Has a Serious Illness Caused You to Fall Behind on Your Home Mortgage Payments?
A serious illness is not only emotionally difficult, it can be financially difficult as well. With a prolonged illness, many people find that they can’t continue to work. That reduction in income can have a devastating effect on a family’s financial situation. Serious illness also is often accompanied by very costly medical bills, which further deplete already tight financial resources. At some point, many people find that they can’t afford to pay their bills. And the largest monthly bill for most people is their home mortgage payment.
If you can no longer make your home mortgage payments because of a serious illness, you have options. If you owe more on your mortgage than your house is worth, a short sale is one option to consider.
If a serious illness finds you unable to make your home mortgage payments, a short sale can help you avoid foreclosure.
In a short sale, your lender agrees to let you sell your property for less than the balance you owe on your home mortgage. To qualify for a short sale there are criteria you must meet. Every situation is unique, but the general criteria are:
- You need to sell your home.
- You owe more on your home mortgage than your house is worth.
- You have a personal financial hardship that will prevent you from making future payments. Serious illness is one type of short sale hardship.
If a serious illness forces you to sell your house, a short sale has benefits over foreclosure.
Whether you should do a short sale or let your property go to foreclosure depends on your situation. In most instances, a short sale makes more sense than foreclosure.
- When you want to obtain a loan to purchase a home in your new location, more opportunities will be available to you if you do a short sale.
- While doing a short sale will negatively affect your credit, there are many benefits to choosing a short sale over foreclosure.
- Contrary to popular belief, you can be current on your home mortgage payments and still do a short sale. In fact, if you are current on your mortgage through a short sale, you can qualify for an FHA home loan afterwards without any waiting periods. The same option will not be available following a foreclosure.
- You may qualify for cash incentives by doing a short sale rather than going through foreclosure.
- In Washington State, an underwater homeowner can lose their home to foreclosure to the first mortgage lien holder and still owe the balance from the second mortgage or other lien holders.
Washington Property Solutions has helped over 1400 Washington homeowners successfully avoid foreclosure and get a fresh start, with no out-of-pocket cost to you. You can trust us to take care of all the details.
Since every homeowner’s situation is different, we always recommend that you speak with a professional who can advise you on the legal and tax implications for your circumstances. This is particularly critical when a serious illness is involved in the sale of your home.
Washington Property Solutions offers FREE real estate attorney consultations as part of our service.
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