Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) Program

If your mortgage payment is unaffordable and you are interested in transitioning to more affordable housing, you may be eligible for a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure through HAFA. The benefit of a HAFA short sale is that you are no longer responsible for the difference between what you owe on your mortgage and the amount that your home sells for. You will also receive $3,000 in relocation assistance upon successful closing of your short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.

Eligibility*

You may be eligible to apply if you meet all of the following:

  • You live in the home or have lived there in the last 12 months.
  • You have a documented financial hardship.
  • You have not purchased a new house within the last 12 months.
  • Your first mortgage is less than $729,750.
  • You obtained your mortgage on or before January 1, 2009.
  • You must not have been convicted within the last 10 years of felony larceny, theft, fraud or forgery, money laundering or tax evasion, in connection with a mortgage or real estate transaction.

*Eligibility criteria are for guidance only. Contact your mortgage servicer to see if you qualify for HAFA.

Program Availability

HAFA is available for mortgages that are owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or serviced by over 100 HAMP participating servicers. A list of HAMP participating servicers can be found here .

For More Information

If you have additional questions about getting mortgage help, contact one of our housing advisors at (888) 995-HOPE (4673). These HUD-approved housing counselors will help you understand your options, design a plan to suit your individual situation, and prepare your application. Research shows that homeowners who work with housing counselors like these are more successful and have better long-term outcomes. There is no cost to you for this valuable, around-the-clock service. Help is available in more than 160 languages.

Download a Brochure

Read more  about the program.
 

Avoid Foreclosure: Know Your Options

Watch a video to learn more about the Making Home Affordable Program and other options your mortgage servicer may provide. 

Your Graceful Exit

Watch a video to learn more about the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program.
 

Program Dates

Effective April 5, 2010 – Dec. 31, 2012.

Source: MakingHomeAffordable.gov 2011
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