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February 3, 2012

Strategic Default To Stop The Bleeding

Happy Friday,
   Hope it's been a great week for you.

   The thought of picking up and leaving your home behind, while still owing money on it, might seem like an extreme option, but for some, it might be their only option.

   An Arizona couple with an "underwater mortgage" was recently profiled in a story on Yahoo Finance ("What Happens When You Walk Away From Your Home?" by Chris Taylor). The couple's home was appraised at nearly $400,000, but with the market downturn, they were told they'd be "lucky to get $200,000 for it", so with their $260,000 loan, they were substantially under water. The couple was faced with a tough decision; make the payments on their new home plus the payments on this older one, or stop paying the mortgage on the older one.

   Strategic Default.

   "I constantly get the saddest e-mails from people saying, 'I've exhausted all my life savings, my retirement is gone, and now I have to default,'" said Jon Maddux, CEO of YouWalkAway.com, in a comment included in Taylors' article. As applied to these particular Arizona couple, they had to "wrestle with it", with the reasoning that they work so hard and so long to build strong credit, with an element of pride as a factor, as well. Ultimately, they looked at the numbers and realized that just cannot continue paying both loans.

   With some numbers Taylor provided from CoreLogic, almost 11 million homes are underwater, with 1.5 million of them already in the foreclosure process (as per RealtyTrac). These numbers are due to spike, with a far-reaching impact on housing prices and the market in general. What's an underwater homeowner to do?

   Taylor lists a few things to keep in mind, for example, "companies default on their obligations when it makes financial sense for them to do so, via the bankruptcy process", and that "It's not personal; it's business". As for penalties, your Credit Score will bear the brunt, and a few years will need to go by to start removing the bruises and the blemishes.

   What else should you keep in mind?

   Taylor suggests that a Strategic Default should be a "last resort", and you should consider refinancing, as well as government programs "designed to keep you in your home". Your location is key, since each State "has its own rules and regulations regarding foreclosures". You should also talk to a professional about the implications, including tax implications, before deciding.

   "Strategic default isn't a decision to be taken lightly, of course", Taylor says, and adds that it's not desirable, "but not the end of the world either".

   Has a Strategic Default been an option you have considered at some point?

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Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
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July 28, 2010

Toxic Asset Fraud...Does it Upset You?

Good Morning Everyone,

   I hope you're having a great week ! Thank you for your comments on our 3-part series on the home-building process, and to those of you who have asked about turning a pre-built home into a Rent to Own arrangement, we mentioned in our last part of the series that, "...there are many builders who build homes and will then Rent them with an Option to Buy (Rent to Own Homes), so it requires a little bit of homework on your end to find these builders." It will be on a hit and miss basis, but for those builders that read our Blog, please feel free to raise your hand if you would be amenable to a Rent to Own on your properties.

   The other day, I heard an insane story on NPR (Public Radio), about an investigation that was done by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where they looked at 19 Million Real Estate Transactions in Florida and found that, "...more than 50,000 Florida properties flipped under suspicious circumstances from 2000 through 2008", and they commented that, "Those flips artificially drove up housing prices and tax bills and contributed to the crush of foreclosures".

   NPR took a closer look at this investigation and purchased a piece of the bonds that are backed by these "toxic assets", and with the help of the Herald-Tribune (and reporter Michael Braga), they were able to see some of the people behind their toxic purchase (as part of those 50,000+ suspicious deals). This massive amount of suspicious deals included one attorney who defaulted on 5 loans totaling 3.6 Million dollars! Additionally, some of the other loans were tied into a group of investors who lied to banks to get loans. Overall, it was a frightening glimpse of what was going on under our noses.

   Can this happen again? We certainly hope not. But mankind is funny; there is good and bad. The bad are always finding new loopholes and ways to get around the rules. So it takes diligence and we need to always keep fresh in our memory the disaster these people have caused, the homes that have been lost, the livelihoods that have been lost. This has changed the Socio-Economic landscape for everyone for a long time to come. OK, time for the punishment to be be handed out ! We welcome your comments and thoughts, since this is a hot-button topic that irritates a lot of people (like myself)...

   Side Note: The full copy of our past few months of Blog Posts is available to download for Free ! You can use the following link (CLICK HERE) to download and save your copy today (it is in .pdf format). Enjoy !

Have a Great Day, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !

April 26, 2010

Troubled Cities, Creative Real Estate, FHA Tax Credit, and more

Happy Monday to Everyone,

We hope you had a great weekend, and were successful in wherever your ventures took you, whether it was looking for a home, selling a home, or just enjoying some time with your family. On a personal note, we spent the weekend with our toddler going from Chuckie Cheese to a few of those inflatable bouncy places. I've had enough pizza and gummy bears to last me a lifetime !

I came across an interesting story that I wanted to share, and it is worth taking a look at. It's titled, "10 Cities Facing a Double Whammy of Default Risks", and it lists cities which are not only in the throes of major home value declines, but also have other dominating economic issues as well. For example, the top city on the list was Las Vegas, and the article cites speculation and wild loan-types as the contributor to the decline in housing prices, construction, and jobs in the Metro area. The other cities listed are Merced (California), El Centro (California), Port St. Lucie (Florida), Fort Myers (Florida), Bend (Oregon), Ocala (Florida), Detroit (Michigan), Rockford (Illinois), and Toledo (Ohio). Although they are all different cities, some of the issues read like a script. This is an important read if you live in these metro areas, or if you are considering a move there. On the flip side, if you are an investor the specializes in rent to own or creative real estate deals, you might have a ground-floor opportunity in helping to revive these areas !

A side note - This Friday, 4/30, the Tax Credit for new home buyers (of up to $8,000) will expire. We wrote an article on this earlier, and you can read it here:

OK - back to working on our website and getting more traffic to your ads !
Have a great day, and we'll chat again on this Wednesday !

Happy Rent to Owning !