HAP IS BACK! Military PCS for Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field New Info

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rulnick Realty, Inc.

Eglin AFB PCS

 

Are you an airman PCSing from Eglin AFB or Hurlburt Field?  Are you upside down in your mortgage and owe more than your current property value?  If so, you may know I have been checking the HAP website daily for the last several months.  As I have previously reported, the site was taken down at one point, and all information was removed. 

Today, the site has changed and information is posted that may be useful to relocating military who might qualify for the government assistance to cover some of the loss.

1.  Qualifications include: PCSing more than 50 miles, having purchased your home or entered into a contract to purchase prior to July 1, 2006, you lived there and it was your primary residence, and your orders were between February 1 2006 through September 30, 2012.

2. Your home must have declined at least 10% in value.  (That should not be in problem in the Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field market).

3. Assistance will initially be emphasized to those who received orders through December 2009, with a report date no later than February 28, 2010. 

4. HAP benefits are based on the amount you originally purchased the property for (prior fair market value PFMV verified by your settlement statement). The full amount of your negative value will not be reimbursed.

5. The site claims the government will provide benefits within 60 to 90 days of receiving your documents.  I would use caution here, as that claim was also made several months ago and no HAP benefits have yet been paid to my knowledge.

6. The site states that no specific dollar amounts of loss reimbursement are addressed and HAP advises you to contact your local district CoE office. For Eglin AFB,  Hurlburt Field and Duke Field, please contact the Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District.  However, elsewhere on its site, HAP mentions that up to 90% of your purchase price minus your sale price plus closing costs may be your benefit.

7. The government claims they will make up “liabilities” to servicemembers from a foreclosure, but not past due payments or junior liens you obtained after buying the property.

8. Some of your closing costs will be paid for, including title services and Realtor fees.

9. The government recommends you use a Realtor to sell your home and states that using a Realtor will may increase your chances of finding a buyer.

10. You are required to market your home for at least 120 days.  Your initial list price should be obtained by the Corps of Engineers automated value model for at least 30 days.

11. Your benefits will be taxable as income to you.

12. Caution:  Per the Realtor Guide , you or your Realtor must maintain records of price changes, showings, offers, etc to demonstrate that the house was not sold at too low a price.  The CoE office will obtain an appraisal to verify the price was within market range.  If the sales price is considered too low, no benefits will be paid.

 13.  There are maximum price range limits for assistance. In Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa counties the purchase price limit for benefits is $417,000.

Here is the HAP application checklist and HAP application.

As soon as you know you have orders from Eglin AFB or Hurlburt Field, apply for assistance immediately.

Analysis and questions to follow. I would like to hear from you, our local servicemembers.

It's Wendy!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, serving the entire Emerald Coast of Florida, Navarre, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Destin, Freeport, Mary Esther, Shalimar, Santa Rosa Beach.

Rulnick Realty, Inc.

itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

850-650-7883 ext 204

 

 

 

 

Comments (5)

Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Let's hope that everyone who can take advantage of this program finds this blog...as you know too often people often believe that selling the house "themselves" will save them money and in the end, it costs them time and they may find that they are run over by the foreclosure bus while waiting for a cash buyer on an overpriced home that won't appraise.

Sep 30, 2009 11:37 PM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Thanks, Sally & David.  This aid to military comes 7 months after the program was expanded to help them.  Many military still won't be able to use it, but those who can will find a good benefit to help them avoid foreclosure.

Oct 01, 2009 12:24 AM
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Hi Wendy, Thanks for flagging this and passing it along. Good to know.

Oct 06, 2009 06:32 AM
Michael Johnson
Carolina One Real Estate - Goose Creek, SC
Metro Charleston SC

Hey Wendy

Have you seen any sort of success with the program?

Jun 11, 2010 08:04 AM
Keith Costley, Realtor®, US Army Retired , Chesterfield VA & surrounding Cities
Long & Foster REAL ESTATE® - Colonial Heights, VA

@ Michael, it does work and is a success if you want more info search HAP in the RAIN... 

Jul 08, 2010 05:36 PM