Re: Is a short sale the way to go for these people? - Posted by Jim Beavens
Posted by Jim Beavens on May 03, 1999 at 14:14:01:
This may or may not fly, and you should definitely not be the one to take this house off their hands, but it’s something for these folks to consider.
I’m actually in this same situation myself, however I purposefully took out a 2nd mortgage on my home for more than it was worth to fund the purchase of the two small apartment buildings I own now (this was after 5 months of negotiation back and forth when the seller finally said he would carry a wrap mortgage if he had more cash, and I figured I might as well take advantage of my credit and some lenders’ stupidity in making >100% LTV loans ;). I mentally differentiate between my two mortgage payments such that one is for my house, and the other is for this investment, thus this investment should cover the 2nd mortgage payment. Even if I sold this house, I would consider the money I borrowed for this investment to remain my responsibility.
Of course, the question becomes, how could I sell this house and not have to come out of pocket to pay down all the mortgages? The answer is a lease-option. I could rent my house on a lease-option at a reasonable rent to cover my first mortgage payment, and make the option price significantly higher than market (say 15-20% rather than the normal 5-10%). Selling on a lease-option when the deck is stacked against the buyer exercising their option may border on unethical, but as long as the rent isn’t unreasonable, then I personally don’t have a problem with it.
So in the case of your sellers, they should expect the sale of their house to only cover whatever mortgage payment a reasonable LTV loan would have. If they previously had borrowed $50K on this house and their mortgage payment was $400, and now their mortgage payment is $750, then they should expect to come out of pocket $300-350 a month even after selling this house. If they can’t grasp this concept that a big mistake has been made, and they’re partly to blame, therefore they should take responsibility for it, then the only other alternative is a short-sale. But if they were willing to take a big enough cut in their lifestyle so they could pay $300 a month on top of their new housing payment, then they could sell this house on a lease-option at a $98K strike price and at $400-450 rent, and pay the difference on the first mortgage.
Obviously you would never buy this house at a $98K option price, but they may find a renter or buyer themselves who either has no intention of buying, or who’s credit is shot so bad they’ll pay any price to get into a house (the former is far more likely). How much time you want to spend educating them on this is your choice, but obviously you shouldn’t spend much time if you’re not making any money (perhaps a small fee could be arranged for advising them, or maybe you could go ahead and sign the lease-option contract with them, and make it contingent upon finding a new tenant/buyer. When you do, simply assign the lease-option to them for a fee).
Just some random thoughts…