Last week another Northern Virginia military family headed to closing on their Falls Church Virginia home thanks to the Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP). In this case the owners had been gone for awhile and the home was rented. Closing coincided with the end of the tenants lease. The buyers had been renters in the area for a long time and were excited to be moving into their first home.
This was another sale where I never met the owners. Everything was done with electronic documents, emails and a few phone calls. The HAP office in Savannah sent the check directly to the settlement attorney and I headed to settlement to meet the buyer’s agent and the buyers to make sure there were no last minute issues.
The Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) has made a big difference in the lives of thousands of military families who otherwise are facing a short sale, being landlords or foreclosure. The problem for many military service members is the potential issues with their security clearance if they undertake a short sale or have a foreclosure so HAP benefits are more than just a financial lifeline but a career one as well.
Recently in Rep. Gerald Connolly in Virginia introduced HR 237 to Ammend the DoD HAP Timeline. If you live in a community where there are a number of military bases with families upside down on their mortgage I recommend you ask your local member of Congress to support this bill.
I have three more DoD HAP listings coming on the market (Bristow, Manassas & Woodbridge) and two of them will be long distance transactions. If you are a military family who left Northern Virginia in the last few years and are qualified for HAP benefits give me a call at 703-346-2213 to discuss your options. Distance is not a barrier to getting your home listed and SOLD.