5 Ways To Avoid Foreclosure in Phoenix, AZ

phoenix_foreclosure5 Ways to Avoid Foreclosure!

In the news, there is talk of a housing recovery. Experts feel more optimistic about the state of housing industry in America. However, if you or someone you know is one of the millions of homeowners who is stuck with a home on which you owe more than the property is worth, the feeling of helplessness can be overwhelming and frustrating.

Many people don’t realize that just because they are in danger of losing their home to foreclosure doesn’t mean they have to wait around for it to happen. With help, they can take matters into their own hands.

YOU HAVE OPTIONS!

 As a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), I make it my business to know all of the ins-and-outs of the options available for people who are in danger of losing their homes and help them meet challenges head-on.

Take a look at the information on this site and then contact me today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.  By the way, a great starting point is to find our what your home is really worth in today’s market.  You will likely be shocked to find out how drastically things have changed for the better.  Many people I provide this free service to have found out the are no longer “upside down” or have “negative equity” in their homes.

Just drop me your email address below and I’ll direct you on how to get one of our Maximum Home Value Audit reports.  It’s FREE and there is no-obligation.

Joe Martin
480-270-5201
joe [at] homestyleteam.com

Phoenix Home Values: Why people are lining up to buy your Phoenix home!

phoenix_home_valuesPhoenix Home Values: Why people are lining up to buy Phoenix homes!

Today’s Phoenix real estate market is very different than it was a year ago. Prices have increased rapidly over the past 6-8 months. In fact, the average Phoenix home has gone up over 10% in the past year, a rate that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Low inventory combined with an increased number of people wanting to buy means that sellers are in the driver’s seat in

I have a report which explains in detail why prices have gone up and why your Phoenix home might be worth more than you think!  The report is entitled “Think You Can’t Sell Your Home? Think Again!”  I believe you’ll be surprised when you download and read the report about today’s market.

Just fill out the form below and I’ll get the report over to you straightaway.  Once you are finished reading it,  feel free to contact me directly for a free no-obligation maximum home value audit or if you’d like to know a value right away, just fill out the form on the next page:

Joe Martin
480-270-5201
joe [at] homestyleteam.com

Solving Your Mortgage Crisis Just Got Easier – Arizona Short Sale Info

Arizona Short Sale Information

5 Steps for a Successful Arizona Short Sale: 

Lenders and the federal government, prompted by the sheer volume of loan modification and short sale requests, have overhauled their systems and programs, making the foreclosure avoidance process much easier than in the past.

If you are considering short selling your home to avoid the financial and emotional fallout of foreclosure, you should be aware of the five steps you should take to increase your chances of a successful Arizona Short Sale transaction.

First, do you qualify for an Arizona Short Sale?

You must:

  1. Have a verifiable hardship, like unemployment, medical bills, or relocation
  2. Must have a monthly income shortfall
  3. Be insolvent (you have no cash or assets that can be sold to pay down the mortgage), or headed towards insolvency

If you meet these qualifications, follow these five steps to a successful Arizona short sale:

  1. Contact me so we can identify your servicer, fill out an Arizona short sale packet for the lender, and assemble all the required information needed to list your home for sale
  2. Gather financial information (i.e., bank statements, pay stubs) from at least the last three months
  3. Keep your house in show ready condition for showings, and make as many repairs as necessary you can afford
  4. Expect the lender, junior lien holders, and private insurance companies to request more paperwork, and try to gather requested information quickly to ensure transaction efficiency
  5. Set realistic expectations and work with me, the lender, and the buyer to the satisfaction and benefit of all parties involved

For more information about how the Arizona short sale process works, or about any other foreclosure alternatives you may qualify for, call me today at 480-270-5201 or contact me here.  I can help you alleviate the burden the threat of foreclosure brings, and we can develop a strategy to help you breathe a little easier.

For more online information about short sales, please visit our Arizona Short Sale Information Center.

IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT DISCLOSURE: You may stop doing business with us at any time. You may accept or reject the offer of mortgage assistance we obtain from your lender (or servicer). If you reject the offer, you will not have to pay us for our services. The above brokerage is not associated with the government, and our service is not approved by the government or your lender. Even if you accept this offer and use our service, your lender may not agree to change your loan.

Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act Will Cost Sellers $1000′s!

mortgage debt relief actIt’s True!

The lost tax savings for homeowners who waited too long, were not aware or were just playing ostrich will have potentially cost themselves  thousands in lost debt relief tax savings after December 31, 2012.

Debt Relief Act Ending Soon!

The sand is quickly pouring into the bottom of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act hour glass to forever vanish leaving wanton underwater Sellers no hope of the tax relief currently being offered through this unprecedented debt relief act.

What is the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007?

The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 was enacted on December 20, 2007.

If you are a homeowner whose mortgage debt is partly or entirely forgiven during tax years 2007 through 2012, you may be able to claim special tax relief and exclude the debt forgiven from your income.
Depending on the situation, this would include homeowners who did a short-sale on their home due to a negative equity situation, or now commonly known as being underwater (this is where the value of the home is less than what is owed).

CRITICAL: Do NOT Delay and Come up Short Know Your Options on Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief

If you are a homeowner who is facing imminent foreclosure, is uncertain of whether you owe more on your home than what it is worth or are considering a short sale or loan modification, please fill out the form below and we will be happy to provide you a professional Maximum Value market analysis of your home at no-cost or obligation.

This is important to you as a first step in determining what your best option is between foreclosure, bankruptcy, doing a short sale or considering a loan modification.

Know your options on debt relief let us help educate you.  I have a national network of experienced agents I work with across the United States, so whether you’re in Florida, New York or Arizona, we want to help you get educated about your options regarding the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act before it is too late.

Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act

Don’t Miss Out on the Mortgage Debt Relief Tax Savings You Deserve

Please fill out the form below and we will get you the information you need to know your options – we truly do want to help.  Please don’t get caught missing out on the debt relief tax savings you deserve by delaying too long to make the decision to get out or take action.

 

 

 

 

It’s True!

The Debt Relief Act is Ending Soon!

 

Phoenix Home Remodeling – Costs vs Value

cost vs valuePhoenix Home – Costs vs Value…

This is a question consistently arising from Sellers and homeowners about what improvements or repairs should of should not be done to improve the value of a Phoenix home when preparing to market or remodel their home.  One of the resource tools I’ve found handy you can use is Remodeling Magazines “Costs vs Value Tool“.

It compares data with their annual report on the relationship between remodeling costs and resale value.  You can compare national and regional averages for 33-35 popular remodeling projects and you can also download a PDF with project data for any one of 80 U.S. cities, including Phoenix homes.

Phoenix Home city data for the projects include:

  • City Job Costs
  • City Resale Value
  • City Cost Recouped
  • City/Region Comparison
  • City/National Comparison

Here’s the link to the 2010-2011 Phoenix Home city data:

Phoenix Home Data

Remodeling Magazines tool can help Phoenix Home-owners compare and answer some of these common homeowner questions:

  1. How do current year numbers compare to the previous three years for homes in Phoenix or in your city?
  2. Are national or regional averages for some projects improving or declining compared with 2007, 2008-09 and 2009-10 results in your area?
  3. Are some projects performing better for homes this year than in the previous three years?
  4. How do numbers compare to those in other markets to your hometown?

Remodeling Magazine offers three types of data comparison reports and the best part is they’re FREE:

National

Regional

City

Some of the top fixes I personally believe are critical due to increased buyer appeal are:

  1. Paint (Interior and Exterior)
  2. Yard Cleanup / Landscaping
  3. Fixtures / Appliance updating
  4. Update Flooring
  5. Update Front Door


If you are
considering making a move, would just like to compare values or have a desire to search for a new Phoenix home…you can begin your search by clicking on the big Search for Listings button below.

