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Short Sales Becoming More Popular With Time

Short sales, which many people are still unfamiliar with, are becoming more and more popular throughout the country with a noticeable increase in many states. Large banks including Bank of America and Wells Fargo have also had an increase in the amount of short sales they have seen in the last year, expecting more than double of what they had in 2009.

Short sales are not new and nothing drastic has happened with the process recently, people are just finally starting to understand what it is! Showcase Realty specializes in short sales and encourages sellers to use this process, rather than go through the devastation of a foreclosure. CLICK HERE for more information on short sales, along with the contact information of someone on our team who can help you go through this process quickly and efficiently.

Read this article in USA TODAY:

Number of short sales on the rise

Speed up your short sales!

DSnews Magazine published an article in its June, 2011 edition, called 7 Tips to Speed Up a Short Sale,  by Eric Friedman. Friedman, who is the President and COO of PREO Mortgage, LLC, gives readers insight on how to cut back the time spent on the short sale process and they are EXTREMELY useful. These seven ways included:

1. “Do everything you can to have an educated buyer in the process.” – An educated buyer has experience, accurate and up-to-date information, and will not get overwhelmed with the process.

2. “Make sure the submission package is complete.” – Extra stress is put on this step, because having unorganized documents slows the process down the most.

3. “Having a cash offer or pre-approved financing will speed the closing dramatically.” – Why waste time on securing a buyer, which can take up to two months, when there are tons of cash buyers who can be approved much faster and easier?

4. “Any supporting information about the property and nearby comparable properties is extremely helpful in evaluating a short sale.” – Include up-to-date information, comparable home prices, detailed photos and honesty about the condition of the home.

5. “To guard against last-minute surprises, establish a good relationship with the title company doing the closing.” – It could help you get issues handled quickly, be informed of possible deal-changers, and get paperwork is filled out correctly.

6. “Have backup offers in the wings.” – This could eliminate the need to market the property again.

7. “Communicate clearly and often.” – Establishing solid timelines and expectations will make everyone less stressed and time-consumed.

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

Worried foreclosure is coming?

LPS Data Shows GSE Foreclosure Starts Are Accelerating

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are beginning to initiate foreclosures at a faster pace.

According to a new study from Lender Processing Services (LPS), GSE foreclosure starts have been accelerating and are currently at all-time highs. From May to June, foreclosures initiated by Fannie and Freddie jumped 21 percent.

The GSEs’ prime borrowers are performing the worst. Foreclosure rates among the agencies’ prime loans have soared nearly 400 percent since January 2008, with a notable hastening tracked over the last two months, LPS reports. That increase is second only to the swell seen in non-agency “jumbo” mortgages, for more than $729,750.

LPS says the recent momentum in GSE foreclosure starts coincides with Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) cancellations, with most of the volume concentrated in the very late stages of delinquency (six-plus months).

The latest HAMP statistics from the Treasury showed an extremely elevated number of cancellations from trial plans, as many borrowers who received temporary modifications have not been able to verify their income or have missed trial payments.

As of the end of June, 520,814 HAMP trials had been cancelled – more than have been converted to permanent status. In addition, 8,823 permanent modifications have been cancelled under the federal program.

In contrast, LPS says foreclosure starts have remained relatively stable over the last several months for the rest of the industry. The company puts the overall foreclosure rate as of the end of June at 3.65 percent, but notes that foreclosure inventories are still elevated.

According to LPS’ market data, total foreclosure starts for 2010 are at 1,456,000. That stat is lower than 1,682,000 for the same period in 2009, but up from 1,245,000 in the first half of 2008.