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 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.

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.

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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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11 Steps to Buying a Phoenix Home Series-Closing

Your almost ready to move into your Phoenix Home

Phoenix home closing
When do I get the keys?  A question that is commonly asked by anxious home buyers anticipating getting settled into their sometimes long awaited Phoenix home. The answer=As soon as it records.  In most cases Buyers can not take occupancy of their Phoenix home until the transaction closes and records. This is especially the case if you are buying a Phoenix foreclosure home.  However, this is a negotiable term and in some instances you may be able to occupy the property earlier than closing.

Review of the Phoenix home transaction from contract to close

Your Realtor should inform you on each phase and what to expect as you move along.   The key milestones leading up to this point from the time your Phoenix home contract was accepted (assuming you are financing your purchase with a loan) are outlined below;

  • Escrow
  • Loan application
  • Due diligence
  • Appraisal
  • Underwriting
  • Loan docs
  • Final walk-thru
  • Signing
  • Funding and recording
  • Occupancy/Keys :)

Prepare so your Phoenix home transaction is a smooth one!

With a positive attitude, a little education on the Phoenix real estate market and an experienced Realtor by your side, your Phoenix home transaction should go off without a hitch!  Upon this conclusion to our  11 Steps to Buying a Phoenix Home Series (and for a shameless plug :)) we would like to remind you to contact our team of experienced Buyers Agents today to get started with your Phoenix home search.

Our Phoenix home listings below are updated in real time so please take a moment to browse recent Phoenix foreclosures below:

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