Thursday, November 12, 2009

2012 Hits Movie Theaters Tonight

Starring: John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, George Segal, Tom McCarthy

Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. 2012 is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

We are looking forward to hearing your opinion on the movie and true thoughts on 2012... is it really the end?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Should I do a Short Sale?

Are you confused about whether a short sale or foreclosure is better? If so, you're not alone. As people across the country find themselves unable to keep up with their mortgage payments, many are looking into short sale options. Bank foreclosures and the housing market is the topic on the mind of most now. People are still trying to keep their houses but banks are not working with them on modifications.

Many people are turning to things like the "short sale" to avoid foreclosure. Simply put, a short sale in real estate refers to a sale that falls "short" of a loan balance due. When sold this way, the bank (or other lending institution) agrees to allow the sale of their security (the property) for an amount that is less than owed to them.

The short sale process is almost always better than foreclosure for a number of reasons. There are many reasons why homeowners may do this, one of the biggest is an acknowledgement of the decline in the value of the property due to economic conditions. Banks realize that many homes are worth less than the balance of the loan, and they have been attempting to work with home owners to sell their homes and pay off their mortgages.

Perry Knox, an auctioneer with Mark Volk Realty & Auction Company said, "During these current economic challenges and the implosion of the Real Estate Market, Lenders are more often accepting Short Sale Options now than they were just 3 years ago. If a lender agrees to accept less than the amount owed on a mortgage that does not necessarily guarantee the difference will be forgiven by the lender and this should be negotiated during the Short Sale Process." In California if the loan was used as purchase money they can not put a deficiency judgement against you.

According to Knox, the short sale process is almost always better than foreclosure for a number of reasons. For example, the lender may agree to "write-off" the short fall on the mortgage and the homeowner will not be required to pay that back. Even in that case, there will most likely be a "write-off" on their credit report (which is still better than a foreclosure and possible subsequent bankruptcy, according to Knox and others.)

A short sale may prevent bankruptcy, which could enable the homeowner to possibly re-purchase a home and secure a mortgage without the 3 year delay associated with a foreclosure. It makes sense to see what your options are before making a decision.

To be eligible for a short sale, the bank wants to see a loss of income. The bank also wants to see if the homeowner to write a letter of hardship.

According to Knox, "A homeowner in this position that does not see the ability to bring the mortgage current and is out of options with the lender should contact a broker right away and have them do a Broker's Price Opinion (BPO) on what the current market value of the property is. If upon signing of a listing agreement and a preliminary acceptance of a BPO by the Lending Institution, you may have just gained a little time before a foreclosure. Typically a Lender will delay Forclosure if they know that there is a Broker out there trying to sell the property, while working with a cooperative seller, for a premiliminarily approved sale amount."

When making the final decision on whether a short sale is the better option, homeowners should take all this information to heart and work with someone who knows the entire process and has been through it before.

One of the best pieces of advice I could offer a homeowner that has begun a Short Sale Process with a Broker/Agent is to work with that Broker/Agent carefully and properly prepare your home for showings and be timely in producing required documents as they become necessary for the Lender, Just because the Short Sale Process is accepted does not mean Foreclosure may not happen. The Broker/Agent has only a limited time period to gain an Offer to Purchase from a prospective Buyer.

If the property continues to deteriorate and does not show well, a prospective buyer is less likely to make an offer and foreclosure becomes more of a reality. By acting within the timeframe, many Hoosiers are finding an alternative to foreclosure that works for them.

Monday, November 2, 2009

What is CDPE?

What is a CDPE?
A Certified Distressed Property Expert® is a real estate professional with specific understanding of the complex issues confronting the real estate industry, and the foreclosure avoidance options available to homeowners. Through comprehensive training and experience, CDPEs are able to provide solutions for homeowners facing hardships in today’s market, specifically short sales.

The prospect of foreclosure can be financially and emotionally devastating, and often homeowners proceed without guidance of any kind. The developers of the CDPE Designation believe that the best course of action for a homeowner in distress is to speak with a well-informed, licensed real estate professional. They have the tools needed to help homeowners find the best solution for their situation. Often, when other options have been exhausted, CDPEs can help homeowners avoid foreclosure through the efficient execution of a short sale.

While enduring financial difficulties is challenging for any family, the process of finding a qualified real estate professional should not be. Selecting an agent with the CDPE Designation ensures you are dealing with a professional trained to address your specific needs. For more information, contact a CDPE in your area.

