You’ve heard a lot of talk about HAFA, but what is it?
In early 2009, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) urged the U.S. Treasury Department, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to improve the short sales process.
NAR’s concerns were first addressed on May 14, 2009, when the Obama Administration announced the outline of a program to provide incentives and uniform procedures for short sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure (DIL) under the Making Home Affordable Program.
The Obama Administration released guidelines and uniform forms for its Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA) on November 30, 2009 and released an updated version on March 26, 2010. April 5, 2010 was the effective date for the program.
Modified HAFA rules for loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac were still being developed as of April 28, 2010 (check www.realtor.org/shortsales for updates). HAFA does not apply to FHA or VA loans.
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