Among short sales, foreclosures, and a deed in lieu, which one can be the most damaging to your credit score? Your credit scores can affect nearly every aspect of your adult life. Many people have common questions such as, “what is better, foreclosure or short short sale?” This blog will answer some of these important questions.

Unfortunately, a nearly uncountable amount of homeowners face hard times, and the decision to turn over their home can be a difficult, but necessary measure. These homeowners will more than likely be concerned with the effects of foreclosure and how it can affect their credit score.

Know Your Options!

If you are considering pursuing a foreclosure, short sale, or deed in lieu, you should know you options. This blog will answer some common questions that homeowners need to know about. Each option has pros and cons, but the best way to guarantee you are making the right choice is to talk to an experienced foreclosure defense lawyer.

Foreclosure, Short Sale and Deed in Lieu – Frequently Asked Questions

What options are available when a homeowner can no longer make their payments?

Individuals could simply choose to let their home go into foreclosure—decreasing their credit score and their ability to get a loan, for at least seven years. Homeowners unable to make their mortgage may also decide to go with a deed in lieu of foreclosure. Through a deed in lieu, an individual will hand over their property to the mortgagee in return for the dissolution of the mortgage. However, this can also leave a smear on your credit history.

Is a short sale less more harmful than a foreclosure or a deed in lieu?

The general public has been convinced that a foreclosure is shattering to a credit scores, and that any other option is more assuredly better. This is not always true. Talking with a qualified foreclosure defense lawyer can help you understand the difference between short sale and deed in lieu of foreclosure.

What does short sale, foreclosure, or deed in lieu can really do to your credit score..

In regards to a short sale, there may be some lenders who lean more positively towards a short sale over a foreclosure, still, your credit score is affected equally. The credit scoring system does not differentiate between the foreclosure, short sale or deed in lieu. Before your make a decision, read more about short sale negotiation or the benefits of a deed in lieu of foreclosure. But remember, talking with a qualified foreclosure defense lawyer can help you understand the difference between short sale and deed in lieu of foreclosure.

The higher your score, the further you fall.

Many people wonder, what is the score impact of a mortgage delinquency, foreclosure, short sale, or a deed in lieu. A tool called a “FICO Analysis” is used to answer this question. The FICO analysis shows, that individuals having higher credit scores may face a more significant drop and that it takes much longer for the credit score to recuperate to the once higher level; assuming all other credit remains in good standing.

What is Loan Modification?

Some people may be able to pursue a loan modification or, restructure what they have to pay each month. This is called loan modification or “repayment plan negotiation”. To learn more about how Tucker, Nong and Associates can help you pursue a repayment plan/loan negotiation, visit our useful page:
Loan Modification

Is Your Home About To Be Foreclosed On In Virginia, Maryland or Washington D.C.?

If you are concerned that you will lose your home you need to speak with an experienced foreclosure defense lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Vienna, Virgnia office directly at 703.991.7978 or our Rockville, Maryland office at 301.637.5392 to schedule your case consultation.

Lawrence Tucker
Providing foreclosure & bankruptcy defense in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. for over 20 years.