CDPEs don’t merely assist in selling properties, they serve and help save their clients in need.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Washington Report: $8,000 Home Buyer Tax Credit

Washington Report: $8,000 Home Buyer Tax Credit

Quick passage by the House last week of a bill extending the $8,000 home buyer tax credit next year for military, diplomatic and intelligence personnel serving overseas increases the odds that Congress will agree to an extension, maybe even an expansion, of the entire credit program well into 2010.

The White House is also signaling that it sees the overall tax credit program — currently set to expire November 30 — as an important element in cutting the unemployment rolls and stimulating new jobs next year.

After an economic policy strategy meeting last week in the Oval Office involving President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, congressional aides said Democrats generally support an extension of the housing credit.

Reid already has made clear he wants an extension. He is co-sponsoring a Senate bill that would do so for six months. (Source: Realty Times)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sacramento Short Sale Specialist

We are excited to close more of our Short Sales this week. Things are starting to move faster. We are currenlty negotiating on our 40 Short Sale listings. Hopefully we will have approval letters on all of them soon.

Shorts Sales can be a frustrating and long process. It may be easier to buy an Island but you will have to check with Casey on that one:).


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Loan Modification Attorney Under Investigation

The State Bar of California has recently launched numerous investigations against attorneys for misconduct related to loan modifications. In a rare move, the State Bar has released the names of 16 attorneys under investigation, by opting to waive investigation confidentiality in favor of public protection. These attorneys have allegedly taken fees for promised services, but failed to perform those services or even communicate with their clients who face the possible loss of their homes. Their non-attorney staff may also be under investigation for unlawfully practicing law.
Not all attorneys engaged in loan modifications are unscrupulous. However, this announcement from the State Bar serves as a good reminder for REALTORS® and their clients to be careful when dealing with attorneys and others for loan modifications. Scam artists may intentionally associate or affiliate themselves with attorneys in an attempt to lend credence to their fraudulent schemes. The list of attorneys currently under investigation is available at

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Short Sales Spread Across Real Estate Market

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Chicago Tribune
Short sales spread across real estate market, leaving frustration in their wake
As more homeowners find themselves underwater -- owing more on their mortgage than their home is currently worth -- and unable to make the monthly mortgage payments, many are turning to short sales,which allow a homeowner to sell their home for less than owed on the mortgage. Short sales can be a win win situation for all parties, because they enable home buyers to purchase properties in desirable neighborhoods and at favorable prices.
• Theoretically, short sales should be a win-win for the bank and the homeowner. Although the bank does not receive the full amount owed on the mortgage, it also does not incur the costs of foreclosure and/or eviction, if necessary. Many homeowners also prefer short sales because it is less damaging to their credit scores than a foreclosure. However, many real estate experts say that the majority of banks are reluctant to approve short sales, and often let properties go into
foreclosure, even when there are reasonable offers on the property. In addition to considering the price, most lenders also take into consideration whether the homeowner can demonstrate financialhardship. If the homeowner is capable of making payments, many lenders will try to work out a loan modification, rather than a short sale.
• Unlike foreclosed properties, which may be run-down and vacant for many months, short-sell properties are likely to be better maintained, as most owners may still live in the home.
• Short sales often are more time intensive than traditional transactions and often require additional paperwork. Due to the large number of offers on short sales, many take as long as a few months to receive approval. If information or required forms are missing or incomplete, the bank may set the offer aside, which could delay the process and cause the property to go into foreclosure. To expedite the process, sellers should work closely with their REALTOR® to provide all of the necessary paperwork.
• Working with a REALTOR® who has experience with short sales can help both sellers and home buyers during the transaction. A seasoned REALTOR® will be able to serve as the mediator between the seller and the lender, and lead to a successful transaction.
• It is important to remember that in a short sale, although the seller may be anxious about selling the property and willing to accept any offer, it is ultimately up to the lender to determine if, and at what price, the property can be sold. Home buyers should work closely with their REALTOR® to submit realistic offers.

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In Other News…
San Francisco Chronicle
U.S. home prices rise 0.3 percent in July
U.S. home prices rose slightly in July from a month earlier, according to a government index, further
evidence the housing market is stabilizing.
To read the full story, please click here:

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fair Oaks Open House Sunday 2-4 PM!

We just had a price reduction on our beautiful home listed in Fair Oaks. Come take a look this Sunday from 2-4PM! 7758 Juan Way, Fair Oaks.

Your Personal Invite!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Guess what we did?

Our office has moved locations.
We are now located at:
1913 Capital Avenue, Suite C
Sacramento CA
Come visit our new home!