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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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November 10, 2010

UPDATED: Private Money...Any Available For Real Estate Deals?

Hi Folks,

   Happy Mid-Week to everyone, and welcome back.

   When we posted on the topic, "Best Markets For Commercial Real Estate Investing", we had a few requests to cover the topic of "Private Money", so as per your request, that is our topic for today!

   We spoke with 3 respected figures in the field to gauge their feeling on the topic. All 3 of them seem to agree that there is private money out there that is available for Real Estate deals, and we present their viewpoints below.

   Alfred Miller, President, Private Lending Solutions, LLC, states that, "Capital isn't scarce; vision is. There is tons of money available for real estate deals.", but says that he wants his, "money invested in solid deals (diamond in the rough)!" and the deals can be either residential or commercial.

   Vernon Martin, a commercial appraiser with American Property Research, who specializes in serving private lenders (96% of his work is for private lenders), says that, "There's no shortage of money waiting to be lent, but there also seems to be a shortage of credit-worthy deals.", which is similar to what Miller has said. "Most loan applications to private lenders are for refinancing deals which are already over leveraged, so there is no way the borrower can pay off existing debt at a safe loan-to-value ratio", says Martin.

   Martin also says that private lenders are, "very interested in financing REO purchases by new investors.", and provides an example, where last week, he worked "on a $35 million construction loan that is being purchased for only $5.2 million. The private lender feels safe in lending $2.8 million. The difference is that loans can be underwritten at today's market values without any disappointment to the borrowers.". Martin points out that some private lenders are looking overseas for deals in potentially "stronger markets" (i.e., "Canada, Australia, Fiji, Barbados, South Africa, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica.")

   Dennis P. Fassett, a Real Estate Investor who interacts with many sources of private money, says that, "there's quite a bit of private money out there. But it's gotten more difficult to get to, despite what the late night gurus want people to believe.", which he attributes to, "the stock market crash and Bernie Madoff scandal". The impact of the crash and the scandal had a few ripple effect impacts on private lending, Fassett says, such as, "with people out of the market, there is a lot more money on the sidelines looking for a reasonable rate of return", and "the Bernie Madoff scandal has made a lot of people quite wary of where they invest their money.",and says that, it's ironic that the scandal has also helped make local real estate investing more attractive, because the investor can go drive by the asset that they either lent against or have an equity piece of."

   Fassett provides a hint into the mentality of the private investors. He finds that, "the private investors that I deal with are looking for a track record for one and a sense of stability by me as well. I'm fortunate that I have couple of dozen deals and now own or control 54 rental units in nice areas that are all doing well. I had one investor tell me that one of the reasons that he invests with me is because I have a whole lot to lose if I screw up in terms of reputation in the community.", and he continues to say that he's also finding that, "the direct approach to getting private money doesn't work anymore, as people are getting pitched to death about everything under the sun, so I have switched to an oblique approach that focuses on drawing people into being interested in my business to the point where they ask questions and close themselves."

   As the recession lingers on, Michael Stark, a licensed real estate broker in California, is clear about the future. "The greatest transfer of wealth since the Depression is underway.". Where this will ultimately channel the private funds is yet to be seen, however, we all hope and pray that it stokes our housing market and the economy. Comments are welcomed !

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