Chicago Short Sale Myth: There Are No Rules Or Guidelines For Short Sales

Chicago Short Sale Myth: There Are No Rules Or Guidelines For Short Sales

Posted on September 28th, 2011 in All Articles, Short Selling/Buying.

Chicago IL – I recently saw an article written by a prominent, so called short sale expert. In the article, this supposed expert says the only rules for short sales are HAFA, but even those rules are subject to interpretation.

That is like saying that there are no traffic laws. If that were the case, then everyone could drive 100 MPH and never get a ticket.

That is like saying that the court system has no rules. (Go ask a judge or lawyer and you’ll find out the truth about that pretty fast.)

Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure.

The good news for short sale sellers is that there are rules. There are lots of rules in fact. These rules protect you from renegade, rogue employees at short sale lenders. They also protect you from the lenders.

Here is a small sampling of the rules and guidelines for short sales.

FHA Short Sales. There is a 16 page directive from HUD to lenders. This directive gives explicit instructions to all lenders on how to handle short sales on FHA loans.

You can read thru the rules for an FHA Short Sale yourself. Just Google “Mortgagee Letter 2008-43.”

VA Short Sales. VA gives explicit instructions (again in their short sale guidelines. Only, they don’t call it a short sale. They call it a VA Compromise Sale.

Call a VA Loan Center to get a copy of the Compromise Sale Guidelines. Between 65-70% of all the loans in the US are owned or insured by one of the following entities: FHA, VA, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac.

Those entities either own or insure against loss. That also means those entities have the right to dictate what can and cannot be done on a short sale.

The lender handling the negotiations has to follow their guidelines or face stiff penalties. Fannie May and Freddie Mac do not publish their guidelines to the general public. But, we do know they have them.

The lenders have sent Stop Foreclosure Institute Members copies of their guidelines before. The member was disputing something on a short sale. They couldn’t believe a certain rule.

The lender’s negotiator sent them the guidelines for the thing they were disputing. The bottom line is that most (if not all) short sale sales do have rules.

However, the lenders don’t want you to know that. Thinking about a short sale? Visit for more information on Chicago short sales.

I can help you short sale your property and get back on your feet. Send me an e-mail at I will contact you for a free consultation.

When we talk, I will explain how the process works in detail and answer any questions you may have. Or, if you prefer, you can call me at (312) 953-6725

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Thanks for reading this, Phil Buoscio.

Phil is a Real Estate Agent at Better Living Realty – Buoscio Brokerage, Inc.. Chicago Short Sales Realtor:

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Important Notice

Phil Buoscio, Better Living Realty – Buoscio Brokerage, Inc., and the Stop Foreclosure Institute are not affiliated in any way, shape, or form with the government. Our services have not been reviewed or endorse by the government or your lender. Most lenders willingly work with agents on short sales. Why?

Because most short sales are beneficial to a lender. If you accept our offer to help you on a short sale, your lender may not agree to a short sale or to modify your loan. We do offer a loan modification kit.

However, the likelihood of negotiating a modification is like everything else in life. It takes work and persistence to convince your lender to modify your loan. No matter what you or we do, your lender may not approve a loan modification.

We do not recommend that you stop paying your mortgage, because this will cause damage to your credit and could cause you to lose your home. Because we know avoiding foreclosure is so important to any homeowner, we recommend that you speak with the appropriate legal or tax advisor before making any decision.

This is not intended as legal, technical, or tax advice. Please speak with a licensed professional before making any decision. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed as of the date of writing.

You have the option to reject a short sale or loan modification from your lender if it does not meet your approval. If you decide not to go thru with the short sale, then you do not have to pay us our fee. We normally make a real estate sales commission for helping you on a short sale.

The views expressed here are Phil’s personal views and do not reflect the views of Better Living Realty – Buoscio Brokerage, Inc..

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