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Are You Considering A Short Sale With Your HELOC?

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Hi I am Kevin Kauffman and this is my business partner Fred Weaver. We’re Group 46:10, one of the nation’s leading short sale teams. One of the questions we get asked a great deal is, “I have a home equity line of credit and I need to do a short sale. Can you help me because I’ve heard that you can’t do a short sale if you have a HELOC?”

We are here to tell you that that’s not totally true. The first thing to remember is that, yes, it is possible to short sell your property if you have a HELOC. On several of the cases, our team has been able to get a full settlement on those HELOC, meaning that through the short sale process the homeowners didn’t owe any money after the short sale was closed. That is good news because, more specifically, in Arizona if you let your property go into foreclosure you still owe the full amount of money on your home equity line of credit. They could potentially file judgments against you or try to garnish your wages.

Through a short sale and working with our team, many homeowners end up not owing any money. If the lender isn’t willing to forgive the total amount of the HELOC, usually they’re willing to work out a deal with the homeowner. Please give us a call today if you have a HELOC and would like to do a short sale. We’d love to talk with you more, specifically about who your lender is and our experiences with them. Group 46:10 is here to give you assistance and suggestions on how to handle your situation and help you successfully short sell your house.

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Writing A Hardship Letter For Your Short Sale

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Are you in a situation where you feel you have to get out of your house and need to short sell it, but are wondering how to create a hardship letter? Are you wondering how to explain to the bank that you can no longer afford your property and are concerned about the red flags that it might signal to them? Group 46:10 has the answers you want.

I am Kevin Kauffman and this is Fred Weaver. We comprise one of the leading short sale groups in the Phoenix area, as well as in the country; throughout the years we have helped hundreds of people avoid foreclosure by short selling their property. We get this question frequently. We talk to homeowners just like you every day about this exact subject, short sale hardship letters and what to include. Some examples of what to include in your hardship letter are things like what the circumstances are that are causing you to want to sell your upside down house. You want to also incorporate other financial circumstances, such as divorce, medical bills or unemployment. We recommend you don’t disclose that you have a 401K or are getting a raise, for example. Concentrate only on the circumstances that are making your times challenging.

If you’re interested in doing a short sale in the state of Arizona or California, we have a document that will give you some guidelines to composing a hardship letter as well as some ideas as to factors for hardship. If you’re facing a situation where you want to short sell your property and need to write a hardship letter, please contact us by phone or via our website. If you fill out the Getting Started form on our website, we’ll contact you as soon as possible. We await talking about your specific situation with you and helping you successfully short sell your property.

For more information on short sales and how to avoid foreclosure, visit the Group 46:10 blog or you can also contact the Group 46:10 team and get started today.

Updates With Equator And Short Sales

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We thought we would offer you a small update on Equator. It has been roughly one year since REOTrans, now known as Equator, was implemented into the short sale process by Bank Of America. As our viewers know, we were a part of a discussion with Gary Haygood at Bank of America. He chatted about Equator and how B of a uses Equator.

GMAC uses Equator and processes files very fast. They tend to procedure folders faster than Bank of America. Equator is apparently being tested by Wells Fargo and we would expect it to be implemented by the last part of the year.

With regards to B of a and Equator, a lot of changes have been made. There are also a lot of changes coming in the future. Now that they have seen this software work, they understand that there are many things they can do better.

Some of the changes we have seen include an automatic email when you submit your folder for approval and a tutorial each time you open a folder. Almost every portfolio that Bank of America has is in Equator now. That is a noteworthy change.

Gary Haygood has some thoughts about how Equator should be used. One of the large concerns that we are asked about is the number of counteroffers that happen. We instituted a policy that after the third counteroffer, we are getting on the phone. Gary Haygood mentioned that after the initial counteroffer he would love to see a phone call. Basically, this is an effort to get around the back and forth being done through Equator. Now that they have enlarged their workforce, they can deal with more phone calls. The other part that Gary mentioned is that outbound calls will be made to realtors after your package has been submitted but you are not negotiating yet.

Moreover, making the negotiators tasks visible to the realtors is a change that is being considered. If the negotiator has five days to close a task and just three days have passed, we don’t need to disturb the negotiator.

Look for each and every one of these changes and more as Equator helps the short sale specialists of the planet enhance their procedure.

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Freddie Mac Feels Forbearance Financially Fits

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We would like to talk about an item titled “Freddie Mac CEO: Mortgage Forbearance Is Preferable to Foreclosure.” It appears that the Freddie Mac CEO thinks that forbearance is a workable option for keeping house owners in their houses. Freddie Mac considers forebearance highly useful.

