Hi, I bought my current home in August, 2001. I have made each and every payment on-time the entire time I have owned the home. I have exceptional credit (850 FICO). I have tried to sell the home 3 times. At present, it is listed for sale. I have it listed $7,000 below what I owe on the mortgage and I have no takers. Sadly, it backs to a busy road and has a small backyard. However, it is well taken care of -- almost new -- and considerably upgraded. I just can't seem to sell it. I don't even think I could get someone to buy it even at $200K. And now, it looks like Romney is going to win the election and repeal the mortgage interest deduction. I currently take $35,000 in deductions just in mortgage interest alone. Even with his so-called cuts, it will be a huge tax increase for me. I can't afford it. I'm already supporting my parents and my brother who is currently out of work.
I would like to strategically default on the property, but I don't know if that is the best option. What would be your advice? I think I am too far off the mark for a short sale since I don't think it would sell even at $200K. It is sad because the home is in a very nice affluent community where the average incomes are over $100,000 annually. And, I don't think the bank is going to work with me at all in taking back a property that is clearly worth much less than I owe on it. I feel I got the short end of the stick and that it isn't going to get any better unless I do something. Even trying to sell it at a loss, I'd be clearing my 401K to do so and no one will step up and buy it.
What do you think? Is strategic default the right option for me?