HAFA – What Does It Mean For Chicago Home Owners?

HAFA or Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives, is a program initiated by President Obama on November 30, 2009. HAFA helps families in distress who are having difficulty selling their homes. HAFA along with HAMP, the Home Affordable Modification Program, to revitalize the real estate market.

HAFA provides incentives to families to take advantage of selling their Chicago home by means of a short sale (the home is sold for less than the value of the loan), or a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure (the home owner voluntarily gives the deed to the lender.

HAFA helps families quickly sell their Chicago homes by giving them pre-approved short sales terms before listing the property. They are fully released from future liability for the first mortgage debt, and can receive $1,500 for borrower relocation assistance. HAFA also allows investors and servicers to receive financial assistance for administrative costs, processing fees, etc. The program sounds simple, but is actually quite complex with many guidelines and rules. HAFA officially began on Monday, April 5, 2010 and will end on Monday, December 31, 2012.

Here you can watch ‘An Animated HAFA Story’, an informative video explaining HAFA…

I am a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), trained in helping families in distress avoid foreclosure. Are you or someone you know behind on mortgage payments? You do have options! A short sale may be what is needed to save your, your family and your credit. Please contact me anytime for a private consultation.

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