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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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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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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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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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Oregon’s Mandatory Mediation Law – The Timelines

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Foreclosure today is not what it used to be.  In the past, banks and borrowers tried to avoid foreclosure, since it was a lose-lose proposition for both sides. Today, that is not the case.  With the advent of securitization, Big Banks discovered several things: (1) That they could make loans for which they were promptly […]

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Distressed Housing: This Too Shall Pass

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[Caveats: 1. The following information is solely based upon Oregon law.  Residents from other states should not assume their laws will result in the same outcome. 2. This post is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as “legal advice” for your particular situation.  In all cases, you should consult with your […]

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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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