Strategic default.....It sounds good until your character is questioned.

I overheard an interesting conversation in the office yesterday. Apparently, an agent showed a rental property that was listed by another agent in the office. Of course, the listing agent asked about feedback and the showing agent excitedly mentioned that his clients were interested in the property. Their conversation quickly changed to the reasons why the prospective tenants are now choosing to rent and he mentioned that they were doing a strategic default on their home.....WHAT????

Do you mean to tell me..... that the individuals who are now breaking a contractual obligation just based upon a "strategy" has now decided to enter into a contract with my client????

A strategic default sounds good in theory...and I understand that it all boils down to a business decision. However, there are ramifications involved and if your client doesn't have to worry about their character being questioned, then it's fine. There are so many other options available to homeowners today besides a strategic default. There are many short sale options available as well. Yes, there's a lot of time and effort involved, but it gives the impression that the homeowner made an attempt to mitigate the loss to themselves and to their lender. Shoot, even a deed-in-lieu sounds better on paper than a flat-out strategic default.

People really should begin to think past the "here-and-now" because there really are after-affects.

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Comment by Simon Campbell on May 1, 2013 at 5:43am

I have been watching homeowners who sit down and decide that a strategic default is the easiest way out. Some "smart" homeowners actually plan to drag out the foreclosure in order to get "free rent."

I realize that if they cannot continue to afford their mortgage payment then something drastic needs to be done. But the fact that ethics, commitment and honesty are thrown out the window is a sad picture of what we have become in the pursuit of life and liberty.

Comment by Aneetra Isis Sherrell on April 25, 2013 at 12:30pm

Unfortuntately, some investors are still requiring homeowners be delinquent before they can even pursue other options.  Unless they fall under the 4 categories of short selling while current, which most homeowners don't, then they have no other choice but to default to get help.

Sounds crazy but that's the games they are playing now...

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