Why are Banks more likely to do a Short Sale now, than before? Let Platinum Elite Group explain why…

All the indicators are out there that the Real Estate Market is doing better. However, a number of Homeowners are still Underwater and need assistance.  In addition to this we have a 6 to 1 Ratio of Shadow Inventory to REO’s according to a recent Article published by DS NewsPlatinum Elite Group is aware that the recent rise in Homeowner Appreciation is not just expected, it is anticipated, however, basic economics tells us that this is dictated by supply and demand.  The Institutional REIT‘s that have been competing with the general public with our short supply have artificially pushed these prices up faster than anticipated.  We agree prices will go up and continue to go up through 2014 to 2017 with tapering anticipated during this same time frame.  This is an opportunity for Distressed Homeowners that have attempted to either do a Loan Modification | Short Sale | SSLB – Short Sale Lease Back | Bankruptcy or any type of workout with their lender, that same lender may be more motivated to do a workout at this point as their inherent losses have been diminished with the most recent spike in Real Estate Single Family Resident Appreciation in most metropolitan areas.  Watch this Video and determine if Short Sale with a full deficiency waiver is a viable option for you or family?

We believe in the education of our clients as to all of the options available to them, by doing so, we have found the Homeowner to be able to make the healthiest decisions for themselves and their family while reaching for the best possible outcome. The information we and our network of consultants | contributors provide is at no cost and | or no advance fee consultations.  We can assist you in knowing which is your best option in relation to your real estate needs and we look forward to helping you get the assistance you need to maneuver through this unprecedented Market.  Please contact any Platinum Elite Associate by clicking our HomePage, E-mail us at Info@PlatinumElite.com, or call us at 702-869-9999.

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Which Option is Best for me as a Distressed Homeowner? Watch and See!

Do I keep paying the bank? Do I become a Landlord? Do I do a Loan Modification? Do I do a Short Sale or Modified Pay-off? Foreclosure or Foreclosure Mediation, is it an option or is it inevitable? Do I turn it back to the bank through a Deed-in-Lieu? I am sure the bank likes that choice, however, what does this do to me and my credit? Bankruptcy? Option or Strategy? You decide?!  As a Distressed Homeowner what Option do you I select that is best for my situation, that gives me the most control and what are the ramifications?! Watch our second video in our Neighborhood Home Rescue Series and decide for your self:

In this Video Series we have covered the Market Overview for Las Vegas and in this video you will learn Who and What is the Neighborhood Home Rescue and much, much more………..

  • Learn about the Neighborhood Home Rescue purpose and mission statement
  • It is a Network of Professionals
  • Works with Banks
  • Educates the Homeowner who is Distressed which are the best “Options” available
  • No Fee | No Advance Cost Programs first and foremost
  • Costs covered and not covered
  • Costs that might fall back on Homeowner:
    • HOA Fees
    • Transfer Fees
    • Compliance Fee
  • Options to Homeowners
    • Continue to pay Bank
    • Become a Landlord and Rent out property
    • Loan Modification (5 Year temporary fix and puts you upside down in most cases)
    • Short Sale – A Loan Modification with deficiency release @ current market value
      • Most Control
      • Position and Location
      • Costs known and a tax write-off
      • Debt relief | Deficiency Release | Quick Credit Recovery (10 – 24 Months)
      • Pros and Cons to Credit Ramifications
    • Deed in Lieu – Debt relief for only 2013, what about years after 2014+
    • Foreclosure and Foreclosure Mediation 30-120 day process
      • $200 Fee by Homeowner which stops or slows Foreclosure (Strategy)
      • Bank Options are to Modify | Short Sale | Deed-in-Lieu | FC or Start over
    • Bankruptcy – Chapter 7 or 13
    • Moving forward with Lending and Lending Options
    • Estate Planning and Asset Protection

Guest Speakers are joint contributors to the Neighborhood Home Rescue Program and offer free consultations through the Network. If you want to discuss your circumstances in more detail, receive a free consultation, or if you want to learn more regarding the Neighborhood Home Rescue contact our Hotline at 702-675-3000 or e-mail us at info@PlatinumElite.com, we look forward to Helping Distressed Homeowners!

