When you a buyer does a short sale to assist them in the sell of their home, it will show up on their credit, even if the investor agrees to accept the balance as paid in full. When the seller of that home attempts to purchase their next home and completes the loan application form, there is a question "Have you ever had title or deed transferred in lieu of foreclosure". The correct answer would be "Yes". NOW is when there is the issue ...lenders DO view a short sale (or any mortgage 120 days or more past due, for that matter) the same as a foreclosure. Start the clock ticking, cause now we have to wait three or four years (depending on the loan program) to get them approved for the new loan.
Few sellers are actually told this!
However, it would seem that SOME sellers did understand this upfront. So, they acquired a new home before letting the existing home go into default or positioning themselves for a possible short sale. They "leased" out the current home so they weren't hit with two payments and could qualify for the loan on the new home. And when the "lease" would fall through, the seller would then quit making the monthly payment on the initial home not caring about the impact on their credit.
So now guess what? The guidelines have changed on accepting a lease agreement to offset the current mortgage payment.... and it's not pretty! We no longer can accept just a signed lease agreement, but we now also have to document the deposit AND the property must have 30% equity in the existing home!!! (This new rule does not apply to government loans.)
So I ask you, how many today have 30% equity in a home they are thinking about renting? But the better question is who with 30% equity would let it go into foreclosure?