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Lake County Short Sale Lawyers

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Real Estate Attorneys for Short Sales in Libertyville, Waukegan and Gurnee

At the law offices of Newland & Newland, LLP we have many years of experience handling Illinois short sales. Whether it is residential or commercial real estate transactions, a short sale can be a beneficial method of reducing exposure for a property owner. Many times, not only are we able to get lenders to agree to short sales but we have often gotten lenders to offer incentives to our clients to do short sales. One of our clients received $30,000 from the lender at closing to do a short sale.

Many people ask what is a short sale? A short sale is when the property is sold for less than the mortgage balance. Short sales can be done when there is more than one mortgage on the property as well.

Does a lender have to agree to a short sale? A lender does not have to agree to a short sale. It is important to contact an attorney experienced in short sales if you desire to pursue a short sale with your property.

Are there tax consequences for a short sale? There can be tax consequences for a short sale as well as a foreclosure. The amount of forgiven debt may be considered part of your income for the year it was forgiven. However, not all forgiven debt is considered taxable and you should consult with your tax advisor and attorney regarding current tax laws that will apply to your situation. 

What is needed to short sale a property? The following items will be needed to proceed with a short sale in Illinois: 

  • Hardship Letter; a letter explaining why the mortgage is in default.
  • Proof of Income & Assets; the lender will want to know what investments, stocks, and bonds individuals have before allowing a short sale.
  • Comparative market analysis; the lender will be interested in what houses are active in the market, pending sales and what properties have sold in the last 6 months.
  • Purchase Agreement & Listing Agreement; the lender is interested in seeing a copy of the contract of sale as well as how much commission the realtor is earning.
  • Preliminary Net sheet; a preliminary net sheet is a closing statement that talks about what costs are to be incurred in the sale of the property. The net sheet will show credits for real estate taxes, real estate broker's commissions and any other expenses such as title charges.

Short sales can be an excellent opportunity to avoid debt but not all homeowners can short sale their property. Some homeowners earn too much money or have too much in assets to qualify for a short sale. 

Please contact the experienced short sale lawyers of Newland & Newland, LLP at 847-549-0000 for more information about short selling. We serve clients throughout the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago including Libertyville, Arlington Heights, Gurnee, Mundelein, Waukegan, and surrounding areas. 

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