Mission Statement:

Outreach Program for Distressed Homeowners

Designed to inform and help Homeowners understand how to work with No Cost Programs and No Advance Fee assistance resources available while obtaining information to make a more healthy decision for their family.

Did we learn anything? From the Last Bubble that Burst…..

The Las Vegas Home Market is still reeling from “The Real Estate Bubble” and yet we might be repeating history.  Everyone can read Headlines and knows that many indicators are up and creating excitement.  Homebuyers that had to sell short are already back in the home buying process.  Investors have been speculating with Flips and have already seen profits from properties that they purchased right after the bubble burst.  With inventory tightening this is pushing prices up and we again are seeing the “Offer” Frenzy, with multiple offers on much of the new listings on market along with Builder’s starting the lottery system with small phase releases.  We get it, everyone wants the highest and best price.  However, this may be short-lived or will at least stabilize as LPS reports over 1.2 Million homes are in foreclosure, down from 1.5 YoY, this is still a great deal of inventory to absorb along with 900,000 housing starts throughout the nation.  This is further complicated by inflated BPO’s (Broker Price Opinion) as outlined in our previous article, “Are Banks Stealing Homes?”, which will, if allowed to happen, push more homeowners into foreclosure and not allow the market to fully recover prior to over inflated home values as was experienced when no one thought it possible.  As Nike’s controversial new Ad stated, “Winning takes care of Everything,” this may be fine for those on the winning side of this recovery, what about the homeowners left behind with bad loans from predatory lending and exaggerated values resulting in over-leveraged property.  Lets not let this happen again.  Be an informed Seller, Buyer, or Investor, weigh your options, and know what is best for you.  The Neighborhood Home Rescue Workshop Video series has released chapter one with our next Chapter, “Homeowners Options“, being released the first week of April, which will assist you in better understanding the market, what placed us in this circumstance and how a healthy recovery will include help for homeowners impacted by deHouse Bubbleregulation of the Credit Derivatives in the 2000’s.  For notification of our next video release email us at info@platinumelite.com or call 702-869-9999.

The Platinum Elite Group

 

Legislative BDR Update to Nevada Foreclosure Mediation and Foreclosure Process as of March 18, 2013

In our Blog Article “Boomerang Foreclosures” written February 14th of this year, we reminded everyone to watch the Legislature and what revisions were being proposed or lobbied for by the banking or trustee representatives.  Please find attached links to BDR List and each proposed Bill for either Foreclosure or Foreclosure Mediation;

Be reminded the United Trustee Association (UTA) Lobbyist believes they have favorable representation in the Legislature and will be attempting to slip changes through without drawing attention to what effects homeowner or real estate market in general. Quote by Cheryl Blomstrom, Blomstrom Consulting in her December 2012 E-News Bulletin for the United Trustee Association for Nevada;  “Those of us looking for change did not get the result we wanted, however I remain optimistic…  I still think we can cobble together a coalition of democrats and republicans to get our work done.  UTA members reached out during the campaign process to key candidates and several were elected.  They come into the session with a working knowledge of our industry.

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes | Beware of Greeks bearing Gifts

To discuss your circumstances or schedule a “Private Consultation” with a Team Member of Platinum Elite Group, contact us at Platinum Elite, info@PlatinumElite.com or call us 702-869-9999.

 

What sets us at Platinum Elite apart from the rest?

Donald Lainer has developed a strong team in real estate that focuses on service and the clients needs.  First and foremost, we get the job done.  As a team, Platinum Elite Group closed over ninety-one transactions in 2012.  2013 looks to be even stronger.  Already in 2013, the Team has had 11 Listings close, not including the individual team members independent statistics.  In cooperation with Negotiation Service Providers, there has been an additional 13 closings and 12 Short Sale approvals that should close by the end of April.  Donald Lainer, as Team Leader, also does outreach through the Neighborhood Home Rescue Program.  We will be releasing one Video Chapter a month over the next several months, which includes this video from our Youtube Video Channel covering the Las Vegas Market Overview.  Additional Chapters will include:

  • Homeowners Options in Today’s Marketplace
  • Short Sale Options
  • Foreclosure | Mediation | Notice of Default and the process of each
  • Bankruptcy Chapters 7 | 11 and 13
  • Moving Forward with Lending
  • Estate Planning

If you have an immediate need or questions, feel free to contact one of the team for a Private Consultation.

