Ventura County CA – The Stop Foreclosure Institute recently received a question from Phil. Here is Phil's Question.
"I am a California Resident but have 3 distressed Florida Properties pending foreclosure. Under Florida law a creditor cannot garnish wages. Will investor pursue deficiency? If yes, will they follow FL or CA law? Thanks, Phil.”
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Here was our answer. That is a legal question. Since I am not a lawyer I cannot answer it.
I do know that you can usually short sale in Florida and get the lender to forgive you of the debt. However, there are other things you can do to avoid the deficiency problem.
First, work hard to convince your lender to waive the deficiency. Investment Property Short Sales are tougher because the lenders are more reluctant to waive the deficiency.
But, many lenders will waive it. Others will agree to waive it when you have presented financial statements that show you cannot afford the deficiency.
So I think that over half of the deficiencies will be waived by the lenders. Here is what you can do for the remaining ones. First, depend on incompetence on the lender’s part.
Most lenders don’t have enough staff to handle their delinquent debt. Even if they do have the right to a deficiency in most cases the only thing they will do is call you.
When they call, you simply tell them that you don’t have the money in your budget that month to pay them anything. Don’t say anything more than that and don’t lie to them.
(A lie can get you in legal trouble later on. You are better saying very little and hanging up the phone than lying.)
Most lenders won’t do anymore than “sic” the debt collectors on you. They hardly ever go to court or attempt to garnish your wages. E-mail me for a simple letter that will legally stop the harassing phone calls.
In my opinion, this will enable you to short sale 90% to 95% of all investment properties and avoid paying a deficiency. Here is what you should do if you fall into the unlucky 5-10%.
Hire a good lawyer. They can usually find a hole in their court case and get you out of paying the debt. These lenders are so disorganized that the often do not have all their paperwork in order.
Or, they can find a situation where the lender broke Collection Law. In that case, the lender is usually more than happy to settle with you versus facing a lawsuit.
Update: A new law has been passed regarding deficiency judgements. In short, the lender on a first mortgage that accepts a short sale cannot pursue the Seller for a deficiance judgment on a dwelling not more than 4 units, regardless of whether it is purchase money or refinance. It also appears it is not limited to principal residence. We are not 100% sure of that part yet, so please make sure to tell them to check with their own accountant or attorney as each situation is unique and there could be circumstances that would affect the outcome that we would not be aware of.
Note, this bill does not apply to second mortgages!
Here is the Link; http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_0901-0950/sb_931_bill_20100930_chaptered.html
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