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February 03, 2012

Property

Owning property has been the foundation of America since proclaiming independence in 1776. Becoming a property owner has become considerably more difficult in the past four years as banks collapsed and mortgage providers repossessed homes in record number.

The level of foreclosure property is staggering, with estimates of over 6 million repossessed homes since 2007. While foreclosure rates dropped in 2011 they are expected to increase in 2012.

To make matters worse, an increase in bank foreclosures could cause home values to decline further. This could lead to an increase in the number of people that enter into strategic foreclosure.

Real Estate Investing article on "Property"

April 26, 2011

ForeclosureGate

ForeclosureGate is the latest term being used to describe the mortgage fiasco. In recent weeks, numerous reports have surfaced claiming banks are responsible for the chaos and that things will only get worse for American homeowners.

ForeclosureGate seems an appropriate term considering the level of cover-up, lies and deceit which are being brought to light. An investigation into the mortgage debacle began in October 2010 after Attorney Generals from all 50 states demanded answers.

Last week, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, along with the Federal Reserve completed their investigation. The report claims over $535 billion in real estate mortgages may require foreclosure review due to fraudulent loan documents.

Real Estate Investing article on "ForeclosureGate"

December 08, 2009

Mortgage Notes

Mortgage notes are used to record the terms of a bank note issued to purchase real estate. These legal contracts document the amount of funds borrowed, interest rate, property location, and contact information for parties responsible for repaying the loan.

Mortgage notes can be sold to cash flow notes buyers or private real estate investors. Many reasons exist for selling real estate notes. The most common include obtaining a lump sum of cash to finance college tuition, pay off credit cards, medical expenses or unsecured debts.

Real Estate Investing article on "Mortgage Notes"

August 31, 2009

Refinance Mortgages

Many homeowners elect to refinance mortgages to obtain a reduced interest rate. This can be a smart financial decision when borrowers hold a first and second mortgage. Both home loans can be rolled into one new loan; reducing monthly payments and lowering the risk of default.

In order to refinance mortgages borrowers must apply for a new loan. Homeowners can refinance through their current lender or seek out banks offering the lowest rate of interest. Financial experts recommend shopping around for a new home loan before entering into an agreement.

Real Estate Investing article on "Refinance Mortgages"

July 21, 2009

Mortgage Buyers

The term 'mortgage buyers' refers to investors who purchase monetary notes such as mortgages, promissory notes, land contracts and trust deeds. Individuals who own monetary notes can sell them in whole or part in exchange for a lump sum of cash.

When mortgage buyers purchase real estate notes and land contracts, the note holder assigns ownership rights by executing an assignment of mortgage. Typically, a real estate lawyer is required to execute the document and ensure both parties are legally protected in the event of default.

Real Estate Investing article on "Mortgage Buyers"

March 11, 2009

Deed of Trust

A deed of trust is a legal document used to secure interest in real estate. Some states use trust deeds instead of mortgages. Although these two documents are similar in nature there is one primary difference. With a deed of trust the lender retains the property title until the loan is paid in full. With a mortgage, the buyer holds the title while the lender is provided with a property lien.

Deed of trust mortgages involve three parties and include the borrower, lender and trustee. The borrower is provided with a mortgage loan through the lender and must designate the lender as beneficiary to the legal title. The trustee retains the property title throughout the duration of the loan.

Real Estate Investing article on "Deed of Trust"

September 10, 2008

Foreclosure

Foreclosure rates are skyrocketing and millions of Americans are facing the very real possibility of losing their home. Many homeowners are choosing to walk away from their house because they can no longer afford to pay high-interest mortgage notes on real estate which is now worth less than it was when they purchased it.

Foreclosure is also affecting numerous unsuspecting tenants. Oftentimes, homeowners rent their distressed property in hopes of being able to retain their property. If they end up losing their home to foreclosure, tenants are forced to move and generally end up losing their security deposit and advanced rent monies.

Real Estate Investing article on "Foreclosure"