The Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA) is a government-sponsored program aimed to provide additional alternatives to foreclosure. Aside from loan modification (the government’s HAMP program) and underwater refinance (the government’s HARP program), the Treasury has also provided options for distressed borrowers through short sale and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.
Just like a small child that grows and changes, this program has also changed quite a bit since its inception just two years ago. In March of this year, the Treasury set out additional guidelines for short sale and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure through the HAFA program. Note that these changes are not required to be put into play by the mortgage servicers/participants until June 1, 2012.