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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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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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Real Estate Brokerage Claims Evaluation – Part One

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[Note: These are my opinions alone and are not meant to supersede or replace any company’s existing policy, which may differ for various reasons.  Nor are they intended to act as a substitute for prompt consultation with the company’s own legal counsel for instruction, advice and direction.  In all cases, managing principal brokers[1] are encouraged […]

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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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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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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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Ratings Agencies Get Their Comeuppance – They’ve Been Downgraded! [Part Three]

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In Parts One and Two I addressed the favored status of the ratings agencies in affecting all manner of financial instruments and investment decisions. But now, as an outgrowth of Dodd-Frank, the agencies’ impact appears to be on the wane. The new OCC regulations are figuratively airbrushing the ratings agencies out of the financial landscape. […]

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Ratings Agencies Get Their Comeuppance – They’ve Been Downgraded! [Part One]

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Even the most heinous of financial crimes are usually – if not always – the bi-product of willing participants.  Admittedly, there may be only one “evil genius” in the mold of Bernie Madoff, but invariably there are many willing enablers.  These are the peripheral players to whom we might contribute some degree of culpability or […]

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Barclays’ Big Settlement – Just Banks Being Banks

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 In an “above the fold” front page article in the June 28, 2012 Wall Street Journal, we learn that Barclays PLC, one of the world’s largest banks,[1] “…agreed to pay $453 million in fines to U.S. and U.K. regulators after admitting that traders and executives tried to manipulate [LIBOR] interest rates tied to loans and financial […]

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