Well we’ve received yet anther government program to help people with distressed homes that comes with detailed instruction about how the lenders are suppose to attend to these types of homeowners.
If this program sounds like it would benefit you or someone you know, please have them give me a call. We can work through the terrible stressful time together.
Working the the North San Diego area has given me the rare opportunity to see for myself the destruction that many of our communities has endured. Oceanside has been of the the hardest hit communities in North County. The more expensive communities thought they would escape the tragedy, but that was not to me. We are seeing foreclosures in all the communities from Del Mar and La Jolla to Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas & Carlsbad.
If you need help to just talk it through, a sounding board to get it off your chest, or someone skilled in handling these types of transaction, please give me a call 760.583.2107 or e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is HAFA?
HAFA is a government-subsidized Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives program for distressed homeowners to sell their homes to avoid foreclosure, even if the sales price is not enough to pay off their existing mortgage loans. Under HAFA, a participating lender will pre-approve the terms of a short sale and give the borrower at least 4 months to market and sell the property using a licensed real estate professional.
The eligibility requirements for a HAFA short sale include the following:
• Property must be borrower’s principal residence;
• Loan must be a first trust deed originated before 2009;
• Loan must be delinquent or default must be reasonably foreseeable;
• Current unpaid principal balance must be $729,750 or less for single-family home (or higher amounts for 2-to-4 units); and
• Borrower must be eligible for, but unable to complete, a loan modification under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).
Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative Programs, Guidelines
- The government incentives under HAFA are as follows
- $3,000 to borrower for relocation expenses;
- $1,500 to servicer for each successful short sale; and
• $1 to investor for every $2 paid to extinguish junior liens, up to $2,000 maximum, not to exceed 6% of unpaid balance.
April 5, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2012.
The general standardized procedures for HAFA short sales are as follows:
Step 1: Lender evaluates borrower for a loan modification under HAMP.
Step 2: Lender evaluates borrower unable to complete HAMP modification for short sale.
Step 3: Lender issues Short Sale Agreement (HAFA SSA).
Step 4: Borrower lists the property for sale using a licensed real estate agent.
Step 5: Borrower and agent market and sell the property.
Step 6: Borrower submits to lender a Request for Approval of Short Sale (RASS).
Step 7: Lender approves RASS within 10 business days.
Step 8: Sale closes escrow.
Each participating lender will have its own written policy for approving or rejecting a HAFA short sale, based on factors such as the severity of the loss, market conditions, the borrower’s motivation and cooperation, property valuation, and title review.
Short Sale Agreement (HAFA SSA)
The Short Sale Agreement (HAFA SSA) will include, among other things, the following:
• Either a list price or net proceeds acceptable to the lender;
• An agreement to fully release borrower from all liability for repayment of the loan;
• An agreement not to complete a foreclosure sale if borrower complies with SSA;
• Amount of acceptable closing costs and up to 6% real estate commission.
• Notice that the sale must be an arm’s length transaction; and
• Notice that the buyer must agree not to resell the property within 90 days of closing.
Tax, Credit, and Other Consequences
A HAFA short sale may have serious tax, credit, financial, legal, and other consequences. A homeowner is strongly encouraged to seek the advice of a qualified professional regarding these consequences.
A list of lenders participating in the HAMP program is available at http://makinghomeaffordable.gov/contact_servicer.html. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have their own HAFA guidelines for their loans.
See also, Supplemental Directive 09-09 dated March 26, 2010 available at
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