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HAFA Short Sales up Over 70% in April

DSNews.com - June 11, 2011

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, 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The number breakdown in the report doesn’t specify how many of the HAFA “starts” are still in process or may have been withdrawn.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.

HAFA Short Sales Figures Compared to Top 3 Banks
JP Morgan Chase has done over 110,000 short sales since 2009, now processing about 5000 a month, according to recent reports to Congress, and they are the number three servicer behind Bank of America and Wells Fargo. If you extrapolate that out, the top three banks are probably doing more than 20,000 a month, and they're ramping up the sales as we speak.

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