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Avoid Short Sale Problems or Mistakes

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

When considering a short sale remember it can be a daunting task because it is a bit more complicated than a traditional home sale. Knowing and understanding what some of the common short sale mistakes are and their solutions can be very helpful for a successful outcome. below are some of the most common mistakes made with this type of transaction, and their solutions:

  • The property is not priced correctly: Be sure that your agent takes you through a detailed listing price strategy so you know exactly where your home should be priced due to its current condition, the other current sales in your area, and how much time you have left to sell. 
  • The short sale Proposal is not fully completed: Be sure that you fully understand the short sale process and exactly what your lender is looking for, so that you can present a complete and cohesive Proposal to your lender. 

Are You Facing Foreclosure?

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI




The housing industry, as everyone knows, is facing some trying times, so if you are facing foreclosure I have a new program to offer Des Moines, Iowa homeowners. If you need help, have questions or just need some guidance, please visit my new website - Save Iowa Homes.

There are countless hardships that can turn home ownership from a joy into a burden.  The loss of a job, medical bills, or an unexpected hike in monthly payments can all make a mortgage unaffordable.  But ignoring the bills will not make them go away, it will only make things worse.

If you would like to explore the possibility of a short sale for your property, avoid foreclosure, and potentially save your credit rating, please visit Save Iowa Homes today.

Housing Bill Signed Into Law

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

Congress passed a housing bill at the end of July and it was signed into law by President Bush. The new law will make many needed changes. It will provide mortgage relief for more than 400,000 US homeowners facing foreclosure.  The law will also provide $300 billion in federal guarantees to help refinance problem mortgages and will also assist US mortgage giants  Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.   The bill will give the Federal Housing Administration the authority to help homeowners refinance with mortgages backed by the federal government.  Current lenders, however, will have to agree to take a loss on their loans. 

Those who opposed the bill have said it will end up taking money out of the pockets of the taxpayers and putting it in the pockets of the stockholders.  At this time there is no limit to the amount of help Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae will receive.  The two companies own or back nearly half of the country's total mortgages.  The bill puts a cap of $625,500 on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in certain higher priced markets and up to 15% over median prices in other areas.

In addition to FHA-insured mortgages the bill will offer a number of other incentives.  One such incentive is the $15 billion in tax breaks such as a $7500 tax credit for first time homebuyers.  This credit is retroactive to April 9, 2008 and is valid until July 1, 2009.  Another incentive is $3.9 billion in grants for communities with the highest foreclosure rates.

Although there are some very good things in the bill there is one major item that will affect many new Homeowners. This bill will totally eliminate down payment assistance as of Sep .30 2008.

With that said several people in Congress have pledged to do everything the can to keep these programs.  It’s estimated that the down payment assistance programs have helped over 700,000 Americans purchase a home.  Many consumers would not be able to get a Home Loan without down payment assistance.

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