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There Was Never A Better Time To Invest In Real Estate

December 6th, 2018 Comments off

The current economic downturn and the fear of an impending recession has driven the normal real estate market, which thrived on speculation and gambling to a virtual standstill. The credit that usually sustained it has disappeared as savings associations have started to massively recall their loans and to bring foreclosures down upon those who have defaulted.

A direct side effect has been the falling of house prices to their lowest point in a very long time as debt weary owners anxious to sell their properties before they are foreclosed are selling their houses for far below their market value. This means that the opportunity to purchase investment properties is here.

There is always a market for reasonably priced good homes even in the eye of a potentially stormy financial climate. Also, housing markets tend to be cyclical and prices will eventually bounce back so their current nadir, as long as it lasts, may be the end opportunity to purchase investment properties at such bargain prices. The amount of property desperately on sale at more than reasonable prices fringes on the impossible.

Investors who are knowledgeable enough in real estate, are aware of market fluxuations and are willing to run the risk which can be as high or low as the investor feels ok with stand to make a killing in the middle and long term.

Whether an investor is looking to invest in a property to flip it immediately or to renovate before selling, this is a fantastic time. As long as the investor is disciplined, evenhanded, methodical and not seeking to make a quick and simple buck there has not been as a good of time to buy valuable real estate on the cheap in many a year. This is no time for people on the fence or unskilled investors who depend upon luck and the gift of gab. For serious businessmen, however, the opportunities are raining down.

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Understanding Foreclosure

November 30th, 2018 Comments off

The real estate business is witnessing a downturn; house foreclosure is a common word we hear these days. Most of homeowners are ignorant of what it actually means and end up putting themselves in the worst of situations.

Foreclosure is a legal process instigated by the lending institution to terminate a homeowner’s right to reinstate the mortgaged estate. As a result the lender becomes the authorized owner of the property and can also sell the property to recover the principal money. Foreclosures only happen when homeowners fail to pay the stipulated payments as mentioned in the deed of trust for a period of more than 3 months.

These proceedings normally begin by sending a letter of notice called a notice of default to the homeowner demanding the mortgage payments. There are different types of house foreclosure and their application varies from state to state. However, the two most widely used and common types are by power of sale and by judicial sale.

America has experienced a large increase in foreclosure proceedings, above 79 percent in many cases. How do we put an end to this house foreclosure crisis? What follows are a group of tips that can at least help you individually to make a guide toward foreclosure stop.

First and foremost is communication. You must quickly and clearly communicate with your mortgage lender when you anticipate financial problems. Do not wait to receive a notice of default.

With an increasing number of foreclosure cases, you can easily find professionals to bail you out of such circumstances. The second step therefore is to seek professional help. If you are short of finances it is prudent not to hire them but rather simply ask for advice.

Finally, realize there are other sources of help out there and you are not alone. Ask those that are involved in the process: your lender, professional help to point you toward other helpful institutions or information. Just by doing a search on Google you can find multiple helps and aids in your area so do not give up!

One the most important aspects of avoiding a foreclosure is awareness of your financial situation and the aforementioned timeline. Keep your emotions in check it is very easy to let them overtake you and shroud you in depression and worry, just relax and be hopeful. Use the experts from the mortgage company and those you have sought out for vital support and information and as I’ve said hope for the best!

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What to Do if You Need to Sue a Debt Collector

November 29th, 2018 Comments off

If you’re in debt up to your ears, you might be worried that a debt collector might sue you for not paying on your debt. But did you know that there are many reasons for which you can actually sue them instead?

Keeping in mind that I’m not a lawyer, and am not giving any legal advice whatsoever, here are the facts:

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, also known as the FDCPA, defines specific practices in which debt collectors may not engage. According to the FDCPA, you have the right to sue a collector in a State or Federal court if they engage in any of these forbidden practices.

So, what are these forbidden practices?

The first, and most common, is harassment. Under the FDCPA, harassment means use of “threats of violence or harm”, using obscene language, or annoying someone through repeated use of the telephone.