Some segments or chapters are highlighted by guest speakers in each field of expertise.  As a homeowner or investor you need to be informed and knowledgeable in this ever-changing and volatile Real Estate Market.  To sign up for our next Neighborhood Home Rescue Event RSVP at RSVP@PlatinumElite.com or call 702-675-3000.

The Platinum Elite Group is always looking to develop its team with professionals from any field that may be interested in entering the Real Estate Industry.  You may preview our Welcome PowerPoint on Slideshare.com, contact Donald Lainer directly, or any one on the Team and see what we have to offer.  Contact us through our Home Page, info@PlatinumElite.com or by calling 702-869-9999.

 

Are Banks Stealing Homes from Homeowners? You Decide!

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Recently, the President of the GLVAR (Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors), asked all Realtors to stand-up for what is right. Banks and Servicing Entities are again instructing BPO Agents to not include Foreclosures, REO properties, Short Sales, Properties in poor condition, and are including properties that are too far out from the subject property. They are also using, “As-Is” Language, which is not recognized in the State of Nevada, it should be “As-Disclosed!” Whatever happened to “Fair Market Value!” These same banks would not loan on a property based on the same valuation and criteria they are setting for Short Sales. This is a “To Big to Fail” Mentality and the BPO Agents are agreeing to it to get the work!

I attended a mediation hearing for a client, as a service we provide, where I pointed out to the mediator the flaws in the Bank ordered BPO and the Mediator agreed that the instruction to the BPO Agent was a mis-representation of its true value and marked on the Mediation Resolution Form, “BPO was flawed due to mis-representation.” Thus finding that the Bank was acting in bad faith and therefore the “Certificate of Foreclosure,” will not be issued! You also can act on your clients best interest, as well as on the promptings of the GLVAR President and myself that this must stop! This is Aiding and Abetting Fraud perpetuated by these institutions and by doing nothing we are allowing it and seeing homeowners put out on the street! Remember GLVAR is a Self-Policing Entity, that means All of Us are responsible!  Please start reporting Agents that are following these flawed instructions by Fannie Mae or whichever servicing entity has engaged the BPO Agent. Is the money really worth your license?

Below, see our original article published earlier this year. This issue is going to get worse prior to resolution!

A homeowner wanting to do the right thing in relation to working out here situation with her lender, contacted me for assistance.  She explained to me that she is behind in payments and wanted to know her options, at this time.  Mind you this is a very nice home, in a very nice community, however, like many homeowners in today’s distressed market, her circumstances have caused her to become delinquent.  Wells Fargo, the servicing company for Freddie Mac, instructed her that she would have to consider selling the home as a loan modification was not an option due to insufficient income.  Wells Fargo stated they would do a valuation.  They hired an evaluator to provide a Brokers Price Opinion, known in the industry as a BPO.  This BPO / Appraisal as her lender stated, would be necessary for them to re-entertain a loan modification or to establish a sale amount to cover and include unpaid principal, reinstatement fees, back interest, and legal fees.  The Freddie Mac BPO was valued at around $370,000 dollars.  When the homeowner contacted me to discuss listing the property for sale, as she was instructed by Wells Fargo, I was perplexed by the fact that I could not find any comparable “Model Matches” in the entire community or similar models in the surrounding communities that came anywhere close to the banks valuation.  My valuation was more in the range of $280,000 to $290,000 a variance of over $80,000.  This places the homeowner in a potential Short Sale situation, which we are more than happy to assist with and successfully provide for our clients.  However, with the banks valuation I stated that “this over valuation by the bank has to be explained, as Lender BPO’s are done by other professionals in the area.” When I contacted the Homeowner’s bank, not surprisingly, I was declined a copy of the BPO.  However, the homeowner had the contact information for the evaluating agent.  As this industry is small, I knew the BPO Agent, and contacted him directly. With the right connections I was able to obtain a copy of the BPO results and have a conversation with the evaluating Agent. I was taken back by his “Instructions” from the Servicing Company as guidelines for any Freddie Mac backed home.  He stated, “You would never believe how far I had to go outside of the subject properties’ community to find non-distressed comparables.”  This was his specific instructions by the Servicing Company for Freddie Mac, “No Distressed Properties are to be included in the report!”  Placing the comparable homes completely outside of the community. In fact, he mentioned, “The Comps selected were beyond a mile!”  I ask you, How is this a Comp?! This type of activity is completely putting our market, not only here in Nevada, but across the country in turmoil.

