FAQ: How will a short sale affect my credit? – Fresno, CA

How will a short sale affect my credit?

This is a great question as there is a lot of misinformation on the internet about this topic. A short sale is recorded on your credit report as “debt settled for less than the amount owed”. This typically will result in a relatively minor hit on your credit compared to a foreclosure or late payments on your mortgage. I say ‘”typically” because it affects everyone’s credit differently. The more established your credit, the less of an impact it will have on your score.

The reason you often hear and read that a short sale will drop your credit 100 points or more, is that, many people, when they do a short sale, stop making their mortgage payments. If you stop making your mortgage payments for 4 months, regardless of whether you do a short sale or not, 4 months of missed mortgage payments will have a significant negative impact on your credit. In other words, it is the missed mortgage payments that have the big impact on your credit, not the short sale itself.

With this said, if you are already behind on your payments, you have already incurred the majority of the hit that a short sale will have on your credit. Doing a successful short sale at this point will insure that your debt is settled with your lender.

If you are current on your payments and can stay current throughout the short sale process, you will save your credit to a large extent.

Finally, if you do stop making your mortgage payments, there are various credit repair agencies that can repair your credit by removing late payments from your credit report after a short sale.

Jeremy Smiley, Realtor
Short Sale Specialist
London Properties
Fresno, CA

About Jeremy Smiley

Jeremy Smiley is a life long resident of Fresno CA. He started his real estate career in 2005 after an eight year career in marketing. After graduating at the top of his class at the London Properties School of Real Estate, he quickly earned the “Senior Sales Associate” Distinction. By his second year in business Jeremy had become a Mutil-Million Dollar Producer. At the end of 2007 Jeremy saw the pending real estate decline and decided to jump ahead of the wave of foreclosures and become a "Short Sale Specialist". Since then Jeremy has helped countless families avoid foreclosure and save their credit. Jeremy puts it best when he says "I'm saving our economy and community one family at a time."

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