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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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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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Understanding Seller-Carried “Wrap-Around” Transactions

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With the slowdown in real estate and the increasing difficulty in obtaining bank financing, some home sellers have begun to consider carrying the financing themselves with “wrap-around contracts” and “wrap-around trust deeds.”[1]     They work like this: The seller has one or more existing trust deeds on his/her property.  Say the total underlying mortgage […]

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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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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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Oregon Realtor® Warning: Sending Trust Money Out Of State

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Introduction. As we know today, there are many bank-owned properties being listed and sold.  A term commonly used to refer to these homes are REOs, i.e. “Real Estate Owned.”  After a lender forecloses a home, it takes it back into its REO inventory, prepares and lists it for sale.  Most of the heavy lifting is […]

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Oregon’s Shadow Inventory – The “New Normal”?

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The sad reality is that negative equity, short sales, and foreclosures, will likely be around for quite a while.  “Negative equity”, which is the excess by which total debt encumbering the home exceeds its present fair market value, is almost becoming a fact of life. We know from the RMLS™ Market Action report that average […]

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