HAFA (Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative Program) May Help Sellers

While checking out wall posts tonight on facebook, I came across an article a friend posted from bankrate.com. This is great information. I meet so many people that really don’t know what to do or who to ask when they are having difficulty paying their mortgage. There are lots of alternatives, both to stay in your home and sell your home. If you or a friend needs help, please feel free to call me. I definitely at least get you started in the right direction.

This is great information:
HAFA short sale rules may help sellers
By Michele Lerner • Bankrate.com

Homeowners struggling to sell their homes in a short sale are getting some relief, thanks to the federal government’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives, or HAFA, program.

Up to now, many short sales — in which the lender accepts a sale of the property for less than the full amount owed — have taken months to complete. Sometimes, the complex and lengthy process has failed, resulting in foreclosure.

HAFA establishes streamlined short sale rules and incentives borrowers and lenders to work together to avoid foreclosure. The rules — in effect between April 5, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2012 — also are intended to speed up the short sale process.

“The streamlined short sales process will definitely help homeowners,” says David Liniger, Re/Max International chairman and co-founder.

Prior to HAFA, homeowners often listed their home for sale without an idea of what the lender would accept.

“A lot of sellers and their Realtors have not been able to sort out the problems with short sales and have given up on the process because, even after sending in the correct paperwork, they have sometimes waited three or four months for their lender to respond,” Liniger says.

Under HAFA, borrowers receive preapproved short sale terms from the lender prior to putting the home on the market.

Lisa Matykiewicz, a Realtor and Certified Distressed Property Expert in Gilbert, Ariz., says the updated short sale rules establish an easy-to-understand process with predefined steps that “make it easier for everyone to understand.”
Eligibility requirements
The HAFA guidelines apply to lenders who voluntarily participate in the HAMP program. The Department of Housing and Urban Development says more than 100 servicers have signed up to participate in HAMP, covering more than 89 percent of mortgage debt outstanding in the country.

To be eligible for HAFA, homeowners must first apply for a loan modification through the Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP. Owners who do not qualify for a loan modification or miss payments during the initial loan modification period qualify for HAFA.
Other HAFA requirements include:

* Property is principal residence.
* Mortgage originated before Jan. 1, 2009.
* Mortgage is owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
* Borrower is delinquent or default is foreseeable.
* Homeowner demonstrates hardship.
* Borrower’s total monthly housing payment exceeds 31 percent of gross income.
* Unpaid principal does not exceed $729,750.

According to HAFA rules, lenders now must offer a short sale in writing to the borrower within 30 days if the borrower does not qualify for or complete a loan modification. Borrowers then must respond within 14 days to the lender’s short sale agreement.

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About Michelle Nantz

There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional: integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills, and a high-quality professional network ~ all of which are hallmarks of Michelle Nantz. In 2003, Michelle began her career in real estate, after a successful career in restaurant and hotel management with her last position as Regional Director of Operations running 56 hotels throughout two states. She owes her success in real estate and management to her expertise in people skills, managing, negotiating, and follow-up. However, it is Michelle’s dedication to quality service that she ultimately credits her success. Michelle shared, “In my experience as a Lake Norman real estate professional, I’ve found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to their needs.” This “client first” philosophy combined with continual personal improvement and keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies is a cornerstone of both Michelle’s and Lake Norman Realty’s business philosophy. In addition to Michelle’s extensive real estate education and her experience in the local market, she is also an Accredited Staging Professional®, which brings additional value to marketing her clients’ homes. Michelle and her family have made the Lake Norman area their home for over 10 years. In her rare leisure moments, you’ll find Michelle with her three children and husband, or unwinding with gardening or reading. “I live and work in this community and only have the best interests of our community and its members in mind,” says Michelle. Her community activities include participation in Denver Days, Relay for Life and support for Christian Ministries and area schools.
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2 Responses to HAFA (Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative Program) May Help Sellers

  1. Principal Reduction Program.
    Short Refinance Vs Loan Modification.
    You owe a lot more to the lender then what the home is worth (upside down or underwater).
    If you have not already seen the solution to this problem today, the information about what is happening today, results people are getting and how to qualify can be found on this page. http://www.realestatesecretstoday.com/principal_reduction.php

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