According to DSNews.com, a bill has been introduced to appoint a deadline of 45 days on lenders to approve, disapprove or give the status of a decision on an offer for a short sale.
By decreasing the length of time lenders have to make a decision, the more likely underwater homeowners will be able to use the short sale as a foreclosure alternative. This will decrease the amount of empty, repossessed homes on the market.
The bill was introduced by two lawmakers, Representatives Tom Rooney of Florida and Robert Andrews of New Jersey. They named their legislation the Prompt Decision for Qualification for Short Sale Act of 2011 and have stated that is will bring the short sale processing timeline closer to buyers’ and sellers’ expectations.
The following is an excerpt from the DSNews article written by Carrie Bay, “The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is throwing its support behind the new bill. The trade group has been actively pushing the lending industry to improve the process for approving short sales, which represent about 13 percent of recent home sales according to NAR data.
‘Realtors want to help more homeowners avoid foreclosure by facilitating a short sale when a family is absolutely unable to keep their home; however, that can only happen if lenders and servicers approve short sale offers in a reasonable amount of time,’ said Ron Phipps, president of NAR and broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Phipps says a short sale not only minimizes the negative impact on the borrower, but in most cases costs the lender less than a foreclosure. He praised Reps. Rooney and Andrews for their efforts on a bill that he says could soon bring relief to distressed homeowners who hope to avoid foreclosure.”
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