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Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program

Liberty Bank Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives

The Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program was developed to give homeowners a way to settle their mortgage debt without going through a foreclosure.

The goal of this program is to help you sell your home in a short sale and settle your mortgage debt if you owe more on your mortgage than your house is worth and are unable to qualify for a home loan assistance program.

This federal government program streamlines the short sale approval process and offers financial assistance to help you with relocation.

Why should I consider a HAFA short sale?

If you owe more on your mortgage than your home is worth and are unable to keep up with your mortgage payments, a HAFA-eligible short sale will:
  • Help you avoid foreclosure
  • Allow you to be "fully released" from any further liability on your mortgage
Eligibility Requirements

Treasury's guidelines state that a loan meets the basic eligibility criteria if the servicer verifies that all of the following conditions are met:
  • The property is the borrower's primary residence
  • The mortgage is a first lien originated on or before January 1, 2009
  • The mortgage is delinquent or default is reasonably foreseeable
  • The current unpaid principal balance is less than or equal to:
  • –– $729,750 for a one-unit property
    –– $934,200 for a two-unit property
    –– $1,129,250 for a three-unit property
    –– $1,403,400 for a four-unit property
  • The property is not vacant or condemned. (The property may be vacant providing certain conditions have been met and can be validated by independent third party documentation.)
Additional important items to note:

If required by investor or insurer, the borrower’s total monthly mortgage payment must exceed 31% of their gross monthly household income to be eligible for HAFA.

Treasury requires that a borrower have a documented financial hardship, evidenced by a signed Hardship Affidavit or RMA, wherein the borrower has represented that he or she does not have sufficient liquid assets to make the monthly mortgage payments.

If a borrower is current or less than 60 days delinquent and would like to be considered, they may still be eligible pending further review of their financial situation.

Loans with a scheduled foreclosure date may still be considered for HAFA depending on the timing of the scheduled foreclosure sale.

Please note that in addition to Treasury’s standard HAFA eligibility requirements, Liberty Bank must adhere to investor and mortgage insurance guidelines as well as all applicable laws and regulations.

Documents required prior to Short Sale Agreement (SSA):
  • Hardship Affidavit/RMA
  • Dodd Frank Certification
  • Conditional items based on investor requirements, imminent default, and/or other potential factors, for example:
    ––Evidence of residency in subject property.
    ––Financial information (paystubs, bank statements, etc)
    ––Documentation of hardship when required
Documents required if a purchase offer has been made:
Same documents as above, plus:
  • Alternative Request for Short Sale (if no SSA exists) or Request for Short Sale (if SSA exists)
  • Purchase Agreement and Estimated HUD-1
  • Proof of buyer funds or buyer’s pre approval or commitment letter on lender letterhead
  • Second lien holder's written approval and agreement not to pursue deficiency balance
  • Other documents per investor and insurer request
Establishing property value

Valutaion is obtained based on investor guidelines and typically consists of an interior appraisal. The valuation must be less than 90 days old at the time the Short Sale Agreement is issued.

Disputed valuations
Liberty Bank follows both its service provider and investor guidelines when determining what information is needed to dispute a value. A minimum of three sold comparables must be submitted. These must be comparable to the subject property's square footage, amenities, age and location, and must have closed within six months prior to the effective date of the disputed valuation. If the dispute is based on repairs, an estimate of repairs prepared by a licensed contractor is required.

Borrowers or Real Estate Agents may contact Liberty Bank regarding a disputed valuation at the phone numbers listed in the contact information section below.

Periodic reassessment of value
We order a new valuation every 90 days during the HAFA process. If the new value comes in lower, we will reduce the minimum net sales proceeds (MNSP) accordingly. If the new value comes in higher than the prior value, we will not change the MNSP.

None required

Subject to investor and insurer approval, the borrower is allowed a DIL (a disposition option in which a mortgagor voluntarily deeds collateral property in exchange for a release from all obligations under the mortgage) if their short sale marketing period expires without an acceptable offer, with the following requirements:

Borrower must provide clear and marketable title
  • There must be no adverse change in property condition
  • Property must be left in broom clean condition
  • Borrower must vacate within 30 days of the DIL agreement
  • Issuance of Short Sale Agreement: While decisions are generally made within 30 days, servicer is allowed 45 calendar days and if unable to make a decision, will notify borrower on or before the 45th day and provide written updates every 15 calendar days until a decision is reached.
  • Borrower returns Short Sale Agreement to servicer: 14 days
  • Marketing of property: 120 Days
  • Borrower submits offer to servicer: Within three days of receipt of offer
  • Servicer decision after offer submittal: 10 days
  • Closing: 45 days after approval, or earlier when requested by borrower or required by state law
Please note that timeframes will vary based on investor, MI, Second Lien holder approval.

Contact information
Borrowers can reach out to Liberty for questions at any time by phone, fax, or email:

Phone: (504) 240-5242
Fax #: (504) 241-7433

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