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10 Hidden Hazards When Buying Foreclosures

We are pleased to present, Amanda Kostina, as our guest blogger today.  Amanda is a writer for Whitefence.com. – The KCM Crew Buying a foreclosed home can seem like a dream. What could be better than getting a home for a fraction of the market value? Some may even say that the deals sound like […]

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Boomerang Homebuyers Get a Shorter Ride Home

Today, we are honored to have Jim Sahnger as a guest blogger. Sahnger is a 20 year veteran in the mortgage industry and is widely recognized for his expertise. His thoughts have been noted in Bankrate.com, Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Business Week and Investor’s Business Daily. – The KCM Crew HUD recently announced that people […]

Shadow Inventory: Beginning to See the Light

One of the key obstacles to a housing recovery over the past five years has been the overhang of distressed properties about to come to market which has come to be known as shadow inventory. Shadow inventory numbers are comprised of three separate categories of properties: properties where the home owner is 90+ days behind […]

Short Sales: Are the Numbers Beginning to Slide?

RealtyTrac recently released their Q1 2013 U.S. Foreclosure & Short Sales Report™. One of the more interesting revelations in the report was the decrease in the number of short sales being completed. According to the report, properties not in foreclosure that sold as short sales in the first quarter accounted for an estimated 15% of […]

‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Survivors’ in Real Estate

Over the last few years, new words have become part of our real estate vocabulary when discussing distressed properties. Terms such as ‘shadow inventory’, ‘cure rate’ and ‘short sales’ were introduced. Other words like ‘underwater’ and ‘upside down’ took on totally new meanings. Today, we want to add two additional words that we will be […]

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Mortgage Interest Deduction: By State [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Information from The Pew Charitable Trusts report: The Geographic Distribution of the Mortgage Interest Deduction

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WTH(eck)!?! More Crazy Real Estate Headlines

Number of Loans in Foreclosure Reaches a Three-Year Low Foreclosure Activity Rising in 2013 Both headlines above appeared in the media last week. The amazing part is that both headlines appeared on the same day and from the same media source (HousingWire)!! The first headline commented on the recently released Office of the Comptroller of the […]

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Fewer Americans in ‘Underwater’ Situation

With home values falling dramatically from 2006 boom prices, many homeowners have found themselves in what is called a ‘negative equity’ or ‘underwater’ situation. This means the value of their home is currently less than the mortgage amount on that home. Many of these homeowners have been ‘locked’ into their houses because they were unable […]

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Negative Equity: The Latest Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Foreclosure Trends VERY Different in Different Markets

Last week, RealtyTrac released their Year-End 2012 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™. The report revealed foreclosure trends over the past few years. Here are a few of the key findings: A total of 2,304,941 foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 1,836,634 U.S. properties in 2012, down 3 percent […]

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Shadow Inventory and Its Impact on Prices

Many analysts differ on what impact shadow inventory will have on house values in 2013. Some warn that these distressed properties will still play a major role in limiting appreciation. Others believe that the increases in buyer demand will more than offset the increase in supply. The only thing on which everyone agrees is that […]

Are Foreclosures Increasing or Decreasing?

Recent headlines have created tremendous confusion regarding the foreclosure situation in the country. Let’s give an example. Which of these two headlines are accurate? Foreclosure Starts Plunge to 71-Month Low Foreclosures Increase for the First Time Since 2010 The challenge is that both headlines are 100% accurate. How can foreclosures have increased for the first […]

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Time It Takes to Complete a Foreclosure [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Will the Mortgage Forgiveness Act Be Extended?

The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 is set to expire at the end of the year. The act allows taxpayers to be excluded from paying taxes on forgiven debt in certain situations. As their website explains: “The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 generally allows taxpayers to exclude income from the discharge of […]

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Shadow Inventory Shrinking…in Most Regions

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released their 3rd Quarter Delinquency Survey last week. The report revealed that both the delinquency and shadow inventory numbers are improving. DSNews, reporting on the survey, explained: “The Mortgage Bankers Association noted in a Thursday report that a four-year low in serious mortgage delinquencies and a drop in the percentage […]

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Impact Foreclosures Have on Values [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Educate and Care: Real Estate Professionalism Defined

For Agents’ Eyes Only… Each Thursday we will be posting a blog to help real estate professionals understand how they can better assist their buyers and sellers navigate the current real estate market. Hope you find the information helpful. – The KCM Crew As an agent, it is crucially important that we ‘have the heart […]

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Cycle of Foreclosure about to be Broken? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Shadow Inventory Down…in Most States

CoreLogic, in their most recent foreclosure report, revealed that approximately 1.3 million homes, or 3.2 percent of all homes with a mortgage, were in the national foreclosure inventory as of August 2012 compared to 1.4 million, or 3.4 percent, in August 2011. Month-over-month, the national foreclosure inventory was unchanged from July 2012 to August 2012. […]

Completed Foreclosures Down…in Most States

According to the latest foreclosure report from CoreLogic, there were 57,000 completed foreclosures in the U.S. in August 2012, down from 75,000 in August 2011 and 58,000  in July 2012. Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic reveals: “August marks the fourth month in a row there were fewer completed foreclosures, which is more evidence that […]

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The Mortgage Forgiveness Act: Will It Be Extended?

As the year winds down, we are getting more and more inquiries about the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 and whether or not it will be extended past its original expiration date of December 31, 2012. This is important as people who are selling their home through a short sale may be faced […]

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Foreclosure Challenges Migrating to Northeastern States

The most recent monthly Foreclosure Market Report from RealtyTrac was released last week. It confirmed what we have been stating for the last several months – foreclosures are increasing in states with a judicial process (especially in the Northeast) while at the same time are decreasing in non-judicial states. As stated in the report: “Foreclosure […]

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How Is National Mortgage Settlement $ Being Spent?

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Don’t Be Afraid of What Lurks in the Shadows

The Wall Street Journal is doing a series of articles on the impact shadow inventory will have on the housing market. In the first article, Shadow Inventory: It’s Not as Scary as It Looks, they address why no one should be overly concerned: “There are several reasons why the shadow inventory isn’t as scary as […]

Is a Picture Really Worth a Thousand Words?

There are some things that are almost impossible to explain without a graphic or visual. With complex issues, the value of using visuals cannot be over-exaggerated. A study measuring the importance of using visuals by the University of Minnesota concluded: Presentations using visual aids were found to be 43% more persuasive than unaided presentations. There are […]