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Will The Mortgage Forgiveness Law Be Extended?

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Background. In 2007 Congress passed the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act.  The gist of the law is that for those taxpayers who have had debt cancelled as the result of a principal write-down, short sale, deed-in-lieu, or foreclosure, the ordinary income tax that would normally be assessed is forgiven. There are two primary qualifications: (a) […]

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Portland Metro Housing Prices – The Last Five Years [Part Two]

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This is the second installment of my article looking back over the past five years at Portland housing statistics.  Part One examined the real reason for the housing crisis which officially commenced in 3Q 2007, and looked at the historic numbers for average and median (i.e. “mean”) sale prices according to the RMLS™. The link […]

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Portland Metro Housing Prices – The Last Five Years [Part One]

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Background – 3Q 2007.  Looking back, August 2007 was a memorable month, filled with good news and bad.  Based upon RMLS™ numbers, it was a statistically impressive month for closed residential transactions in the Portland Metro area.  The bad news was that it was the last such month we were to see. From that point […]

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MERS Fatigue

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OK, I admit it!  I am suffering from chronic MERS fatigue.  Every few days, in some part of the country, MERS gets sued by someone.  Sometimes it involves a pending foreclosure; other times it involves some state or county suing to recover lost recording fees.  And the beat goes on. MERS apologists, aka the Big […]

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Distressed Housing FAQs

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Question [Hardship Letters].  I am trying to do a short sale.  The bank is asking me for a “hardship letter.”  What is it they are looking for?  Do I have to have some life changing event to qualify for help, such as divorce or some financial calamity? Answer. I rarely, if ever, have seen a […]

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Strategic Default – Five Years Later

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“Some borrowers default because they no longer possess the ability to repay their mortgage loans. However, there is a group of borrowers who may continue to possess the ability to repay but who elect to default for strategic reasons. These borrowers are commonly referred to as “strategic defaulters.” For purposes of this report, strategic defaulters […]

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Distressed Housing, Distressed Marriage

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Over the course of the past two and one-half years, I’ve met with hundreds of folks experiencing the trauma of dealing with huge negative equity in their homes.  In lay terms, they’re “underwater” – meaning that the value of their home has dropped below what they paid, and frequently is now less than what they […]

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SB 1552 – Why Don’t The Big Banks Wanna Play? [Part Two]

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“Language and speech are the means by which people communicate with one another.  However, with the Big Banks, their silence conveys the loudest message.”  [Anonymous – sort of.] In Part One, I analyzed the recent Oregonian article, titled: “Lenders not engaging in Oregon foreclosure mediation program.”  The gist of my post addressed the process under […]

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SB 1552 – Why Don’t The Big Banks Wanna Play? [Part One]

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 “It’s one thing to be stubborn when relying on well-reasoned principle; it’s quite another to be stubborn relying on no principle.” Anonymous [Sort of.]    An interesting, though not surprising, article recently appeared in The Oregonian, titled: “Lenders not engaging in Oregon foreclosure mediation program.”  Before discussing what’s behind the banks’ decision, it is necessary […]

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FAQ on Niday Ruling & MERS/Non-Judicial Foreclosures in Oregon

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Compliments of several dedicated consumer attorneys, including Kelly Harpster, consumer attorney par excellence, and Sybil Hebb,lead attorney for the Oregon Law Center, a non-profit law firm for low income Oregonians, I am posting a Frequently Asked Questions publication discussing the recent Niday court ruling [which I have discussed here and here] as well as general issues regarding […]

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