The Mistress in Real Estate


Many have bought their first home or may be even a second or third one.  Each time you bought a home, did you hear that infamous line;  “it’s a buyer/sellers market” and off you were to look at homes.  Did your Real Estate agent ever tell you about the mistress you would have to deal with when you bought your home?

You didn’t know there was a mistress in your deal? Well, there is or was, depending on where you are at in the process.  If you are a buyer, right now, you think the market is yours to control.  You can ask the seller to pay some of  your closing costs, contribute to point buy down, have the seller maybe provide a year or so home warranty program.  If you are buying an association home, you may even ask the seller to pay one or two years of association dues.  How about that big screen TV or the couch that makes the room.  Did you ask the seller to through that into the deal?

What if you are the seller. Right now you may feel like your hands are tied and you have to pretty much give your home away.  Maybe you did through that TV/couch in the deal, paid those association dues or purchased the home warranty program the buyer asked for.  Maybe you went as far to include a car in the garage with the deal.  No, I am not making this up, this is one crazy thing I have seen offered for the right price for the home.

Well, what about the mistress that REALLY controls the deal whether you are a buyer or a seller.  You don’t know to whom I am referring to? The Government.  They are the ones that have more control over a deal than even a  buyer or a seller.  Since the crash of the market, the Federal Government has really had more control over any deal.  Whether it is contributing an incentive program to bring the buyers out, to the taking away of the incentive or raising interest rates, yes, they have more power in the deal than one thinks.

Lets also look at how the government is compensating for all the short sales/foreclosures that are happening.  The Government stood by and watched as many home owners homes went upside down.  They did nothing to the banks that sat around refusing to help persons on the verge of loosing their home, nor did they make the banks work with the owners to make payments affordable for those that wanted to stay in their home and were trying their best to work something out.  Instead, the government sat back as banks took anywhere from 9 months to over a year to respond to potential offers from buyers on contracts submitted.  Then some even claimed they were in financial ruins…but what about the sellers? 

Now, many persons have lost their homes even if they were trying to work something out with the banks and there are an amazingly huge number of homes that are sitting vacant.  How about the sellers that are trying to do a traditional sale?  They now have to contend with the never ending battle of how am I to sell my home and not be punished by the short sale/foreclosures on the market.  Their home will be appraised against the homes in their respective neighborhoods that have been sold at a discounted price due to hardships by the past owner.  Again, the government continues to let this happen.

Shouldn’t the government at least try to help sellers that have kept their heads above water and not just walked away from their home with some sort of break?   This would be a positive incentive and still keep some value in our neighborhoods.  How should the government do this?  Well, that is the million dollar question.  Maybe these sellers get a bigger break on their new interest rate or maybe they get a break on their taxes in the year the home was sold.   I am sure there is something this mistress of the government could do to keep the housing market alive and moving.

So the next time you are thinking of buying or selling a home, remember to consider the mistress you will have to contend with.  If you are a buyer, you will have to have a down payment, good credit and choose a program that you may have to work through many hoops.  If you are a seller, you may have to come to the table with some of your own cash to sell your home, or maybe it’s time to consider bringing back the CD’s to help in your sell.

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Short Sale or Foreclosure, What Should “I” Do?


TV, newspaper, internet wherever you turn you are hearing about this topic everywhere.  Those facing a short sale or foreclosure know it can be very stressful and often wonder where to turn.  I am here to tell you that “YES” it can be stressful, but once you have spoken with a qualified person that can give you direction, answer your questions and help you to make those first steps, this stressful feeling will subside and you will wonder why you waited so long to ask the question.  What most people don’t know right now, if you were to start asking around, you would be surprised at how many people are in the same situation you are in.  Why are we so afraid to talk with each other about our difficulties…remember when the teacher always said to us, the only stupid question is the one that was not asked?  Shouldn’t that apply in this situation also?

The worst thing you could have to tell your spouse or partner is that you may be on the verge of loosing your home.  Now what, how long will the process take, where do we go from here & most impotantly…where will we live & how long with this affect our credit scores.  These are more than just scary thought.  Depending on the action you have to take; short sale vs. foreclosure both will impact your credit scores but in two very different ways.

Short Sale: May stay on your record for 3-4 years.  How it affects your credit score is based on each situation individually as each of our credit scores are different to begin with.  After the appropriate number of years, you may see this come off your credit report.  If you have a second mortgage, this lender has up to 7 years to come after you for the deficient amount owed on that loan even once the home is sold.

Foreclosure: This will stay on your credit report FOREVER! It may affect the terms of any loan or credit card you try to obtain in the future. 

Neither of these procedures should be taken lightly, however, working with a qualified real estate agent will help guide you through the process and be able to direct you to the correct persons that you may need to speak with in order to make the correct decision for you.  When speaking with a Real Estate agent about how you should proceed, it is important to know that this person can not ethically give you any legal or financial advise on the decision you might need to make.  It is always in your best interest to speak with the appropriate persons for direction in these matters.  Your Real Estate agent should also not pressure you to make any impulse decisions on what you want to do.  Since this decision is going to affect you for many years if not a lifetime, take the time to make the decisions that feel best for you, your spouse and most definitely your family.

The other thing to remember is each situation is different and how the bank works with your agent will be different in each case.  So if you see an agent promoting themselves as an experienced or expert in either of these situations, remember that these designations are self-proclaimed and there is NO government or agency that gives these titles to an agent.

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