One of the most immediate consequences of a short sale is its impact on your credit score. When you sell your home for less than the amount owed on your mortgage, the lender reports the debt as “settled” or “paid less than the full amount,” which can significantly lower your credit score.
Nobody enters into a mortgage assuming they are going to fall short on their payments; however, life happens and borrowers might need a way out. In serious situations, lenders may elect to foreclose on homeowners who are unable to make their mortgage payments. Fortunately, there might be another way out. This is called a short sale.