemplating your alternatives. Compared to foreclosure, a short sale may be your best choice when it comes to your future financial security.

It's Wendy!
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call toll-free 1-877-487-9639 or local 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: [email protected]

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