Can I Short Sale My Vacation Home or Second Home?

Don’t let uninformed agents tell you what you can’t do.
In San Diego County, a number of homeowners own more than one property. During the current economic climate, many find themselves needing to work out a short sale of a second home.

A Common Short Sale Myth: You cannot get a short sale approved on a second home, vacation home, or rental property.

The Fact: Of course you can. Second homes, vacation homes, and rentals can all be sold as short sales. Further, all residential properties of up to 4 units are now covered by the California laws preventing banks from suing for deficiencies after a short sale – whether or not they are owner occupied.

The real issue regarding the non-owner occupied short sale is the income tax implications. You need the advice of a good tax planner when you are thinking of a short sale on a vacation home or residential rental.

Good planning and expert negotiation are the keys to a beneficial outcome.

If you have a second home or income property and need to short sell, you need good advice. Call 619-929-1413 or write td@tomdunlap.com to tell us your situation and get answers that apply to your specific situation.

Tom Dunlap will be pleased to answer your questions and explain how the real estate short sale process works with regard to your second home or residential investment real estate.


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