Treasury Answers Three HAFA Questions
On May 21, 2010, Fannie Mae, on behalf of the Treasury Department, answered three HAFA questions submitted by NAR on behalf of its members. HAFA is the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program that provides uniform procedures, forms, and deadlines for short sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure. The purpose of HAFA is to help homeowners avoid foreclosure even if they are unable to retain the home with a loan modification under the HAMP program. In brief, under the HAFA program:
(1) buyer agents are not permitted to rebate a portion of their commission to the buyer,
(2) sellers who are real estate agents must list their home for sale with another broker, not their own broker, and
(3) the incentive allowed for subordinate lien holders (6% of any one subordinate lien, up to a total of $6,000 for all subordinate liens) is a hard cap and may not be supplemented from any source.