Effective October 1, 2013 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the following changes to their Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Short Sale requirements:
- Eligibility Requirements: To successfully complete a short sale under the FHA short sale program, the borrowers must meet the following requirements:
- They cannot list the property with or sell it to anyone with whom they are related or have a close personal or business relationship. In legal terms, it must be an "arm's-length" transaction. Any knowing violation of the arm's-length requirement may be a violation of federal law.
- Your mortgage must be in default, on the date the short sale transaction closes.
- Before closing, any additional liens against the property must be released. A lien holder who demands a payment to release its lien must submit a written statement, and an agreement to release the lien if that amount is paid