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HAFA PROGRAM

U.S. Treasury Department Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program

We are Certified HAFA Specialist.  Contact Us @ kariedan@aol.com or 661-810-2163

On November 30, 2009, the US Treasury Department created the HAFA Program (Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program) to establish short sale and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure (DIL) policies, procedures and forms to provide alternatives other than foreclosure for borrowers. This program was created for those borrowers who:

  1. Do not qualify for HAMP;
  2. Are unable to complete a HAMP loan modification; or
  3. Do not accept a HAMP loan modification.

The initial deadline for lenders and servicers to implement HAFA was April 5, 2010. The program expires December 31, 2012 unless it is extended. Lenders and servicers participating in HAMP, and all other qualifying loans, are required to follow the new rules in the HAFA program for all loans which meet the program?s qualifying criteria.

The HAFA guidelines were revised on March 26, 2010 to deal with issues that had been raised with regard to the original HAFA short sale guidelines. The majority of the revisions dealt with increasing the amount of incentive payments for the parties to a HAFA short sale. Also, because of complaints about an apparent loophole for servicers to use portions of the real estate commissions to pay vendors who work for them, the language was changed to provide that vendor payments would be required to be made from the sales proceeds. The initial deadline for lenders to comply with HAFA was April 5, 2010. The program expires December 31, 2012. Lenders and servicers participating in HAMP, and all other qualifying loans, are required to follow the new rules in the HAFA program for all loans which meet the program?s qualifying criteria.

The HAFA program is described in Supplemental Directive 09-09 Revised and is regulates first lien mortgage loans that are not owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (Non-GSE Mortgages). Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will issue their own HAFA guidelines. If Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac follow the same policies and procedures as when they issued their own rules and guidelines for the HAMP program, their HAFA rules and forms should mirror the model HAFA program.

The HAFA program simplifies and streamlines the use of short sales and DIL options by incorporating the following unique features:

  1. Standard process flow;
  2. Minimum performance timelines;
  3. Standard documentation;
  4. Utilizes borrowers financial and hardship information collected in conjunction with HAMP, eliminating the need for additional eligibility analysis;
  5. Allows the borrower to receive pre-approved short sale terms prior to the property being listed;
  6. Prohibits the servicer from requiring, as a condition of approving the short sale, a reduction in the real estate commission agreed upon in the short sale agreement;
  7. Requires that borrowers be fully released from future liability for debts (no deficiency liability); and
  8. Provides financial incentives to borrowers, servicers and investors and junior lien holders.

Each participating servicer in HAFA must develop a written policy, consistent with each investor?s guidelines, that describes the basis on which the servicer will offer the HAFA program to borrowers. This policy may incorporate such factors as the severity of the loss involved, local market conditions, the timing of pending foreclosure actions and borrower motivation and cooperation. Considering that the larger servicers may service loans for dozens of lenders and investors, creating special HAFA rules consistent with individual investor guidelines may be burdensome to implement.

Servicers must evaluate a borrower for a HAMP modification prior to any consideration being given to HAFA options. Every potentially eligible borrower must be considered for HAFA before the borrower?s loan is referred to foreclosure or the servicer allows a pending foreclosure sale to be conducted. If the program works as planned, HAFA policies will result in huge increases in the number of short sale transactions for the next few years.   

We are Certified HAFA Specialist and can help you either sell or purchase a home.

Contact us for service customized to your needs. 

Thanks Danny & Karie Levine 

Phone:  661-810-2163     Email: kariedan@aol.com