Antioch, CA Real Estate News

By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
Antioch CA – In our last post, we ranted about how the bankers do a lousy, incompetent job on short sale and loan modification negotiations. Here is how you can avoid suffering under their incompetence. The key is to hold your bank accountable. Here’s how to do that. Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure. Tell them they can do as good of a job or as bad of a job as they want to on your short sale or loan modification. But, if they do not approve it, and lose money as a result, then you will report them. Here is an example from an email we sent to a short sale negotiator. (Some of the details have been changed to protect the home seller’s identity.) 1. We have had the property at 193 NE Brock Lane for sale for over 4 months. Any b...
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By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
Antioch CA – Occupy Wall Street Protestors are not having the best success attacking Wall Street and the banks. But, that is because they are complaining about what they think is wrong with the situation. Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure. If the protestors only knew the level of incompetence in the banks, then they would have a better argument. Here are some of the glaring mistakes we see the bankers make. 1. Doing an incompetent job on short sales and losing tens of thousands of dollars as a result. We have seen many banks turn down short sale offers only to foreclose on the home and sell it for $30,000 less. 2. Kicking people out of their homes only to lose more money as a result. Many people’s homes have dropped in value....
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Why Real Estate Investing? Here is a great Video on Why Real Estate Investing! If you have ever wondered if Real Estate Investing is for you here are some things to consider. If you are not into Video you can just go get the Free Book of Real Estate Investing to find out every thing you wanted to know about Investing in Real Estate. Below the video is a number of properties. Just click on the slide show below for more details and to do your own search. LinkedTube
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By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
    Antioch CA – The Stop Foreclosure Institute recently received this question from another agent. Here was her question. “I was just told by the lender on a short sale that they will have to “close” the file because they buyer’s name changed. They said that due to Freddie & Fannie rules if the buyer’s name changes they require the file to closed and reopened. That would cause the file to drag out another 60-90 days. It would make sense to simply process the file now rather than wait until later. Why lose all the works that has been done up until now just to do it all again 60 days from now?” Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure. Here was our answer to their question. That sounds like a lie to me. Threaten to call Fannie Mae. T...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
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By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
Antioch CA – Here is a problem: Buyers don’t like short sales because of the uncertainty and the wait. How do we solve this problem? Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure. During the short sale process, if the BPO gets completed and the bank won’t accept the buyer’s offer, then request that the bank to keep the file open. There are several reasons that banks should be willing to keep the file open. Reason #1: Their investor has already spent $65 to $100 on a BPO. Reason #2: A bank or servicer’s job is reducing the losses as much as possible. Keeping the file open will make the property more marketable, which will cause it to sell for a higher price. Reason #3: It will help the bank/servicer reduce their costs. It will take less t...
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By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
Antioch CA – I talk about “escalating” a short sale. To put that in perspective, I am going to give you a real life example of how it is done. Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure. We had a house on the market for 5 months. We started the price at 425k and slowly brought it down to 375k. We received no offers for 5 months. Then, we finally received an offer for 350k. Since we knew the bank’s appraised amount, we knew that offer wouldn’t work. The bank’s appraisal had come in around 390k. (We didn’t think that number was the real value because buyers weren’t doing anything at that price.) We knew that that current offer at $350,000 didn’t have a shot at getting accepted. In order to get this file thru, we had two things to do. 1....
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By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
Antioch CA – Why does a British Bank do a better job than the American Banks? We have always liked short sales with HSBC. They respond promptly and are easy to work with. The bottom line is that they do a solid, competent job handling short sales and loan modification. I think the reason is because they never got a bailout from Uncle Sam. If they are incompetent, then themselves and their stockholders take the loss. Menawhile, the large American Banks are awful to work with. I have countless stories of real estate agents working on a large national bank’s short sales for 6-9 months with no answer. Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure. Want an answer to an e-mail? Be prepared to wait 1-2 weeks for that. The people are all overwor...
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By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
  Antioch CA – The Stop Foreclosure Institute recently received a question from James. Here was his question. A bank should accept your short sale when the following rules apply. All banks and servicers have a fiduciary duty to the investor of the loan. If they own the loan themselves, they have a fiduciary duty to their stockholders. The duty is to get that investor the most money possible. So, a lender should accept an offer if it will net the most money. Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure. Your only job is to prove that to the negotiator. Do that by showing them that the property has been on the open market for 60-90 days. We need to be able to show that the house was easy for buyers to see and other agents to show. Tell th...