There are some things worth noting in this article. Firstly, Freddie Mac owns 25% of the portfolios, but only 10% of the deliquent loans are theirs. Second, the article states how many borrowers they helped steer clear of foreclosure, but the editorial is about forbearance. Nonetheless, no where in the editorial does it give a gauge about how many people a forbearance has helped.

For those that may not be familiar with, a forbearance is merely a halt in your mortgage payment. The lender agrees to not collect payment for a certain period of time and they will not report to a credit reporting bureau. After the end of that forbearance, the house owner comes up with a new payment plan that includes the six months of payments that you did not make. Do forbearances aid a few people? Yes. However, they don’t concentrate on lots of of the real problems. They don’t concentrate on the fact that most mortgages are upside down. They also do not deal with they fact that a lot of people do not want to stay in their upside down properties. Also, they give the property owner higher mortgage payments after the forbearance. Forbearance is a wonderful idea for a tiny number of house owners.

This really frustrates us since we did a webinar and a live seminar last week with real property owners that are hearing so many lies and wrong information. They think that there are a lot of options to evade foreclosure, but when you really look at the choices, there are not very many suitable choices for house owners.

Agents don’t control banks or investors or the government. Nonetheless, we can assist the house owners. Start educating your customers on their real choices.

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GMAC Bank Short Sales

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Hello and welcome. We are Kevin Kauffman and Fred Weaver, Arizona’s leading short sale specialists. We’ve closed more than 300 short sales in the Paradise valley area. Nevertheless, this website is not about us. It’s about you, the home owner. This website is designed to give you some information and clarity on the subject of short sales.

We’re here today to talk to you about GMAC lender. Owned by Ally Financial, GMAC has made lots of changes over the previous few years. They have just shifted their process to Equator, which is a streamlined online system for handling short sales. Their method has gotten much smoother in recent years.

When we get an offer on your house, we upload all of that information into the equator software. The package is assigned to a negotiator at the lender. Then the bank orders a BPO to find out what the home is worth and then they make a conclusion on the offer. Essentially, GMAC is making short sale decisions in 60 days of getting a contract accepted. Equator is making this process much faster.

Having completed lots of short sales at GMAC, we are very proficient in moving through the short sale procedure with Equator. Our knowledge, joined with Equator, has made the short sale procedure 30% quicker than it ever was before.

Please fill out the form on our blog or get in touch with us today. We can aid you through this complex process. Whether your mortgage is presently held with Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, and any other bank, we have dealt with all of them successfully closing 90% of the short sales that we work with. Because the nationwide average for successfully closing short sales is only 30-50%, you have to hire someone with a track record of achievement. Please get in touch with us today for higher help.

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Short Sale Business, Nothing Is As It Seems

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Fred and Coach just got done with an event in Scottsdale with a Bank of America executive, hosted by Brian Gubernick. This episode is for all of the specialists out there that don’t take the time to inform themselves, trust everything they read and listen to what negotiators say.

In the present day, with all of the changes going on in the short sale business, nothing is ever what it seems. Secondly, you need to get your cranium out of the sand and construct your own decisions.

What we found today, listening to the Bank of America supervisor, is that lenders do not truly know what they are doing any more than the real estate realtors. So, if you ask ‘How” to do anything you are instantly disempowered.

As real estate specialists, we have to be more committed to learning our craft. This is not a game that you fly into simply to try it out while ruining twelve home owners lives. You need to understand what a deed in lieu is, what a loan modification is, what a trustee auction is, and dozens of other things.

It was awfully apparent that the Bank of America executive wasn’t happy with the real estate community either. There are too many real estate agents that are misinformed or just plain lethargic. Get the factual details from people that are checking the sources or verify the sources yourself! Real estate realtors, we love you. Still, it is time to lift up our profession.

We’ve got a special offer for you. If you go to shortsalecrush.com, you can get our 12 hours of teaching for a significantly reduced price. Please inform yourself. It is time to take the real estate vocation to another place. Also, just because you are well-informed, that doesn’t mean you have learned to think for yourself. Nothing is ever what it seems.

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Create Urgency Among Probable Short Sale Clients

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For today, we would like to reveal a few of the changes that we have made in our process and our scripts to create urgency in sellers. In the short sale world, getting people to gather the documentation and make this complicated choice to short sale their home has generally taken 3 to 4 weeks. We have determined that we do not allow any other component of our business to operate like that so we have changed a few things.

First, Brian Gubernick led us to a resolution for this predicament. Brian requires prospective sellers to have all of their papers put together in 48 hours. Time is critical in this procedure. So, if you explain to the seller why this is vital, they will certainly understand.

Additionally, you could point out that your group has a capacity for the amount of files that they can work with. For this reason, the short sale team should just take the most urgent sellers. Waiting weeks or months is counterproductive to the procedure.

