Updates to the HAFA Program

by | BiggerPockets.com

The Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA) is a government-sponsored program aimed to provide additional alternatives to foreclosure. Aside from loan modification (the government’s HAMP program) and underwater refinance (the government’s HARP program), the Treasury has also provided options for distressed borrowers through short sale and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. This program is a little bit tricky, and you really need to understand the ins and outs when speaking with mortgage servicers about a HAFA short sale.

I received a call the other day from an agent that was having trouble with his short sale processing, particularly with the second lien holder. Apparently, the second lien holder said that he would agree to the short sale if (and only if) he received the $8500 allowed through the Treasury’s HAFA Program. Apparently, this negotiator was a little overzealous and under-informed. It’s true that the Treasury has made some changes to the Program guidelines; however, changes are not required to be put into play by the mortgage servicers/participants until June 1, 2012. (And, the thing about the $8500 is not quite as it seems.)

Check out or download this handy chart in order to learn more about how HAFA is going to be changing in a few short weeks (and also check out the line about the $8500).


Photo: James Bowe

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Melissa Zavala is the Broker/Owner of Broadpoint Properties and Head Honcho of Short Sale Expeditor®. Before landing real estate, she had careers in education and publishing. Many folks say that Melissa is genetically pre-disposed to success with short sales. In fact, last year she and her staff obtained over 500 short sale approval letters! When she isn’t speaking with lien holders, Melissa enjoys practicing yoga, walking the dog, and vacationing at beach resorts.

1 Comment

  1. “Apparently, this negotiator was a little overzealous and under-informed.”

    This is the probem with 90% of short sales. If all negotiators were up to speed, we’d be getting short sale approvals in weeks, not months. Thanks for the info on the new HAFA update.

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