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2013 Short sale updates.

2013 is going to be a good year for homeowners needing to short sale their home.
Most all major lenders and servicers have agreed to streamline the short sale process.

 

Program Updates Effective February 1, 2013

however, Servicers may implement changes immediately

 The Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) Program is a government-sponsored initiative overseen by the U.S. Treasury Department and administered by Fannie Mae assisting all Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP)-eligible homeowners in avoiding foreclosure,specifically through short sales or deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure.

 

BEFORE Feb. 1, 2013

AFTER Feb. 1, 2013

Required Documents Use of Short Sale Agreement and Request for Short Sale Approval or forms substantially similar in content are required   Use of Short Sale Agreement and Request for Short Sale Approval documents optional
The Short Sale Notice (SSN) and the Acknowledgement of Request for Short Sale (ARSS) are now the preferred forms for servicers with regards to HAFA Short Sales. The Deed-in-Lieu (DIL) Agreement is now optional, and the Request for Approval of Short Sale (RASS) and Alternative Request for Approval of Short Sale (Alt RASS) are being phased out. 
Response Time Servicers required to respond within 45 days  Servicers required to respond within 30 days
The time frame for servicers to respond to a borrower’s request for a short sale has been shortened from 45 calendar days to 30 calendar days (generally). 
Pre-Determined Hardship & Affidavit Affidavit of borrower hardship required for approval of  HAFA short sale Pre-determined hardship (90+ days delinquent and FICO below 620) with affidavit required 
Borrowers who are 90 days or more delinquent and have a FICO score that is less than 620 will be deemed to have a “pre-determined” hardship. Servicers do not need to further validate the hardship to approve the HAFA short sale. However, they must execute a Hardship Affidavit prior to closing. 
Short Sale Affidavit

No arms-length transaction orHUD-1 affidavit required

New HAFA Affidavit to be completed at closing

A new HAFA Affidavit is now required, while both the borrower and the buyer must sign. This affidavit certifies the sale is an arm’s-length transaction (the homeownerand buyer have no previous connection to one another), that no money is beinggiven or received outside of the HUD 1, and other necessary information. 
Subordinate LienholderPayoff Treasury contribution to subordinate lienpayoff $2,000  Treasury contribution to subordinate lienpayoff increased—up to $5,000 
The Department of the Treasury will now provide up to $5,000 as an incentive to payoff secondary lienholders. 

Resale Restrictions

No resale before 90 days

Resale after 30 days allowed

The current restriction on reselling a property within 90 days after closing is being shortened to 30 days. From 31 to 90 days, the resale price cannot exceed 120% ofthe HAFA short sale price.

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Fannie, Freddie align short sale guidelines for 2013

Fannie, Freddie align short sale guidelines for 2013.” Source C.A.R.” Calif Assoc of Realtors.
C.A.R. has long advocated for a streamlined, standardized short sale process, and yesterday changes were announced by the FHFA that will align guidelines for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac short sales and allow lenders and servicers to quickly and more easily qualify borrowers for a short sale.
Here are some specific changes that are effective Nov. 1, 2012:
  • Eliminates current Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac short sale programs and creates a single standard short sale process for both entities (Fannie and Freddie HAFA programs will expire at the end of the year).
  • Enables servicers to quickly and easily qualify certain borrowers who are current on their mortgages for short sales without waiting for an approval from Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac
  • Offers special treatment for military personnel with Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders.
  • Standardizes and clarifies foreclosure suspensions on a property with an approved short sale.
  • May pay borrowers up to $3,000 in relocation assistance.
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer up to $6,000 to subordinate lien holders to expedite a short sale.
Additionally, FHFA clarified that a borrower experiencing a hardship must wait at least two years before becoming eligible for a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan.
These changes follow FHFA’s announcement in June that established strict timelines for servicers to respond to short sales within 30 days of receipt of a short sale offer, provide weekly status updates to the borrower, and communicate a final decision to the borrower within 60 days of receipt of the offer.

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Fannie, Freddie ease short-sale rules.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will allow borrowers who are current on their mortgage payments to qualify for short sales.

Starting Nov. 1, owners whose loans have been purchased or guaranteed by Fannie or Freddie may qualify for a short sale if they fit key hardship criteria including: unemployment; divorce; long-term disability; a change of employment that is more than 50 miles from the current home; a business failure; death of the primary or secondary wage earner; or a natural or man-made disaster.

Fannie and Freddie will allow borrowers who are current on their mortgage payments — not seriously delinquent as traditionally required — to qualify for short sales, provided they fit the hardship criteria.

In the past, short sales often have been drawn out and contentious, sometimes taking nine months or more to close. They have also had a high rate of failure and cancellations, when buyers get frustrated and bail out of the transaction after waiting for banks and loan servicers to make decisions and process paperwork.

Another other key change in Fannie and Freddie short sales is that members of the armed forces who receive permanent change-of-status orders and are underwater will be automatically eligible for short sales, even if they are current on their loan payments.

To find out whether your loan is owned by Fannie or Freddie, visit either FannieMae.com/loanlookupor FreddieMac.com/corporate..

Short Sales changes for homeowners with Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac loans.

Short Sales changes for homeowners with Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac loans

Here are some specific changes that will be effective this year on Nov. 1, 2012:

  • Eliminates current Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac short sale programs and creates a single standard short sale process for both entities (Fannie and Freddie HAFA programs will expire at the end of the year).
  • Enables servicers to quickly and easily qualify certain borrowers for short sales who are current on their mortgages without waiting for an approval from Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac
  • Offers special treatment for military personnel with Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders.
  • Standardizes and clarifies foreclosure suspensions on a property with an approved short sale.
  • May pay borrowers up to $3,000 in relocation assistance.
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer up to $6,000 to subordinate lien holders to expedite a short sale.

FHFA also clarified that a borrower experiencing a hardship must wait at least two years before becoming eligible for a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan.

These new guidelines will improve short sales eligibility for those troubled homeowners trying to avoid a foreclosure so they can move on with their lives..

Fannie, Freddie to streamline short sales.

Fannie, Freddie to streamline short sales*

Late yesterday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced it has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to develop enhanced and aligned strategies for facilitating short sales, deeds-in-lieu, and deeds-for-lease in order to help more homeowners avoid foreclosure. The effort will come in stages with the first taking place this June. The new, aligned timelines include the requirement that mortgage servicers review and respond to requests for short sales within 30 calendar days from receipt of a short sale offer.

 

Take advantage of my 17 years of doing short sales here in Temecula Ca. Ask me about the incentives offered by many lenders to help you with relocation costs.
Call Sidney Kutchuk 951-215-6745 or click Temecula Short Sale Agent
* Data pulled from C.A.R.

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