Bank of America Offers $5,000 to $20,000 Enhanced Short Sale Relocation Assistance
Bank of America recently joined Chase and Wells Fargo in launching an aggressive short sale relocation assistance incentive campaign. All three of these banks are now offering distressed homeowners large incentives to help them avoid foreclosure by completing a short sale, and providing these homeowners with $5,000 to $20,000 at closing.
Bank of America released its short sale relocation assistance incentive campaign in Florida in the beginning of October, offering a minimum of $5,000 to homeowners who initiate a short sale before receiving an offer on their home.
If you have received a letter or email from Bank of America, Chase or Well Fargo offering you an incentive to perform a short sale, then chances are that you are eligible for the offer and you will receive at least $5,000 in relocation assistance.
The following is the email recently sent out by Bank of America to Florida homeowners regarding the short sale incentive offer:
Florida Agents, Homeowners:
Florida Enhanced Short Sale Relocation Assistance
Florida homeowners may receive $5,000 to $20,000 in relocation assistance
Bank of America encourages distressed homeowners to explore a short sale as a viable option for avoiding foreclosure. To that end, for a limited time we are offering enhanced relocation assistance to help motivate homeowners to engage with us on a pre-offer short sale. An additional benefit for these pre-offer programs – such as the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) and Bank of America’s proprietary program – is that deficiency may be waived for the homeowner.
• Homeowners with property in Florida
• Short sales initiated without an offer between September 26 and November 30
• The customer will have to be eligible for one of the without offer programs such as the HAFA program or our proprietary program (specific investor participation and eligibility criteria do apply to these programs)
• Successful closing of the eligible short sale by August 31, 2012
• Minimum relocation assistance is $5,000 and maximum is $20,000, with the specific amount calculated based on the unpaid principal balance
• Ginnie Mae, FHA, VA and USDA loans are ineligible for participation
• Lot loans are ineligible for participation
• Properties outside the state of Florida are ineligible for participation
• Short sales initiated with an offer are not currently eligible for the enhanced relocation assistance
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How can I find out if my client/homeowner qualifies for this relocation assistance?
A: Call a Bank of America short sale specialist at 954-439-1442.
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern
Q: Do I have to do anything differently when initiating or completing the short sale?
A: No. As long as the homeowner’s short sale is initiated between September 26 and November 30, 2011, and the property closes by August 31, 2012, they will be eligible.
Q: Will the relocation assistance funds be reported on the HUD-1?
A: Yes, they will be documented on the HUD-1, and a 1099-MISC will be issued.
Q: Can the relocation assistance funds be used to pay off existing liens?
A: Yes, if the investor approves it.
Q: Is the relocation assistance added to any other incentives, such as the HAFA or Bank of America proprietary program incentives?
A: No. A homeowner will receive the $5,000 to $20,000 in place of the typical incentive paid out by these programs. The relocation assistance is essentially an enhancement to the standard payout offered on these programs.
Q: Is the enhanced relocation assistance available for other programs?
A: Currently, the enhanced relocation assistance is only available to short sale programs initiated without an offer. However, as we gauge the success we may extend this incentive to other programs.
Homeowners and agents may call 954-439-1442 to speak to a Bank of America short sale specialist about this exciting relocation assistance offering.
Visit the Agent Resource Center at bankofamerica.com/realestateagent for additional short sale education, news and resources to help you complete short sales at Bank of America.
* The relocation assistance payment is calculated based on the unpaid principal balance of the homeowner’s loan and the type of short sale that the homeowner completes, but will not be less than $5,000 or more than $20,000. The payment amount will be calculated based on the homeowner’s loan balance as of August 2011 and the short sale program in which the homeowner is eligible. The payment will be delivered at the time of closing if the homeowner complies with all terms and conditions of the Short Sale Agreement, including the satisfaction of all second liens and presentation of clear title for the property (the relocation assistance payment can be used to clear those liens). If the homeowner does not comply with all terms and conditions of the Short Sale Agreement, the homeowner will not receive the relocation assistance payment. Even if the homeowner receives relocation assistance, Bank of America, N.A., and their successors and assigns may reserve and retain the right to pursue collection of any deficiency following the completion of the short sale, unless otherwise prohibited by law. The amount of the deficiency and relocation assistance will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the appropriate 1099 Form or Forms. We suggest that homeowners contact the IRS or their tax preparer to determine if they have any tax liability. This offer is for Florida properties only. To receive the relocation assistance, the property must close byAugust 31, 2012.