With the changing climate of short sales, are banks more open to loan modifications? Perhaps...here are some tips if you are out of options and are thinking about taking another shot at a loan modification. Here's a great online tool to help you decide: http://www.counselordirect.com It should go without saying that you … [Read more...] about Loan Modifications: Is It Time for Another Shot at One?
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Success can be a hard thing to measure in times like these unless you can look beyond the bean counter definition and look at metrics of success that really mean something. Here is what I learned about success from my brother... (sorry about the wind!) P.S. have you checked your blood pressure lately? … [Read more...] about Success Measured By The Frets of a Guitar
As part of my Top Ramen Chronicle series exploring the journey of scores of American families who are losing their homes, I had to address the growing disaster facing HOA's across America...out of control weeds. Seriously. Knowing how the process works as homes go into short sale or foreclosure, I am really sickened to think … [Read more...] about HOAs: Are Weeds Really the Biggest Challenge in America?
In the course of my business as a Realtor, I meet many distressed property owners who are losing their homes either through a short sale or a Trustee Sale. This year, my family will become yet another statistic as we will be losing our home as well. I have come a long way over the last year and a half as I tried unsuccessfully … [Read more...] about Trustee Sale: How You Find Out Your House is on the Block
More folks are finding themselves writing rent checks instead of mortgage checks - something they probably thought they would never do again. Here are some tips to help ease the stress of looking for a new home after a short sale or foreclosure. To understand your rights as a tenant, check out the Arizona Landlord Tenant Act … [Read more...] about Finding a Home After Foreclosure or Short Sale
Do you ever feel like where life just wears you down? I did this week. Nothing particularly bad happened, but I have been cranky, tired and feeling rather sorry for myself. So it was a true gift when I happened upon a blog posting by Russell Shaw, a very successful Realtor here in the Phoenix area, where he mused about how he … [Read more...] about The Boiling Point of Success – Sometimes a Little Inspiration Goes a Long Way!
As a Realtor, I get asked lots of real estate questions. The question of the day is most certainly "What do you think of the Obama's Homeowner Bailout Plan?" And I have to say, it is not an easy question to answer. There are so many levels to the current housing situation, and effects from other areas of the economy that will … [Read more...] about Homeowner Bailout Plan – Good, Bad or Ugly?