Friday, March 12, 2010

Short-Sale Program Will Pay Homeowners to Sell at a Loss - NYTimes.com

  • Here are some details from a new plan to help reduce foreclosures, by encouraging people to use Short Sales. This program gives money to mortgage lenders, in effort to encourage them to approve more short sales, and to delinquent homeowners to "assist" them in relocation.

    tags: short, sales, foreclosures

    • This latest program, which will allow owners to sell for less than they owe and will give them a little cash to speed them on their way, is one of the administration’s most aggressive attempts to grapple with a problem that has defied solutions.
    • Taking effect on April 5, the program could encourage hundreds of thousands of delinquent borrowers who have not been rescued by the loan modification program to shed their houses through a process known as a short sale, in which property is sold for less than the balance of the mortgage. Lenders will be compelled to accept that arrangement, forgiving the difference between the market price of the property and what they are owed.
    • Under the new program, the servicing bank, as with all modifications, will get $1,000. Another $1,000 can go toward a second loan, if there is one. And for the first time the government would give money to the distressed homeowners themselves. They will get $1,500 in “relocation assistance.”

While I do think that streamlining the short sale process is something that is much needed, I don't think that the $1,000 incentives to banks will make that much of a difference. I don't think that the return on investment, our future investment as American Tax Payers, will be worth the cost.

The $1,500 incentive for people who are selling their homes as short sales is just ridiculous. In most cases, these home owners haven't made a housing payment in months, sometimes years. Their poor decisions and actions have already cost the banks and American Tax Payers thousands and thousands of dollars. Why should they be rewarded for being irresponsible?

For credit reasons, home owners in distress are much better off short selling their home, rather than letting it foreclose. If the bank will approve the short sale, the sale of their homes at a reasonable near market value park, that should be incentive enough to get out and move on.

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