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Phoenix Bank Owned, Fannie Mae properties roll out HomePath Buyer Incentives

Fannie Mae Rolls Out HomePath Buyer Incentives

Fantastic HomePath buyer incentives for eligible Fannie Mae home buyers has just rolled out for the summer.  The quick summary: if all conditions are met, owner occupant buyers can receive closing cost assistance of up to 3.5% of the final sales price from Fannie Mae with the latest HomePath buyer incentives.

HomePath Buyer Incentives Help HomePath Property Buyers Pay for Closing Costs

The HomePath buyer incentives will provide HomePath property buyers the ability to spend some of that hard-earned cash on decorating, fixing their place up or just bank it for future needs instead of on their closing costs.  You can search for Fannie Mae homes at www.HomePath.com or you can search the MLS here for available HomePath properties.  I’ve included a recent article from RIS Media about the HomePath buyer incentives below…

HomePath Buyer Incentives

Fannie Mae Expands HomePath Buyer Incentives

RISMEDIA, Thursday, June 16, 2011 Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) announced the expansion of incentives to encourage sales of HomePath REO properties to owner occupants. Now through October 31, qualified buyers and selling agents can receive financial incentives on sales of HomePath properties, which can be found at www.homepath.com. The incentives are part of Fannie Mae’s commitment to neighborhood stabilization, and are available on sales to buyers who will reside in the home as their primary residence.

Supporting homeownership and stabilizing neighborhoods are critical to helping the housing market recover, saya Ed Neill, Senior Vice President for Credit Loss Management at Fannie Mae. Our previous incentives have been effective in securing owner occupants for these properties. By encouraging homebuyers who will make these properties their long-term home, these expanded incentives will help to stabilize communities.

The expanded incentives offer qualified homebuyers up to 3.5 percent of the final sales price to put towards closing costs. The incentive must be requested in the initial offer. Eligible initial offers must be submitted after June 14, 2011 and must close by October 31, 2011. Investor sales are not eligible for the incentive.

HomePath properties offer buyers a wide selection of options, including single-family homes, condominiums, and town houses. HomePath properties may also be eligible for HomePath Mortgage and HomePath Renovation Mortgage financing, which offers homebuyers an opportunity to purchase with as little as 3 percent down.

In addition to the HomePath buyer incentives, a $1,200 bonus is available for selling agents in eligible transactions.  The HomePath buyer incentives bonus is available if the initial offer is submitted on or after June 14, 2011 and the sale is closed by Oct. 31, 2011.

The stars are in alignment – HomePath buyer incentives are available  AND rates and prices are down – a perfect opportunity to pick up an outstanding value and the perfect home.  So get out there and find yourself a great HomePath property.

Homepath Buyer Incentives Terms and Conditions

  • Buyers and/or selling agents (the agent representing the buyer) must request the HomePath buyer incentive upon submission of initial offer.
  • Initial HomePath Buyer Incentive offer must be submitted on or after June 14, 2011 and close by October 31, 2011. Initial offers made prior to June 14 are not eligible for the June 14 – October 31 incentive.
  • Sale must close on or before October 31, 2011. No exceptions will be made to this deadline. (Note: Initial offers submitted after September 15, 2011 may not close by the incentive deadline of October 31, 2011.)
  • Buyers must be purchasing a HomePath property to use as their primary residence to receive closing cost assistance. Second homes and investment properties are excluded from the incentive.
  • Sales closed via the retail channel are eligible, including those utilizing public funds. Pool and auction sales are ineligible.
  • Buyers must sign the Owner Occupant Certification Rider to the Real Estate Purchase Addendum.
  • Buyers with total closing costs under 3.5% are not eligible to receive the difference as a credit.
  • Properties where Fannie Mae acquired the property in connection with financing under a reverse mortgage are not eligible. Ask the listing agent for details.
  • Buyers should consult their lenders for guidance on financing. Lenders and mortgage products may impose their own limitations on the use of the 3.5% incentive. For example, the lender may consider the incentive a Seller Contribution and limit the amount to 3.0%. In those instances, the remaining 0.5% will no longer be available to the buyer.
  • Fannie Mae reserves the right to remove any property from promotion or end the promotion at any time. Any dispute over the payment of the incentive shall be resolved by Fannie Mae in its sole discretion.

