ADVANTAGES OF A SHORT SALE OVER LOAN MODIFICATION

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10 Year Example

For many home owners that are “under water”, short selling their properties will benefit them far more than modifying their current loan terms. Take the example below:

Sample Under Water Mortgage
125 Thirdth Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
3 Bed 2 Bath  1540 Sq. Feet    Built 1988

Purchase Price:                                    $550,000
Principal Balance:                                $500,000
Interest rate:                                                7%
Loan term:                                             30 years
Principal and Interest:                          $3,327/month
Taxes and Insurance payments:          $630/month
Total Mortgage Payments:                    $3,957.00

Property Value:                                     $350,000
Equity: -$150,000 (negative)

Sample Modification:
Principal Balance (unchanged):            $500,000
Interest rate (reduced):                               4%
Loan term (increased):                           40 years
Principal and Interest:                           $2,090/month
Taxes and Insurance:                            $630/month
Total Mortgage Payments:                     $2,720.00
Property Value:                                   $350,000

Equity: -$150,000 (negative)

Loan Modification Outcome: While the lower payment seems beneficial for the homeowner, they will not benefit in the long run. If a 3% property appreciation rate is considered going forward, it will take until the year 2018 for this homeowner to break even and realize any positive equity in the property.

Short Sale:

Property is sold and negative equity is cleared. In this scenario, the individual or family will lease a property for the next 2 years (this is how long it will usually take to purchase a property after a short sale). The new property does not have to be a step down. They are likely able to lease something very similar to their sold property for far less than their current mortgage payments.  They always have the option of finding a new property in their same neighborhood so that children may go to the same schools and will not even miss a day of class.


New Property:
118 5th Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
3 Bed 2 Bath    1525 Sq. Feet     Built 1989
Lease payments:                           $2500

After 2 years, this family will be able to purchase a new property. Because they will now be purchasing a property for a lower price, their loan amount (debt) will also be significantly lower. The new purchase after 2 years may look something like this:
245 2nd Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
3 Bed 2 Bath    1630 Sq. Feet     Built 1992

Purchase Price:                                       $360,000
Principal Balance:                                   $324,000
Interest rate:                                                  6%
Loan term:                                                 30 years
Principal and Interest:                            $1,942/month
Taxes and Insurance payments:         $425/month
Total Mortgage Payments:                    $2,367.00
Property Value:                                   $360,000
Equity: +$  36,000 (positive)

Outcome: By starting fresh, this homeowner is able to drastically reduce their debt and by the year 2019 will have over $171,000 positive equity in their property. Had they opted for a loan modification in 2009, they would just break even in 2019.


Housing Assist Coldwellbanker