Elizabeth Weintraub has a great take on being underwater, starting over, and planning for the future. Hope you enjoy it!
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If you think underwater homes are prevalent in the United States, take a look at Ireland. In a country with a population equivalent to the number of people who live in Kentucky, almost half of Irish homes are underwater these days. I think one of the differences between Ireland and America is Irish people have a better grasp on how to live below their means. We do not. We feel entitled. The American economy is just one big drunken brawl after another.
But I do believe people in the states are becoming more sensible. I'm hearing more and more Sacramento home buyers say they do not want to take out the biggest mortgage they can qualify to get. They want a manageable mortgage payment. They want to plan for emergencies. It's music to my ears. Sock away some money for a rainy day? Who woulda thunk? Sounds like my mother talking.
I imagine years from now mothers will be telling their children the same thing. Instead of pointing to the Great Depression, they will point to the early part of the 21st Century. They will talk about the horrors of taking out a second mortgage, when it's done without thought to the risk. To think that you could lose your home because of a HELOC doesn't seem so funny and amusing to people who have lost their homes through a short sale or foreclosure today. Nor is getting in over your head or living above your means or believing hoopla that homes will always go up in value.
I wonder what they will name our financial woes 50 years from now? Double-Dip Recession. Fiscal and Housing Tragedy. Whatever it is, I'll be long gone. I met with a financial planner yesterday to find out my end-of-year plan is 2045. That's sort of a cold, stark wake-up call. Who thinks about end of life? But I'll tell you one thing. At least our home will be paid off. We won't be living under a bridge. We're planning for retirement.
I leave you with less somber news. Here is a photo of my spring cactus garden in Land Park. Many flowers are in bloom. This is what a little care and water will do. The photo on the left is 2012. The photo on the right is 2008. The photo on the left is much like your life can be after a short sale. If you need a Sacramento short sale agent, call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916 233 6759.
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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying columnist for The New York Times-owned About.com, a Land Park resident, and a Land Park real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 35 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. DRE License # 00697006.
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