Short Sale News for Homeowners: Treasury expands HAFA short sales program for vacant properties

The Treasury department recently announced several changes to the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program to make the program accessible to more borrowers and properties. With the lackluster numbers on permanent HAMP modifications and other widely reported problems, HAFA and short sales may become a bigger focus for policy makers, loan servicers, and REALTORS® in 2011.

One particularly notable change announced relates to HAFA eligibility of vacant properties. Previously, only properties which were vacant for 90 days due to employment-related moves of more than 100 miles were typically eligible. Under the new HAFA guidelines, previously owner-occupied properties which have been vacant or rented for up to 12 months are eligible as long as, among other things, the seller has not purchased another property in the interim.

The new guidelines are effective Feb. 1, 2011, and are not applicable for, among others, loans owned or guaranteed by government owned or sponsored entities including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and VA.

From January 26th, 2011. Market Matters Weekly Advisory
Reprinted with permission of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

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