Fannie and Freddie set new short sale guidelines.
Freddie Mac’s new short sale timelines require servicers to make a decision within 30 days of receiving either 1) an offer on a property under Freddie Mac’s traditional short sale program or 2) a completed Borrower Response Package (BRP) requesting consideration for a short sale under HAFA or Freddie Mac’s traditional short sale program. (BRPs are standardized assistance applications developed as part of the Servicing Alignment Initiative.)
If more than 30 days are needed, borrowers must receive weekly status updates and a decision no later than 60 days from the date the complete BRP is received. This will help servicers who may need more time to obtain a broker price opinion or a private mortgage insurer’s approval on a BRP or property offer.
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 borrower’s response.
Freddie Mac will use the new timelines to evaluate servicer compliance with the SAI and its own servicing requirements.
Under the new guidelines, servicers will be required to acknowledge receipt of a short sale offer within three business days and notify the borrower within five business days if the information is incomplete. Within thirty days, the servicer must send an evaluation notice or notify the borrower that the offer is still under review. If the offer cannot be fully evaluated within 30 days, the servicer must update the borrower on the status each week thereafter. Servicers will also be required to keep Fannie Mae apprised if a short sale evaluation takes longer than 30 days.
I was recently informed of a short sale that had been in contract for 18 months without a response from the lender/servicer. The buyer finally walked away. Hopefully, these new guidelines will help speed up the short sale process. However, a short sale may/may not be in your best interest. Call 516-858-2620 If you would like to speak with an attorney regarding short sales.