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Is A Short Sale The Same As A Pre-Foreclosure?

No, a short sale is not the same as a pre-foreclosure. A pre-foreclosure home has begun the legal process of foreclosure in California. Typically, this means that a Notice of Default has been sent to the home owner and filed at the County Recorder’s Office. Notices of Default are a matter of public record, and as such it is relatively easy to determine if a Notice of Default has been served on the property owner. After three months, if the Notice of Default is not cured by the home owner, the lender can then file a Notice of Trustee’s Sale. During this time period, people will often refer to a home as a pre-foreclosure.
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5 Reasons Why Short Sales Aren’t Always Short

1) The Bank/Servicer. “Banks” are the most often cited reason for delay on short sales. Processing a short sale can easily be accomplished in one month, but some banks simply bungle files. They lose documents, they lose files, they re-assign files too often, or they never assign files to start. In addition, some banks are now using third party servicing companies to process their files which adds another layer of bureaucrac
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The Rush to Lowball

And what have you told me as the seller when you make a low offer so quickly? You’ve told me that you really do want this house and you recognize that someone else would want it too so you are trying to move quickly. So, then even if I’m not insulted by your low offer, I think I can probably get you to pay a lot more than what you’ve offered -- basically I may think your actions speak louder than that low price.
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Will My Bank Still Approve My Short Sale If I Owe Twice What My Home Is Worth?

Many homeowners who are severely underwater ask this question. Generally, the reason a bank accepts a short sale is due to the hardship of the seller. It is not because the short sale offer is close to or far from the loan balance. Once hardship is established, the issue becomes the market value of the asset. If market value is half -- market value is half -- there is no way around that.
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Will I Still Owe the Bank Money If I Do A Short Sale?

If you have one mortgage loan on your California home the answer is no. Senate Bill 931 allows that after January 1, 2011, if a lender on a first mortgage accepts a short sale, they are agreeing to waive the deficiency amount. So, if they approve the short sale and it closes, you will not owe your lender any additional money, even though you have not paid back the entire loan balance.
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