Blogging About Loans: Short sales might be short sighted in the long run!

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Short sales might be short sighted in the long run!

Short sales might be the only way out for many. But taking that direction may haunt sellers for years (and dollars) to come.

First there is the obvious financial impact of a short sale. The waiting period to buy a new home is at least two to three years and also depends on the loan type. For instance, a new FHA loan can be applied for after two years as long as they were current on their other installments and the mortgage of the previously owned home.

But wait... don't most banks require you be delinquent before they even consider a short sale?? Therefore you need to plan on a minimum of three years after a short sale to even hope to assist them in purchasing another home.

But here's something that may be even more surprising. Despite the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 some may still owe IRS after all! There were a few exemptions to this act to include:

  • homebuyers that took a cash out refinance and spent the money on something other than home repairs will most likely need to claim the amount of the short sale as if it were earned income.
  • investment or second homes are still subject to the tax liability.
  • multi-million dollar homes are also not covered by the Mortgage Debt Relief Act.

Interesting how this information is suddenly coming to light now that we're deep into tax season, isn't it???

NOTE: always contact your accountant or CPA for issues requiring tax advice.


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Comment balloon 8 commentsRuth Vogt • April 11 2010 07:15PM

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I agree, there is a surprise around every corner in this industry.

Posted by Cynthia Smitherman, DESIGNATED BROKER, ABR, GRI, REALTOR REALTIST (Emage` Fine Properties, LLC) over 8 years ago

And in California, Gov. Schwarzenegger is not allowing debt forgiveness so people may have to pay taxes on the sale price and the mortgage owned. 

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Ruth, There are always consequences for very decision.  I think it's good advice to consult a CPA or tax advisor beforehand.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 8 years ago

Emage, Surprises for sure!

Jane, I admire him for taking a stronger approach in dealing with debt forgiveness.

Mary, If there is one thing I don't want to be is viewed an expert with IRS issues. There's enough pressure just working real estate!

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

There is always something Ruth. Heaven forbid information is up front from the get-go.

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 8 years ago

Guess if it was clear cut, tax accountants and attorneys would have no job stability???

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

I posted on this a while back, too. I think there will be some very unpleasant surprises for alot of folks coming up shortly....

Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) over 8 years ago

Debi, I totally agree. The story is a mystery with what I believe will be a surprise ending???

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

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