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Understanding the ways to avoid a foreclosure

Number on way to avoid a foreclosure and the auction of your home is according to Bank of America is – A SHORT SALE!!!

A short sale is the a way to sell your home and settle your motgage debt for the less than what you own on it! This is not only a positive for the homeowner, but also for the bank because they get more than they would if you home was foreclosed on. Some additional benefits are below:

  • It usually takes less time than a foreclosure
  • You’re credit may improve at a faster rate
  • You may be eligible for financial assistance during your relocation!

Another option is to get a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure, in which you give your property’s deed to the bank. This will still have a negative effect on your credit, but it is a much easier process than going through a foreclosure.

CLICK HERE for a checklist to smooth the transition from your home, and to get contact information for valuable assistance!

Talking Short Sales with The Mecklenburg Times

About a week ago, The Mecklenburg Times turned its focus from the devastation of homeowners in today’s market, to the success of the real estate agents behind the scenes, working their hardest to sell these homes and get their clients the best deals out there. Click on the article below to continue reading. 

Don’t Fall Victim to a Mortgage Relief Scam

Have you thought about looking for an “”easy-fix” for mortgage problems you are experiencing? Don’t sign up for just any program. Due to an increasing amount of scams that take advantage of homeowners, the Federal Trade Commissio FTC has issued regulations protecting consumers against relief fraud.

Everyone could benefit from learning about these regulations and by downloading this free report you can protect yourself from potentially fraudulent activity.

May 12, 2010

Avoid Short Sale Fraud

Charlotte Short SaleThe California Department of Real Estate issued a consumer alert recently advising homeowners considering a short sale to beware of fraudulent practices.  Specifically, the report notes instances in which homeowners were improperly charges fees or received misguided advice during a short sale.

(With the number of short sales on the rise, it is critical to fully understand a Charlotte short sale transaction.  We have several posts related to working with a Charlotte realtor on a short sale on our website which can help you better understand a short sale transaction.)

The DRE alert identifies several items that homeowners should consider when engaging in a short sale negotiation.  Although the report applies to homeowners in California, several of the key take-aways in the alert apply to homeowners regardless of the state they reside in.

The DRE stressed that homeowners must make sure that their short sale negotiator is a licensed real estate broker (or a licensed real estate salesperson working under the supervision of licensed broker).  If you have any questions about why you should work with a realtor, please see our post on working with a Charlotte realtor.  It is also important to confirm that all processors and negotiators involved in the short sale transaction are licensed.  Don’t hesitate to ask for someone’s license.

Also, the DRE report noted that payments should be fully disclosed, and payments should be part of escrow documents.  If you work with anyone who suggests fees should be paid outside of escrow, this is likely illegal and should be a red flag.

Lastly, the DRE alert warned that if the buyer is a fictitious person or LLC, it is possible that fraud is involved in your transaction.

While the alert from the DRE may make you hesitant to get involved in a Charlotte short sale transaction, the risk can be significantly mitigated if you work with licensed real estate professionals.  By working with professionals that have a record of success in short sale transaction, you will ensure a successful and legitimate transaction.  If you are considering a short sale in North Carolina and have any questions, please feel free to contact us.