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February 2010 Monthly Archive

February 25, 2010 | Comments: 1

Personal Finance

Simon Volkov

Taking control of personal finance is the best gift you can give yourself and your family. When credit card spending spirals out of control or outstanding debts rule your life, it is time for serious financial change. Unfortunately, many people do not have a clue where to start. Oftentimes, individuals turn to filing personal bankruptcy in hope of being released from financial bondage.

Regardless of how bad personal finance problems are, there is always a way to fix them. In order to regain control of cash flow, it is imperative to take a hard look at where your money is being spent. This can be accomplished by creating a household budget.

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February 22, 2010

Real Estate Short Sale

Simon Volkov

A real estate short sale is a type of agreement sometimes offered by mortgage lenders to borrowers who have fallen behind on home loan payments. In order to obtain short sale approval certain eligibility requirements must be met. While short selling offers financial relief to borrowers, it might not be the best strategy.

The real estate short sale process can take between three to six months to complete. The first step involves contacting the bank loss mitigation department. In addition to handling short sale real estate, loss mitigators also work with borrowers to obtain loan modifications, mortgage refinancing and deed in lieu of foreclosure transactions.

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February 19, 2010

Probate Properties

Simon Volkov

Probate properties refer to real estate owned by a person who is deceased. Probate refers to the legal process used to verify property ownership and determine rightful heirs. If probate real estate is bequeathed through the decedent's last will, real estate transfer documents must be filed through the court. If no Will exists, the court must adhere to probate laws to determine who is entitled to inherit the property.

Probate properties can be held in probate for several months. All expenses associated with the property must be paid by the estate until probate settles. Costs might include mortgage payments, property taxes, homeowners insurance, homeowner association dues, and maintenance expenses such as lawn care or repairs.

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February 15, 2010

How to Sell a Home on Your Own

Simon Volkov

Learning how to sell a home on your own can be both challenging and rewarding. Those who master the art can save a bundle in realtor commissions. Those who do not take time to learn the intricacies of selling real estate can end up embroiled in legal battles or lose thousands of dollars in profit.

Many venues exist for learning how to sell a home on your own. The Internet is the preferred choice for most. However, libraries are another excellent choice and many loan real estate courses on DVD. Several private investors and real estate gurus offer home selling courses and seminars. Before whipping out your credit card, engage in due diligence to ensure the information you are buying is from a credible source.

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February 12, 2010

Real Estate Marketing

Simon Volkov

Real estate marketing is an essential element when trying to sell properties. Without some form of marketing, buyers will be unaware of available real estate opportunities. Whether you are trying to find a buyer for your home, locate investment partners or working as a real estate agent, marketing is the key to success.

The first step of real estate marketing involves developing a marketing plan. You can have all the real estate marketing tools in the world, but if you do not develop a strategy those tools are worthless.

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February 09, 2010

Home Foreclosure

Simon Volkov

Home foreclosure continues to plague Americans, with one of every 385 homeowners receiving notice of default in 2009. By now, everyone knows that Wall Street, subprime lending practices, and skyrocketing unemployment has clouded the American Dream of homeownership. The question remains, is there an end in sight?

Mortgage financiers and government agencies publish conflicting home foreclosure information. Some sources claim bank foreclosures are lessening, while others report the number of foreclosure properties will continue to rise through 2010.

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February 05, 2010

Probate Loan

Simon Volkov

A probate loan is not actually a loan. Instead, it is a cash advance provided to estate beneficiaries entitled to property held in the probate court system. Obtaining inheritance loans involves following certain protocol, submitting legal documents, and assigning inheritance rights to the funding source.

Probate loan providers assume substantial risk when accepting inheritance property as collateral for cash advances. Inheritance loans are repaid by the estate. It is not uncommon for estate administrators to sell probated assets to pay outstanding debts. Some estate planning experts claim less than 20-percent of heirs receive inheritance property held in probate.

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February 01, 2010

Hard Money Lender Real Estate

Simon Volkov

Hard money lender real estate refers to private lenders providing financing to home buyers and investors for the purchase of real property. Hard money loans are considerably more expensive than conventionally financed loans and are intended as short-term interim financing.

Hard money lender real estate funding is often the only source available to borrowers with bad credit. This type of home mortgage loan can be used to help borrowers establish or rebuild credit. Real estate investors sometimes obtain hard money loans to purchase commercial real estate or investment properties intended for house flipping.

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