4.3 Million Foreclosure Victims Offered Independent Case Reviews With Focus On Proper Processes

November 10, 2011

While I’m not so sure I agree with the word “victims” in this article title I still think it holds some merit and deserves to be shared. So many people have either already been kicked out of their homes or are in the process of being given the boot. I agree that improper processes need to be identified and addressed.

Here is the article from yesterday’s NotaryBulletin presented by the National Notary Association.

In what is being considered the first meaningful response to the foreclosure crisis, the federal government has ordered 14 mortgage lenders involved in the “robo-signing” scandal to send letters to 4.3 million consumers who may have been victimized by foreclosure errors and misconduct, paving the way for a massive number of individual case reviews and potential compensation.

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U.S. ‘Underwater’ Homeowners Increase to 28.6%, Zillow Reports

November 8, 2011

Underwater HomesNov. 8 (Bloomberg) — The number of U.S. homeowners who owe more than their properties are worth climbed in the third quarter as lenders repossessed fewer houses, Zillow Inc. said.

The share of borrowers with negative equity rose to 28.6 percent, up from 26.8 percent in the second quarter and 23.2 percent a year earlier, the real estate data provider said today. Last quarter’s portion was the biggest since Seattle- based Zillow began tracking the measure in the first quarter of 2009, when 22.3 percent of households were underwater.

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Statistics showing bank-owned and Short Sales sell more than normal listings

July 18, 2011

I’d like to share some interesting statistics with you all. I’ve selected to run these stats for the city of Clearwater, but just about any city in the Tampa Bay area will give you the same results.

Let’s start with the total number of homes in Active status. This gives us 685 single-family houses listed for sale in Clearwater, FL.

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Secrets to Buying REO Listings

February 23, 2011

An REO listing is a real estate listing owned by a bank typically obtained by the bank via foreclosure on the previous owners. REO stands for “Real Estate Owned,” which if you ask me, is a really stupid name. Why not call these type of listings, “BORE” for Bank Owned Real Estate?” I suppose REO sounds more exciting than BORE now that I think of it.

There are a couple secrets to buying REO’s successfully. And they are worth understanding because foreclosures are the best deals on the market today. Anyone serious about buying for the lowest price should be focused on REO’s.

Secret 1: Don’t trust the MLS listing report
Just because MLS says the listing is Active and available doesn’t mean it really is. If you’re working with a Realtor and you are about to go view some REO listings do yourself and that Realtor a favor by insisting that they call each REO and verify that the REO is really active and available.

Quite often the REO listing agent received a contract already on the property, submitted it to the bank, received a verbal acceptance of the offer, and is simply waiting for the bank to sign the contract. The time between the contract being submitted and being signed by the bank is what we call “REO limbo.” Don’t get sucked into REO limbo! Request that your real estate agent takes the time to call each and every foreclosure that he or she plans to show you and verifies they are really available. You don’t want to waste your time and emotional energy going to see houses that are actually sold. And when a bank “verbally accepts” an offer it is as good as sold. Read more

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