How to avoid foreclosure and stay sane in Georgia

How to avoid foreclosure and stay sane in Georgia

Recent national news from last week is estimating that 3.5 Million homes that have been hanging in limbo from the Robo signing debacle are about to get released to foreclosure.
The banks hands have been tied from moving forward with foreclosures for the past 10 months or so and we as CDPE’s (Certified Distressed Property Experts) are getting the green light from the Banks to close more short sales. This is great news for everyone, especially the homeowner. This will mean more approvals and developing systems to help Short sale specialists get homes sold before they end up in foreclosure.
Unfortunately, homeowners do not realize they have an alternative and we need all of our readers to help get the word out so we can stop this insane foreclosure problem murdering our nation. Strong words right, murder our nation?!?
Here’s the problem, do you know that 60% of the homeowners have no idea they can short sale their home. Homeowners are embarrassed to admit that they can no longer afford their home and are opting to walk away. First let me say, this option is worse; trust me; the homeowner risks a deficiency judgment (a law suit placed by the Mortgage Company for the difference in what you owe and what the home sold for in foreclosure). A minimum of 3 years before any lending institution will consider them for another mortgage and they will always have to disclose in the future that they had a foreclosure against them, it is on the application.
Second, there is no reason to be embarrassed. 1 out of every 3 homeowners is in distress today. Your best friend could be in trouble and you don’t even know it!  I have said to many people that eventually the credit bureau will have to start grading on a curve because so many people are having some kind of issue paying their bills and feeding their families. Don’t be embarrassed, embrace the problem find a solution and then move on and save your sanity.
So how does someone avoid foreclosure? Seek out a CDPE, a short sale specialist. This person must be certified. We know what to do, where to find buyers and who to contact when we need help with every lender. All of the banks are finally supporting short sales and are seeking CDPE’s because we know how to sell, negotiate, and save a foreclosure.  Spread the word, help us help you.


Things To Remember When purchasing a Foreclosure or Short Sale http://ping.fm/1sR9c

Things to remember when purchasing a Short Sale or Foreclosure Property

Things to Remember when purchasing a short sale or Foreclosure Property.

In today’s market short sales and Foreclosures are on the short list for buyers. After all, who wouldn’t want to grab a home for pennies on the dollar! Listed below are some things to remember when you’re looking for a distressed property

1. Short sales are offered for sale for one reason. The Owners do not have enough money to pay their mortgage. Don’t ask for their appliances. Many times the owners will leave those items but not always. Read the disclosure, it is your agent’s responsibility to get this document for you to view.

2. Foreclosures are AS IS properties. Latest figures show 2.9 Million homes foreclosed in 2010 and shadow inventory (foreclosures not listed for sale yet) is sitting somewhere around 900,000. Some investors like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac/Home steps, are finally getting the message to “fluff up the home” (add appliances, carpet and paint) to get more value to sell quicker. This is a decision made by the investor (Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac) not the Bank. If the home offered does not have appliances, new carpet and paint, they will not put it in the home. Asking for it will only put you at the bottom of the multiple offer list.

3. Don’t low ball an offer on a short sale you will be waiting 30 to 45 days just to get a counter offer from the Bank.

4. Similar is true with a foreclosure. These homes are already priced below market value. A low ball offer will still get you a counter from the bank and as referenced in item # 2, be at the bottom of the multiple offer list and won’t be considered.

5. Get your offer in right away. Short sales are working against the foreclosure clock. If you want one of these homes (normally well maintained) you need to act quickly.

Short sales are on the rise because of all the shadow inventory mentioned in item# 2. The investors do not want to foreclose and sit on this home, they already have enough foreclosure inventory. 6. Same is true with foreclosures. Banks are only releasing a few homes at a time. Releasing their entire inventory at once would flush our economy that is already in the toilet. Most of these homes have multiple offers on them. If you want to be considered, remember they are AS IS condition. There are mortgage loans that allow for repair. Speak to your lender before you start looking for a not so perfect foreclosure to see if you qualify. This is an incredible time for an investor, first time buyer or anyone that can afford to purchase Buford Ga real estate and Lake Lanier Real Estate. Interest rates are at an historic low and real estate is too. We will never have another opportunity to purchase like this again. So don’t be ridiculous about making low ball offers you won’t get the house. If you have any interested in purchasing any of these homes call or email me we specialize in short sales and foreclosure properties. Also, sign up for your free monthly foreclosure Market Trends newsletter to keep you updated on what Buford Ga Real Estate and Lake Lanier Real Estate is doing.


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Short Sale Help in Buford Ga.

I listed a client’s property in November 2010. This family of 5 lost one income and the other income was severely reduced. I put this home on the market at a reasonable price, counseled with my clients on their options and determined that a short sale was their best option.

I do my best to educate all of my clients on the process of a short sale. The most important information that a home owner needs to understand is communication. I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep an open line of communication with the mortgage company as well as your Real Estate Professional during this process.

