Short Sales Just Got Shorter!

Beginning June 15, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will require mortgage servicers to make decisions on short sales under new guidelines, specifically:

  • to acknowledge the documentation was received within three business days;
  • to notify the borrower within five days if more paperwork is needed;
  • to review and respond to a borrower within 30 days of receiving all documentation for short sale properties (the servicer can take up to 60 days on a decision if negotiations with mortgage insurers or other stakeholders linger); and
  • to provide weekly status updates to the borrower if a short sale decision lingers past the 30 days.

The new Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) guidelines are designed to assist the most inventory-constrained markets in the United States with inventory levels by moving properties through the short sale process more efficiently.

If you or someone you know is considering a short sale, contact me at (916) 370-1803 or keisha.mathews@century21.com for a private consultation.

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