short sale: What Information Your Short Sale Approval Letter Must Contain - 06/13/12 10:44 AM
If you you are purchasing a short sale, there are certain items that the seller’s short sale letter(s) must contain. 
 
Short Sale Approval Letter Requirements
 
·         Name/address of seller’s mortgage company
·         Name, contact phone#, and job title for the seller’s lender representative
·         Property address
·         Sales price
·         Seller contribution amount toward closing costs/pre-paids
·         Borrower’s name(s)
·         Expiration date of approval letter
 
 
If your short sale approval letter does not contain all of the above information, you may have a challenge with your mortgage approval. 
 
 
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short sale: Why Do Lenders Prefer a Short Sale Over a Foreclosure??? - 08/13/11 03:25 PM
Why do lenders prefer a short sale over a foreclosure is a common question asked by buyers and sellers.  The reason all comes down to money.  Any home owner that does a short sale or has a property go into foreclosure ends up costing their mortgage company a lot of money.  When a seller does a short sale, it ends up costing the lender about 20-30% less than if they have to foreclosure. 
Maintaining a foreclosed property is an expensive understanding for a mortgage company.  The legal fees associated with a foreclosure can be costly for the lender.  They also have … (15 comments)

short sale: What Is A Short Sale? - 08/13/11 12:54 PM
A home sale is classified as a "Short Sale" whenever it is sold for less than the amount owned on the mortgage and the mortgage lender accepts less than the full amount due on the outstanding balance.  The seller must meet several criteria in order to qualify for a short sale?  Some of those include:
The seller must owe more on the home that its current value The seller must prove that the home cannot be sold for enough to satisfy the current outstanding mortgage(s) owed The seller must demonstrate that they are suffering from a financial hardship which leaves the … (3 comments)

short sale: Completed HAFA Short Sales Pass 10,000 Closings - 08/13/11 12:04 PM
According to a recent article from HousingWire, completed HAFA Short Sales have now surpassed 10,000 closings.  Since the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program was launched in April 2010, mortgage servicers have now completed 10,438 HAFA short sales through the end of June 2011. 
JPMorgan Chase tops the HAFA closed volume list.  The lender has now completed almost 3,600 approved HAFA short sales through the program. In June 2011 alone, nearly 1,000 were completed.
Wells Fargo comes in second place in completed HAFA short sales.  They have completed over 3,100 HAFA transactions.  Of those completed, nearly 700 were done in June 2011 alone.
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short sale: Can I Purchase After a Short Sale in Georgia? - 08/06/11 06:12 AM
Can I purchase after a short sale in Georgia? 
That is a common question on the minds of many Georgia sellers in today’s market.  The answer is, possibly.  In December 2009, HUD announced guidelines under which a seller who has completed a short sale can buy a new home utilizing FHA financing. 
Short Sales
According to FHA underwriting guideline, borrowers are not eligible for a new FHA loan if
·         They pursued a short sale on their principal residence simply to take advantage of declining market conditions, and  purchase, at  a reduced price, a similar or superior property … (3 comments)

short sale: Can I Purchase After a Short Sale in Alabama? - 08/06/11 06:11 AM
Can I purchase after a short sale in Alabama? 
That is a common question on the minds of many Alabama sellers in today’s market.  The answer is, possibly.  In December 2009, HUD announced guidelines under which a seller who has completed a short sale can buy a new home utilizing FHA financing. 
Short Sales
According to FHA underwriting guideline, borrowers are not eligible for a new FHA loan if
·         They pursued a short sale on their principal residence simply to take advantage of declining market conditions, and  purchase, at  a reduced price, a similar or superior property … (1 comments)

short sale: Atlanta HAFA Agent Short Sale Training - July 19, 2011 - 07/01/11 03:27 PM
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short sale: HAFA Short Sale Approval Criteria - 07/01/11 03:08 PM
In an attempt to reduce the increasing number of foreclosures, the U.S. Treasury Department introduced a new federal program last year help to streamlines the short sale process.  The program is designed to help home owners who can no longer afford to keep their homes.
The Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program began on April 5, 2010.  It is currently set to end on December 31, 2012. HAFA is designed for homeowners who have applied to the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) for assistance, but have not had a success result with their loan modification program. Federal rules require servicers participating in HAMP to implement HAFA. For homeowners … (0 comments)

short sale: Agents....Are You Risking Your Real Estate License By Negotiating a Short Sale? - 11/30/10 01:22 AM
Agents, are you risking your real estate license by negotiating a short sale with your seller's lender(s)?  If you are doing short sales in Georgia, you just may be.  With the SAFE Act of 2008 being implemented in Georgia last year, rules have changed when it comes to what a real estate agent can and cannot do concerning a mortgage. 
Real estate agents are generally exempt from having to be licensed as a Mortgage Loan Originator so long as they are not involved in the negotiation of mortgage loans/terms.  With the implementation of the SAFE Act, a number of questions have … (4 comments)

short sale: Fannie Mae's Latest Guidance for Foreclosures, Bankruptcies, & Short Sales - 09/25/10 05:54 AM
Fannie Mae has updated its polices regarding new financing for borrowers with a previous bankruptcy, foreclosure, or short sale.  The waiting period ranges from 2 years from the discharge date of a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy to 7 years from the date of a Foreclosure.

 
 
 
 
All borrowers will now be required to meet the minimum waiting period after the derogatory event in order to be eligible for a new conventional mortgage loan backed by Fannie Mae. 
 
 
 
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short sale: New Rules for a Prior Preforeclosure Sale or Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure - 04/15/10 01:41 AM
On April 14, 2010, Fannie Mae announced that a new waiting period will be established for anyone with a short sale or pre-foreclosure sale.   The waiting period will vary depending on the loan to value of the transaction and whether extenuating circumstances contributed to the borrower's financial hardship.  Loss of employment, illness, death of a wage earner, etc are common examples under which an exception might be granted.  
Both terms of"short sale" and "pre-foreclosure sale" are interchangeable in this announcement.  Fannie has clarified that each have the same meaning of "the sale of a property in lieu of a foreclosure, resulting in a … (3 comments)

 
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