Short Sales Explained

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Short sales explained in a terrific new book. Inman News is the leading source of news for the real estate industry.  I receive it’s news updates twice daily and this afternoon  there was a book review on a new book that I thought would be of great use to any home owner who is thinking of selling his home as a short sale. The book is titled “How to Use A Short Sale…

Is the $8000 Tax Credit Causing Buyers to Overlook Even Better Short Sale Opportunities?

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There are many homes for sale with steep discounts because they are a short sale and you may find a house that is a better “fit” for you in a short sale than trying to buy a home that you really don’t love just because of the tax credit.

Real Estate Appraisal Rules Have Changed….Uh Oh

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Real estate appraisal rules have changed in major ways.  The changes are a response to the financial crisis.  It’s an effort to avoid issues in the future that created havoc. When the Home Valuation Code of Conduct went into effect by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on May 1st, appraisal protocols for mortgage loans changed. To protect consumers, loan officers, mortgage brokers and real estate agents can no longer choose appraisers….

Stop Foreclosure with a 125% Loan Modification

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Bergen County homes have done better than most housing markets in the US.  They may have done better but they have not escaped the economic collapse.  As a result our home values have depreciated over the past few years. For many homeowners this has created a horrible situation.  Their home is not worth what they paid for it. For homeowners who need to sell their home, many find it impossible…

Beware of Short Sale Fraud

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Beware of short sale fraud.  This is a growing problem in the short sale market. There is a new thief who preys upon homeowners who must put their home on the market as a short sale. Simply put, a short sale occurs when a homeowner can no longer pay his mortgage, has no other assets and the loan amount is greater than the home is worth. As a result there…

What is a short sale and does the bank own the house?

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A short sale occurs when a home that is sold is worth less than the mortgage amount and the homeowner cannot make up the difference.  For example, you sell a home for $75,000 but the mortgage is $100,000; you’re short $25,000.  The bank enables the homeowner to sell the house by forgiving the $25,000 difference.  So while the bank doesn’t own the house, the owner can’t sell it without the bank’s cooperation.   Of course, in…