NOTE: this incentive will be identified on the purchase contract, and must close by October 31, 2011 to receive the incentive from Fannie Mae.

If you’re in the market for a great home, I’d encourage you to utilize one of our HomeStyle Team buyer agents who are well versed in the HomePath Buyer incentives and specialize in HomePath properties.

2 Ways to Strengthen Your Phoenix Home Offer without Increasing Price

Multiple Phoenix home offer scenarios requires Buyers to keep on their toes during negotiations

Arizona Phoenix Home Offer
This does not necessarily mean a higher purchase price. In this market, multiple offers on homes and competition among buyers can be common.   There are ways to strengthen your Phoenix home offer other or in addition to raising the price to make your home offer more competitive.

1. Increase your Earnest Money to strengthen your Phoenix home offer

The earnest money is due once you enter a fully ratified agreement with a Seller and usually due within 24 hours or 1 business day. Unless otherwise negotiated the earnest money will remain refundable through your inspection period and if you are financing your Phoenix home purchase through the inspection period in the event the appraised value does not meet or exceed the purchase price and through closing day if for some reason you are unable to qualify for your loan.  That being said a higher earnest money amount can make your offer more desirable to a Seller.   Ask yourself, If everything else remained the same with two competing offers regarding price, loan type, inspection period, etc and you were the Seller would you consider the offer with $10,000 earnest money stronger than the offer with just $1,ooo?

2. Strengthen your Phoenix home offer by reducing inspection period time

This does not meant to waive your inspection period and this blog post does not advocate that you do so.  Each property, each offer, and more importantly each Buyer is different with different comfort zones. Each Phoenix home offer is structured with terms on a case by case basis. With that being said it should be noted that a shortened inspection period time could be appealing to a Seller. This negotiation tactic is most practiced by Phoenix real estate investors that are happy with the condition as-is provided they get their offer accepted at a certain price. Also, this does not leave out the possibility to have a professional inspect the home before you even write your Phoenix home offer!

If you are a cash buyer than you will want to write an offer that can close in 5-7 business days or upon completing your Phoenix home inspection. Of course there are things out of your control such as the HOA taking their full 10 days to get the resale statement to the title company which could make your offer take longer to close but that’s okay. As long as your Phoenix home offer shows you are ready to close quickly with HOA and other parties permitting your offer will be stronger than a cash buyer asking for a full 30 day close for obvious reasons.

A good real estate agent will be savvy with effective negotiation strategies to increase the strength of your Phoenix home offer.  Do you have any negotiation tactics that were successful? Please share your experiences regarding your Phoenix home offer with our readers by posting your comments below.

Is a Phoenix Home Warranty Worth the Money?

Phoenix Home Warranty Can Save Homeowners Money

Now as much as ever homeowners are looking for savings where ever they can be found. With that thought in mind we ask, is a Phoenix Home Warranty worth the money?

There is a Phoenix Home Warranty to fit every homeowner or Buyer

With the price of a Phoenix home warranty ranging from $300 – $600 dollars depending on the desired coverage there is a plan for every buyer. If you are considering purchasing an existing home as part of standard real estate transaction your Realtor can negotiate that the Seller pay for your warranty.

The Phoenix home warranty is designed to cover you when specific systems and appliances fail

Landmark Home Warranty specifically reported that 3 out of 4 clients have at least one repair made within their first year of having the warranty and while those repairs range in cost, they can represent a significant savings.

