Is A Short Sale The Right Choice?

With the decline in home values in the past few years, some homeowners who need to sell in the current market find themselves trapped, as they owe more than their home is worth. In this situation, the short sale can become a viable option.

What is a short sale:

A short sale is simply a sale in which the proceeds are not enough to cover all of the outstanding obligations associated with the sale of the home including the mortgage or mortgages, unpaid property taxes, attorney’s fees, title expenses, commissions, etc. This shortage would require the seller to bring money to the closing or to negotiate a “shorted” payoff with their lender. The lender has no obligation to agree to this, but many will. In most cases, a short sale is attempted by sellers who are facing foreclosure or have fallen behind and no longer have the ability to continue making their payments.

The process:

There are a lot of misconceptions about the short sale process and the lender’s role in it, even among some RealtorĀ®s. The seller’s lender’s role is nothing more than that of a contingency. This can vary by state depending on whether it’s a title theory state or lien theory state. This information applies to Illinois, which is a lien theory state (the owner holds title and the lender holds a lien on the property)

The seller owns the home and ultimately is the one who, with the help of their agent, accepts, rejects or proposes a counter offer once an offer is received. When the offer is accepted by the seller, it is done so contingent on their lender agreeing to accept the net proceeds of the sale as full settlement of the amounts owed. I’ve had more than one occasion where an agent working for a buyer asks when their offer will be submitted to the bank, even before the seller has agreed to accept it. It can add to the confusion if multiple offers are received. Some think that all offers must be presented to the lender. This is not accurate. All offers must be presented to the seller, not to the lender. The goal of the listing agent should be to obtain the best offer possible, thereby giving the transaction the best possible chance of actually closing.

What are the odds of a successful closing?

They’re actually better than they used to be. Nowadays it makes sense for banks to seriously consider accepting a short sale as, in many cases, they net more money overall versus going through the whole foreclosure process, taking the home back and marketing it as an REO (Real Estate Owned). Illinois is a judicial foreclosure state. Some states are non-judicial. Judicial foreclosures take much more time to complete. In Illinois, the process can take a year or more. There are some states which take upwards of 3 years. When you consider that, in most cases, the bank is receiving nothing while the process drags along, you start to see their motivation to consider other options. Add to this the deterioration to the property during that time and the additional carrying costs, and the benefits to the bank become even more clear. The bank in this situation, much like the homeowner, is looking for the best way to limit their losses.

The benefits of a short sale:

Lenders generally don’t allow the seller to receive any of the proceeds of the sale. This is fair when you consider that the whole basis of the short sale is negotiating with the lender to get them to take less than what they’re owed. The only exception I’ve seen to this was years ago when, due to an error, we were out of balance by $.06 The title company actually cut a check to the seller for six cents! As a seller in this situation, one needs to keep in mind that, if the lender agrees to the short sale, they are allowing the seller to avoid having a foreclosure on their record which follows them around for many years. Additionally, most short sales also let the seller out from under the debt without being chased for a deficiency. These two things should be all the motivation you need. there are no guarantees of being successful but it’s certainly worth the effort.

Who should you call?

These transactions are not for beginners. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to navigating through this process. An experienced agent and attorney are crucial. In this situation it makes sense to ask a lot of questions. There are specialized short sale/foreclosure courses available for agents. Some are very worthwhile but these courses alone don’t necessarily make the agent an expert. An agent referred by a seller who’s been through this process is definitely someone worth talking to.

What will it cost?

In most cases, it will cost you nothing unless there’s an upfront fee charged by the agent to list the home. All agents negotiate their own fees. It should cost you nothing to talk to an agent and get information. All commissions and other closing costs a seller would normally pay will be factored in and, if the lender agrees to the short sale, they are agreeing to the net amount of the sale so essentially, it is the lender that is paying your closing costs. For someone facing foreclosure, a short sale can be an excellent solution.

Insurance for Convicted Drivers

You know the importance of car insurance. However, it may be expensive for you to get car insurance if you are convicted of a criminal offense. Moreover, the cost will be higher if you committed an offensive related to driving in the past. In this case, we suggest that you consider insurance for convicted drivers. Let’s know more.

