Hafa brochure 207-2010

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Home Affordability Foreclosure Alternative - Preventing Foreclosure with a short sale and receive $3,000 in Moving Cost Assistance.

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Hafa brochure 207-2010

  1. 1. TAKE ACTION TODAY • To learn more about the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) Program, visit Home Affordable Foreclosure MakingHomeAffordable.gov. Alternatives (HAFA) Program • Contact your mortgage servicer Helping Homeowners Transition — the company to which to More Affordable Housing you pay your mortgage— to determine if you qualify. • Call 1-888-995-HOPE (4673) for information about the Making Home Affordable Program and to speak with a HUD-approved housing counselor for free. If you SM Help for are having difficulties getting America’s a HAMP modification, call the Visit MakingHomeAffordable.gov Homeowners hotline and ask for “MHA Help”. or call 1-888-995-HOPE (4673) • Be cautious of scams. Do not sign your deed over to anyone SM or make a payment to anyone other than your mortgage servicer without seeking your servicer’s approval directly. Visit MakingHomeAffordable.gov or call 1-888-995-HOPE (4673)
  2. 2. MAKING HOME AFFORDABLE HOME AFFORDABLE FORECLOSURE ALTERNATIVES Other Loans The Obama Administration’s Making Home The Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives If you have other loans against your house, Affordable Program is a critical part of the (HAFA) Program includes two options: you will need to work with your servicer to effort to stabilize the housing market and help negotiate the release of those loans in order to struggling homeowners get relief and avoid Short Sale complete the short sale or deed-in-lieu. HAFA foreclosure. In a short sale, the servicer allows the helps by providing some funds to pay off homeowner to list and sell the mortgaged junior loans. Making Home Affordable includes opportunities property and agrees to accept the net proceeds for homeowners to modify or refinance their from the sale even if the proceeds are less than HAFA Timeline mortgage to make their payments more affordable. the total amount due on the mortgage. Unlike the process for many short sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, HAFA sets clear Some homeowners may feel that they can no Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure timelines to keep the process efficient. longer afford their home, even with modified payments. These homeowners still want to Servicers may also offer to accept a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure through which a homeowner Mortgage servicers must evaluate avoid the devastating effects of foreclosure. homeowners for HAFA within 30 days after The Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives voluntarily transfers ownership of the property to their servicer. Many servicers require one of the eligibility criteria is met. If the (HAFA) Program makes it easier for homeowners homeowner is eligible, the servicer will send to work with their mortgage servicer to sell their homeowners to try to sell their home before they will accept a deed-in-lieu. a Short Sale Agreement (SSA)—a contract home (short sale) or deed it to the bank (deed- between the homeowner and the servicer— in-lieu of foreclosure). that will include: Under HAFA, after a short sale or deed-in-lieu is Eligibility Criteria • A list price approved by the servicer; successfully completed, a homeowner is cleared HAFA is available for homeowners who have a of all remaining debt and obligations on their verifiable financial hardship and: • The length of time the property will be first lien mortgage to their mortgage servicer, marketed for sale; and is eligible for $3,000 to help with moving • Do not qualify for a mortgage modification • An agreement releasing the homeowner from expenses. under the Making Home Affordable Program; all future liability after the property is sold; • Do not successfully complete the trial period For many homeowners, these solutions are • The amount of the monthly mortgage for their modification; the safest way to transition to more affordable payment, if any, that the borrower will be • Miss at least two consecutive payments once in required to pay during the term of the SSA; housing. a permanent modification; or • Information about $3,000 in relocation To learn more about the potential impact of • Request a short sale or deed-in-lieu of assistance after closing; and a short sale or a deed-in-lieu on your credit foreclosure. • An agreement that so long as the borrower report, visit: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/ Your mortgage servicer can give you more performs in accordance with the terms of the SSA, consumer/credit/cre24.shtm. information about your eligibility. the servicer will not complete a foreclosure sale. If a servicer is willing to accept a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, they will provide a HAFA deed-in- lieu agreement. SM Visit MakingHomeAffordable.gov or call 1-888-995-HOPE (4673)

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