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HAFA Short Sale Changes Give More Money to Homeowners and Make Settling Debt Easier

Nadia Kourehdar - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A short sale can be a stressful experience – but when it's over, you should be in a much better financial position.  ..

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A short sale with a deficiency balance: What does it mean for you?

Nadia Kourehdar - Tuesday, January 06, 2015

If you're no longer able to make your mortgage payments, a short sale could be a real life-saver. ..

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What's Next for the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, Now That the Election Is Over?

Lambros Politis - Friday, December 12, 2014

The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 was a huge help for struggling homeowners who wanted to make a fresh start. When the law expired, it was renewed for a year, but expired again at the end of 2013. Just last week the House of Representatives passed a new extension of the Act, but time is running very short for the Senate to confirm. ..

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Our full-service negotiation service is offered for free to homeowners. We are paid by the lender and/or the buyer.

We guarantee full settlement of your debt.

We are able to get a full settlement over 98% of the time. If the lender doesn't give a full settlement, we continue working with you, post-closing, until you have full and final satisfaction.

And, you get your short sale approved in the fastest time possible.

Every element of our short sale process is designed for speed and efficiency. We know that this is a difficult, challenging time, and we want to help you get through it as fast as possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get paid to do a short sale?
Yes! The HAFA and FHA programs both pay up to $3,000 to the seller. They call it a "borrower relocation incentive." We've seen Chase pay up to $35,000 to borrowers with old WAMU loans. Bank of America has a co-op program that often pays out $7,000 in addition to the HAFA $3,000.
How does Ark Law Group get paid?
Our full-service short sale negotiation service is offered for free to homeowners. We are paid by the lender and/or the buyer.
How long does a short sale take?
The length of the time depends on who your lender is, the kind of loan you have, and who is negotiating your short sale. The time range is typically between 3-6 months.
Do I need a hardship to do a short sale?
The rules around hardship vary by lender and loan type. In many cases, simply defaulting on your loan is enough to get the lender to agree to a short sale. For example, if you have an FHA loan, are 90 days delinquent, and have a credit score below 620, you are automatically qualified for a short sale.
Why would the lender agree to take a loss?
If the lender is forced to foreclose on your house, they are then responsible for selling it. They already know they are going to lose money if that occurs. They would rather have you sell it now, as it will provide them more money than if they had to sell it themselves, and they will get the money sooner.
Will there be taxes on the forgiven debt?
Typically not. See our insolvency calculator.