Foreclosure on a home is a devastating process for the homeowner. They often feel that all their life-long dreams of home ownership are going down the drain. For whatever reason, they are no longer able to make the payments on their home so the home is in foreclosure. When a home is in foreclosure, the lender is selling the home at public auction where the highest bidder gets the home. Sometimes as an alternative to the actual foreclosure, short sale may take place.
A foreclosure short sale may take place if the lender agrees to sell the home for less than what is owed to the bank. The bank accepts a discounted payoff and releases the mortgage. However, many times the bank will list the home as a foreclosure short sale, but they may not accept the offer given by the new buyer. A home may not actually be in foreclosure for a lender to offer a short sale. If the value of the home has fallen way below what is owed on the mortgage, the lender may consider a short sale as an attempt to bring the price of the home in line with market value.