Breaking News: GSE Short Sales No Longer Require Default

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fannie mae short saleI was so excited when I heard the news yesterday that sellers don't have to be in default anymore to do a government short sale, I was jumping up and down. Thanks to my friend at Bank of America who sent me the press release from FHFA. My handyman was over at the house working on my garage roof, so I yammered on and on about it to him. Not that he probably cares but he has more to say to me than other occupants of the house, which would be meow, meow.

This is huge. HUGE. The FHFA had just announced that sellers who want to do a Fannie Mae short sale or Freddie Mac short sale no longer need to be in default. These sellers can be current on their mortgage payment. As long as they have a hardship, the bank will be given delegated authority to approve their short sale. The new guidelines go into effect on November 1, 2012.

As I was jumping up and down with glee over this short sale news, Ken Harney at the Washington Post called to talk about it. I bent his ear for a while, too. I imagine you'll see a piece soon by him online.

Read more about Feds to Allow Current Mortgage Payments for Short Sales.

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Kathleen M. Feeney
Cafe Realty - Katonah, NY
Mt. Kisco Real Estate - EcoBroker

fantastic news - never could understand why you had to go into de-fault first - It is about time they took care of folks that are trying to do the right thing.

Aug 22, 2012 07:07 AM #1
Kat Palmiotti
Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

That is wonderful news - thanks for sharing!  (with the handyman, the cats, and us!)

Aug 22, 2012 07:29 AM #2
Inna Ivchenko
Mannis Real Estate Group - Calabasas, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Great news! Sharing, re-posting:)

I heard about it, but i still don't understand yet : what are all outdomes for such sellers.

It will become easier to get a Short Sale approval, but sellers  will still damage their credits? also they talk about pursuing deficiency judgment?  ( even it is up to 6k to a junior lender)

Aug 22, 2012 11:00 AM #3
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Kathy: I know, it just blows me away that the government could have put people in that situation. I have a client whom Freddie Mac demanded that he had to be 90 days delinquent. 90 days!!

Hi Kat: You know me, I'd talk to the guy walking his dog across the street.

Hi Inna: Yes, there will be no deficiency, and they will pay up to $6,000 to a junior lender -- which sounds great until you realize there is no deficiency on a short sale in California anyway AND most lenders are getting up to $8,500, thanks to the June supplemental to HAFA, which sort of sets the standard expectations.



Aug 22, 2012 11:10 AM #4
Inna Ivchenko
Mannis Real Estate Group - Calabasas, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Yeh, I know, but we had a meeting where I heard that they plan on bringing DJ into CA~hopefully not.

Btw, i visited your blog to read more your picture on a bicycle!

( I just love the whole composition and colors:) and a beautiful warm smile! )

Aug 22, 2012 11:21 AM #5
Mary Elizabeth Allen
Lake Monticello, VA

That's fantastic news! It never made sense to me why the government would TELL someone to default. Completely antithetical to the notion of financial responsibility. So glad they finally came around!


Aug 22, 2012 11:57 AM #6
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand


Thank you for the good news. 

I hope everything turns out well with the garage!

Aug 22, 2012 03:38 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
AR., MO., or OK. "Your Market Professional"

Morning Elizabeth I know if your excited it must be good news.  I'll wait and see the release before I start to jump up and down. 

Aug 23, 2012 04:09 AM #8
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

That's awesome news!  I honestly don't know why it was ever a requirement to be delinquent any way if someone could prove a hardship.

Aug 23, 2012 07:53 PM #9
Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Washington, DC
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Elizabeth this is great news. Thank you very much for sharing this. This is worthy of a FEATURE. Have a great weekend.

Aug 24, 2012 11:09 AM #10
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