Mortgage companies employ hundreds of people located in call centers all over the United States. The short sale specialist (Realtor) works with the Loss Mitigation department. The Collection Department will continue to call the homeowner for updates. They do not call the Realtor. The only way the Collection Department knows what has happened and why a home loan is past due is through notes that are posted in a logging system. If you ignore them they put that in the system too.

Having done many short sales, our Brokerage’s philosophy is to communicate with the mortgage companies once a week on homes we have qualified buyers for and every 2 weeks on homes that have not gotten offers.

When I learned of a foreclosure notice sent to my client (2 weeks after it was received) the only way the foreclosure could be stopped was if I had an offer from a buyer for this property. We were fortunate enough to receive an offer 24 hours before foreclosure. We stayed on the phone well into the evening and were on the phone fifteen minutes before it was due to be auctioned and learned we received an extension.

There were 92,000 foreclosure homes in Georgia reported in January 2011, 2,039 homes in Gwinnett and Hall Counties and 369 in Buford. The mortgage companies do not want your house. They want to know that you are doing everything you can to help yourself and the investor to minimize the loss. If you don’t talk to them, they will put your home on the fast track to foreclosure.

I do many short sales in my area, not just in Buford. Your home doesn’t have to be a Buford Ga Real Estate short sale or a Lake Lanier Real Estate short sale for us to help. When searching for options to foreclosure find a specialist that works primarily in that field. Every investor has different required processes and anything can happen. This Realtor should be able to advise you of all the options available. Do your homework. Use the power of the internet to learn everything you can about your rights. Then ask for assistance from your trusted adviser (the short sale specialist) and PLEASE once you have made your choice listen and follow their advice.

If you or you know of anyone that needs help with foreclosure prevention, please call or email me Virginia@AtlantaHomeConnections.com 678-546-7387. All information obtained is held strictly confidential. We are you trusted advisers.


Lake Lanier Real Estate and Holiday Marina Buford, Ga

Lake Lanier Real Estate and Holiday Marina Buford, Ga

Lake Lanier, one of the most popular places to live and play, floats a Marina called Holiday Marina.

This fabulous Marina is located on Lake Lanier and just 3 miles from Buford Georgia. With 38,000 acres of water, 692 miles of shoreline including Lake Lanier Islands, Buford, Ga real estate and Lake Lanier real estate is an exciting place to live. This great marina offers a private boat launch ramp, marina store, 3 facility bath houses and a restaurant. Holiday, open 7 days a week, is the largest floating dock marina in the south east offering 1300 slips.Holiday Marina, known for having some of the most expensive houseboats in the world, offers covered and open slips that can accommodate boats from 22’ to 100’ in length all with shore power connections.

People come from all over the metro Atlanta area to socialize with their dock mates for slow cooker events, overnight tie ups or just to be together on the dock.

Most of these serious boaters either live there year around or visit every weekend. What I love the most about this social outlet is you’re all friends on the dock. You don’t have to live on Lake Lanier to enjoy all the wonderful things Buford, Ga Real estate offers because your 10 minutes away.

If you are looking for a place to live where socializing is a must, contact us, we specialize in Lake Lanier Real Estate and Buford Ga Real Estate. Call or email me now and I’ll tell you all about the available homes. The lake is one more reason why I live and sell Buford Georgia Real Estate and Lake Lanier Real estate! Oh, and we have foreclosures too!


I can't buy a short sale!

I was having coffee with a friend last week and the conversation turned to short sales. She and her husband had purchased a home a while back and chose not to pursue a nice home on Lake Lanier because it was a short sale. We all know that Lake Lanier Real Estate is a good investment as long as you have deep water access. This friend didn't use me as her agent (mostly because I didn't know her then or she would have been crazy not to since my company specializes in short sales and foreclosures, right!?! ) So I decided to list my top 4 reasons why you should consider a short sale.

1. Many short sales continue to be maintained by the homeowner through the short sale process.
2. Many of these homes have not been sitting unoccupied for months which could cause a multitude of problems not just plumbing.
3. Most of them come with a property disclosure. (not going to happen with a foreclosure)
4. The buyer can get a general warranty deed. (foreclosures are only special warranty deeds)

Now, I'm not saying that foreclosures are not a good deal and worth pursuing I sell many of them. You just need to be aware of the problems and legal issues surrounding a foreclosure sale. Short sales on the other hand are also a good deal. It may take a little longer to close on one but you're also helping a homeowner in distress. Homeowners that lose their homes to foreclosure run the risk that the bank could come after them for a deficiency judgement (the balance of the unpaid debt) with most short sales the bank will forgive them of the debt if they at least try and sell. Remember, the investor loses a lot more money if the home goes into foreclosure. It's getting easier to get one closed these days. The banks have figured out that a short sale stops the bleeding. Lake Lanier Real Estate and Buford GA Real Estate.