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HAFA Short Sales up Over 70% in April

Servicers completed 1,666 short sales and deeds-in-lieu (DIL) of foreclosure under the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program in April. That's up 73.7 percent from the 959 HAFA transactions completed the month before.

HAFA has been in place since April of 2010. According to ""Treasury's latest report"":http://www.treasury.gov/initiatives/financial-stability/results/MHA-Reports/Documents/April%202011%20MHA%20Report%20FINAL.PDF, which covers program activity through April of this year, a total of 7,113 short sales and DILs have concluded through HAFA.


Treasury says another 7,780 HAFA transactions have been started, meaning an agreement has been put in place between the servicer and the homeowner for terms of a potential short sale of DIL.

Treasury notes that a short sale typically takes 120 days to complete under the program. The number breakdown in the report doesn't specify how many of the HAFA ""starts"" are still in process or may have been withdrawn. Any short sale also requires the cooperation of a third-party purchaser, junior lien holders, and mortgage insurers to complete the transaction.

The latest data show that the 10 largest servicers participating in the federal government’s foreclosure prevention programs have completed a short sale or DIL for 82,995 borrowers who did not qualify for a Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) trial and 31,048 borrowers whose trial plans were canceled, indicating that servicers are employing their own short sale programs to avert foreclosure for borrowers that don’t fit the mod equation.

Critics of HAFA have urged Treasury to raise the monetary incentive for servicers, investors, and subordinate lien holders, citing low payouts as a common reason HAFA short sales are rejected.

About Author: Carrie Bay

Carrie Bay is a freelance writer for DS News and its sister publication MReport. She served as online editor for DSNews.com from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joining DS News and the Five Star organization, she managed public relations, marketing, and media relations initiatives for several B2B companies in the financial services, technology, and telecommunications industries. She also wrote for retail and nonprofit organizations upon graduating from Texas A&M University with degrees in journalism and English.

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