Real Estate, Is it for Real?

HELOCs the next thing home credit product? Home prices, including distressed sales, rose year-over-year by 5.9% in March, according to data released Tuesday by CoreLogic.

The CoreLogic Home Price Index report found that March was the 37th consecutive month to feature year-over-year increases in home prices across the country. Month-to-month, home prices also rose by 2%, including distressed sales.

CoreLogic’s HPI Forecast estimated that prices will continue to increase month-to-month in April by 0.8% when including distressed sales and 0.7% without these properties

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Is HUD delaying Foreclosures? Yes!

HUDThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Friday announced significant changes to its Distressed Asset Stabilization (DASP) program meant to offer more protections to borrowers facing foreclosure and increase non-profit participation in purchasing distressed loans. This enhancements for HUD’s Distressed Asset Program will provide borrowers more Protection.

Under the new rules, loan servicers are required to delay foreclosure on a home for a year and evaluate all borrowers facing foreclosure for participation in the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) or a similar loss mitigation program. Loan servicers could previously foreclose on a home six months after they received the loan and were not required to evaluate borrowers for loss mitigation programs, though they were encouraged to do so.

Esta el Mercado Hipotecario en el camino correcto?

Esta el Mercado Hipotecario en el camino correcto?

foreclosure-montageOcho Bancos nacionales que son, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, HSBC, OneWest Bank, PNC, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo demostraron mejoras en el procesamiento de sus hipotecas con progresos en la prevención de Embargos durante el cuarto trimestre del 2014, mientras que el porcentaje de atrasos en hipotecas y la actividad de ejecuciones hipotecarias también continuó declinando, según el informe trimestral sobre la supervisión de los procesos hipotecarios realizada por la Oficina del Contralor de la Moneda de los Estados Unidos, revelado el pasado Viernes.

En el informe que abarcó cerca del 45 por ciento de todas las hipotecas residenciales activas en los Estados Unidos aproximadamente 23.1 millones de hipotecas que incluyen principal e interés totalizaban un total de $3.9 trillones hasta el 31 de Diciembre del 2014.

El inventario de las Ejecuciones Hipotecarias declinó en un 39.7 por ciento año tras año en este cuarto trimestre por debajo de 315.022 procesos, y las retenciones de Casas a través de modificaciones incluyendo las que están con periodo de prueba totalizaron 195,577 también en el cuarto trimestre, un descenso del 19.5 por ciento.

Se esta haciendo suficiente?

 

Homeowners may be hit with a massive Tax Bills if extension is not granted by Congress.

Homeowners may be hit with a massive Tax Bills if extension is not granted by Congress.

Congress has left unrenewed The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 created to help distressed homeowners; that were faced with taxes after a Principal reduction. Under current federal Pay-Estimated-Taxestax law, when the homeowners accept reductions in what they owe, the amount forgiven by the bank gets reported to the IRS, and the owner is hit with taxes as  if it were ordinary income.

Without Congressional action to renew the breaks, those whom banks allowed to sell their homes for less than the amount of their mortgage would have to pay taxes on the forgiven mortgage debt as if it were income, and it will hit hard on homeowners with a massive tax bills. This Congressional inaction could add $75K  in phantom income.

RealtyTrac estimates that in the first three-quarters of 2014, there have been more than 170,000 short sales representing a mortgage debt forgiveness of $8.1 billion total. The average short sale has a mortgage forgiveness of about $75,000, which if the tax break expires would be counted as income.

If Congress does not extend the law retroactively thousands of underwater homeowners could be hit with tax burdens that may not be able to handle.

 

Foreclosure Beware!

Foreclosure Beware!

We are experiencing one of the biggest foreclosure filling increases for the last four years.

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The number of foreclosure filings experienced a big jump from September to October alone. These filings include but not limited to notice of defaults, scheduled auctions, and bank repossession.  According to RealtyTrac this is the largest month-over-month jump since the peak of foreclosure activity in March 2010.

However even though Foreclosure filings reported were into a considerable 123,109 U.S. residential properties in October,  fortunately still represented an 8 percent decline overall in the number of foreclosure filings from October 2013.  This is equivalent to one house for every 1,069 residential properties in the U.S. reported a foreclosure filing in October based on the latest report from RealtyTrac.

These numbers did not take us by surprise due to that over the past three years an average of 8 percent monthly uptick was scheduled for foreclosure procedures in the country.

On the other hand, REO activity (lenders repossessing properties via foreclosure) increased by 22 percent from September. The largest month-over-month increase since June 2009.  Overall, lenders repossessed 27,914 U.S. residential properties in October, as reported by RealtyTrac which is an agency that monitor housing foreclosure activities in the country.

Homeowners Pay Less for  Mortgage than Renters for Rent

Homeowners Pay Less for Mortgage than Renters for Rent

Paying a mortgage is cheaper than paying rent. But owning a home costs more.  The never ending debate…Is better to buy or rent?  This could be answered only after considering all of the expenses that contribute to homeownership.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says it’s cheaper to own. It has become less expensive to own. From 2009 to 2012, fueled by falling interest rates, ForRentForSalehomeownership has become more affordable, while renters saw costs go in the opposite direction, according to the BLS.

A recent report by Zillow found that current U.S. home buyers can expect to pay 15.3% of their incomes to a mortgage on the typical home – down considerably from the 22.1% of income homeowners had to budget in the pre-bubble years but renters pay today over 29.5% of their income to rent, compared to 24.9% in the pre-bubble period.

