Short sellers seeking to avoid foreclosure will get faster replies from banks

The Washington PostBy Kenneth R. Harney, Published: April 27

For the estimated 11 million homeowners burdened with an underwater mortgage, a federal policy change could be good news. Starting in June, if you decide to do a short sale to shed your mortgage debt load and avoid foreclosure, you may not have to wait for months to hear back from your bank after submitting an offer from a potential purchaser.

Instead, if your loan is owned or securitized by either of the dominant conventional mortgage market players, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you can expect a response within 30 business days, with a final decision no later than 60 days. If you don’t hear back during the first 30 days, the bank will be required to send you weekly updates telling you precisely where the holdups are and when they are likely to be resolved. Continue Reading>