Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fannie Mae Short Sales Easier for Current Mortgages, Military PCS

I get many calls from sellers who need or want to short sale, but they are not behind on their mortgage payments. There are various reasons for this – they don’t want to affect their credit, their personal sense of responsibility, or sometimes they can still afford the payments although they are very "upside down". For those who are current on their payments, but cannot afford them, I’ve seen some sellers max out their credit cards,  wipe out their 401K and retirement savings, work three jobs, or put their entire financial future in jeopardy. But whatever the situation, many will now be helped by new short sale guidelines announced  by The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) that take affect November 1, 2012. The FHFA is setting new short sale standards for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that will not only help "current" borrowers facing short sale, but speed up the process in general and give special U.S. military member consideration.
Here are the situations where a borrower does not have to be behind in their mortgage payments for Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae loans to be approvable for short sale:
1.       Divorce
2.       Death or borrower, co-borrower or household contributor
3.       Disability
4.       Job loss
5.       Increased household expenses (like gas, taxes, homeowners insurance, new baby)
6.       Business failure
7.       Natural or man-made disaster (think B.P. oil spill)
8.       Relocation for new work or job transfer of more than 50 miles, including military PCS
One fabulous change is that U.S. military , such as Eglin Air Force Base or Hurlburt Field airmen, who must change bases, (called PCS or Permanent Change of Station), will not be required to contribute to the deficiency balance after a short sale, which is the difference between the sales proceeds and remainder on the note, if the property was purchased before June 30,2012. (Military homeowners often use VA home loans, so this may not apply to many of them. In those cases, see my VA Compromise Sale articles.) Others, however, may be required to make a cash contribution if they are current on their mortgage and show the ability to do so, in order to get a waiver of deficiency.
To expedite short sale approvals, here are a few more guideline changes that should save time:
1.       Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer junior liens $6000 to allow the short sale, instead of looking at individual cases.
2.       Borrowers who are behind on their mortgage payments, have poor credit scores and a hardship will not be required to provide as much financial documentation as a regular short sale.
3.       Response time from the lender initially must be within 30 days, with weekly reports thereafter.
These Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac short sale changes go into effect on November 1. If you need to short sale, take action now. Need help? See the resources below:
Military PCS: call 1-877-MIL-4566 or 1-800- FREDDIE.
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae loan look up:
http://www.FannieMae.com/loanlookup or call 1-800-7Fannie
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, [email protected] Call or email me if you need to short sale in Florida in Destin, Sandestin, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre, Miramar Beach, Niceville, Rosemary Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Freeport and Vicinity.
It's Wendy!
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call toll-free 1-877-487-9639 or local 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy:
[email protected]

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