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By Michael J. Roache
(Area Pro Realty Bay Area Villas)
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By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
  Antioch CA – The Stop Foreclosure Institute recently received a question from David. Here was his question. “I lost my job and am burning up my savings very fast. At the current rate I will only be able to pay my mortgage for a few months more. My lender won’t talk to me about a short sale because I am current on the payments. I am trying to maintain my credit and don’t understand why they won’t consider a short sale until I am delinquent on payments. What is going on? David.” Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure. Here was our answer to his question. Some banks just won’t consider a short sale until you a behind on payments. It’s just the way it is. In my opinion, if you are not employed then saving money is more important tha...
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By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
  Antioch CA – Many lenders do not own the loans they handle. Instead, they are paid by the actual loan owner to collect payment. In my opinion, the banks make millions by understaffing their foreclosure departments? Here’s a real life example. A bank forecloses on a house and waits for over a year to list it for sale. A year sitting in disrepair causes the home to sell for $30,000 less. But, the lender makes more money. Why? They might save $100 million by understaffing the department that handles delinquent properties. Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure. Here are a few examples of how the owners of a loan lose money because the lenders don’t do their job. Example #1: Not giving buyers and answer on a short sale within one we...
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By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
Antioch CA – The Stop Foreclosure Institute recently received a question from Chris. Here was his question. “I just got an approval from a large national lender this morning and the approval letter stated the following: “Promissory Note of 0.00.” What does a Promissory Note of 0.00 imply? It shows the promissory note of 0.00 is “to assist in the closing of thistransaction”. My main concern is that if it isn’t prohibited by California law, then I would like them to agree not to pursue a deficiency judgment. It is best to know 100% in writing for sure so I don’t have that possible issue looming over my head for who knows how long. What are your thoughts on this? Chris.” Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure. Here was our response. ...
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By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
Antioch CA – An agent with the Stop Foreclosure Institute recently had a short sale negotiator lie to them. We have spent the last 6 months figuring out all the rules for short sales on different loan types. The rules are different for an FHA Short Sale, a VA Short Sale, and a Fannie Mae Short Sale. This was an FHA loan. Here’s what happened. FHA puts out a letter called “Mortgagee Letter 2008-43.” It details exactly how the banks is supposed to handle a short sale on an FHA loan. This letter is 16 pages long and gives them specific directions on how much to pay agents, what percentage of the appraisal they can accept, etc. (If you’re doing an FHA short sale, then Google “Mortgage Letter 2008-43.”) Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided forecl...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
The Number 1 Rule When Investing in Contra Costa County Real Estate! When in Investing in Real Estate in Contra Costa County or anywhere there is one simple rule to remember.   This Real Estate Investing rule is so simple it even has it's own acronym - OPM! What does OPM Stand for?  Other People's Money!  A very basic concept.  But let me explain in more detail.   This goes hand in hand with another concept - Leverage. For people without enough money to pay cash for an Investment Property OPM (Ussually the banks) allows them to use what money they have to Leverage the balance and purchase an Investment Property.   Now I know some one out there is saying "Duh, any idiot knows that!"  But there are other reasons this is important. Even if you have the cash to purchase an Investment Proper...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Hallelujah Night and Trunk or Treat in Antioch Ca October 31, 2011  Come by Cornerstone Christian Center on Monday for Food, Fun, and Candy from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  Cornerstone Christian is on East 18th Street in Antioch.   A Halloween alternative.  As much of the event will be spread out through the parking lot please go to the Park and Ride on Hillcrest at Highway 4 and catch the Shuttle Bus.  Come enjoy: Trunk or Treating Face Painting Games Jumpy Houses Clowns Balloon Animals AND MORE I look forward to seeing you.
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By Michael J. Roache
(Area Pro Realty Bay Area Villas)
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By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
Antioch CA – The Stop Foreclosure Institute recently received a question from Samir. Here was his question. “I am thinking about short selling my house. I’m just wondering how I can get someone to help me. I know that your website says that a short sale costs me nothing. I just have a hard time understanding why my lender would pay you if they are losing money. Please explain that. Samir.” Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure. Here was our answer to his question. We get paid because the bank benefits financial from a short sale. Yes, they are losing money. But, they are paying us because we are helping them cut their losses. This is because they get to sell the house at today’s price, versus what it will be worth 6-12 months dow...
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