Short Sale Solutions in the Greater Detroit Area. Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County have until December 31st 2012 to use Federal HAFA.

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  • Detroit, MI (1888PressRelease) October 20, 2011 - Garland Solomon of GS Inc has over 30 years of experience in dealing with every imaginable real estate scenario. Short Sales are no exception to his firm's expertise. When home owners are faced with challenges that threaten not only their home but their credit and finances GS Inc understands the importance of great service and solutions that work. The firm recently developed a custom software that enables them to instantly pull your lenders information and submit all necessary documentation to start the short sale request and process your transaction for approval. Banks are not always willing to work with homeowners and that's why it's important that you consult with a licensed real estate broker like GS INC that has the staff and knowledge to speak with your lender on your behalf.

    Home owners need to understand that getting your short sale approved can be a lengthy process and requires value appraisals, hardship explanations and the elusive buyer that wants to purchase your home. That's why loan modification firms and expensive attorney fees that are charged to struggling home owners are the number one reason why GS Inc is entering the market place with this announcement. Please take time to read this article and find out why you should contact GS INC for your real estate needs when it comes to stopping foreclosure from ruining your credit and chances of getting a fresh start.

    What is the HAFA?

    The HAFA short sale program, effective from April 5, 2010, through December 31, 2012, has been touted as the answer to every short sale agent's nightmare. HAFA promises short sale approval within 10 days and gives the seller up to $3,000 in cash at closing. But because HAFA is a government-sponsored program, it's a lot more complicated than that.

    HAFA is an acronym for Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives, and it's part of President Obama's Making Home Affordable Program. The first step is for a borrower to apply to HAMP, Home Affordable Modification Program. Here are the rules to be eligible for the HAMP program:
    Only personal residences are eligible.
    The mortgage amount must be less than $729,750.
    The borrower suffers a hardship such as loss of income, an increased mortgage payment or an unexpected increase of expenses.
    The mortgage originated before January 1, 2009.
    The PITI mortgage payment, including HOA, is more than 31% of the borrower's gross monthly income.

    If you are not eligible for HAMP, then you may need to find a short sale agent to help you. If you are eligible for HAMP, it does not mean that you will qualify for HAMP. Eligibility and qualification for HAMP are two different animals. Your goal, if you want to do a short sale, is to hope that HAMP will turn you down. Then you will be eligible for HAFA. Or, if accepted into HAMP, and you stop making your loan modification payments, you can apply to HAFA. This may sound like goofy rules, but it's the way our government works. I think it's interesting to point out that very few borrowers tend to qualify for a loan modification. In fact, almost every single short sale that we do in Michigan is for a seller who was rejected for a loan modification.
    Determine if Your Lender Participates in the HAMP Program.

    It's important to know if your lender participates in HAMP, because lenders that participate in HAMP also participate in HAFA. All Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lenders are required to participate. Here is a partial list of some of the big-name HAMP participating lenders:
    Aurora Loan Services, LLC
    Bank of America, NA
    Chase Home Finance, LLC
    CitiMortgage, Inc
    Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP
    EMC Mortgage Corporation
    GMAC Mortgage LLC
    Green Tree Servicing LLC
    HomeEq Servicing
    Horizon Bank
    J.P.Morgan Chase Bank, NA
    Litton Loan Servicing
    Navy Federal Credit Union
    Ocwen Financial Corporation, Inc.
    OneWest Bank
    PNC Bank, National Association
    Saxon Mortgage Services
    The Golden 1 Credit Union
    US Bank, National Association
    Wachovia Mortgage, FSB
    Wachovia Bank, NA
    Wells Fargo Bank, NA

    Eligibility Requirements for HAFA Short Sales
    Once the borrower is rejected for a loan modification through the HAMP Program, the borrower is then eligible to apply to the HAFA Short Sale program or pursue a Deed in-Lieu-of Foreclosure. Since I don't know why anybody in their right minds would do a deed in-lieu, I'll stick to the short sale process. HAFA will pre approve the price of that short sale and give the seller 4 months to sell the property through a real estate agent. Here are the eligibility requirements:
    Only personal residences are eligible.
    The mortgage amount must be less than $729,750.
    The seller must be behind or about to fall behind on the mortgage.
    The mortgage originated before January 1, 2009.
    The seller was or would be rejected by HAMP for a loan modification.
    Sellers who have government loans may qualify under a different HAFA program.

    Benefits to a HAFA Short Sale
    After a seller has jumped through all of these hoops, there should be benefits, right? There are. For example, second lenders can no longer try to force a seller to commit short sale mortgage fraud by demanding payments outside of escrow or holding the seller's first-born as collateral. Here are other HAFA benefits:
    Lenders that participate in HAFA waive the right to a deficiency judgment.
    Junior lenders can receive up to 6% of the loan balance or $6,000 maximum to release the loan. As of Feb 1, 2011, the 6% cap has been removed by the U.S. Treasury.
    Sellers will receive a government payment of $3,000 at close of escrow to cover relocation expenses.
    Sellers will not be required to make a seller contribution.
    Lenders must agree not to foreclose during the short sale process.
    With the exception of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, VA and FHA loans, the sellers' mortgage payment does not need to exceed the 31% ratio after 2/1/11.

    Another condition of HAFA is all parties must sign an arm's length affidavit. In other words, the seller cannot sell to a person the seller knows or to whom the seller is related. The buyer must also agree not to sell the property for a minimum of 90 days.

    This may sound like a lot of information and complicated steps in your path to foreclosure freedom but it's what we do everyday at GS Inc Real Estate. It's no wonder why people are reaching out to our firm to handle their short sale. Our staff is licensed and knowledgeable about the process. This is why our short sale solutions work. Not only can we negotiate your short sale with your bank we are a Michigan State certified and licensed Real Estate Brokerage firm that connects you the seller with buyers and investors looking to purchase a home just like yours. Contact us today 248-809-9386.

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