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FHA to Pay $2,000 for Cash for Keys Program

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 at 10:33pm.

FHA Cash for Keys ProgramThe Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced yesterday they are adopting a new Cash for Keys program whereby lenders will pay borrowers with FHA-backed loans $2,000 for agreeing to turn their property over to the lender by using a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. By applying for and getting an approved deed-in-lieu under this program, borrowers will be released from their obligation to repay the mortgage and may also have their deficiency judgment waived too.

To qualify for the program, borrowers must be facing long-term financial hardship, had their house on the market at a fair price for at least 90 days, and not have any other additional claims or liens (other than the first FHA mortgage) outstanding against the house. In addition, the borrower must vacate the property and leave it in broom clean condition.

Since the possibility may still exist for owing the lender a deficiency judgment, and the potential for having tax consequences under a deed-in-lieu, borrowers applying for this program should seek the advice of tax consultant or a real estate attorney to make sure they understand the process and know their rights and responsibilities.

And so, once again, the foreclosure beat goes on.

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Gulf Coast Associates, RealtorsBenjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.

Contact Benjamin Dona at 239-948-3955



8 Responses to "FHA to Pay $2,000 for Cash for Keys Program"

Susan Kishner wrote:
You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight it provides. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted about it.

Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 at 11:03pm.

Lisa Udy - Logan Utah wrote:
I agree with Susan, but the best part about this blog, is the picture of the Bass on the left hand side. He's a cutie pie! :) On topic, this could be good for people, but I don't know that $2,000 is enough... Great information. :)

Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2009 at 4:51pm.

Benjamin wrote:
Well, thank you both for the very nice compliments.

Someday I'll post the story about the SOB fish!

Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2009 at 5:15pm.

Charles wrote:
I'm not sure why they are pushing the deed in lieu. As you stated, the tax implications may not make it worth it aside from trying to get people NOT to trash their homes before losing them.

Posted on Saturday, October 17th, 2009 at 4:03am.

Benjamin wrote:
At first blush, that's what I was thinking too. Then I remembered how in a short sale (according to the big three credit bureaus), you take approximately a 2 year hit to your credit score before you can start the recovery process. So, I asked our resident expert Terry about it. She has been a FHA underwriter for almost 20 years.

Basically, a deed in lieu will also be a less of hit to your credit score than a full blown foreclosure finding. Yes, it will be a really bad mark for a period of time, but you can recover from it a lot quicker than you can from having a foreclosure on your record.

Posted on Saturday, October 17th, 2009 at 9:37am.

Sam - Cedar City wrote:
Bjamin,
A deed in lieu is much worse then a short sale. Deed in lieu = 7 year hit. A short sale up to a 2 year hit depending on how the release of debt was written. BIG DIFFERANCE!

Posted on Saturday, November 21st, 2009 at 1:10pm.

Benjamin wrote:
Yes, but it is still better than the 10 year hit the credit agenices are now handing out for a full blown foreclosure.

Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2009 at 9:46am.

ARSHAD GUL wrote:
I’m not sure why they are pushing the deed in lieu.
A deed in lieu is worse then a short sale.

Posted on Friday, August 6th, 2010 at 6:54am.



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