The U.S. Treasury hopes to speed transactions under its new short sale rules, but details count, and Realtors should understand the process if they hope to avoid delays. While the new rules become effective no later than April 5, 2010, lenders have been encouraged to make them official as soon as possible.
The new rules, released Nov. 30, 2009, as the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA), provide financial incentives to spark short sale or deed-in-lieu (DIL) closings. The change was made to grease the wheels of a short sale transaction, giving potential buyers a shorter wait time from contract signing to lender approval of the contract. It also should make a short sale more attractive to buyers by reducing the number of problems.