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Looking Back: Top 10 Real Estate Stories of 2009

The last week of December is always an interesting time. As we plan for the next year, we like to look back on all the important stories and events of the last year. We will gather around the television or paper and endlessly quiz each other on the multitude of Top 10 Lists that inevitably appear. Here […]

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Strategic Defaults: Naughty or Nice?

You can’t pick up a paper or turn on a television today without hearing about the foreclosure situation in this country. There is no doubt the current economy and unemployment numbers have devastated the finances of many families and thus made it impossible for them to pay their mortgage. However, what many don’t realize is that […]

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Foreclosures Force Values Down

In our last post, we discussed that, though the modification process has helped hundreds of thousands families keep their homes, there still will be millions of people who will still be faced with foreclosure. There is no avoiding this. And even though the administration is trying to get banks to be more flexible, the fact […]

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Modifications: is it really the Magic Pill?

I want to begin by saying that modifications have saved hundreds of thousands of families from being forced from their homes. We should be thankful the process exists. If anyone is having trouble with their mortgage and thinks they may be eligible for a loan modification, call 888-995-HOPE or go to http://makinghomeaffordable.gov/. That being said, […]

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Families Fall Behind on their Mortgage. What’s next?

In our last post, we discussed the possible impact distressed properties might have on the values of homes in the surrounding area. We documented how the current economy has devastated the finances of so many families in every income bracket and in almost every neighborhood in this country. In order to bring some insight to the […]

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How will the value of YOUR home be impacted by the current economy?

Our current economic difficulties have wreaked havoc on millions of households across this country. We all have either heard or read about families losing their homes to foreclosure. Obviously, that is a critical challenge at this time in history. However, I am not sure we realize that these tales of heartache not only effect the home that […]

Strategic Defaults

For the last few months, I have been discussing that more and more homeowners are actually ‘strategically’ defaulting on their mortgages. By that I mean that some homeowners that have the financilal capability to pay mortgage have just decided not to. Northwestern University teamed up with the University of Chicago to study this situation. They […]

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How well are modifications working?

“The Treasury expects ‘millions of foreclosures’ even if the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) is a total success.” – Herbert Allison, US Treasury’s assistant secretary for financial stability We have to realize that, though the modification programs are helping many families, the number of foreclosures and ‘short sales’ will continue to mount. Here are the […]

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High End Foreclosures

For several months now, I have been alerting agents to the fact that this economy is starting to attack even the high-end seller. As I watched delinquencies dramatically increase in the sector of prime mortgages (good FICO score, good job, good downpayment), I realized that foreclosures in this sector could not be far behind. Well, […]

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Top 5 Tips for Buyers of Distressed Properties

Managing the expectations of our customers in the process of buying a distressed property is crucial in today’s market. I found these tips in the Wall Street Journal and have added my thoughts on each. The KCM CrewWe believe every family should feel confident when buying & selling a home. KCM helps real estate professionals […]

Where are all these foreclosures we have been hearing about?

Foreclosures have decreased recently. Why? Ever since banks learned of the pending implementation of the administration’s Making Home Affordable modification program, they delayed the initiation of foreclosure proceedings hoping customers might have been eligible for a loan modification. Because of this, foreclosure sales in recent months have been as little as half of what they […]