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Help for Maui Short Sellers

Have a wonderful week. On November 30, 2009, U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA), which provides financial alternatives to servicers, borrowers, and investors for a closed short sale or a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure (DIL). HAFA encourages foreclosure alternatives to costly and expensive foreclosures.

The HAFA program simplifies and encourages short sale and DIL options by: Offering eligible borrowers viable alternatives to avoid foreclosures.

Providing a standardized process and time frames for handling viable alternatives.

Allowing pre-approved short sale terms before a property is listed.

Preventing servicers from attempting to reduce real estate commissions established in the Listing Agreement as a condition for short sale approval.

Releasing borrowers from future liability for the debt; Providing financial incentives to borrowers, servicers, and investors.

For more information about HAFA, read the Supplemental Directive using the link above or find this and other Making Home Affordable information at

If you are in a situation or know someone that is upside down on their loan, and needs to sell, this is welcome news. We have a lot of experience dealing with Short Sales, so please allow us to help you or your friends.

Have a wonderful week!

Mahalo Nui Loa,

The Smith Team

P.S. The big news on Maui last week was the monster surf going off on the North Shore. Read more about the 50 foot plus waves hitting today at Jaws.