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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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For more information on proceeding with a short sale or purchasing a home in the short sale process, contact us.

BofA Offers Home Loan Assistance to Customers

Are you in need of home loan assistance? Do you have a Bank of America home loan? You may be in luck!

BofA has recently launched a new website dedicated to helping its loan customers no matter what situation they may be in. Whether you think you may miss a payment soon, just missed one home loan payment, missed more than one loan payment or have received a forclosure notice. This easy to navigate website will give you assistance into understanding your situation and where to go from there.

www.bankofamerica.com/homeloanhelp

To find a real estate agent who will understand what you are going through and can help you through a short sale process or relocating, click here.

DSNews: Nearly Half of Economists See Double-Dip Before Year End

A recent article by Carrie Bay for DSNews published on March 24th, 2011 stated a survey has found that nearly half of economists see a double-dip in home prices happening before year-end. 111 economists and real estate experts were polled and none of them foresee property values recovering for at least five years. The following is an excerpt from this article,

“The survey was conducted by New Jersey-based MacroMarkets, which was founded by Robert Shiller, real estate sage and namesake of the closely-watched Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

‘Overall, the sentiment among our expert panel regarding the U.S. housing market outlook continues to deteriorate,” Shiller said. “Now they are expecting only a weak recovery, and even that is not until 2013.’

Shiller added, ‘This uninspiring view must be influenced by the persistently weak market fundamentals – high

unemployment, supply overhang, an unabated foreclosure crisis, and constrained mortgage credit.’ ”

Just a few months ago, in December 2010, a similar survey showed only 15 percent of economists predicting a double-dip. Terry Loebs, MacroMarkets managing director gives insight in the DSNEws article,

“Loebs believes many more experts are now projecting a double-dip after witnessing what he describes as “the double-dead cat bounce” that came in the wake of expired government stimulus programs, namely the homebuyer tax credits.

The half of the panel that’s forecasting a new low for home values may not be too far off base.

Loebs notes that after weak performance in the last quarter of 2010, actual home prices at the national level are now less than 1 percent away from establishing a new post-crash low, and several firms that conduct regular price studies have already warned that the numbers are edging dangerously close to double-dip territory.”

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