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Knoxville Short Sale Question: Are Short Sales A Thing Of The Past?

question markIn our Ask the Expert Section, we recently received a question from Brandon, he asks, "I bought my Knoxville home 7 years ago. I was able to get approved for more than I probably should have been. For awhile, it wasn't difficult to pay my mortgage payment, but after my rate increased things became more difficult. My wife and I just had our first kid, so she stopped working. After this and becoming a one income household, it became difficult to pay my mortgage payment on my Knoxville home. We met with a realtor about selling our Knoxville home last year and we owe about $55,000 more than it would sell for. I want do do a short sale on my Knoxville home, but am afraid I'm too late with home prices rising. Are Knoxville short sales a thing of the past?" Brandon, I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Luckily, Knoxville short sales are still very much a part of the Knoxville real estate landscape. Short sales may not be quiet as prevalent as they were a few years ago, but it is still very much possible to avoid foreclosure with a Knoxville short sale. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Reasons Why Lenders Reject Knoxville Short Sales

mistake2Every Knoxville short sale is a little bit different. Every lender can be a little bit different on their short sale requirements and why they approve or deny a Knoxville short sale. There are, however, a few common reason why lenders reject a short sale. Read on below to find out more. One major reason that short sales fail is due to the fact that a file doesn't meet the short sale guidelines. The reason that a file may fail to meet short sale guidelines can vary. A few common reasons include: a homeowner doesn't have well documented hardship, a homeowner has too many cash reserves, or it appears that a homeowner could afford to make payments. Read the rest of this entry »

Knoxville Short Sale Question – What If I’ve Missed A Payment?

question markIn our Ask the Expert Section, we recently received a question from Ashley, she asks, "It's been a little difficult for me to make my mortgage payments on my Knoxville home recently. I'm self-employed and recently haven't been making as much money as I normally do. On top of that, I just had to pay to do some major maintenance on the basement of my Knoxville home. I recently missed a payment on my Knoxville home and am worried I will keep missing payments. Is it time to consider a short sale on my Knoxville home?" In the state of Tennessee, the foreclosure process can happen pretty quickly. Technically, after just one missed payment, your lender has the right to foreclose on your Knoxville home. With that being said, that is not something that happens very rarely, if at all. A majority of Knoxville homeowners that go through foreclosure miss payments for at least a year or more. As far as if a Knoxville short sale is a good option for you, that is a largely personal question. There are a few things you'll want to consider to determine whether or not a Knoxville short sale is right for your. Do you owe more on your home than it is worth? Do you want to sell you Knoxville home? Do you want to explore you Knoxville alternatives to avoid foreclosure? If you modified you loan, could you continue making your payments? With just one missed payment, it is important to determine early on a plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Knoxville Short Sales – Why The Devil Is In The Details

man-question-mistakeWith any real estate transaction, the devil is in the details. This is particularly true for Knoxville short sale transactions. After months of negotiations, any unexpected and seemingly minute detail can cause a huge issue or even cause the sale to fall apart all together. Here are a few examples of why the devil is in the details when it comes to Knoxville short sale transactions. One large detail that can cause a major hiccup with Knoxville short sales is other liens against the property. While a homeowner may only have one or two mortgages on the property, there still could be other liens that they are unaware of or fail to disclose. A majority of Knoxville homeowners don't understand that failing to pay their credit card could result in a judgement filed against them that attaches to the property. This is exactly why prior to starting a short sale a title search is done on the property. This will reveal any other potential liens that are against the property, thus saving the sale from a last minute hiccup. Read the rest of this entry »

Knoxville Short Sale Question – What Will I Owe If Short Sale Fails?

imagesIn our Ask the Expert Section, we received a question from Alice, she asks, "I'm behind on the mortgage payments on my Knoxville home. I want to do a short sale, but I'm afraid of what will happen if it doesn't work out. After being out of work for over a year, I'm already financially stretched. If the Knoxville short sale fails, how much will I owe?" Knoxville short sales are done at absolutely not cost to you. Regardless of whether or not a Knoxville short sale is successful, you should never be required to pay any money to do a short sale. If any party asks for an upfront fee, it should immediately raise a red flag, as it is a common sign of many Knoxville short sale scams. In a Knoxville short sale, the short sale lender takes care of paying any real estate commissions, closing costs, and past due property taxes. Until the sale is complete, no party involved in the transaction gets paid. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Let A Knoxville Short Sale Sour Your Dreams Of Owning A Home