The second forbidden practice is using false statements to collect on a debt. The FDCPA prevents debt collectors from telling lies in order to collect on a debt. This includes falsely presenting themselves as government agents or attorneys, lying about how much is owed, or claiming that your inability to repay your debt makes you a criminal. Debt collections agents have a long history of being dishonest if it makes them easier to collect on a debt.

Debt collectors are also not allowed to publicize the fact that you owe money on a debt. This means they cannot contact other people about your debt, contact you via postcard (since the contents of a postcard can be seen by anyone), or publish your name on a list of people who have outstanding debts. The only time they can contact other people about a debt you owe is to discover your address, telephone number, or place of employment.

So, what are the consequences if a debt collector does break the rules and engage in one of these forbidden practices?

Your first action should be to inform them that you are aware of your rights under the FDCPA, and that they must cease their illegal actions. Most of the time, this will resolve the problem without you having to resort to legal action.

If that doesn’t do the trick, however, you still have up to a year from the time they violated the FDCPA to sue the debt collector in state or Federal court. You are allowed to sue them for any demonstrable damages that you suffered because of their illegal practices, such as lost wages or medical bills.

Even if it’s not possible for you to prove that they caused actual damages, the judge can still force them to pay you as much as $1,000. The judge can also make them pay you for any attorney’s fees that you incurred.

Keep in mind that just because the debt collector violated the law in trying to collect your debt, the debt does not just disappear if you actually owe it. Their violation of the law only entitles you to sue them under the FDCPA.

Make sure to know the law, and be aware of your rights. If anyone violates your legal rights, make sure you enforce your rights.

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The Long Mile Of The Mortgage Modification Business

November 6th, 2018 Comments off

Who is there to Help Those Who are Called to Provide Help? I work at a Foreclosure Defense Law Firm which happens to also engage in the practice of Loan Modifications. I am not an lawyer nor am I here to provide or imply legal advice. The Loan Modification & Foreclosure Defense business has gotten a bad rap due to some rotting apples in the bunch but there are some of us who actually care about what we do.

It’s terrible that myself and others are subjected to the very inaccurate and fictitiously skewed perspectives that is constantly broad casted by the media without conscience to the patriotic men and women who give up valuable time with their own families in an effort to restore stability to families. The Broadcasters as a whole has been quick to tell stories that tell of bad lenders and what were once prominent mortgage lenders now well on their way to becoming cell mates at local and federal correction institutions nationwide.

But what about people like myself, people with a sincere, moral, and ethical motivation to assist their fellow Homeowners in saving their American Dream? It is amazing to see how many of us really do have an impeccable work ethic and are passionate about aiding homeowners in distress.

Not only do we deal with the bad Info of the self serving and often relentless broadcasters but many of us are faced with a tragic and sometimes devastating dilemma, the mortal fact that we are exactly that, we are only human. In my personal experience it has become difficult at times to walk away from my job at the end of the day. Every day at the Law Firm it seems there is a more horrible or unjust case than the last, but still they seem to keep coming, almost as if there were no end in sight. For anyone with a heart or anyone who is truly undaunted in their faith, although it can be spiritually and financially rewarding at times, the Foreclosure & Loan Modification business can become truly draining after prolonged exposure. To the credit of those who possess the inner strength and choose to answer the call of servant leadership, I am writing this to acknowledge the truth behind the old saying “Never judge a man until you walk a mile in his shoes.” and to add that “working a day in his suit might not be a bad idea either”.

During the course of our own personal disasters, there is a lot to be said for the idea of taking a marginal step back, and away from the situation or stepping outside one’s self to reflect for a moment that there are many variables in every equation and sometimes all is not what it seems. This is the moral of the story, to better illustrate I will share something with those who took a moment to look a little further into this article. judging my intentions based on my statements is that I and the majority of our clients could actually be considered one and the same if you were to make a generalization or attempt to categorize me.

