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The Obama administration today announced a new plan that would pay people to sell their homes for less than they owe, a process known as selling short, rather than foreclose. In addition, lenders will need to follow rules that expedite the whole process. Here are some excerpts from the AP story on the announcement:

The government launched a new effort on Monday to speed up the time-consuming, often-frustrating process of selling your home if you owe more than it’s worth.

The Obama administration will give $3,000 for moving expenses to homeowners who complete such a sale — known as a short sale — or agree to turn over the deed of the property to the lender. It’s designed for homeowners who are in financial trouble but don’t qualify for the administration’s $75 billion mortgage modification program.

Owners will still lose their homes, but a short sale or deed in lieu of foreclosure doesn’t hurt a borrower’s credit score for as much time as a foreclosure. For lenders, a home usually fetches more money in a short sale than a foreclosure. And the bank avoids expensive legal bills, cleanup fees and maintenance costs that follow a foreclosure. …

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