As we wind down the 2010 “Year of the Short Sale” the one area that continues to challenge sellers are second lien holders who ask sellers to commit to repayment of the deficiency(Balance of unpaid loan).
The California Association of REALTORS attorneys continue to caution sellers who are being asked to wave their legal rights as a condition of second lien holders acceptance. Second lien holders may not have the ability to obtain a legal judgement against a seller who opts for foreclosure rather than moving forward with a short sale. The concern is that while there is currently no legal precedence in a non-recourse state like california for some of these second lien holders there is a concern that over time we will see a surge in collection efforts by attornies who buy these non performing notes.
Buy Your Freedom
Second lien holders are now asking for a 10% to 20% contribution from sellers who in most cases do not have the ability to pay their way out of this responsibility. Some of you may be thinking that you will just avoid paying and wait for the negative credit to fall off. The bad news is that a collection attorney has the ability to obtain a legal judgment against you and peruse you for fourteen years. Pay now or pay later.
Lesser of two Evils
Who would you rather negotiate with? The lender/servicer of your loan or a collection company. The answer is a no brainer, your servicer/lender will work with you. Collection companies add additional fees and penalties that can make any reasonable agreement difficult to negotiate. My recommendation is that you avoid letting your loan fall ninety days past due. Lenders/servicers are now closing loans and deferring them to collection companies. You may have to continue making payments on your second until you have a short sale approval in hand to prevent your loan from going to a collection company.