Need Short Sale Information? - These Articles Probably Answer Your Question

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The following is a list of blog posts written by Richard P. Zaretsky, Esq.  regarding "Short Sales". Richard has over 32 years of experience in his field and has been gracious enough to allow me to share this information with my readers through this blog.

 

Original content by Richard Zaretsky

A Monthly Updated Listing of Articles by Richard P. Zaretsky, Esq  --  Richard Zaretsky's Short Sale Blog Articles

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Be sure to contact your own attorney for your state laws, and always consult your own attorney on any legal decision you need to make.  This article is for information purposes and is not specific advice to any one reader.

Richard Zaretsky, Esq., RICHARD P. ZARETSKY P.A. ATTORNEYS AT LAW, 1655 PALM BEACH LAKES BLVD, SUITE 900, WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA 33401, PHONE 561 689 6660  RPZ99@Florida-Counsel.com - FLORIDA BAR BOARD CERTIFIED IN REAL ESTATE LAW - We assist Brokers and Sellers with Short Sales and Modifications and Consult with Brokers and Sellers Nationwide!  Shortsales@Florida-Counsel.com  New Website www.Florida-Counsel.com

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WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE FAR SHORT SALE LISTING AND CONTRACT ADDENDA - AND HOW YOU CAN FIX IT

The Florida Association of Realtors took the lead in making some semblance of consistency, order, and standardized forms for use by Realtors for Short Sale transactions. I doubt many Sellers or brokers realize the draconian conditions of the documents they are using. If you are among them, this article may open your eyes. Because the evolution of Short Sales in 2007 and 2008 has been so dramatic, the forms became problematic at the outset.

FORECLOSURE DEFENSE FALLACY

If you are a listingRealtor or a person who has just gotten foreclosure notice from your lender(s), no doubt you have heard about a myriad of "Foreclosure Defense" firms that promise to delay or prevent foreclosure or even prevent the enforcement of the mortgage because if irregularities in the loan.  What in fact are foreclosure defenses?

SHORT SALE DEFICIENCY DEMANDS AND DEFENSES - The Interstate Highway Analogy

 "What chance is there that the bank is going to make me pay the difference (or deficiency) when we are through?"  This is the most often asked question I get as an attorney that specializes in residential mortgage loan workouts and (avoiding foreclosure through short sales or modification).  If you need basic information to understand the short sale and deficiency issue, see Back to Basics - a Review on Short Sales.

BAILOUT BOGDOWN

It is only 3 weeks since the new bailout programs "started" but don't ask for any testimonials from any homeowner whose home has been saved.

BANK REJECTS SHORT SALE OPPORTUNITY AND MAKES BIGGER LOSS

Here is more proof that the loss mitigators used by some banks just don't quite "get it".  In an article this morning in the Palm Beach Post, by staff writer Eve Samples, Wells Fargo is targeted for its botched handling of a short sale opportunity, resulting in a loss to the bank of at least $40,000 more than it would have experienced in the short sale opportunity. 

BAILOUT MISREPRESETATIONS AND MISCONCEPTIONS

The government bail out of the housing crisis has created wonderfully conceived programs to keep homeowners in their homes with re-negotiated mortgages or refinanced mortgages.  The specific programs for the home saving legislation are the HOPE for Homeowners (H4H) and FHASecure programs.

I THOUGHT IT OUTRAGEOUS THAT ANYBODY HAS TO STEP IN TO BAIL OUT A BUNCH OF 29 YEAR OLDS DRIVING MASERATIS

Sometimes you get a frank speaking knowledgable person that sums up the day's thought succintly and in one sentence.  Speaking on the Financial Crisis, legenday investor Jim Rogers, in an interview reported on CNBC this morning said the irresponsible people need to go bankrupt if necessary.  Here is the quote - you'll love it since it is So True!

ARE WE IN SHUT DOWN MODE?

The stock market is at equivalent lows to times dating back to the Great Depression (which for those of you needed date measurements is almost 75 years ago).

TOP TEN LIST OF SHORT SALE OBSERVATIONS  

For all you short sale Realtors - Here is my list of the top ten short sale rules when dealing with sellers and buyers.  What is your top ten list for YOUR favorite category involved in the short sale process (lender, buyer, seller, buyer Realtor, Seller Realtor, processor, loss mitigator and servicing agent, etc.)?

YOUR Ticket to Normalcy? THE BAILOUT BILL

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act just passed on October 3rd is not the cure-all you might hope for.  The Act authorizes the creation or expansion of governmental entities and departments to deal with the housing crisis.  Implimenting these provision is what will create the "cures".  Assuming the "cures" are in place, there are going to be effects upon Realtors, Mortgage Brokers and Distressed Homeowners.  This is how I see the Act helping each group.

EMERGENCY ECONOMIC STABILIZATION ACT - WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

My wife asked a very important question this morning - so what does this new Act do for the housing market?

NUTSHELL VERSION - EMERGENCY ECONOMIC STABILIZATION ACT

The BIG news this week is the passage on Friday of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 - or more formally called "Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000".  Yes, that is how it started and it is known as H.R. 1424.  What it says will change our economic horizon for decades and this article will discuss its major imports for the real estate buyer and seller and homeowners.

