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Distressed Home Sales In 2016 At A Nine-Year Low

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Distressed home sales made up 16.2% of all homes sold in 2016, which is a drop of more than two and a half points from 2015, and a smaller percentage of home sales than in any year since 2007, according to ATTOM Data Solutions Year-End 2016 U.S. Home Sales Report.

A distressed sale is a bank-owned sale, short sale, or foreclosure auction sold to a third party buyer. Basically anything other than a regular sale of a home in which the seller has equity is considered a distressed sale. It's a good thing the number of distressed sales are down. 

The distressed sales numbers breakdown as follows. REO (Real Estate Owned) sales, also called bank-owned sales, were 8% of all sales in 2016, which is down two points from 2015 and the lowest level in 10 years.

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Topics: short sale, housing market, deed in lieu of foreclosure

Approval to Participate Required for FHA Short Sales

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Monday, August 15, 2016

If you want to get out of your Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured home loan through a short sale you should be aware of the differences between an FHA short sale and a regular short sale.

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is a government agency that insures loans. It is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Their goals are to “improve housing standards and conditions, provide an adequate home financing system through insurance of mortgage loans, and stabilize the mortgage market.”

As a government agency, the FHA is subject to regulations that other mortgages (or investors) aren't.

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Topics: short sale, fha

When to Hold and Fold When You're in Foreclosure

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Monday, March 14, 2016

Most people facing foreclosure first experience a hardship that leaves them unable to pay their mortgage. The hardship is usually caused by loss of income, medical problems, divorce, or a family issue.

Whatever the cause, it's only a matter of time after you stop paying your mortgage before you lose your home through foreclosure. It could be many months or years, but it's eventually going to happen unless you reach a resolution with your bank.

And there are ways you to keep your home and solutions that allow you to exit your property under circumstances that are preferable to foreclosure.

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Topics: stop foreclosure, short sale, florida foreclosure attorney, foreclosure

What Is A Deed-In-Lieu Of Foreclosure?

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

If your lender is threatening to foreclose on you for missed mortgage payments and you don't have the money to get current, and aren't eligible for a loan modification, you may be a candidate for a deed in lieu of foreclosure agreement. A deed-in-lieu of foreclosure agreement is when the borrower agrees to give ownership of their home to the lender in exchange for canceling their mortgage.

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Topics: short sale, foreclosure deficiency, foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure

Can Cash For Keys Work For Me?

Posted by Maxwell Swinney

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


If you're in foreclosure and have decided that you cannot or do not want to keep your home, you may be wondering if you could get a “cash for keys” agreement. Cash for keys, sometimes called a "move out incentive", may sound like something you've heard about in hip hop music, but in this case it has nothing to do with kilos of illegal drugs. It's an agreement between you and your lender to hand over the keys to, and move out of your property in exchange for money. Getting paid cash money is always a seductive option, but you should take a close look at what you give up in exchange for that money before signing an agreement.

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Topics: short sale, foreclosure deficiency, life after foreclosure, foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, deficiency judgment

Short-Sales, Not All You've Heard Is True...

Posted by Madel Bermudez

Monday, June 23, 2014

I know you've heard the term short-sale before, I mean, after 2008, who hasn't? Yet many of you who have heard the term, don't know what it means or how it works. Basically, a short-sale “is when a bank agrees to accept less than the total amount owed on a mortgage to avoid having to foreclose on the property. This is not a new practice; banks have been doing short sales for years. Only recently, due to the current state of the housing market and economy, has this process become a part of the public consciousness.”

Voila, that is all you need to know about short-sales... End of article here...

Just kidding...

The description above sounds like a no brainer (you already knew that!). However, understanding the elements needed to obtain a short-sale isn't quite like takin' a walk in the park . Although short-sales these days are a common practice, many homeowners are given information that is kinda sorta not true (misunderstandings, myths, fallacies, whatever you want to call it) about short-sales. Now, don't freak out because I've come up with a plan to clear some of those common misconceptions for you, so look below and feast your eyes on what you thought you already knew....But was really just wrong.

I'm going to call this segment... the modern day short-sale fallacies.

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Topics: how to stop foreclosure, foreclosure defense, short sale

FHA Goes "Back to Work" for Formerly Troubled Homeowners

Posted by Jake Sterling

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Been Through the Short Sale, Bankruptcy, or Foreclosure Process? FHA Will Help You Get a New Home Loan.

It's a lot easier for formerly troubled homeowners to get an Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan. That's because  FHA has formally announced that potential borrowers will qualify for an FHA-backed  mortgage only a year after bankruptcy, foreclosure, or the short sale process was complete. In years past, potential homeowners would have to wait two years after bankruptcy and three years after foreclosure or short sale to qualify for a new FHA mortgage; that was simply just regarded as an extended part of the foreclosure process. This program is called "Back to Work", and will be getting to work for soon-to-be homeowners immediately.

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Topics: understanding credit, short sale

Weighing the Consequences of Foreclosure, Short Sale, and Loan Modification

Posted by Jake Sterling

Friday, August 30, 2013

Which has worse consequences, a foreclosure or a short sale? Are there any consequences that come with mortgage modifications? Here's what your realtor and bank won't tell you.
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Topics: loan modification, foreclosure defense, short sale

Is a Short Sale a Good Idea?

Posted by Kristen Clinton

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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Topics: foreclosure defense, short sale

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