Short Sales

Short Sale Attorney

Are you facing foreclosure and searching for an alternative to being foreclosed upon? Contact the short sale attorneys at Minchella & Associates. Our firm has more than 40 years of legal experience. Managing partner Erica Crohn Minchella has spent her entire career helping people out of financial distress and has spent the past 20 years representing real estate buyers and sellers in a wide variety of real estate transactions including short sales. She can provide you the experience and guidance you need to manage this minefield.

Do I need a lawyer for a short sale?

Without question it is in your best interest to work with a short sale attorney throughout this process. Your lender is attempting to foreclose on what is likely the most valuable asset you have in your possession. Our law office can negotiate on your behalf with your lender to obtain the best outcome for you.

Most people facing a short sale have no experience negotiating with banks. Minchella & Associates has extensive experience in this area. We have found that every single lender requires different documentation and plays by different rules. Some lenders are straight forward whereas some lenders will require the same documentation five times. It is critical to know how to present your documentation to the lender in a way that prevents them from taking advantage of you. In addition, once the short sale has been negotiated, you will need a lawyer to close the transaction for you.

How do short sales work?

The process of a short sale varies depending on which lender with whom you are dealing. Minchella & Associates has dealt with virtually every lender and as such, is uniquely positioned to maneuver the process, help you understand it, and help with strategies for the more recalcitrant lenders. However, generally speaking there are certain steps that your short sale will take, these include:

Is a short sale better than foreclosure?

In short, a foreclosure will stay on your credit report for 7 years as a ‘non-payment.’ This will drive your credit score dramatically lower.

On the contrary, a short sale will show on your credit report as ‘not paid as agreed.’ The short sale will not have the same negative impact in terms of time on your credit report and the severity of effect on your score.

There are other financial benefits to a short sale over a foreclosure as well. In a short sale, the lender absorbs many of the costs of the closing so it’s not coming out of the seller’s pocket.

Finally, a short sale provides the seller with dignity. You are not being foreclosed upon. This allows you to walk away from a short sale with your head held high. You will have been able to sell your property rather than be foreclosed upon and evicted.if you want to speak with a foreclosure attorney about doing a short sale on your home, contact Minchella for a confidential and free consultation.

“We hired Erica Crohn Minchella to handle the short sale of our home and the complicated repercussions of this transaction. From deal, to no deal thanks to a bank’s intransigent bureaucracy, to another deal a year later for a much lower price, and ultimately, threat of foreclosure, and a bankruptcy case, Erica and her staff took great care of all paperwork and deadlines. She counseled us every step of the way, over nearly three years, until all was resolved successfully. I highly recommend Erica and her staff for all legal matters pertaining to real estate, foreclosure, and litigation.”
– Emma K.
7538 St. Louis Ave Skokie IL 60076


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