It’s usually fine. If your home is just in need of minor maintenance like new carpet and paint, that is pretty standard and shouldn’t be an issue. If there are structural issues or considerable damage we may need to look at it as a case by case basis.
Damage to your house may actually be a huge incentive for your lender to agree to a Short Sale. The issue is that a buyer is going to have to get a new loan to buy your house. If it won’t pass their appraisal, they may not be able to make the purchase. There is a whole segment of cash buyers who are specifically looking for homes to fix up. That being the case, it’s probably worth having a conversation about so we can let you know what your realistic options are.