7/29/2011

Handling the Stress of an Unaffordable Mortgage Payment

Whenever I research the latest foreclosure and distressed property statistics, the sheer number of Americans facing the stress of losing their homes amazes me. For the month of June per the MLS, 148 single family homes and condos sold as an REO or short sale property in Long Beach, out of a total of 316 sales for the month.

It is my goal to help as many homeowners I can either stay in their homes or relieve the burden of their mortgages. Knowing that there are so many that need my help is a driving force for me to continue doing what I do.

In fact, I just released another report that I’ve made available on my website today. It explains the CDPE designation and lists 10 options that homeowners can take advantage of to relieve the stress that comes with owing their mortgage lenders more money than they can afford to pay.

The report also draws a contrast between short sales and foreclosures. Unfortunately, there’s a growing trend of “strategic defaulters” who think it’s smart to let their home go into foreclosure. As any one who follows this blog knows, there is nothing strategic about foreclosure; it’s one of the most long-lasting, negative financial challenges you can go through. A short sale seller who can legitimately show a hardship will avoid the post-foreclosure consequences.  Just recently signed into law in California was SB 458 which took effect immediately and which "extends the protections of SB 931 (2010), to ensure that any lender that agrees to a short sale must accept the agreed upon short sale payment as payment in full of the outstanding balance of all loans," so that no first mortgages (signed into law earlier) and now no junior liens can be pursued later if the lender agreed to the short sale. This makes it even more worth it to examine the possibility of pursuing a short sale.
I’m excited about acting as a resource for more homeowners who have questions about what they should do. As always, if you know homeowners who may need my help, have them contact me immediately! Together, we can put them back on the path to financial stability.

1 comment:

RenoTahoeREALTOR said...

Julia,
your last post was especially informative. I had no idea that REO and Short Sale properties made up nearly half of the June sales total.
I am a REALTOR in Northern Nevada and we have a very distressed market.
Thank you for your insights!
http://www.FINEHOMESOFRENO.com

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