mortgage What do I mean by that? What I am making an effort to convey is that sometimes it seems like the worst enemy a borrower can have in the courtroom is not the Lender threatening to take back the house and not even the Law Firm representing them. The worst enemy that many Homeowners face while facing a possible or impending Foreclosure is the enemy they find staring back at them in the mirror each day. That enemy is Homeowners themselves, in my experience it seems to be the most common recurrence among cases I have seen during my time working in the Foreclosure Defense industry. Homeowners and in many cases family members alike are so concerned with getting cheated that in reality they wind up cheating themselves. In conclusion I will provide you with the missing material fact which should re-calibrate even the most skeptical perspectives. In approximately 30 days from today I will be going before a judge in an effort to save my own home from a pending foreclosure which I have fought long and hard to overcome. The truth is that was my original reason for getting involved in the industry, I did it to find a solution for the Foreclosure that has been looming like a dark shadow of unknown demise over my own life. You see I too share all the same concerns and all the same fears as so many other American Homeowners do in this country today. You wouldn’t believe how often people misconstrue the sincere empathy and sense of urgency which I often tend to convey. Many misunderstanding what they sense immediately defaulting to the negative which has been cultivated by our society today. This almost automatic defense system has left many Homeowners and their families almost completely defenseless and unable to protect their homes due to their inability or refusal to act. I also have been fighting to save my last and final property that I own and live in. So in final it is with great sincerity that I offer this humble opinion. Never judge a book by it’s cover because it might end up costing you more than you thought it would ever be.

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The Three Big Mistakes of Getting a Debt Reduction Loan (and How Not to Make These Mistakes)

November 4th, 2018 Comments off

If you’re in debt up to your eyeballs, you’re probably on the telemarketers’ list. They call, offering to give you a debt reduction loan. At first, this kind of loan sounds like a dream come true. After all, why wouldn’t you want to lump all your smaller debts into one easy-to-pay loan with a low interest rate?

Any wise man will tell you that you can’t get something for nothing. This is absolutely true when it comes to debt consolidation loans. Although they look good, these loans can be full of traps to snare the unsuspecting person, getting you in more trouble than you already were in. Here are the worst of the traps of getting a debt reduction loan:

Trap #1: You’re treating the symptom, not curing the problem.

The worst aspect of debt reduction loans is that they don’t fix the problems that caused you to be in debt. Instead, they treat the “symptom” of having debt. When you get one of these loans, you just end up with a large loan that you have to make payments on…but you will also acquire new debts when you eventually start to, once again, spend more money than you have.

Any statistician can tell you that the likelihood is high that someone who gets a consolidation loan will wind up with the same amount of debt, or more, in two years or less. And remember, they’re still making payments on their new debt consolidation loan.

Trap #2: Making your unsecured debts into secured debts.

If you have credit card debt, you should know that it is what is called “unsecured debt”. This means that the loan is not backed up by a tangible object, such as your home. Most consolidation loans are what is known as “secured debt”, or debt that is backed up by something valuable, most often the house that you live in.

The main problem with this is that when you can’t pay off your loan (and this is not uncommon), the creditor has the ability to foreclose on your home. On the original debt, the only thing the creditor could do was sue you in a court of law. They couldn’t take your home from you.

What you’ve done to yourself by taking out a secured loan (also known as a “home equity loan”) is to make your home vulnerable to foreclosure. Not too smart of you, was it?

Trap #3: Higher interest rates, not lower.

Even if you dodge the bullet of getting a secured loan by getting an unsecured loan, you’re still gonna get smacked with higher interest rates. This is because your inability to pay off your current debts makes you a credit risk, meaning that anyone who is willing to give you credit is going to charge you a higher interest rate to offset the additional risk.

They may change the loan in different ways, including a longer loan term, in order to offer you lower monthly payments than you’re making right now. However, this means that you will still pay more in the long run for your debts. As somebody who is already in debt, you probably can’t afford to do this.

So, how do you avoid these traps?

You can steer clear of all of these traps by deciding to manage your own debt. Unless you’re already filing bankruptcy, you still have the capability of getting out of debt without resorting to the help of some new lender or a so-called credit counselor. You’ll have to make some drastic changes to your lifestyle, but after you change your lifestyle, you’ll be well on your way to changing the behaviors that got you into debt in the first place.

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