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Distressed Housing, Distressed Marriage

Posted on by Phil Querin

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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More Nuts and Dolts

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Economist [e·con·o·mist; noun] – An expert in the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services, but is a complete idiot when it comes to making good business decisions for homeowners awash in negative equity. Q-Law.com Unabridged Dictionary The following July 26, 2012 article appearing on a default servicing website, dsnews.com[1] caught my attention the […]

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OREGON HOUSING: Multiple Offers – Then and Now

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Introduction. For those Realtors® who were in the business in 2005 – 2007, multiple offers occurred fairly frequently.  Today, we are seeing them again.  However the circumstances are far different from before. The term “multiple offers” refers to situations in which sellers receive two or more offers to purchase their property.  The reason for multiple […]

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2005 – 2007: Big Bank Securitizations, Easy Credit, MERS, Housing, and the Foreclosure Crisis (Part Two)

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[This is the second post in a 2-part series in which we take a not-so-nostalgic stroll down Memory Lane, revisiting the events that linger with us today – almost exactly five years after the collapse of the lender credit markets and the resulting cliff dive in housing prices.  The first post can be found here. […]

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Oregon’s SB 1552 Analyzed – Mandatory Mediation and More!

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On March 5, 2012, the Oregon Legislature passed a sweeping series of changes to its trust deed foreclosure law, SB 1552.  Once signed by the Governor it will become effective 91 days hence.  What follows is a summary of (a) the new mandatory mediation law that, after the effective date, will apply to the non-judicial […]

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Oregon to Sign on to 50-State AG Settlement

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Word has it that Oregon has agreed to sign on to the 50-state attorneys general settlement with five of the country’s largest banks: Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Ally Financial, and Citi Group.  As in all settlements, neither side will be completely satisfied, and this time is no different.  But it is […]

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Belial Bank Conference Call Discussing The Goodrich Decision & MERS

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As we move into the New Year, our friends in the banking, servicing, and title industries have hastily convened a conference call to deal with the latest MERS setback in court.  It seems that when Fannie Mae sought permission to evict some folks from the home it had recently foreclosed, the local Jackson County Circuit […]

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The Portland Housing Market: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

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As we enter the New Year, everyone, it seems, has an opinion or prediction.  However, one rule should always be applied: Be careful how you interpret the numbers! A recent Oregonian article is a case in point. It carried the following headline: “Portland home sale volume improves in November.” The article, which was based upon […]

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Do You Know Who Just Read Your Hardship Letter?

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  Have you ever been curious about what “test” the Big Banks apply when deciding to allow short sales?  I have.  What follows is my analysis only.  Readers are free to disagree; but remember, a couple of anecdotal stories overheard at a cocktail party, do not a trend make.  There are rules and there are […]

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