Short Sales Just Got Shorter

By on April 25, 2012

This month, Freddie Mac announced all mortgage servicers must decide on a short sale within 60 days. This rule goes into effect June 15, 2012.

A short sale occurs when a lender agrees to sell a mortgage for less than the amount owed. It is often used as an alternative to foreclosure because foreclosure can be a loss to everyone involved.

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This is welcome news for struggling homeowners and real estate investors alike. Previously, lenders could take months to approve or deny a short sale.  This delay caused thousands of unnecessary foreclosures due to canceled contracts between buyer and seller.

How It Works

Here’s how the new short sale rules work:

  • Lenders have 30 days to review and respond to a short sale request.
  • If 30 days pass with no decision, the lender must give a weekly status update to the borrower.
  • Ultimately, the short sale decision must be made within 60 days.

The new rules were handed down by the Federal Housing Financing Agency (FHFA), which oversees Freddie Mac.

According to the Agency, it’s the first step towards, “develop(ing) enhanced and aligned strategies for facilitating short sales, deeds-in-lieu and deeds-for-lease in order to help more homeowners avoid foreclosure.”

End of Foreclosure Glut?

Probably not, but it’s a good move for both investors and distressed sellers. This is just the beginning of a number of changes to the mortgage and foreclosure process. In addition to the new short sale rules, we’ll see more plans to improve both the mortgage lending and foreclosure process.

Do you think these changes will help your investment business? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

About Susan Lassiter-Lyons

Susan is the Amazon #1 best-selling author of Getting the Money: The Simple System for Getting Private Money for Your Real Estate Deals and founder of the award-winning real estate blog, A real estate investor since 1994, Susan has raised $26.2 million in private money and participated in more than 600 transactions as an investor, broker, lender, syndicator and advisor. Susan is a dedicated trainer and her training, seminars and coaching programs have transformed the lives and businesses of thousands of real estate investors worldwide.


  1. dan

    April 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Great! I’m just wondering if this rule will apply to all distressed mortgages or just the ones that fall under freddie / Fannie ?
    & Do all mortgages fall under either freddie or fannie?

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  3. Linx

    April 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Lots of really great info here thank you so much…. keep up the amazing work.

  4. Claude richards

    April 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    It’s about time, that they finally made a decision on heiping the borrower.


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