Real property

short sale

A short sale in the real property (real estate) context—also known as a pre-foreclosure sale—is made when a homeowner sells their home for less than the balance due on the mortgage loan after the lender (bank) agrees to accept the lower amount in full satisfaction of the loan balance (a deficiency waiver).

Although the bank may waive its right to recover the balance or deficiency from you after the proceeds of a short sale are applied to your loan balance, a short sale will usually have a negative impact on your credit score—often as much as a foreclosure.

State Statutes for the State of Texas

Federal Statutes