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This past week my office had 5 short sale buyer's walk from their contracts!  Although I use an exclamation mark, it is not an unusual occurrence.  In fact it seems that it takes 4 contact buyers to make a short sale finally happen.  If that was an average for a traditional sale situation, Realto...
Florida Attorney General Begins Enforcement of Mortgage Modification Firms I just received an email from an ActiveRain Realtor member that stated basically the following: "The Florida Attorney General office has set up "spot checkers" to find people/companies accepting up-front fees for negotiati...
This week the Florida Bar made public the outlandish and misleading representations that have recently plagued the mortgage modification industry in this state and probably nationwide.  The mortgage modification industry has sprung up faster than mushrooms - mostly through mortgage brokers that h...
In last week's New York Times an article focuses on how Home Savers Consulting is accused of committing fraud and profited handsomely at the expense of the former homeowner. Worse, the former homeowner thought she still owned the home - she did not. You can see the article at this link: http://ww...
Short Sale Primer For Brokers, Sellers and Buyers A Primer - Since I wrote the Short Sale Primer the short sale methodology used by lenders has morphed several times.  It is a different animal than it was almost 10 months ago.  The passage of time requires that the original article, which was ver...
Back around Christmas, 2008 I co-authored a blog with Miami tax attorney Shawn Wolf, Esq. on the issue of a FIRPTA transaction coupled with a short sale.  The analysis showed that there were no specific IRS regulations and no rulings regarding a short sale transaction that was subject to FIRPTA. ...
The unintended victims of the foreclosure process are often the occupant of the home that is a tenant.  The landlord is a borrower under a mortgage that has gone into default and is now being foreclosed.  What is going to happen to the tenant as a result of the foreclosure?  How can a tenant or f...

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