If you own an FHA or HUD insured home and you are desiring to request a short sale of your home, there are specific requirements that must be met.  I have worked with a number of homeowner’s in selling their FHA insured home and before listing their home for sale, we discuss the guidelines that I know FHA is going to require be met by my homeowner Sellers.  

I am going to provide some of the FHA and/or HUD insured guidelines for a short sale over the course of several posts and try to give examples of facts that might fit the requirements.  The first that I want to discuss is the requirement that the home must be owner-occupied with exceptions in certain cases for job transfer, death and divorce for example.

I recently sold a home for a homeowner that had a FHA insured loan.  He had previously vacated the home and had moved out of State.  At the time we requested to be approved for a short sale, the Seller provided evidence that his reason for vacating the property and therefore, the home being vacant, was due to the need to have to move out of State in order to be able to obtain another job in his field of employment.  We documented this through not only with his current income statements, but through a letter explaining the history and reason for his move.  We were able to obtain an exception to the requirement of the home being owner occupied. 

Each situation will be specific to the individual homeowner.  But, overall, it is important to be aware that one of the requirements for a FHA and/or HUD insured short sale, is that your home be owner occupied. 

If you don’t know what to do if  you are falling behind on your mortgage payments or you are currently facing foreclosure of your Kansas City home, Kansas or Missouri, please continue to read the upcoming posts and Request a Free Confidential, no obligation, analysis of your home and options that may be available to you to help reduce the burden you may have.

(There are potential tax consequences that should be discussed with a tax professional.  Please do not interpret this information as providing legal, tax or other professional advice which you should seek independently.)
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Suzanne Hinton
Hinton Group-Affiliated with ReMax Premier Realty
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Email: shinton@remax.net

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