What Would Dave and Suze Advise About a Short Sale?

You probably know Dave and Suze from TV and radio. Dave Ramsey’s popular radio program answers questions from callers about how to get out of debt, and stay out.

Suze Orman wrote “The Courage to Be Rich,” and other books on personal finance. She also has a popular TV show where she answers people’s questions on how to manage their finances.

Dave and Suze do recommend short sales. They also recommend getting out of debt as quickly as you can. They see no point in using up a large percentage of your income on interest payments. Their advice is almost always “If you can’t pay cash for it, don’t buy it.”

In fact, Dave is such a proponent of the debt free, simple life that one of his favorite sayings is: “You don’t need to see the inside of a restaurant unless you are working there.”

But there’s one more reason why you should short sale your home rather than letting it go into foreclosure.

That reason is called deficiency.

A deficiency is the difference between what you owed on the mortgage and how much money the bank realized after re-selling the home and deducting all the costs of the sale.

If all you have is a first mortgage, you don’t have to worry. But if you’ve taken out a second mortgage – such as a home equity line of credit – a foreclosure could spell financial disaster.

In a short sale, neither lender can come after you for a deficiency. In a foreclosure, the holder of your second mortgage can sue for a deficiency judgment – and that’s not something you want.

Finally, a short sale is easier on your credit scores, and your future ability to own a home. After a short sale, you’ll be eligible for a new mortgage loan in as little as 2 years. If you allow your home to go into foreclosure, it will be 5 to 7 years before you can buy another home.

Should you short sale or shouldn’t you?

If you own an upside down home in California, call 619-929-1413 or write td@tomdunlap.com to get advice from the Tom Dunlap – San Diego’s top short sale specialist.

He’ll be happy to explain how short sales work and to answer all your questions. Tom has helped hundreds of other San Diego homeowners avoid foreclosure – and he’d be pleased to help you.


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