Obama Announces Big $$ Incentives on Short Sales for Lenders and Homeowners

With around 43,000 notices of default last month in California alone, now more that ever the industry is in need of a Foreclosure Alternative Program.

I am so happy to see that the Obama administration has recognized the need to streamline the short sale and deeds-in-lieu process, and has provided viable options to homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgages or owe more than their homes would sell for in today’s market.

The Obama administration announced the new details under its Foreclosure Alternatives Program (FAP) enabling lenders and borrowers to pursue Short Sales and Deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure in cases where the does not qualify for a Loan Modification. The program requires that before proceeding with a foreclosure, lenders must determine if a short sale is appropriate, if that is not successful, a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.

They are even providing incentives for homeowners and lenders!

Borrowers (Homeowners). Borrowers/homeowners qualify under the FAP if they meet minimum eligibility requirements for the Home Affordable Modification program but don’t qualify for a modification or do not successfully complete the three month trial period. Before proceeding with a foreclosure, servicers must determine if a short sale is appropriate.

Incentives. Incentives include: (1) $1,000 for servicers for successful completion of a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure; (2) $1,500 for borrowers/homeowners to help with relocation expenses; and (3) up to $1,000 toward the cost of paying junior lien holders to release their liens (one dollar from the government for every $2 paid by the investors to the second lien holders).

Standardized Documents. The program will include streamlined and standardized documents, including a Short Sale Agreement and an Offer Acceptance Letter. The goal is to minimize complexity and increase use of the short sale option.

Property Valuation by Appraisal or BPO. Servicers will independently establish both property value and minimum net return to the bank, in accordance with investor requirements. The price may be determined based on an appraisal or one or more broker price opinions (BPOs)

Timeline. In the Short Sale Agreement, servicers must give borrowers/homeowners at least 90 days to market and sell the property, or up to one year, depending on market conditions. Property must be listed with a licensed real estate professional and no foreclosure may take place during the marketing period (at least 90 days) specified in the Short Sale Agreement.

Commissions. The Short Sale Agreement must specify the reasonable and customary real estate commissions and costs that may be deducted from the sales price. The servicer must agree not to negotiate a lower commission after an offer has been received.

No Borrower Fees. Servicers may not charge fees to borrowers/homeowners for participating in the FAP. Contact Short Sale Pros for 100% Free Short Sale Help

Program Expiration. Starts May 14th 2009 and is in effect through 2012.

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How do you think the Foreclosure Alternatives Program will help the thousands of struggling homeowners? Do you think this is the best way to fix the problem?

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Oliver Graf

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