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.


 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
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.

Event for Chase Struggling Phoenix Homeowners, Feb. 3-7

Phoenix Homeowners Assistance Event, February 3 – 7.

Phoenix homeowners
Chase is holding an event for struggling Phoenix Homeowners. If you are considering doing a loan modification or currently working on one, or simply struggling with your payments and your currently have a home loan with Chase you may want to attend this Phoenix event. You can take the Chase loan modification eligibility assessment here.

Did you know Chase offers cash incentives to struggling Phoenix homeowners?

In many instances, it may be time to consider a short sale, especially if you believe that you will continue to have trouble paying your mortgage even after a loan modification. Chase is offering cash incentives to qualified homeowners that facilitate and close on a short sale.  If you are considering a short sale and you want more details on the cash incentive and/or eligibility programs, contact us ASAP for a free evaluation by a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE).

Details of the Chase Phoenix Homeowners Assistance Event;

Wyndham Phoenix
50 East Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Click here for more details

Phoenix Homeowners considering short sales have 3 important things to understand…

1.) as a Phoenix homeowner you do have options

2.) time is not on your side

3.) contact an experienced Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) to facilitate a short sale.

*One of the biggest obstacles when facilitating a short sale is Phoenix homeowners contact us too late to save the property from foreclosure.

11 Steps to Buying a Phoenix Home Series-Contract Negotiations

Time to negotiate your Phoenix home offer and make a deal!

Negotiating Your Phoenix Home Offer
You found the perfect Phoenix home and wrote a competitive offer and now the fun begins.  One thing to keep in mind is that each Sellers– whether bank owned Phoenix home or otherwise–operate on a case by case basis. The Phoenix housing market currently hosts Sellers that are overall in unique varying situations resulting largely in five types of sales 1.) bank owned foreclosures, 2.) Short sales, 3.) Investor fixer uppers, 4.) Government owned foreclosures and 5.) Traditional sales. Each Seller is unique, however, there are common negotiations strategies that may help you increase the strength of your offer.

Entrust your Realtor when negotiating your Phoenix home contractual terms

Without going into specifics I will touch on the key elements that may strengthen your offer or help during the negotiation process. Each term and how it should be negotiated depends on your individual wants and needs and what is in your best interest. It is important to also keep in mind that sometimes you may want to compromise on one term to get another you deem more necessary to your great good. Each Phoenix Home Seller is different and will negotiate in their best interest. Some negotiable terms carry more weight than others with a particular Seller

  • Purchase Price
  • Loan Type
  • Earnest Money
  • Inspection Period
  • Closing Date
  • Contingencies

Price is not the only term to consider when strengthening negotiations on your Phoenix Home

For example; if you are a cash buyer the closing date can be much sooner, if your asking for Seller concessions you may want to offer a competitive purchase price to offset the contribution, the higher the earnest money amount the better, the inspection period by default is 10 days but you may not need (or want) that much time. It is a misconception that the higher the purchase price the stronger your offer. Many times the ‘highest’ offer on the table for consideration is not the ‘best’ offer. In this distressed real estate market, multiple offers and competition among Phoenix Home Buyers is common and to be expected.

The biggest obstacle for Phoenix Home Buyers is eliminating emotion from negotiations

Many times Buyers feel entitled and state that the Sellers are already getting a deal and that the Sellers should just be happy to sell their home in this market. While Sellers on the other hand already lost so much equity and value the past few years that they feel they have lost enough. Thus the emotions are high and that sometimes can make the negotiation process more stressful. Working with an experienced Realtor will give you peace of mind while thet guide you on the best way strengthen your offer and negotiate in order to secure the accepted contract with your Phoenix home offer.

What To Expect After Listing Your AZ Short Sale

AZ short saleGearing up for your AZ short sale transaction can include quite the waiting game.

Assuming you have already completed the steps outlined in our previous post in this Listing Your AZ Short Sale Series you should now be ready for your Realtor to submit your short sale package to the bank(s). Some banks will not accept any documents from your short sale package until you have a fully executed offer and others will accept the initial package upfront and accept an offer on the property after the fact.

It can not be stressed enough that when listing your AZ short sale each bank is different, however, waiting times for your file to be assigned to a negotiator once the complete package is submitted ranges from 30 to 90 days on average.

It is helpful to have a Realtor call in for updates on your AZ short sale progress on a regular basis.

Many Realtors work in conjunction with a negotiator as well that will call in several times a week to get updates. It is important that your Realtor does this or has the manpower/team/negotiator in place to do this

Getting to a ‘bank approved’ price on your AZ short sale will require patience.

Once a negotiator is assigned to your account the bank will order an appraisal or get a Brokers Price Opinion (BPO) to help determine what the home is “worth” in the current real estate market.  Then they will supply to you in writing either an acceptance of the current offer with a demand letter or with a counter identifying the bank approved price that they are willing to accept for the AZ short sale.

Closing on your AZ short sale will most likely take place X days after bank acceptance and varies by Buyer

A Short Sale Addendum will be included with the Buyers offer and states when the closing date will be or it can be X days after the bank acceptance.  The bank may also state a closing date with their acceptance notice. There will be an inspection period unless otherwise waived just like normal transactions.  The bank and the Buyers are pretty much negotiating at this point and banks rarely if ever negotiate any repairs in an AZ short sale.