Short Sale Policy Information for Military Homeowners
Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) acting director, Edward DeMarco, announced short sale policy changes for active-duty military homeowners.
With this new set of rules, military homeowners can now short sale their homes without having to take a loss. This means they will be free from any deficiency judgments— no cash contribution or promissory note at closing. Plus, they don’t have to default on their loans to qualify.
This policy applies to military homeowners with Permanent Change of Station (PCS) order whose mortgage is backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Furthermore, the home must have been bought on or before June 30, 2012.
PCS orders usually require a quick move. This creates hardship for military homeowners who are underwater but couldn’t sell their homes without significant losses. FHFA developed this new policy to provide military homeowners with access to immediate and automatic full range of foreclosure alternatives.
Extending short sale assistance to men and women serving in the armed forces is in the best interest of everyone as they would be able to focus more in their duties to defend the country, rather than worry about the maintenance and leasing of a property in another jurisdiction.
Last year, PCS orders have been considered a qualified hardship for forbearance and loan modifications by Fannie and Freddie.
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