Knoxville Short Sales can help You get your life backFor Knoxville homeowners that have been through foreclosure or done a short sale, it can sometimes be difficult to imagine owning another home. Whether is was job loss or some other financial difficulty, homeowners that have gone through foreclosure or done a short sale can easily sour on the idea of owning a home after being put through the ringer by a lender. If you're gone through a Knoxville short sale or foreclosure, here is why you shouldn't let it sour your dreams of owning a home. First, it is important to remember that you are not alone. Many Knoxville homeowners went through foreclosure or did a short sale just like you. Nationally, according to data from Black Knight Financial Services, about 7.2 million homes in American have gone through a short sale or foreclosure. At a time where unemployment was high and homeowners were upside down on their homes, it is not a shock at the amount of homeowners that did a Knoxville short sale or went through foreclosure. Don't let this hold you back from owning another Knoxville home. Read the rest of this entry »

Knoxville Short Sale Question: Should I Try And Save My Home?

stopforeclosureknoxvilleIn our Ask the Expert Section, we recently received a question from Jake, he asks, “I've been struggling to keep making payments on my Knoxville home. I'm at the point now where I'm at the point of no return. I feel like doing a short sale is giving up, but I'm not sure how I would rebound from my current situation. I've tried a few things and nothing has worked. Should I do a short sale or should I try to save my Knoxville home?" Jake, I'm very sorry to hear about your current situation. It's a very tough decision to make, whether to do short sale or try to find another solution to stay in your Knoxville home. Unfortunately, there is no clear cut solution, as the situation is largely personal and you have to determine the best solution for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Knoxville Short Sale Question: Is It Harder With Two Mortgages?

knoxvilleshortsalewithtwomortgagesIn our Ask the Expert Section, we recently received a question from Irina, she asks, "I've been unable to make the mortgage payments on my Knoxville home. My  son became very ill a few years ago and it made it difficult for me to work, since I'm self-employed. The medical bills were piling up and it became impossible to stay current on my mortgages. I have two mortgages on my home and owe about $30K more than what it will sell for. Is a Knoxville short sale going to be more difficult since I have two mortgages?" It is very possible to negotiate a Knoxville short sale if there are two mortgages on a property. Two mortgages can just make a short sale situation a little more complicated. Some lenders are just a little more complicated when it comes to negotiating on a second mortgage. Luckily, there are a few short sale programs which offer incentives to second lien holders. For example, Freddie Mac short sales are willing to offer up to $6,000 to subordinate lien holders, in exchange for releasing the lien and not pursuing the borrower for a deficiency judgment. Fannie Mae short sales also offer up to $6,000 to subordinate lien holders for lien holder to release the lien and waive their right to pursue the homeowner for a deficiency judgment. Read the rest of this entry »

Knoxville Short Sales – What’s In A Short Sale Approval Letter?

approvedKnoxville short sales take great deal of time and patience to complete. All the paper work, phone calls, and effort is put forth for one common goal: the short sale approval letter. So, what exactly is included in a Knoxville short sale approval letter? And, when it is received, what does it mean for you as the homeowner? The short sale approval letter spells out exactly what the lender requires from the seller in order for the short sale to be successfully completed. Generally, they lay out the following terms: an acceptable sales prices, the max commissions allowed, maximum closing costs, minimum proceeds to the seller (if any), and the close date (or when the sale must close by). In the case of some short sales, it will also include a release of future liabilities, that is that your lender is waving the right to pursue you for a deficiency judgement. If the release of liability is not address, then your lender could still potentially pursue you for what is owed. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Honesty Is Key When Doing A Knoxville Short Sale

Knoxville Short Sale Deal ClosesKnoxville short sales can be tricky transactions. As a seller, it is extremely important to be upfront with your realtor and lender throughout the short sale process. Any little lie or forgotten detail has the potential to cause a big hiccup in the whole short sale process. Here is why it is so important to be honest when doing a Knoxville short sale. First, it is important to understand the scrutiny that Knoxville short sales are put under before they are approved. Bank statements, pay stubs, among other things are examined throughout the process. It is just important to understand that if you're hiding anything, it will most likely be found out, which is why it is just important to be upfront about it Being honest and upfront with your realtor from the beginning will only help your Knoxville short sale to succeed. Your realtor is there to  work with your lender to get your Knoxville short sale approved. Any pertinent information that you are able to provide them will only help. The more they know, they better they will be able to assist you. Read the rest of this entry »

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