The main reason for the budget disparity is the income gap between owners and renters. At the end of the second quarter, the Census Bureau reported the median annual income in the U.S. was $53,216. But among homeowners, median salaries were $65,514 per year, while the typical renter’s income was just $31,888.

Fannie Mae reduces waiting period for distressed borrowers

Fannie Mae reduces waiting period for distressed borrowers

A recent report revising the waiting periods for distressed borrowers with a derogatory credit event such as a foreclosure, bankruptcy, short sale, or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure on their credit history to obtain a new loan has been released by Fannie Mae. This revised statement reduces the waiting period up to two years for borrowers with a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure on their record if there are extenuating circumstances that borrowers can prove. FannieMae

According to Fannie Mae, extenuating circumstances are defined as “nonrecurring events that are beyond the borrower’s control that result in a sudden, significant, and prolonged reduction in income or a catastrophic increase in financial obligations.”

If a borrower has a foreclosure on his or her credit record, the new minimum waiting period is seven years. Under extenuating circumstances, that period is shortened to three years with some additional requirements for up to seven years. For those with a bankruptcy the waiting period is four years but two years with extenuating circumstances from the discharge date.

Fannie Mae said in the report that it is “focused on helping lenders to provide access to mortgages for creditworthy borrowers while supporting sustainable homeownership” and that the new policy “provides opportunities for borrowers to obtain a loan to Fannie Mae’s maximum LTV (loan-to-value) sooner after the Pre-foreclosure, Short Sale or DIL.”

Why this is a great time to sell your home?

Why this is a great time to sell your home?

Selling a house is a big decision, and there will be many factors in your decision to put your house on the market. The key is to not have to sell your house until the timing is right, at a time of the year when the market is hotter.

Home For Sale Signs In Front Of Beautiful New Homes.

When is a great time to sell your house? When you will get the most value for the property!

 

Several factors contribute to this, but always remember that time is the most important factor in achieving maximum value for your property.

While there is no way to tell when the housing market is at its top, the housing market we have seen does have some troubling similarities.  The idea to cash into your house and make a tidy profit while hoping the market to cool with the intention to find some bargains later is at a high stakes bet. Real estate market has a cyclical trend with ups and downs. However, it is not an excellent idea to speculate for most people as they’re not dealing with just money but with a real asset with real value.

Prices surged more than 10% in many markets last year, bidding wars are once again common, and homes are routinely going for well over the asking price in some cities. These trends make it seem like a return to the days of the housing boom.

The turnaround comes roughly seven years after the housing bust and signs that the economic recovery is picking up. As the unemployment rate drops and consumer confidence increases, more buyers are entering the housing market and sellers are finding that they have more leverage in negotiating the going prices of their homes.

More homes are expected to hit the market, and you will probably see that the number of “For Sale” homes will rise, with much of the extra supply coming from home builders. Since the recession, investment firms, including private-equity firms and hedge funds, have been purchasing large numbers of single family homes and turning them into rentals. Some analysts say that the supply & demand imbalance has helped to create this seller’s market by following this trend.

More Help For Homeowner’s Who Are Having Difficulties With Their Mortgage Payments

More Help For Homeowner’s Who Are Having Difficulties With Their Mortgage Payments

More Help For Homeowner’s Who Are Having Difficulties With Their Mortgage Payments

By Sandy Flores

Special to Excelsior

Many homeowners facing financial hardship are struggling to keep their property, but need help to maintain and continue with their mortgage payments. Month face this same situation and suddenly affected by the inability to make a payment and are meeting more than one, but much can be done to catch up on the backlog.

 Unfortunately there have been opportunistic companies known as “specialists Foreclosure Rescue”, “Specializing in Loan Modifications,” etc., That promise to help homeowners who are facing foreclosure to save their property, refinance or modify their mortgage, and improve your credit to buy time.

They are companies that promise to pay your mortgage in arrears, improve your credit and even debt consolidation. In some cases you are told to do so you must pass “temporarily” writing home to a “third person or entity.” They allow you to continue living at home as a renter with option to buy back her home after a certain period of time.

The problem once you transfer their rights of living to another person, when he has no option to recover your home or suggest to perform a bankruptcy occurs. In other cases they say they need to sell the property to them and then they sell the property back to you at market price today. These are some of the tactics to which homeowners who are struggling to make mortgage payments face.

It is important to know that all homeowners who are facing very difficult financial situations have alternatives and options to retain their property and avoid foreclosure, here are some of the most common:

Repayment plan, known as “Forbearence”. Under this option, the bank may allow a reduction or suspension of your payments for a short period of time. This option will allow you to remain on your property at reduced or temporarily suspended to allow economically stabilize payments.

Loan modifications. This is another option if you do not have enough income to make your payments current. The Bank will examine the option of changing the terms of your original loan to suit a payment that is more accessible to their financial situation.

HAFA – Short Sale or “short sale”, the bank will allow you to sell your property at current market value, even if your balance is higher than the selling price. Under the terms of a short sale, your lender may forgive your mortgage debt in full under the terms described in the Law on Mortgage Debt Help 2007.

Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure – In this option, your lender may accept voluntary transfer of title to the property and avoid the impact of foreclosure, as well as expenses related to the embargo.

Research the different options available to you. One alternative may be more feasible and beneficial for you. Do not wait until the last minute to get all the necessary information.

Take action immediately if this is happening and is in a similar situation. Time goes so fast! Not only have less time to react, but also fewer alternatives and solutions to work with them and avoid repossession. Remember that banks do not want the property back and will do everything possible to help.

 

Lower The Value of Homes (Spanish)

Lower The Value of Homes (Spanish)

Lower The Value of Homes (Spanish)