Citi Mortgage / Citi Financial Short Sales – Getting Started
The first step to initiating a short sale with Citi Mortgage / Citi Financial is to list the home with a Realtor who specializes in short sales and has significant experience with this lender. Your agent will be critical to the success of your transaction and while many agents have begun marketing themselves as short sale specialist, few of these individuals possess the knowledge and experience required to warrant this title and it is imperative that you select a true short sale specialist to represent you in the short sale of your home.
The listing of a short sale is initially quite similiar to the listing of a traditional sale, however, your lender will require the additional documentation including the following; the previous 2 years tax returns (for self employed borrowers these should include tax schedules), paystubs for the previous 2 months, your previous 2 months bank statements for all accounts, borrower financial form (a detailed list of all of your income, expenses, loans and bills), a hardship letter (explaining why you are no longer able to afford the mortgage), and a third party authorization (gives your lender permission to speak with your agent about your account).
Why are these documents needed?
Just as the you were required to apply and submit documents to obtain the loan, the bank is now going to require that you apply and submit proof that you can no longer longer afford the loan. The bank requires these documents and uses them to help better understand the borrowers financial situation and to determine if the borrower should be granted a short sale based on their circumstances. The bank is also going to require an explanation of the circumstances including what happened to put you in the hardship that you are in, ultimately causing you not to be able to afford your payments.
To qualify for ashort sale Citi will want to see a clearly demonstrated financial hardship. Acceptable financial hardships include; relocation, loss of a job, payment increase or mortgage adjustment, business failure, reduced income, to much debt, illness or death, divorce, damage to property, incarceration, etc. In any of the fore mentioned cases, Citi will typically agree to a short sale and will accept the reduced payoff as payment in full on the loan (ie. the bank will not demand cash or a promissory note). Call us for additional details on acceptable hardships.
* Note if your payments are current, there is very little reason for the lender to consider a short sale. If your payments are behind, then a lender may be more agreeable to negotiate with you.
Thus the documents listed above will enable you in your efforts to successfully present a clear case to Citi that you are eligible and deserving of a short sale.
How does a short sale affect your credit?
The damage to a seller’s credit is far more severe if they go through foreclosure or give the lender a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. The points lost on your FICO score may be as follows:
- Foreclosure or Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure
Both of these solutions affect credit the same. A sellers can take a hit of 250 to 280 points. This means if a seller’s FICO score before foreclosure is 680, it could dip as low as 400.
- Short Sale
The damage to a credit report from a short sale is much less drastic and in the range of 80 to 100 points. The hit will be indicated as a “settled account” or as “pre-foreclosure in a redemption status”.
The Citi Mortgage / Financial Short Sale application consists of the following:
|Listing Agreement||2 Months Bank Statements (most recent – all accounts)|
|3rd Party Authorization||2 Months Pay Stubs (most recent)|
|Hardship Letter||Borrower Financial Form (click here to download)|
|2 Years Tax Returns (most recent)|
Citi advises that homeowners submit the short sale application as soon as their property is listed. Your realtor can assist you in submitting this package on your behalf, however, our strategy is a little different and once an offer is received we will submit this to Citi with your short sale application and the bank will then order a BPO, or Broker Price Opinion on the property. The BPO is an appraisal, that is an assessment of the home’s current market value and is a key step in the short sale process.
Once the BPO valuation is returned the negotiator will submit the entire package for review and short sale approval. While Citi suggests their standard processing time is 60 days, they are currently averaging 45-90 days with this vary depending on the type of loan, whether or not the loan is insured with a PMI policy, if there are any additional junior lien holders, the bank’s current work loads and the number of files the negotiator is currently working. Files that are set to close before the end of any given month receive priority treatment.
You can read about Citi Mortgage / Citi Financial Short Sales directly from their website: Citi Short Sale
Have a Citi Mortgage and need to do a Short Sale?
If you have a loan with Citi Mortgage /Citi Financial and are considering a short sale in Columbus, Ohio or the Central Ohio vicinity make sure you are working with a real estate agent who is a short sale specialist, while many agents claim to be proficient in these types of sales, few possess the knowledge and experience to accurately call themselves short sale specialist. We have a working relationship with Citi, and contacts within the bank’s executive offices whom we can call upon to ensure our client’s short sales are not only being processed in an expeditious manner, but ultimately that they are approved under the conditions and terms require.
Citi is participating in the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program, or HAFA and eligible homeowners may be entitled to $3,000 in financial assistance to help with your relocation expenses.
Please call us at 614.332.6984 to address any questions you may have and to discuss how we might assist you!
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