How Can You Stop Foreclosure Before Its Finalized?

By Adam Whazzer

Is it even possible to stop foreclosure proceedings? The facts are a bit different from state to state, but there are always possible solutions to your financial situation. Unfortunately, there are many people facing great financial difficulties despite the fact that they maintained significantly high credit scores before. Now they are facing foreclosure and they need answers as fast as possible.

This is a process that can feel highly intimidating, especially if you're facing it alone. When there isn't anyone to counsel you on your legal rights you can end up being intimidated right out of your property well before you actually need to vacate the premises. Banks don't actually want your home. What they want is the monthly income that your home generates for them.

All states have their own mandate when it comes to when they begin the foreclosure process. While one state may wait as long as three months another state may begin after a monthly missed payment. Some states do not give you the entire month but start after only twenty days from the payment due date. It's important to remember that while there are signs the economy is improving, individuals are still struggling just the same.

You will become responsible for the accumulated legal fees. This includes your own and any that your lender racked up. Penalties are often one of the hardest parts of the mortgage to pay before a final foreclosure. While you're sinking deeper into a hole you should be made aware that in many states you can stop foreclosure from happening to you.

You might be ready to sell the home rather than try to continue to stretch for your payments. You may now find that your home doesn't hold the same value that you can sell it for, and you may find that selling it quickly is just plain difficult. Speaking with a representative of your state that knows the laws can often give you valuable information. The lender is more interested in money than your house.

Even after foreclosure there are laws that protect the banks. You can still end up owing more money after the bank forecloses on your home. If you know your rights and how to protect yourself ahead of time, you can help prevent this from happening to you.

Sometimes you can stop foreclosure proceedings by modifying the terms of your loan, even if your credit has suddenly taken a tumble for the worse. It won't hold off your payments forever but it will help you get more time to spring back.

You can not stop foreclosure proceedings in every case, but there are ample examples of people who ended up losing their homes when technically they still had a chance. Since the details of your state are vital to being able to stop foreclosure proceedings, you should find advice from a professional in your area. This way you won't be surprised to find you've been doing all the wrong things in your state. Timeliness is essential and you have to be able to handle a timely action. - 32169

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Finding All the Winning Qualities in Your Real Estate Agent

By Jason Myers

A real estate agent simplifies the complete process of purchasing a house by a considerable percentage. They deal with all the hassles of looking for the kind of home that you need as they negotiate to look for the right type of amount that would easily slide into your budget. That will mean that you will need to go looking for a real estate agent that will befit your kind of standard.

The primary thing you can do is to trust family and friends to provide you a number of hints from real estate agents they have dealt with previously. That will at least provide you a basis before you go tapering down to the particular agent that you want. If you are not successful with this, you may always look for directories. If a realtor has been in the business, he has a listing in whichever realtor listings that are available.

Second thing you need to have a look at are his credentials. They must indicate that he has had documented success and that he has the skill that is needed to look for your dream house. He needs to have the bargaining characteristic so he can be able to encourage the seller to slice off as many hundreds of dollars from the selling price as it is possible.

At this rate you should also consider his rate and if it will be affordable. If you understand a thing or two about real estate, you can be adamant that he shares with you what he intends to do to give you that house.

It always makes it easier when you establish a type of friendship with the realtor as compared to simply being business compatriots and always on a platform of seriousness. That way, your degree of trust for them can improve to a comfortable level. - 32169

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SSCRA...What It Means To Our Veterans And Our Military Members.

By Doc Schmyz

The Soldier and Sailor Civil Relief Act or SSCRA was signed by President Bush on December 2003. The point for this act was to set legislation to simplify or ease both legal and economic burdens to military personnel whether active or retired.

What is the SSCRA

SSCRA addresses the inability of military men to meet financial obligations when they are in active duty. Financial obligations to include rentals, leases, mortgages, credit card payments and other similar transactions. The SSCRA also stretches to cover the dependents of the military men in question under the same guidelines.

SSCRA covers those under active duty, to include out on basic training exercises or assigned in the field. Most veterans fail to pay their financial obligations since they are unable to do so during the line of duty. The SSCRA aims to provide legislation to these individuals so that they are given consideration regarding deadlines and payment due dates.

One area covered by SSCRA for military personnel/dependents includes leasing/renting of a property for residential purpose (not to exceed more than $1,200 a month.) Also the conditions must be met and the transaction must be first be made before the service man is enlisted into active duty.

