Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) Short Sale Update
HAFA Supplemental Directive 12-02, effective June 1, 2012
, impacts short sales with loans from non-government-sponsored enterprises
in which the homeowner is eligible for the HAFA program.
Key enhancements include:
- Time frame extended: The program has been extended to Dec. 31, 2013. The HAFA short sale or deed in lieu of foreclosure can be initiated up to Dec. 31, 2013; however, the transaction must have a closing date on or before Sept. 30, 2014.
- Eligibility updated: Occupancy requirements for HAFA eligibility have been removed; however, the property can’t be owned or secured by a business entity.
The second lien maximum has been increased from $6,000 to $8,500.
HAFA relocation assistance of $3,000 will be paid only to the primary resident (borrower or occupant) of the property at time the agreement is executed. The resident must vacate upon closing. Vacant properties are not eligible for HAFA relocation assistance.
- Nonborrowers (tenant, legal dependent, parent or grandparent) can now qualify if occupying the property and must vacate upon closing.
- Help your financially distressed clients understand the benefits a HAFA short sale, including the relocation incentive. Review the agent HAFA education guide to learn more.
- Provide the Bank of America non-GSE HAFA Eligibility FAQ to interested homeowners.
- Direct homeowners to contact Customer Care at1.866.880.1232 if they have questions.