The type of hardship that your lender will consider legitimate depends on the mortgage company considering the Short Sale request. In general, so long as the hardship is real acceptable and the mortgage company believes the loan is likely to become delinquent. As a result, the Short Sale request will be processed by the Loss Mitigation Department.

A big key to getting your lender to accept a hardship is to submit a strong hardship letter. The hardship letter sets the tone for the entire file. This letter must be honest and represent the facts clearly. It must prove to them that the situation that caused you to fall behind was temporary and you are now in a position to make your payments on time.

Below are examples of “hardships” that are common and frequently accepted by mortgage lenders.

1. Family illness or injury.

2. Illness or injury in the extended family – particularly if it forces relocation.

3. Job relocation when the property is equity deficient.

4. Job loss or significant income loss.

5. Divorce or split of domestic partners.

6. Adjustment in mortgage payment or unforeseen increase in living expenses.

Your lender will expect you to submit any relevant documentation that supports your claim of hardship.

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