Gainesville Short Sales – What is HAFA?
Gainesville Short Sales – What is HAFA? HAFA Program…an alternative option to foreclosure. Foreclosure is a very difficult experience for a homeowner to endure. If you are a homeowner facing foreclosure we understand that exploring all alternative options is very important. We are fortunate that there are alternatives out there when facing foreclosure.
A short sale on your home is normally the best alternative for foreclosure for most homeowners. If you are in the process of doing a short sale or deed in lieu on your home, and have been turned down for a loan modification, there is a program out there offered by the government called the HAFA Program.
HAFA stands for “Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives”. The Treasury Department introduced the HAFA Program in 2009, as an option for homeowners that were not able to keep their home through the existing HAMP Program, which stands for “Home Affordable Modification Program”. The HAFA Program took effect on April 5th 2010 and will continue through December 31, 2012.
The HAFA Program was designed to compliment the already existing HAMP Program or “Home Affordable Modification Program”. This program was set up to provide an alternative option for current homeowners who are HAMP eligible however, still for whatever circumstance is not able to keep their home. HAFA uses the homeowners financial and hardship information that was already collected when the borrower applied for a loan modification.
HAFA allows the homeowner to receive pre-approved short sale terms before listing their home and allows the homeowner to be released from liability down the road on their first mortgage note.
HAFA Program provides the borrower (homeowner) financial incentives, if they qualify for this program. A few of the incentives include a relocation assistance package of $3,000, administrative and processing costs of $1,500 to the servicers handling the short sale and up to $2,000 for investors who give a total of up to $6,000 in short sale proceeds. These proceeds are to be given to subordinate lien holders.
The HAFA program has requirements for all servicers that participate in the HAMP Program. HAMP program participants will need to implement HAFA in accordance with their own written policy. This will also need to be consistent with the investors guidelines. In short policies and guidelines may vary per financial institution.Each financial institution is given the opportunity to make their own interpretation of the HAFA guideline book.
HAFA Program guidelines have changed twice since January and there is always a possibility for more change. We cannot stress the importance in making sure that you do your homework, and choose an experienced and knowledgeable licenced real estate agent. This is important because not just any agent will be able to maneuver you through the process of a successful short sale, and other foreclosure options.
When dealing with government programs there is a lot of red tape to get through, and time lines to meet. To find out more about the HAFA Program and other alternatives to foreclosure contact our office with any and all questions that you may have. Our agents are experience and knowledgeable in short sales and programs like HAFA.
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