Los Angeles Times: Foreclosure Story

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Please take a minute to read this story in today's Los Angeles Times:


Part of the story line goes:  A real estate agent told the family "They were wasting their money (on rent),  they could combine their paychecks to buy a home with no down payment." 

And .......... "They were advised to get two loans on the home, for which they paid $340,000. The first required a monthly interest-only payment of $1,436, and the second $655. Maria Debora said she asked whether two loans was a good idea, but the agent told them not to worry because they could refinance in just six months."

I find myself wondering if the agent has read the story......  And what he is thinking...........


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Tom McEvoy, MBA
RE/MAX Gold Santa Clara Valley - Sunnyvale, CA
SRES / Broker Associate / Realtor


Good post.  After reading the story, I thought that these situations are with those people who place a great deal of trust in so-called professionals they really don't know!  It's unfortunate but it still comes down to knowing who you're dealing with.  Almost a year ago my gardener showed me a flyer that was given to by an agent that could have developed into a similar situation.  I met with him and his wife and invited a Spanish-speaking loan officer to join us.  Bottom line: we advised no such purchase, especially with the crazy loan described in the flyer.  Luckily, they didn't take the bait.  He has been smiling big time!  They've side-stepped something that they know many of their relatives and friends have gotten into because I took great care of them and looked at what was in their best interests.

Dec 24, 2007 05:14 AM #1
Scott Schang
Broadview Mortgage Corporation - Long Beach Team - Long Beach, CA
Educating & Empowering Consumers


This is a very common story in southern California.  An unfortunate byproduct of that market was the greed and "anything for a buck" mentality of many so called professionals and thier organizations. 

It is good to get these stories out so home buyers are aware that things are not always as they seem.  Unfortunately, i still run into this on an almost daily basis when speaking with buyers shopping thier current loan.

Articles like this give the rest of us an opportunity educate home buyers and to seperate ourselves from these types of criminal activities.

Good post!  Thank you.

Dec 24, 2007 05:30 AM #2
Lola Audu
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
Wow, what's sad is that I suspect the agent who facilitated this fiasco has not read the story.  I don't think he was thinking at all...certainly not about his clients.
Dec 24, 2007 11:31 AM #3
Jay McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Exeter, NH
Real Estate Broker
What a shame there is no need for this type of behavior. I feel bad for people that rely soley on the word of unscrupulous agents.
Dec 24, 2007 11:34 AM #4
Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate
Unfortunately, there are a lot of unscrupulous agents and lenders that are only thinking about making a quick buck.  Too sad...
Dec 24, 2007 12:11 PM #5
Larry Hammelman
Mel Foster Co. - Sterling, IL
Sterling, Illinois Real Estate
Boy this family got taken by several people it sounds like. The real estate agent, and the person that wrote the loan. It never should have happeded. Someone needs to retake their ethics class.  
Dec 24, 2007 03:59 PM #6
Miriam Bernstein, CRS
New Orleans Property Lady, LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans and Surrounding Suburbs Real Estate
I feel badly for this family, they are hard working and responsible.  In retrospect we see what happened but at the time were the agent and the mortgage broker unethical, did they know then what we know now?  Did they believe that a refinance would be possible.  Did they get caught up in what happened or were they so smart that they knew what would happen.  Yes, I wonder what they think now.
Dec 24, 2007 09:24 PM #7
Cheryl Johnson
Highland Park, CA
I understand what Miriam is thinking --It's possible  the agent and loan broker may have been newer in the business ... may never have experienced the up and down cycles.
Dec 24, 2007 09:38 PM #8
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873)
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Stories like these are what keep the realtor bashing going strong.  This agent ought to be ashamed of himself!  Selling a pig's ear off as a silk purse is wrong.  People come to us for our knowledge and expertise and I could not sleep at night if I ever took advantage of that trust they place in us.  Even if the market had not changed, they would still be refinancing the same amount of money.  How much lower could the payments have gone?  Add to that the cost of a refi and it looks even worse.

Merry Christmas Cheryl! 

Dec 25, 2007 12:00 AM #9
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Sad Articl - we never give that kind of advice......We just met with clients we advised 7 years ago to make double payments to pay down their principle amount on their mortgage as much as possible - three children and only one income now 7 years later it is more than 1/2 gone - they liked our advice and despite having new friends and also knowing a neighbor who are both REALTORS they choosed us again to help them "move up" to a biggger home!

What happened to that kind of advice?

Dec 26, 2007 06:47 AM #10
Tommi Lou Carosella

I felt so strongly about the nature of the foorelosures taking place here in the Central Valley, that I wrote a song about it, called the Foreclosure Blues. Perhaps listening to it will make people feel a little less isolated, and maybe encourage people to act on the issue.

Here's the link to the song. 

The Foreclosure Blues by TL and John Carosella

The web page with more info :


Mar 13, 2008 03:39 PM #11
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