Yesterday we told you about banks beginning to offer cash and principal reductions for delinquent homeowners to do short sales rather than go into foreclosure. It seems like short sales are getting more and more press all of a sudden.
Earlier this week Freddie Mac said it will begin to offer larger incentives for mortgage servicers to complete short sales, as part of the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives program. (HAFA is designed for homeowners who are in trouble, but who don’t qualify for a loan modification. It’s goal is to get them and their lenders to do short sales.)
“Borrowers and servicers may receive incentives for successfully closing a HAFA Short Sale or HAFA Deed-in-Lieu,” says Freddie. And soon those incentives will increase. By how much? To whom? Freddie hasn’t said. But the message is clear: Short sales are better than foreclosures.