- The definition of a short sale involves selling a home for less money than the total of any remaining balance on the mortgage plus any liens on the property.
An example of a short sale is when you owe $150,000 on your home mortgage and $5,000 in Home Owners Association fees and your mortgage lender approves the sale of your house for $130,000.
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short sale - Business Definition
- The sale of a security that must be borrowed to make delivery. Short sales usually, but not always, entail the sale of securities that are not owned by the seller, who anticipates profiting from a decline in the price of the securities. Also called selling short, short. See also ghost stock, short against the box, short cover.
- The sale of real property when the outstanding mortgage exceeds proceeds from the sale. For example, a family buys a $250,000 home that is financed with a loan of equal amount (no money down). A year later the home is sold for $225,000 when the outstanding balance on the mortgage is $248,000. See also debt-discharge income.