What is the motivation behind inflating the price on a non-performing Asset?

We all know for a fact that a Buyer’s appraiser is not going to go by the same parameters and the home will appraise at a lower market value creating several issues;

  • A valuation dispute with the servicing company
  • Delay in the traditional or short sale process
  • Mis-stated information when this BPO / Appraisal valuation is brought to the table during a homeowner’s mediation
  • Buyers being asked to pay the inflated difference in value

If no resolution, the homeowner is left up a creek without a paddle. Without assistance through a short sale most homeowners inevitably end up in foreclosure.  It would seem Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have decided NOT to help homeowners in trouble. Is this the result for homeowners trying to do the right thing?

Who benefits from this inflated BPO that created this mess?

Please understand, though overseen by the Treasury Department, Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae have their  own motivations.  When a Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae backed homes revert to them through either foreclosure, deed-in-lieu, or other means, it is then made available through a variety of venues, for instance Fannie Mae’s HomePath Program (select the HomePath “More Info”). This program does not require appraisals for buyers using it, offers incentives, and offers as much as only 3% down assistance. On the surface this is attractive to the buyer, however, with these incentives they can then over value and oversell the property by 10% to 30% over current market value as stated in the “Related Articles” below. By further controlling the number of homes released to the market and constricting inventory, this inevitably drives up a falsely inflated market. “BUYERS BEWARE” you may be closing on upside down property from the get go. Again, I ask where is the Assistance for the Sellers that fell victim to this same behavior and here it is being condoned by an entity with Government oversight?!  Homeowners must no longer allow banks to have it their way.  This type of mentality that “They are To Big to Deal With,” must change.  Be an informed seller, an educated buyer, and a smart investor. The homeowner in this situation, through Network Assistance Program is taking the steps with us to utilize Nevada’s Foreclosure Mediation Program.  Follow us for more information as this scenario unfolds.  If you find this information useful and applicable to you or others close to you, please contact us and / or share through our social media links.

We can assist you in knowing which is your best option in relation to your real estate needs and we want to help you get the assistance you need to maneuver through this unprecedented Real Estate Market.  Please contact anyone of our Team Members here at Platinum Elite by clicking on our Home Page, email us at Info@PlatinumElite.com or call us at 702-869-9999.

Donald Lainer, Team Lead for Prudential’s Platinum Elite Group

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Rising Interest Rates Curtail Mortgage Activity as Reported by MND Newswire

BY JANN SWANSON of Mortgage News Daily
Mar 13 2013, 8:16AM

Applications for mortgages decreased as mortgage interest rates rose to recent highs during the week ended March 8.  The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Market Composite Index, a measure of application volume, was down 4.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous week and 4.0 percent on an unadjusted basis.

The Refinance Index was down 5 percent compared to the week ended March 1 and the refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 76 percent of total applications from 77 percent, the lowest share of refinancing applications since May 2012.  Thirty percent of those applications were for Home Affordable Mortgage’s (HARP), up from 28 percent the previous week.  The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index was down 3 percent while the unadjusted index was down 1 percent from the prior week and was 9 percent higher than one year earlier.

Read Mortgage News Daily’s entire article as it touches on factors you need to consider in 2013 for your home selling or buying interests.  As the market is in flux with concerns regarding inventory availability, Notice of Default filings on the rise, and HAFA’s expiration for the second consecutive year?!  Donald Lainer, Team Leader for the Platinum Elite Group touches on the Las Vegas Market Conditions in his Neighborhood Home Rescue Workshops.

For questions or to discuss your specific circumstances and needs in detail,  feel free to contact one of our associates at PlatinumElite.com, info@platinumelite.com or by calling 702.869.9999.