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Fannie and Freddie Set Timeline Requirements for Short Sales
BY: CARRIE BAY
Beginning June 15, real estate agents working with distressed homeowners whose loans are backed byÂ Fannie MaeÂ andÂ Freddie MacÂ should expect to receive a decision on a short sale offer within 30-60 days.
The GSEs issuedÂ new guidelines TuesdayÂ that fall under the Servicing Alignment Initiative rolled out last fall and aim to bring greater transparency to the short sale process and expedite decisions related to these pre-foreclosure sales.
Not only is a short sale an effective foreclosure alternative when home retention is no longer an option, but it keeps homes occupied and helps to maintain stable communities, according to theÂ Federal Housing Finance AgencyÂ (FHFA).
Addressing real estate practitionersâ€™ No. 1 complaint about short sales,Â FHFAÂ directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to establish a new uniform set of minimum response times that servicers must follow in order to facilitate more efficient short sale transactions.
The GSEsâ€™ new short sale timelines require servicers to make a decision within 30 days of receiving either an offer on a property under the companiesâ€™ traditional short sale programs or a completed Borrower Response Package (BRP) requesting short sale consideration, whether itâ€™s through the federal governmentâ€™sÂ Home Affordable Foreclosure AlternativeÂ (HAFA) program or aÂ GSEÂ program.
If more than 30 days are needed, servicers must provide the borrower with weekly status updates and come to a decision no later than 60 days from the date theÂ BRPÂ or offer was received.
According to the GSEs, this 30-day add-on will provide some leeway for servicers who may need more time to obtain a broker price opinion (BPO) or a private mortgage insurerâ€™s approval for a short sale. All decisions must be made within 60 days.
In the event a servicer makes a counteroffer, the borrower is expected to respond within five business days. The servicer must then respond within 10 business days of receiving the borrowerâ€™s response.
The GSEs plan to use the new short sale timelines to evaluate servicer compliance with the Servicing Alignment Initiative.
Edward DeMarco, acting director of theÂ FHFA, says the GSEs new borrower communication and timeline requirements for short sales â€œset minimum standards and provide clear expectations regarding these important foreclosure alternatives.â€
GSEÂ servicers must comply with the new minimum communication time frames for all short sale evaluations conducted on or after June 15, 2012, although servicers are encouraged to begin implementing the new requirements sooner.
â€œI applaud Fannie and Freddie for finally coming out with real guidance with real world timelines for their servicers,â€ commented Anthony Lamacchia, broker/owner ofÂ McGeough Lamacchia Realty Inc., which specializes in short sales. â€œThere is no question that this will help short sales and the market as a whole.â€
Last year Freddie Mac completed 45,623 short sales, a 140 percent increase since 2009. Fannie Maeâ€™s short sale completions shot up by 101 percent over the same period, totaling around 79,800 in 2011.
Original article atÂ http://www.dsnews.com/articles/fannie-and-freddie-set-timeline-requirements-for-short-sales-2012-04-17?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Bank of America hopes underwater homeowners become renters to avoid foreclosure
ByÂ Kenneth R. Harney,Â Published: MarchÂ 23
White House proposes aid for underwater homeowners
Thursday, February 2, 2012
TheÂ ObamaÂ administration on Wednesday detailed its new proposal to let some homeowners with mortgages not owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac refinance into a new loan backed by the Federal Housing Administration, even if they are underwater and have low credit scores.
The proposal, if approved by Congress, would slap a government guarantee on a lot of risky mortgages that are not government-guaranteed today. The White House says it would impose a “small” fee on large financial institutions to cover the cost of the program, which it estimates at $5 billon to $10 billion. Continue reading “White House proposes aid for underwater homeowners”
Housing Crisis to End in 2012 as Banks Loosen Credit Standards
BY: KRISTA FRANKS BROCK
Capital Economics expects the housing crisis to end this year, according to a report released Tuesday. One of the reasons: loosening credit.
The analytics firm notes the average credit score required to attain a mortgage loan is 700. While this is higher than scores required prior to the crisis, it is constant with requirements one year ago.
Additionally, a Fed Senior Loan Officer Survey found credit requirements in the fourth quarter were consistent with the past three quarters.
However, other market indicators point not just to a stabilization of mortgage lending standards, but also a loosening of credit availability.
Banks are now lending amounts up to 3.5 times borrower earnings. This is up from a low during the crisis of 3.2 times borrower earnings.
Banks are also loosening loan-to-value ratios (LTV), which Capital Economics denotes â€œthe clearest sign yet of an improvement in mortgage credit conditions.â€
In contrast to a low of 74 percent reached in mid-2010, banks are now lending at 82 percent LTV.
While credit conditions may have loosened slightly, some potential homebuyers are still struggling with credit requirements. In fact, Capital Economics points out that in November 8 percent of contract cancellations were the result of a potential buyer not qualifying for a loan.
Additionally, Capital Economics says â€œany improvement in credit conditions wonâ€™t be significant enough to generate actual house price gains,â€ and potential ramifications from the euro-zone pose a threat to future credit availability.
Fannie Mae Predicts ‘Moderate Growth’ in 2012
BY: KRISTA FRANKS
The U.S. economy is projected to grow 2.3 percent for the year, according to Fannie Maeâ€™s Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis Group.
Growth will be affected by â€œfiscal policy issues and political economic uncertainty,â€ according to Fannie Mae. Continue reading “Fannie Mae Predicts ‘Moderate Growth’ in 2012”