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FAQ – How Long after a Short Sale or Pre-Foreclosure before I can Qualify for a Conventional Mortgage Loan?

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Even though your mortgage payment may have never been late, these transaction types are completed as alternatives to foreclosure therefore, as you might imagine,  they are treated seriously. So serious that they often are viewed by underwriters just as serious as an actual foreclosure or bankruptcy. Continue reading FAQ – How Long after a Short Sale or Pre-Foreclosure before I can Qualify for a Conventional Mortgage Loan?

Fannie Mae Introduces new Short Sale Tool

Buying a home is one of the most exciting and scary times in a person’s life but it is also very complicated. There are a number of parties to this transaction and they read like a movie credit in order of appearance:

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Bank of America Accepted Short Sale – but they say you still owe

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After a few weeks of the multiple times per day barrage of phone calls from Bank of America I attempted to resolve this by calling them myself. The colossal comedy of incompetence a person has to suffer in order to get a straight answer from Bank of America is deplorable! As a Mortgage Loan Officer with nearly 15 years of experience speaking the language of mortgage lenders I can only imagine how impossible this experience is to someone without similar experience.

Cary neighborhood opposes potential immigration office

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“The federal government is considering moving its local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office from a Cary office park to a former Kroger supermarket on N.C. Highway 55 and High House Road.” reported Sloane Heffernan from WRAL News.

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The debate rages onward.  If you read the local online forums, neighbors and Cary residents are upset that a detention center is coming to their backyard – in a residential community. Continue reading Cary neighborhood opposes potential immigration office

What is a Short Sale?

The term “SHORT SALE” has surged forth into the modern lexicon about as fast as Scotty MCreery has.  Hopefully one will remain longer than the other and I will let you decide which you prefer. As for me, I like the kid and not just because his high school is 1,000 yards from my home either.

Unlike Scotty however, most people although they have heard the term SHORT SALE they really don’t know what the term means so here is a very basic explanation that I tried out on Bella (my six year old daughter) and although it bored her to tears, even she understood it. Continue reading What is a Short Sale?

5 Reasons Your Short Sales Will NEVER Close

US Housing Prices Double Dip Recession

The national statistics are bad, really bad and that’s just for existing non distressed home sales. The numbers are even worse when it comes to short sales.

Some experts today are saying  that only 1 out of 10 short sales reach a successful conclusion. Yet others say that 1 out of every 4 close escrow.  Regardless a 10% to 25% success ratio is pathetic no matter what your business is! Because my expertise is in Short Sales I find myself frequently being asked the question “Why do many short sales never close?” and this is what I tell them;

My Top 5 Reasons Your Short Sales Won’t Close

1) Unrealistic Buyer Expectations

Somewhere along the way, Buyers got it in their heads that short sales are the end all, be all score of the century. Often I receive calls from out-of-state investors and Buyers who all make similar comments – “Yeah… I had a cousin who bought a $300,000 condo as a short sale for only $50,000”. First, I would refute that the condo was ever worth $300,000.  Perhaps in Florida, Nevada, Arizona or California, you might be able to pick up a condo for $50,000 when at once it was sold for $200,000. But outside the anomalous cities, you just don’t score those deals – not in the Raleigh/Durham/Apex/Cary areas of North Carolina.