Question: I requested a short sale from my bank. Even though I am up to date on my payments, the bank stated they may consider my request. I need to write a letter of hardship. What basis of “hardship” can I claim?
Answer: Getting the bank’s attention for a short sale may be difficult without documented missed payments. However, I never recommend intentionally getting behind on payments. Banks may entertain granting you a short sale if your hardship is sufficient.
Hardships may be the result of the following: loss of job or income, sickness, disability, divorce, business failure, adjustment of one’s interest rate, increase of non-mortgage debt, employment related relocation or activation of military duty.
Many folks will seek a short sale simply because their home value decreased and they find them self upside down with their loan. Traditionally, this is not enough of a hardship for your lender’s short sale negotiator to justify. Remember, the negotiator will keep your hardship letter in their file for a supervisor’s review. Give them a much ammunition as possible by drafting a heartfelt and concise hardship letter.
Attorney James Haroutunian practices real estate, estate planning and business law in Billerica at 790 Boston Rd and can be reached with questions at 978-671-0711, prioritylaw.com, hlawoffice.com, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.