We have shifted to this process of utilizing the 48 hour rule in the previous few weeks. We have already seen a benefit from changing this procedure. Additionally, if you charge an upfront fee, think about reducing your upfront fee to those that can get their papers to you in 48 hours. This creates an incentive for the property owner to get their papers to you in a judicious manner.

One more thing that has worked for a fellow realtor we know is to have the property owner pull together their papers and then come to his headquarters for a meeting. So, he utilizes the paperwork to create urgency before the meeting even happens.

Hopefully, you recognize that time is critical to the short sale process. So, building urgency with house owners is only one way that you can improve your short sale process. It is a excellent way to eliminate the time you waste chasing house owners around to get their documents.

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The Truth Regarding Short Sales And The Recession

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Hello, I’m Steve Horn with ShortSalesDoneEasy your Mesa Short Sale Specialist. How many citizens out there saw the article titled “The Recession is Over!” It’s worthy of note. The article says that the recession ended in June 2009. Nonetheless, if I look at my records in the Queen creek real estate market, what a house sold for in June of 2009 vs what a home sold for in June 2010 the recession isn’t over. There is no data to show that the recession is over. I want to let you know that we are not out of a depreciating market in the Paradise valley area. In fact, we are seeing banks make choices that are making the short sale method more complex. There are bills being sent through congress that will control short sales. That would be nice, but all of this is really simply smoke and mirrors.

I’m not an economist. I’m a Maricopa county Short Sale Agent. I focus in helping my clients in avoiding foreclosure. It is my duty to give my clients recommendation on what the best choice is for them.

I just can not stand the gov’t telling people that we came out of this recession in 2009. Not all areas have been hit like the Scottsdale market. Nonetheless, the Maricopa county market is definitely still in a recession.

Contact a short sale specialist. Hopefully you will contact me for detailed advice. We are going to see a larger depreciation rate in the Maricopa county market over the next couple years. We are far from done with this distressed market in the Tempe area. Give me a call so I can give you advice on how to take advantage of this market as a seller or a purchaser. I’m a Mesa short sale agent.

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Knolly Williams Talks Regarding Short Sale Success

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Fred is joined by his fine ally Knolly Williams after wrapping up a great week at MegaAgent Camp. Knolly has been working short sales for longer than 7 years, closing more than 500 short sales. He has spent more than 20,000 hours working with short sales. That has helped a great deal when he is talking with other realtors and the challenges that they are facing. He can effortlessly remember a situation that is comparable to their challenge and aid them.

Knolly now runs a seventh level real estate business, meaning that others do everything in his company. He basically oversees the entire operation. Basically he owns the business with an operations manager that runs the day to day operation. He couples that with a wonderful system for handling short sales and everything flows efficiently. His system permits him to get all of the work completed with four people, whereas in a traditional retail system it would take nine people to close the work.

Knolly also has a system for sale that is put into book form. It is the finest written material out there for a short sale system. There are numerous other teaching companies out there, but no one has put it into a book as well as Knolly.

Like Kevin and Fred, Knolly is passionate on the subject of teaching other realtors and assisting home owners. Knolly is a bit more traditional than Kevin and Fred, but he accomplishes the same things.

This industry is very cyclic. The market that we are now in, with obstinate lenders, is just like they were in 2005. So, really, Knolly has seen it all already. Still, the lenders need short sale specialists. The lenders know that short sales save money over foreclosures.

The first thing that Knolly does when he negotiates short sales is to inform the lender employee that he has closed hundreds of short sales and he understands how the process works. This lets the mediator at the bank know that the route will be easier because he/she is working with Knolly, an experienced short sale specialist. Keep watching the video for more great information from Knolly and Fred.

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Changes Within The Short Sale Method

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We have been doing these videos for approximately four months now and we thought it would be a good time to reflect on this method. What has changed? What are the banks doing to alter the process to speed this up. The longer that we are in this distressed market, the better the method should get. The Phoenix region ranks second in the nation. So, changes to improve the short sale method are needed in the Phoenix locale more than most areas.

Normally, banks will not take a look at your short sale folder until you have a purchase contract. Some lenders, like Wells Fargo, are changing the way that they deal with short sale files. They permit the realtors to send in the short sale file prior to receiving a contract. They can start processing the package earlier and save about 30 days per transaction by doing this.

With the amount of purchaser fallout that is occuring, the lenders should be prepared to move on these deals that have a true buyer. It is unbelievably frustrating to work hard on short sales simply to see the buyer fall out. The lenders need to take some liability and get these short sale folders processed earlier.

banks are also getting appraisals completed earlier. In general, it takes 30 days to get an appraisal completed. So, Wells Fargo has done a fantastic job of getting the appraisal procedure started in advance.

The government is attempting to help out the short sale procedure. Nonetheless, most of these programs are a waste of time. There are so many rules and limits on the government programs that most people do not meet the requirements.

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