According to an article published in the Los Angeles Times, a Short Sale can hit your credit rating up to 130 points according to researchers at VantageScore. While this is a big hit there are several advantages to a Short Sale over letting your home foreclose. Typically owners that sell their home short have missed several months of mortgage payments and that is usually what affects your credit. The actual formulas for calculating credit scores are kept secret but typically you can get a new home loan in less than three years after a short sale.
If the bank forecloses on your home your credit rating can take a hit of up to 150 points and the record of foreclosure can stay on your credit report for seven years.
For those that choose Bankruptcy look for a credit drop of well over 300 points and ten years on your credit report.
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