Update: WAMU is now Chase.
Washington Mutual does conduct short sales on a regular basis. However, if you are planning to go through them for selling your home off then beware. Make sure you know what is in store for you!
What if you can’t sell?
There might be a chance that you cannot find a buyer for the amount you are quoting. In such situations Washington Mutual will typically ask you to submit a Deed instead of Foreclosure. This they claim is to help your credit score. However intelligent homeowners know that this will eventually get listed on your credit report. Thus it will entail the same situation as having gone through a regular foreclosure on your credit history – and that does not help in the score improvement in any way.
Sometimes even after you have managed to find a buyer for the price you quoted, you will find Washington Mutual asking for a re-appraisal. This can entail another round of running around, getting the required information collated and eventually maybe even losing out on the buyer. Therefore, your best bet to avoid this situation is to have the re-appraisal documents and information handy with you even before starting out the short selling process. That way when it comes to that you do not waste time collecting it.
Things you need
You will need to have a handwritten letter from you stating the details of the situation. The explanations will need to be concrete with definite examples. The reason why the mortgage cannot be afforded by you will need to be cited appropriately. Then you will also need to provide them with a copy of the sales contract, the listing agreement, authorization letter, HUD-1, stubs for date pays for the previous 2 years, tax returns for the previous 2 years and a financial form provided by Washington Mutual.
When you contact Washington Mutual for a short sale, make sure to ask for their work-out department. You could also ask for the relevant personnel handling default loans.
If you are having difficulty in getting the attention of Washington Mutual for short selling then one way is by stopping your payments. Once you stop paying your monthly mortgage bill you will automatically start getting their attention. Then when they contact you, you can explain your situation to them. This probably won’t work if you have CD’s with WAMU or Chase. See Chase CD Rates or Bank of America CD Rates.
What I Did In My Short Sale
What I did (hiring a real estate agent with short sale experience) worked for my situation. It may not for your short sale, but I found it the best option. Working with a real estate agent you at least can get a background on the person, and if they work for a larger brokerage you know they have resources to help you. Think short sales are hard for you? They are equally as hard on the real estate agent! Getting a short sale deal done (especially right now with the overwhelmed lenders like Countrywide) takes alot of work. I do think its the best option vs. foreclosure though. You can also read my 7 steps to a successful short sale guide.
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