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Tax Consequences

This is the 8th tip of “10 Questions You Should Ask About Florida Short Sales” eBook, which is available as a FREE download.

If a Florida short sale lender cancels debt, there may indeed be tax consequences. The Internal Revenue Service treats cancelled debt as income. The 1099-C Form from the IRS gives a nutshell version of what cancelled debt means to a debtor and taxpayer in its “Instructions for Debtor”:

“If a Federal Government agency, certain agencies connected with the Federal Government, financial institution, credit union, or an organization having a significant trade or business of lending money (such as a finance or credit card company) cancels or forgives a debt you owe of more than $600 or more, this form [i.e., the 1099-C] must be provided to you. Generally, if you are an individual, you must include all canceled amounts, even if less than $600, on the “Other income” line of Form 1040 . . . .”

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This is the 7th tip of “10 Questions You Should Ask About Florida Short Sales” eBook, which is available as a FREE download.

FL Short sale lenders sometimes require cash contributions from short sellers in exchange for the lender’s agreement to approve the sale. The amount of cash demanded varies considerably and, as with Promissory Note requirements, depends very much on the FL short seller’s ability to make that sort of contribution and the amount of the loss the lender is absorbing.10 Questions You Should Ask About Florida Short Sales

We have seen as little as $250 and as much as $75,000. These amounts are ordinarily negotiable to the extent that the lender will negotiate.

Much like with Promissory Note requests, demands for cash contributions are more common when mortgage insurance is involved. If your loan has mortgage insurance, you should prepare to deal with this type of request.

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Promissory note

This is the 6th tip of “10 Questions You Should Ask About Florida Short Sales” eBook, which is available as a FREE download.

Lenders occasionally require a new obligation in exchange for approving a Florida short sale. This new obligation is typically in the form of a promissory note.

Most promissory notes required after short sales are unsecured debt obligations – not unlike the note you signed for your original home loan but without the mortgage to secure the debt.

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This is the 4th tip of “10 Questions You Should Ask About Florida Short Sales” eBook, which is available as a FREE download.

It is not uncommon for homeowners and real estate professionals to consider a short sale impossible if there is more than one mortgage involved or junior liens (i.e., liens or judgments that affect the title to the property). This is not surprising for a number of reasons but is nonetheless a misconception.

As you may imagine, there are plenty of homeowners who have more than one mortgage on their properties. Perhaps they took out an equity line to pay for a child’s college or bought a property with 80/20 financing.

There are plenty of these situations and you may be in one and wonder rightfully whether or not you can successfully short sell your property on a second mortgage short sale.

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Naples Short Sales - Checking Figures

This is the 3rd tip of “10 Questions You Should Ask About Florida Short Sales” eBook, which is available as a FREE download.

This is a very frequent question, and its analysis is a bit complex because “cost” is such a broad term. Later in the eBook, we will look at Promissory Note requirements, cash contributions and association dues as potential “costs” of completing a Naples short sale. For this section, let’s simplify things a bit and look at standard transaction or closing costs and what you should expect to pay (or not pay).

With regard to ordinary closing costs, a short sale should cost you very little. Here’s why. In a short sale, the lender will agree to absorb many of the ordinary closing costs that are customarily the seller’s responsibility. In our experience with Florida short sales, lenders will usually agree to absorb at least the following closing costs:

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Short Sale Process - Old Mortgage Note

This is the 2nd tip of “10 Questions You Should Ask About Florida Short Sales” eBook, which is available as a FREE download.

In a nutshell, the lender’s right to pursue you for the deficiency after a short sale stems from your obligation to the lender under the Note. If you remember, when you took out your home loan (whether to refinance or to purchase), among the hundreds of pages were two very important documents:

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Florida Short Sales Solutions

This is the 1st tip of “10 Questions You Should Ask About Florida Short Sales” eBook, which is available as a FREE download.

Or, Could I be liable for a deficiency judgment after my short sale?

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Florida Short Sales – What You Need To Know

Posted by Chris On December 20

Florida Short Sales - Question Time

If you are reading this you are likely considering or have considered a short sale of real property in Florida. Over the last few years, our title company has orchestrated the closing of over 650 short sales. In the course of our work with sellers, realtors and lenders, we have heard many questions related to Florida short sales. In order to help you prepare for your short sale, I have memorialized the most frequently asked and pressing questions we have received from people just like you who must sell their property but who owe much more than the property is worth.

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2011 ALTA Convention – Day One

Posted by Chris On October 13

Well we’ve made it. The girls – my wife Lydia and daughter Emerson – and I left Fort Myers late Tuesday and made it to Jacksonville before packing it in. We started slowly this morning but banked enough time for a quick pit stop in charming Savannah, GA.

We hit Savannah about lunch time. Online and friend reviews took us to Soho South Cafe, which lived up to its billing. Lydia had a Mediterranean grill; Emerson a PB & J; and I the salmon BLT on the recommendation of Liza, our server. The restaurant is an eclectic mix of furniture and art. Its only consistent design element within the warehouse shell is its inconsistency. We were reminded of one of our favorites from Philadelphia – The White Dog Cafe. The lunch crowd was part local – from lawyers talking their first cases before certain testy judges to businessmen – and part tourist. Overall a great spot for our first stop in Savannah.

Savannah is a wonderfully walkable place – quite a welcome reprieve from what we are used to. We strolled from Soho South Cafe to Chippewa Square then snaked through side streets back to the wagon to get back on the road. We were not disappointed when we rolled into Charleston a couple of hours later..

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