Chicago Short Sales: My Ex Is Short Selling. What Can I Do?

Posted on June 13th, 2011 in All Articles.

Chicago IL – The Stop Foreclosure Institute recently received a question from Tom about short sales. Here was Tom’s Question.

“My Ex-wife decided to Short Sell our former house. Unfortunately we both signed the mortgage when we bought the house together. I think that means I am still liable for the debt.

She got the home after the divorce. The court gave her the home in the divorce. The market has declined and the house is worth about 120k less than the mortgage amount.

I have a good job and some assets. Will I have to pay back the bank ofr the money they lose. (My ex is selling because of financial problems.)

Also, someone said I might have to pay income taxes on the written off debt. Is that true? Please help me out here. Sincerely, Tom.”

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Here was our answer. Tom, you probably should talk to a good lawyer. This is not the standard short sale. There might be tax laws that will allow you to not be liable for the tax liability on the written off debt.

In my opinion, the Tax Law allows you to write off most of the forgiven debt on a short sale. You have to short sell the house before the end of 2012 and have lived there for 2 of the last 5 years.

Your ex probably meets that criterion. I would think that since she lives in the house, then you wouldn’t be liable for the taxes. But, then again, I am not an accountant and don’t know how the law would affect such a unique situation.

Will you have a deficiency judgment? We can’t know for sure because there are so many variables involved. However, in about 80% to 90% of the time, you won’t have a deficiency.

That is because most lenders just forgive the debt. They have found it tough to collect the upside down debt. Most people are short selling because of financial problems.

They are struggling to avoid bankruptcy without a large deficiency judgment. When they see a $100,000 deficiency, then they will probably just declare bankruptcy. Then the lenders gets nothing anyways.

Check with a competent short sale realtor in your area. They will be able to give you a good idea of whether or not you will have to pay the deficiency.

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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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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.

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