BAILOUT FOR HOMEOWNERS - WITHOUT WALL STREET

149 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln stated an important fact for today's financial crisis.  But first a word of hope.  It is human to think that when times are good, they will stay good. And when times are bad we all hope for good times.  King Solomon went on a quest to find one item that would remind him to realize that good times or bad times, neither is permanent and to be prepared for the other.  He found a ring imprinted with the saying, "this too shall pass".

FLORIDA FORECLOSURE FRAUD BILL - UPDATE

Government can react positively when enough people raise their voice - and the law is clearly against public policy.  This post updates my article on the Florida Foreclosure Fraud Bill

Second Mortgage Short Sale - Holding Up the Railroad Loot

The Second Mortgage Dilemma can ruin your short sale - Like the old West, the stagecoach holding the railroad's payroll was always getting held up by the bad guys - at least in the movies.  Has much changed in the Wild West environment of short sales and the fight between primary and secondary mortgage holders?

BANKS CREATE BILLIONS (MORE) IN LOSSES -

Short Sale Buyers are increasingly investors seeking to buy and flip or buy and rent for positive cash flow.  Missing from the field are homebuyers seeking a place to live.  Why?

Foreclosure Deficiency Judgment Compared to Deed In Lieu and Short Sale Scenarios -

Basic Primer - the Mechanics of a Mortgage Foreclosure Deficiency Judgment Compared to Deed In Lieu and Short Sale Scenarios - We get so many questions about having a "deficiency judgment" entered and how it differs from other possibilities in a deed in lieu of foreclosure or short sale, that a refresher article seems appropriate for Activerain.  If you are unsure of what a Short Sale is, then first read the Back to Basics - a Review on Short Sales

Back to Basics - a Review of Short Sales

Short Sale Primer - Back Room Lender Decisions - Short sales are nothing new.  When I represented a national lender for all of their foreclosures in the State of Florida several years ago, we negotiated "loan workouts" which are now called "short sales".  Since they have been around so long, I did some digging with my old pals that were the executives I worked with in the loan workout and REO department of this national lender (the lender has since been merged into Bank of America).

THE BANK CHANGED THE LOCKS! -

There is discussion on Active Rain from time to time on whether in a short sale it is advisable to move out of the house. The real issue is the clause in the mortgage that says the bank can change the locks on the house if it is "abandoned". 

A-T-T-O-R-N-E-Y Spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E in Short Sale  -

Sad Facts about Attorney Misconduct in a Short Sale

FLORIDA FORECLOSURE FRAUD BILL - MY LETTER TO GOV. CRIST  

See UPDATE to this blog and how it was resolved - at FLORIDA FORECLOSURE FRAUD BILL - UPDATE

SHORT SELLER STILL MUST DECLARE INCOME ON SALE!  -

The Mystery of income you can't spend - but do you have to declare it?  When DON'T you have to report forgiven debt (from a short sale, deed in lieu or foreclosure with release from the lender) as income?

CALLING ALL ETHICAL LOAN OFFICERS - HELLO? ANYONE THERE?

CREDIT REPORTING AND SHORT SALES / FORECLOSURES - REVISITED -

I received an email on my quest to find the real answers to the incessant question of how a foreclosure vs. short sale vs. deed in lieu all affect the credit report of the borrower.

1099 REPORTING - IT'S THE LAW! - OR IS IT???  -

1099 SHORT SALE REPORTING - IT'S THE LAW! - OR IS IT???  Since I have developed my SHORT SALE law practice I have a lot of clients that are in foreclosure or close to it.  They all ask me about 1099 reporting and if the bank can forgive the debt and not issue a 1099.  Now let's see what the law really says.

DIVORCE - CHAINS TO THE UPSIDE DOWN HOUSE VALUE CAN BE BROKEN!!!  -

Chained to your home and can't get a divorce?  You are not alone! 

SHORT SALE FLIP - QUESTIONABLE METHODS  -

SHORT SALE FLIP - QUESTIONABLE METHODS - This article is a follow up to an issue discussed in December titled Short Sales and Title Insurance - Critical Look at Hybrid Closing Schemes.

FORECLOSURE DEFICIENCY ORDER VS SHORT SALE NEGOTIATED PAYBACK  -

  I was negotiating on a very large problem mortgage today with a high-up executive at the servicing firm.  He made a comment that I thought peculiar and I called him to task on the matter. The comment was that "after the foreclosure sale, lenders seldom bother to get a court ordered deficiency judgment".  I knew this to be false, because lenders today - more than in the past - are investing a few hundred more in attorney fees to get a deficiency judgment.  I will tell you why.

REAL QUESTIONS - HOW DOES A SHORT SALE AFFECT CREDIT SCORES???  

In a discussion today with a client we addressed the question of credit scores and short sales.  This is a hot topic and there is information everywhere on what happens and when and for how long. 

