|Banks: No exceptions for short sales|
Increasingly, sellers seeking short sales are encountering a new twist. The Tampa Real Estate Market is no exception. Lenders are agreeing to let some short sales go through, but they want the home owners to sign a note promising to pay some or all of the balance due – debts that could burden borrowers for the rest of their lives. Moody’s Economy.com estimates that about 10 million homeowners have negative equity, a condition known colloquially as being upside down or underwater. By next June, the forecasting company expects the total to rise to 12.7 million-a quarter of all homeowners who have mortgages.