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July 12, 2011

Strategic Foreclosure

"Strategic foreclosure" is the newest phrase circulating throughout the media. It refers to homeowners who elect to walk away from their underwater mortgage even if they can afford payments. As property values continue to decline, experts predict many homeowners will elect to walk away.

The problem with strategic foreclosure is walking away does not give homeowners immunity from paying their mortgage. In fact, those who engage in this strategy could end up owing money on property they no longer own.

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October 21, 2010

Fannie Mae Homepath Properties

Fannie Mae Homepath Properties can be a great choice for individual buyers and real estate investors. These homes are offered at discounted prices and can be combined with public grants, along with special financing options and low down payment requirements.

Most Fannie Mae Homepath properties are priced below market value. These homes consist of repossessed foreclosure properties that did not sell at public auction and are now owned by Fannie Mae. Buyers can select from a list of nationwide properties or create a personal wish list which allows them to receive notification when the type of property they desire becomes available.

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October 06, 2010

Fannie Mae Homepath Properties

Fannie Mae Homepath properties are quickly moving to the forefront of homes sold due to discounted prices and special financing options. According to Terry Edwards, Executive Vice President of Fannie Mae's Credit Portfolio Management, "More than 87,000 families have purchased HomePath properties in the first half of 2010."

Fannie Mae Homepath properties encompass a mix of foreclosure homes scattered across the nation. Prices start as low as $5,000 for single family residences, but the average home price hovers around $139,000 for a two bedroom, one bath home.

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October 02, 2010

Lease Purchase Option Agreement

A lease purchase option agreement can be beneficial for property owners and buyers. In today's real estate market it has become difficult to attract qualified buyers to purchase homes at market value. It has also become difficult for buyers to qualify for home mortgage financing. Lease options can be the solution both parties are seeking.

A lease purchase option agreement allows buyers to rent the property while building or restoring their credit rating. A portion of rent is contributed toward the purchase price which reduces the amount of funds required when buyers later obtain financing.

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August 30, 2010

Subject To

Subject to refers to a real estate agreement which allows buyers to take over mortgage payments through assignment of ownership rights. This strategy can be used by individuals who do not qualify for traditional lending and is sometimes used by real estate investors to obtain properties from individuals facing foreclosure.

Subject to is also referred to as Sub2 and Subject 2. Individuals who desire to conduct additional online research should utilize all three references to maximize available information. Subject to transactions can provide benefits to all parties involved. However, this type of transaction is best handled by a real estate lawyer to ensure proper documents are submitted through the courts and legal contracts drafted to protect all parties involved.

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June 11, 2010

Loans

Loans allow people to buy things they need but don't have enough money saved away to purchase. Loans are often used when buying real estate and automobiles, as well as financing college education tuition or starting a business.

Unless loans are provided by family or friends, recipients of borrowed funds must apply for personal or business loans through banks or credit unions. Lending institutions require borrowers to provide evidence they are capable of repaying loans. If borrowers have poor credit their loan application might be denied or lenders may require a qualified co-signer.

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May 27, 2010

Refinance Rates

Refinance rates can amount to several thousand dollars; especially if homeowners are consolidating two or more home loans. While mortgage refinance can ultimately save borrowers a considerable amount of money over the term of the note, it is imperative to compare lenders to obtain the lowest rate of interest and avoid unnecessary fees.

Numerous refinance rates can be assessed. These costs can range from less than $100 to more than $2500. Banks typically charge refinance fees for new loan applications, credit reports, preparation of loan documents, home appraisals and inspections, lawyer review, and closing costs.

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May 08, 2010

Loan Deferment

Loan deferment refers to being allowed to skip a loan payment without affecting your credit rating. Most types of loans can be deferred with lender approval including car loans, home mortgage loans and student loans. Each type of loan carries a different deferment process and each lender has their own set of loan deferment policies and procedures.

Loan deferment payments are generally rolled to the end of the loan, which in turn extends payment terms. The first step to obtaining a loan deferment involves contacting the lender. Most lenders require borrowers to submit a financial hardship letter detailing events which have caused them to be unable to adhere to their payment schedule.

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March 19, 2010

Loan Modification Hardship Letter

A loan modification hardship letter is an integral part of working with mortgage lenders to permanently alter terms of a home mortgage loan. Borrowers struggling to make their monthly payment must work with their bank's loss mitigation department to determine if they qualify. Once application approval is obtained, borrowers are required to submit financial records along with a letter of hardship.

It is important to take time writing the loan modification hardship letter. Although lenders base their decision on borrowers' ability to pay future mortgage payments, a well-crafted hardship letter can go a long way in achieving a successful outcome.

Real Estate Investing article on "Loan Modification Hardship Letter"

March 08, 2010

Making Home Affordable

Last year, President Obama unveiled Making Home Affordable to help borrowers struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments and those facing foreclosure. The primary goal of this program is to offer loan modifications and mortgage refinance to borrowers whose mortgage notes are secured by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The Making Home Affordable refinancing plan expires on June 10, 2010, while the loan modification program expires December 31, 2012. Two additional programs are currently in the works. The 2nd lien modification program is scheduled to be implemented in the first quarter of 2010. The foreclosure alternatives program is expected to debut in April 2010.

Real Estate Investing article on "Making Home Affordable"