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The demand for HAFA increases drastically

Here is an unbeleivable short sale statistic in an exerpt from the DSNews.com article, HAFA Short Sales up Over 70% in April.

“Servicers completed 1,666 short sales and deeds-in-lieu (DIL) of foreclosure under the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program in April. That’s up 73.7 percent from the 959 HAFA transactions completed the month before.”

 

If you need assistance regarding a short sale or foreclosure, contact us and a member of our team would be happy to guide in the right direction.

Charlotte home sales continue to drop from last year

The Charlotte Regional Realtor Association found, in a study of 10 counties in Charlotte, that home sales in the area have dropped 11.5% in the last year. May’s sales have decreased since last year, but have increased 16.6% since April.

Read more in Charlotte Business Journal‘s article:

http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2011/06/09/charlotte-area-home-sales-drop-115.html?ed=2011-06-09&s=article_du&ana=e_du_pub

Record-High Level of Short Sales

According to an article published by DSNews yesterday, HousingPulse Tracking Survey released a study showing that nearly half of home sales that happened in March 2011 involved distressed properties and short sales have reached a record-high. The following is an excerpt from the article in DSNews:

“Within this distressed property segment, the market analysis shows a boom in short sales during the month of March to record-high levels and a drop in the proportion of damaged REO.

These deductions come from the HousingPulse Tracking Survey generated by Campbell Surveys and Inside Mortgage Finance.

The survey’s overall distressed property index rose to 48.6 percent in March – the second highest level seen in the past 12 months.

Short sales rose from 17.0 percent in February to a record-high 19.6 percent in March. Over the same period, damaged REO fell from 14.9 percent to 12.0 percent.

The report referred to both developments as “a positive sign” for the market.

Short sales can eliminate the sometimes long periods of time a home sits vacant after it is repossessed by the lender after foreclosure, and because damaged REO has the worst effect on comparables used for appraisals, smaller amounts of damaged REO should be a positive for home values in future months.”

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Video: Should You Consider Your Home an Asset?

Alex Charfen, CEO of the Distressed Property Institute, LLC (CDPE.com) went on CNBC on April 13th to to express his views on whether or not you should consider your home an asset. Watch this 3 minute video:

If you currently have questions regarding short sales, foreclosures or real estate in general, Nancy Braun, owner and broker-in-charge of Showcase Realty, LLC, is a Certified Distressed PropertyExpert. Either she or a member of her team would be more than happy to help you! Contact us

Possibility of Quicker Lender Responses on Short Sales

Charlotte Short Sale makes for a good Charlotte Real Estate InvestmentAccording to DSNews.com, a bill has been introduced to appoint a deadline of 45 days  on lenders to approve, disapprove or give the status of a decision on an offer for a short sale.

By decreasing the length of time lenders have to make a decision, the more likely underwater homeowners will be able to use the short sale as a foreclosure alternative. This will decrease the amount of empty, repossessed homes on the market.

The bill was introduced by two lawmakers, Representatives Tom Rooney of Florida and Robert Andrews of New Jersey. They named their legislation the Prompt Decision for Qualification for Short Sale Act of 2011 and have stated that is will bring the short sale processing timeline closer to buyers’ and sellers’ expectations.

The following is an excerpt from the DSNews article written by Carrie Bay, “The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is throwing its support behind the new bill. The trade group has been actively pushing the lending industry to improve the process for approving short sales, which represent about 13 percent of recent home sales according to NAR data.

‘Realtors want to help more homeowners avoid foreclosure by facilitating a short sale when a family is absolutely unable to keep their home; however, that can only happen if lenders and servicers approve short sale offers in a reasonable amount of time,’ said Ron Phipps, president of NAR and broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Phipps says a short sale not only minimizes the negative impact on the borrower, but in most cases costs the lender less than a foreclosure. He praised Reps. Rooney and Andrews for their efforts on a bill that he says could soon bring relief to distressed homeowners who hope to avoid foreclosure.”

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