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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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Realtor Alert – Short Sale Fraud

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Introduction. Recently there have been some anecdotal reports that real estate licensees, presumably with the knowledge and consent of sellers and buyers, have engaged in some practices that could be regarded, at best, as “sketchy.” Here is the issue: In some short sale transactions, there have been apparent instances of brokers not submitting repair addenda […]

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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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Short Sale Realtors® – First Do The Numbers!

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As a follow-up to my last post on difficult short sales (here), it occurs to me that I should mention the small, but persistent complaint of some seller-clients, who are under the mistaken belief that their Realtor® can and will handle the entire transaction for them.  “Two liens? No problem!  We’ll negotiate everything!”  But in […]

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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]

Posted on by Phil Querin

 “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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Recognizing Problem Short Sales Early

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There are two types of short sales: (1) The relatively[1] easy ones that, while perhaps prolonged, ultimately will close; and, (2) The hard ones.  How can you recognize, in advance, what category yours will fall into?  What follows is a short discussion on what to look for. The first category of short sales consists of […]

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