Convicted drivers and car insurance

For convicts, it’s hard to get car insurance. The reason is that insurance companies think that convicted drivers are a financial risk because these drivers are more likely to have an accident down the road. So, the chances of convicted drivers making a claim are higher.

There are some specialized insurance companies that offer insurance for drivers who were convicted of a criminal offence in the past. Many of them offer insurance to those who committed other violations, such as burglary. Some insurers provide coverage for those who break motoring laws as well. We suggest that you look for an insurance company that meets your financial needs.

Types of insurance for convicted drivers

If you need a basic insurance, we suggest that you take into account the third party insurance. However, you need to keep in mind that this insurance covers damages caused to the property of other people. And the damages may have an effect on the car or property. Moreover, the third party insurance won’t include damages to the vehicle or convicted driver.

Another type of insurance is Third Party, Fire and Theft. It provides protection with the convicted drivers in case of claims made by another driver or party. This will give you protection even if your car is destroyed or stolen.

The third type of insurance policy is known as comprehensive cover. This includes both of the types of insurance described above. Keep in mind that the policy will provide coverage for the cost of the car of a convicted driver if the car faces an accident because of the fault of the driver.

Reduction in premium costs

Once you have got the insurance policy, you may want to keep the insurance premiums low. You can do this in many ways. For instance, you can raise your excess which is the part of the insurance claim that will be paid by you. Make sure you don’t increase the excess too much or you won’t be able to bear the cost.

Another way of reducing the cost of the insurance is to drive less. Since the cost of premiums is based on the mileage of your car, you can keep the cost down by reducing the mileage.

The third way of reducing the cost is by keeping your vehicle safe and secured. For instance, you can keep your car in a garage. You can also consider an approved alarm if you can afford it. Aside from this, you can consider a black box policy to cut down on the insurance premiums. All you have to do is get a black box installed on your car.

Gap Insurance – Back To Basics

Once you have insured your car, you are good to go. Right? The answer is no. You still need GAP insurance. What is GAP insurance? Let’s take an example. Suppose you have bought a car making a down payment. After a couple of months, you end up getting your car totaled or stolen. You will get payment from the insurance company based on the existing value of your car in the market. The actual price of the car won’t be considered. This type of insurance provides coverage in this type of scenario. Let’s know more.

Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP)

The term GAP is short for guaranteed asset protection. This insurance policy includes your motorcycles as well as cars. It’s a good idea to apply for insurance should you consider a finance deal in order to buy a motorcycle or car. Once you have sold your car or have paid its price, you can get a refund. You may want to keep in mind that this policy is not an alternative to motor insurance. This is just a type of additional insurance that you can consider to protect your car.

The importance of GAP insurance

The price of vehicles doesn’t remain constant. So, the insurance company will figure out your payout keeping the current value of your vehicle in mind. Not everyone has to get insurance. GAP insurance won’t be a requirement if you got a loan to make payment for the car. You can do with the regular car insurance.

However, if you take out a loan for a car, we suggest that you give a go to GAP insurance. The reason is that if your car is totaled or damaged, the rest of payment won’t be on you. Aside from this, it will be the responsibility of the insurance provider to get you a replacement car in addition to alleviate the loan you got to buy the car.

Types of GAP insurance

Typically, your car dealership can help you with insurance. Apart from this, you can go to licensed brokers as well. According to many experts, getting insurance from reliable brokers is better than car dealerships. The reason is that car dealership will cost you more.

GAP insurance is of many types. Each provider has different policies and the prices of the policy are different based on the car and the dealer/broker.

It’s important to note that some insurance packages, such as finance insurance is there to help you get funds for buying a car. Besides, you can consider a lease insurance policy that helps you handle the fees and costs incurred as a result of damage to a leased car. Another type of insurance plan was created in order to fund your new car purchase. At times, your insurance provider adds to your insurance package.

Long story short, you may want to make sure that you know what a GAP insurance policy has to offer before you get it. You can ask the broker for more information.