Sellers Can Profit from a Short Sell

Many homeowners may feel that they can no longer afford their home, but want to avoid the negative effects of foreclosure. The Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) Program offers homeowners, their mortgage servicers, and investors an incentive for completing a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. With these options, under HAFA, a homeowner leaves their home to transition to more affordable housing and alleviate the mortgage debt they owe.

These options are available for homeowners who: 1. do not qualify for a trial mortgage modification under the Making Home Affordable Program; 2. do not successfully complete the trial period for their modification; 3. miss at least two consecutive payments during their modification period; or 4. request a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.

Short Sale

In a short sale, the servicer allows the homeowner to list and sell the mortgaged property with the understanding that the net proceeds from the sale may be less than the total amount due on the first mortgage. 

Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure

Generally, if the borrower makes a good faith effort to sell the property but is not successful, a servicer may consider a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. With a deed-in-lieu, the borrower voluntarily transfers ownership of the property to the servicer— provided the title is free and clear of mortgages, liens, and encumbrances.

The HAFA Program streamlines both of these options to make them easier for a homeowner to work with their servicer. Under the program, a homeowner can receive $3,000 to help with relocation costs.

Mortgage servicers and investors write their own guidelines under the Federal requirements to determine how to implement the program. For more information about your options, you should contact your mortgage servicer. If you have questions about the program, or want guidance about how these options may impact your personal situation, you may wish to speak to a HUD-approved housing counselor for free.

Source: http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/hafa.html

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About Susan Johnson Team Charlotte | Lake Norman Real Estate Specialists

Susan Johnson & Associates Real Estate Agents in Charlotte | Lake Norman NC I am native to the area, live, work and play in the area. My children go to school here and I serve my community in this area. I love the region and I think its a great place to live! Together with my team, we have more than 21 years of combined experience in business, marketing, technology and communications, as real estate professionals in Charlotte | Lake Norman, we have also found that the key to providing the very best service is as simple as putting our clients first. This means keeping ourselves accessible, being good listeners as well as good communicators, and responding quickly. We look forward to sharing our expertise and working with you in all of your real estate needs in this region and across the country! Visit my website www.BuySellCharlotteLakeNorman.com
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