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Undisclosed Short Sale Payments May be Illegal

19 Mar 2010
Undisclosed payments in short sale transactions, especially those paid outside of escrow, may violate the law, including RESPA, laws against loan fraud, and licensing laws.  Short sale agents have increasingly reported to C.A.R. about requests for agents and their clients to pay junior lienholders and others, oftentimes outside of escrow. One common scenario is when a short sale seller’s senior lender authorizes a payment of $3,000, for example, to extinguish a junior lien, but the junior lender demands that the buyer pays an additional $9,000 outside of escrow.  Not only would it be risky for a buyer to pay outside of escrow, but concealing this additional payment from a federally-insured senior lender may constitute loan fraud, which is a crime punishable by 30 years imprisonment plus a $1 million fine (18 U.S.C. section 1014).  Furthermore, omitting from the HUD-1 Statement any charges paid at settlement by either a buyer or seller may violate the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) (Appendix A to 24 C.F.R. Part 3500).  Depending on the specific circumstances, carrying out these payment requests may also violate other laws and regulations, and an agent’s participation in the scheme may be subject to license revocation by the Department of Real Estate or other disciplinary action. Agents and their clients are encouraged to file any complaints regarding fraudulent activities to the proper authorities, including the following agencies:
  • Attorney General’s Office California Department of Justice 800-952-5225 Phone http://ag.ca.gov/consumers/mailform.htm
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)HUD Office of Inspector General Hotline (GFI) 800-347-3735 Phone http://www.hud.gov/offices/oig/hotline
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 202-324-3000 Phone https://tips.fbi.gov
  •   Realegal® is published by the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, a trade association representing more than 175,000 REALTORS® statewide. Edited by: Stella Ling, stellal@car.org Copyright © 2010 CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.)

    CALHFA ANNOUNCES $700 MILLION TO ASSIST HOMEOWNERS

    08 Mar 2010
    The U.S. Treasury has allocated $699.6 million to CalHFA to help low and moderate income borrowers who have been hit hardest by unemployment and falling home values. These funds will be used for innovative programs to help stabilize the housing market.  The HFA Hardest-Hit Fund was designed to allow the maximum possible flexibility to Housing Finance Agencies in designing locally-focused programs that address the needs of a specific state or region within a state. All programs must have foreclosure prevention and housing market stability as their primary objectives. CalHFA’s proposal, along with proposals from the four other states selected (Arizona, Nevada, Florida and Michigan) is due by April 16, 2010. The Treasury will then review each proposal for compliance with program objectives and other requirements. The Treasury expects that CalHFA may be in the position to begin drawing down funds within four to six weeks following submission of proposals, or mid-year. More info:  http://www.calhfa.ca.gov/about/publications/press-releases/

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