FORM RELEASED BY IRS FOR DEBT RELIEF ACT FILING -

New IRS Form for Filing for Debt Relief

No-Conflict Considerations in Short Sale Fees

As short sales and pre-foreclosure assistance servicers proliferate, the type, style and amount of fees that these individuals and companies charge has become ingenious and varied.  This article discusses the rights and wrongs regarding the most popular of the charging methods.

TOO MUCH MONEY IN THE BANK TO DO A SHORT SALE? - ECONOMIC LOGIC  - 

This week I spoke with several people that wanted to do a short sale of investment property that is upside down in value.  They are sick and tired of the short fall on rental income (if they are lucky to have a renter that actually pays rent) vs the mortgage payment, taxes, insurance and maintenance costs.

Who Says Owner Doesn't Have Time To Do a Short Sale? -

Some writers to my blogs have commented that "they don't have time to do a short sale". 

WHAT DO I DO? -- I'M UNABLE TO PAY MY MORTGAGE  -

As an attorney, I receive plenty of telephone calls and visits from people that are no longer able to pay their mortgage on their home or investment property.  They all have endless questions and usually tell me they are getting all sorts of advice that they don't like.  They come to me to find their BEST solution.

SHORT SALE TRILOGY  -

It is really amazing how many people - professionals as well as potential sellers - do not even know what the term "short sale" means.  This blog assumes you have actually worked a short sale already -- if you have -- or if you are curious -- read on!

Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007- Another Look -

I have been getting a lot of calls and emails about the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007.  The new law became effective today, and applies to 1099's on short sales or foreclosures retroactive to January 1, 2007.

MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT - CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO PRIMARY HOMEOWNERS -

On Thursday the President signed into law - effective New Years Day, the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007.

Underwater - The Cycle Repeats Itself -

I cannot be surprised at the stories in the newspapers about homeowners, investors and even commercial property owners being "Underwater" with today's depressed real estate market values.  Many people that own real estate today were just pre-teens when the last deep cycle occurred.  Or if they are older, they were not in the real estate market at that previous time.

Short Sales and Title Insurance - Critical Look at Hybrid Closing Schemes -

Recently I have seen various schemes for streamlining the short sale process for the buyer/investor.  Some discussions have been somewhat heated and involved concepts like dual contracts or even insolvent borrower creating a Land Trust for use by the investor/buyer.  At best, the agreement amongst the blog commentors has been to agree to disagree.

WHO CONTROLS THE SHORT SALE? -

In this environment of the short sale it seems apparent that the bank controls the sale.  Some might say the buyer controls the sale.  My opinion is that both statements are primarily incorrect.  The seller owns the house.  The seller must sign the contract.  The seller must sign the deed. 

TAX DEEDS - COURT DEVELOPMENTS NIX SALE! -

Tax Deed purchases are popular in many states as a way to acquire real estate at truly rock bottom prices.  Generally a tax deed purchase is first in line after just a few significant "super" lienholders: (1) God, and (2) Code Enforcement Liens.  Practically all others having an interest in the property are wiped out in a tax deed sale.

LOW BALL SHORT SALES - PLAYING THE ODDS? -

Short Sales are the buyer road to riches - if you believe the promo advertising that is all over the place.  But the road is not a short one nor is it a smooth one. It is best covered with professional help and guidance.

BORROWERS FACING FORECLOSURE OFTEN OVERPAY - STUDY FINDS

Is our system of foreclosure out of control?  Are the banks acting fiduciarily to their borrowers in the loan management process - are they requred to?

Beware the White Knight! -

Apparently there are lots of "White Knight Claims" being made against title insurance policies.  Here are some of the fact patterns:

SHORT SALES AND IRS LIENS -

In my law practice we see a lot of short sales.  Indeed, we offer a service to Realtors and Sellers to process their short sale material with the lenders (without the downward pressure and lowball influence from an investor handling the process).  I have worked statewide with lenders - visiting their loss mitigation departments and sitting in on committee meetings.  Knowing the process is key knowledge to improving the percent of short sale lender approval.

TRUE STORY - Renter forges deed, then conspires to sell house and pocket mortgage proceeds -

It is a day past Halloween, but here is a scary TRUE story

Some Sellers Think They Are ENTITLED To A SHORT SALE -

I had just too many borrowers that "should have known better" in the office this week - so I feel very conservative just now

All Articles Copyright 2007 / 2008 Richard P. Zaretsky, Esq.

Be sure to contact your own attorney for your state laws, and always consult your own attorney on any legal decision you need to make.  This article is for information purposes and is not specific advice to any one reader.

Richard Zaretsky, Esq., RICHARD P. ZARETSKY P.A. ATTORNEYS AT LAW, 1655 PALM BEACH LAKES BLVD, SUITE 900, WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA 33401, PHONE 561 689 6660  RPZ99@Florida-Counsel.com - FLORIDA BAR BOARD CERTIFIED IN REAL ESTATE LAW - We assist Brokers and Sellers with Short Sales and Modifications and Consult with Brokers and Sellers Nationwide!  Shortsales@Florida-Counsel.com  New Website www.Florida-Counsel.com

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