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31
December
2014

As reported by National Association of Realtors:

“The package of tax extensions approved by the U.S. House and Senate, and headed to the President’s desk for signature, includes important provisions that will help distressed homeowners and commercial property investors with transactions made during 2014. NAR applauds Congressional leaders in both chambers for their effort to pass this legislation before adjournment.

“Realtors® strongly supported the bipartisan Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act, which was included in the package to prevent underwater borrowers from paying taxes on any mortgage debt forgiven or cancelled by a lender in a workout or after their home was sold for less money than was owed. We are grateful to Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., for championing the provision.

“The legislation also includes one-year extensions of the 15-year depreciation schedule for leasehold improvements and the deduction for improvements to energy efficient commercial buildings.”

 


1
February
2014

Below is a clip from the article…good information to keep in mind when looking to pickup that “bargain” home!

 

“Four Warning Signs to Watch for When Buying a Foreclosure”

Matthew Frankel  Source: Respres.

Over the past several years, many people have gotten great deals on homes because of foreclosures. While the inventory of foreclosed homes in the market is not nearly what it was a few years ago, there are still many to be found. In fact, in some areas, the foreclosures from the 2008-2010 period are just now making their way through the court system and appearing on the market.

In the right situation, a foreclosure can be an excellent way to obtain your dream home at a much better price than you would expect.  Buying foreclosures can also be an great way to acquire investment properties, as many foreclosures are duplexes, triplexes, and smaller single-family homes that can become lucrative rentals.

Even though foreclosed homes can be a good deal, they definitely carry their own issues and risks that buyers need to be aware of. Let’s break down a few of these and see if they should affect your decision on whether to buy the property or not.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE


8
April
2013

It was truly an honor to be selected for The Marie Kindrick Fair Housing Award at this year’s Miami Valley Fair Housing Wrokshop.  I enjoy working with people who are searching for their next “home” whether that would be a rental or purchase; but importantly, I want to help ensure that it is Affordable and What They Want / Need.

So we are often asked many questions – and this post is to provide some of those answers, as well as to provide websites, links and expert advice regarding Fair Housing.

Fair Housing Tips Disabilities

About Fair Housing with Children

Service Animal Policies

MVFHC brochure

Agencies for Fair Housing Issues

Avoid Predatory Loans

Loan Modification Scam Alert


2
April
2013

Personally, whenever there is a dilemma, a situation that just seems to overwhelm the current situation, I find that “thinking outside the box” is a good way to step back and get a better perspective as to the real issue and find a resourceful way to solve things.  This article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer has some excellent points that the Cleveland area is using to solve vacant home, foreclosure and abandoned homes…

Here are a few clips from the article I think should resonate for other areas:

“A challenge of that magnitude requires a diverse response that combines strategic use of limited demolition dollars as well as innovative rehab…

Other successful land bank initiatives include the Owner Occupant Buyer Advantage Program, which has put handy homeowners willing to invest sweat equity into about 150 properties, according to Frangos.

There will never be enough demolition dollars to raze every abandoned property — nor should that be the goal. Luring private investments with creative approaches, as the loft-conversion project aims to do, is one way to make an impact in blighted neighborhoods.”

Click Here for FULL ARTICLE


21
October
2012

I have worked with buyers who have been diligent about doing their credit repair, paying their bills and ultimately doing “everything right” for them to still hear they don’t have a high enough credit score to buy yet. Well, I am YOUR advocate and I am personally bringing a non-profit group to OUR area so that you CAN get a loan. And what’s even better, the fixed rate is a low interest rate current about 3.75% and calculated for a 30 year period. There is NO Down Payment required (but if you want to put money down you can) and the closing cost is very low (Prepaids and insurance only.)

How can this be? Well they are a national organization who is given money to make loans. Unlike the banks, they work with you irregardless of what your credit score is. Do you have income? What is your bill paying history? If you can answer those questions – you NEED to attend our workshop!

NACA Workshop flyer

We have set the date for their introduction to Dayton as Saturday, November 10th and if you can spend from 1-4 pm with us – I can promise you will be glad you did. Hearing an alternative to the loan process is a good thing. I am working out the details of where this will be but should have the location confirmed this week. If you are interested in attending you have to let me know your name, phone number and email. That’s it – no charge, no obligation. If you know me – you know I am all about giving YOU the information you need to make the best decision for you!

 


22
July
2012

Every situation is different, but to get some general guidelines about what is involved, I am happy to say that as a Co-Author – this book has some excellent tips!  Feel free to click on the link here for a FREE e-book version of

Should I Short Sale My Home-Ebook

 


22
July
2012

Today’s market and needs have impacted many people, working with potential client’s I have looked at what I can do to help and I am glad to announce that I have received my Equator Platinum Agent Certification and Short Sale Certification.  There are many things involved with the process that you will want to ensure you are using someone who is up-to-date and well trained.  I am available to meet with you for a confidential discussion of what your options are and to assist you in moving forward to the next stage of your life.


19
March
2012

Short Sales Get Shorter: New Deadlines to go into Effect
As part of a settlement with state attorneys general, the five largest mortgage servicers are adopting new requirements for short sales, which is expected to speed-up what has been known as a lengthy process.

Here are some of the new requirements for servicers under the settlement:

  • Servicers must provide borrowers with a decision within 30 days after receiving a short sale package request.
  • Servicers will be required to notify a borrower, also within 30 days, if any necessary documents are missing to process the short sale request.
  • Servicers must notify a borrower immediately if a deficiency payment is needed to approve the short sale. They also must provide an estimated amount for the deficiency payment needed for the short sale.
  • Servicers are also required to form an internal group to review all short sale requests.
  • Banks will be considered in violation of the settlement requirements if they take longer than 30 days on more than 10 percent of the short sale requests.

Violations can carry fines of up to $1 million and $5 million for repeat offenses.

Source: “AG Settlement Starts the Clock on Short Sales,” HousingWire (March 14, 2012)


24
November
2011

If you are in need of additional information regarding owing more on your mortgage than what the tax value is / short sales / foreclosures, please feel free to contact Tammy…

Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA)

In 2009, the Treasury Department introduced the HAFA program to provide a viable option for homeowners who are unable to keep their homes through the existing Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The HAFA program took effect on April 5, 2010 and sunsets on December 31, 2012.

HAFA provides incentives in connection with a short sale or a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure (DIL) used to avoid foreclosure on a loan eligible for modification under the HAMP program. Servicers participating in HAMP are also required to comply with HAFA.

HAFA Provisions

  • Complements HAMP by providing a viable alternative for borrowers (the current homeowners) who are HAMP eligible but nevertheless unable to keep their home.
  • Uses borrower financial and hardship information already collected in connection with consideration of a loan modification.
  • Allows borrowers to receive pre-approved short sales terms before listing the property (including the minimum acceptable net proceeds).
  • Requires borrowers to be fully released from future liability for the first mortgage debt (no cash contribution, promissory note, or deficiency judgment is allowed).
  • Uses standard processes, documents, and timeframes/deadlines.
  • Provides the following financial incentives:
    • $3,000 for borrower relocation assistance;
    • $1,500 for servicers to cover administrative and processing costs;
    • Up to $2,000 for investors who allow a total of up to $6,000 in short sale proceeds to be distributed to subordinate lien holders, on a one-for-three matching basis.

Information provided in NAR update report / newsletter November 23, 2011.


21
March
2009

The website provided by the government is up and running  CLICK HERE to see what help is available.

CLICK HERE for FAQs regarding Refinance, Modifications and what help is available.