The following table represents what a typical repair can cost without a Phoenix home warranty:

Heating System: $130 – $3,500

Water Heater: $115 – $1,500

Dishwasher: $98 – $1,250

Air Conditioning:  $130 – $4,000

Oven/Range:  $110 – $2,700

Kitchen Refrigerator:  $110 – $3800

Plumbing:  $95 – $7,500

Electrical System:  $85 – $2,500

With a Phoenix home warranty homeowners can save themselves the pain of those prices by just paying a $60 service call fee for each of these covered items.

Depending on your comfort level with service contractors, you will also like the added convenience that the contractor who works on your home comes from a preselected pool professionals and your home warranty company will pick up the bill. Your Phoenix home warranty company can also be very savvy when it comes to understanding a typical home systems and appliances, and therefore could save you time and money by troubleshooting simple issues with you over the phone when you call for service.

Maybe of greatest importance to our Phoenix housing market is the limited availability of R-22, also known as Freon. Since the 1980’s the government has been phasing it out due to environmental concerns. The replacement coolant, R-410A or Puron is not compatible with most existing Air-Conditioners, and without a Phoenix home warranty you will eventually be stuck time and costs associated with finding Freon and compatible parts, or upgrading your system to be compatible with Puron.

Below is a video provided by Landmark Home Warranty who would love to help you with your Phoenix home warranty needs.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CquFvX4ToWo

Please post your comments below if you have questions about acquiring a Phoenix home warranty.

Best Phoenix Real Estate Rental Investment Areas

Get the best bang for your investment buck with Phoenix real estate…

Right now veteran and novice investors alike from all over the World are flocking to Phoenix for real estate opportunities and heavily focusing in the East and West Valley cities for obvious reasons. Phoenix real estate has suffered some of the greatest drops in price since the real estate housing bubble burst.  Plus, there are not too many places in the US where you can buy a fairly new home for well under 100K and not have to shovel snow six months of the year and where people want to live, investors want to own. Great real estate values, rock bottom pricing, in a very desirable area where hundreds of people relocate to daily creates the perfect storm for real estate investors in Arizona.

Looking for Phoenix real estate investment rentals?

I recently inquired with one of the property managers I know that works with a ton of investors and asked him what areas he recommends as far as the best Phoenix real estate rental opportunities are concerned, he replied;

For West Valley Cities, we have found that, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Avondale and Surprise pull the higher rents and have the less vacancy time. Be careful with El Mirage.

As for the East Valley Cities, we highly recommend!

The cities that do really well are:

Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa, and even Queen Creek

We are renting homes on the East side very fast. Typically the rents are about $100 more for the same size home on the East side vs. West side.  To pull those kind of rents, I would recommend 4 bedroom homes.

Chandler and Gilbert have proven to pull the highest rents for us.

Phoenix real estate foreclosures offer investors great values!

Phoenix real estate is one of the best opportunities in the US to invest in.  Foreclosure properties are abundant with newly listed single family homes, condos and multi-dwellings hitting the market daily at extremely competitive pricing. Please contact us for more information on investing in Phoenix real estate.

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Featured Gilbert Community–Chaparral Estates

Chaparral Estates in Gilbert, Arizona is a master planned community

Chaparral Estates in Gilbert AZ
Chaparral Estates is about 20 miles SE of Phoenix and offers an abundance of parks throughout including a recreational park with a playground, basketball court, tennis courts and plenty of grassy areas as well as a K-8 school, Chaparral Elementary. It’s easy access to major freeways such as 202 San Tan Freeway, US 60 and the 101 Loop as well as proximity to restaurants, entertainment venues and major shopping areas such as San Tan Village Mall and Westcor Chandler Fashion Center make Chaparral Estates a great place to call home.

Homes for sale in Chaparral Estates

Chaparral Estates built by Shea Homes offers homeowners in Gilbert, AZ a great value. Chaparral Estates offers 3 bedroom, 4 bedroom and 5 bedroom homes, homes with private pools, RV gates, upgraded lot sizes and luxury homes. Plenty of homes including foreclosure bank owned homes are available now for under 200K.

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