Once on active duty, it's becomes almost impossible for them to settle this obligation. The next course of action is for the service man to send a request of being under the protection of the SSCRA to the court when he or she receives an eviction notice. If the judge finds sufficient grounds which merits the protection from SSCRA then the court may postpone the eviction until the term of duty of the personnel expires

Advantage of SSCRA for veterans on active duty

Often military personnel on active duty will not have the ability to fulfill their financial obligations to various institutions like credit cards, banks, insurance or mortgage lenders. The SSCRA aims to provide a form of security to these men on duty on active duty.

SSCRA will provide enough "elbow room" for military personnel to be given extended deadlines for payments, foreclosures and mortgage transactions when they are in the line of duty. Though not all veterans are given the privilege of being under the protection of the SSCRA; some criteria and requirements must be met for both the transaction and the personnel before they are granted protection.

SSCRA and Interest Rates

Members on active duty who are unable to pay mortgages and who are facing foreclosure may then invoke the protection of the SSCRA to avoid such problems. Qualified debts are those incurred prior to service men coming into the line of duty. Also, the request will only be valid if the personnel are in the line of duty when the request was made which limited them from settling the said obligation.

Once qualified, the service member needs to send a letter to the lender/bank requesting that their interest rate be capped to 6% according to the provision stated in SSCRA. Also, they may should send a photocopy of the military order to the lender as proof that they are on military duty as stated in their letter of request. the process can take up to 3 months to complete.

Foreclosures and the SSCRA

The SSCRA can also help cover the military member under the obligation of a mortgage, trust deed or security of property for any financial obligation. The SSCRA simply states that the personnel are valid for protection under the SSCRA if the obligation and the property were done prior to their military service.

The provision states that prohibition of foreclosure or sale of mortgage property without the presence of the borrower, the military personnel in this case, whether in a judicial or a non-judicial foreclosure. It is also stated in the SSCRA that maturity dates and deadlines will be given an extension when the military personnel is in active duty until they are released from their given designation.

Even if the maturity date or the date of foreclosure is extended due to the military personnel's inability to pay, the court will try to achieve a compromise agreement from both parties requiring the mortgage lender to pay at least half of the amount due while the mortgage holder extends the deadline or put a stay on the foreclosure or sale of the property. - 32169

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Finding Cash for Real Estate Deals

By Nancy Geils

We all know that once you've started to make money and you've started earning a cash flow, things will be different. But that very initial "oomph" that will get your business started requires someone to stake you some money.

The standard places that investors go when they need money are:
* Borrowing with credit cards or against assets and personal credit
* Borrowing from friends or family

We all know that none of these options are really ideal. Your credit cards have usurious interest rates; you can only borrow so much against your assets before you run out of "borrowable" room; your personal credit is a risky thing to borrow against; your friends and family could quickly become your ex-friends and the family you don't speak to any more.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like there are any other options.

But there are. In this downloadable book, I'll show you other options you can use to borrow money to fund your deals. You'll learn the secrets that the pros use to generate investment capital that they can use to fund deals; and this capital is surprisingly easy to find, fairly easy to get, and could be the spark you need to get your real estate business really growing.

You should note that this ebook isn't JUST for beginners. However, I reference beginners frequently because those are often the investors that need the most help finding money. If you're a seasoned pro who has someone made your way through the real estate investing jungle and you are looking for ideas, advice, and suggestions on how to improve where you get your investment capital from, you'll benefit from this downloadable book, too.

That's because what you'll read here, no matter where you are in the "timeline" of real estate investing - whether a novice or an expert - applies to everyone. That's because we're working on one concept here: The "snowball" concept of investing. The "snowball" concept of investing suggests that if you invest $1 today and earn back another $1, you'll have $2 that you can then apply to your next investment which might earn $4 and then the next one which will earn $8, etc. Essentially, every previous successful investment adds to your potential for a bigger, better, and more lucrative next deal. So if you want help with this snowball method - if you want help creating an avalanche of money! - then this ebook is for you.

Ready to get started? If you've turned on the car and you have the gearshift in drive, my downloadable ebook will show you where the gas pedal is. - 32169

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Before Buying a House Consider the Kind of Location That It Comes With

By Jason Myers

Acquiring a new house is a major decision that you expect to face as you continue with your working life. And when that moment finally takes place, there are two points that are highly important and both of them will have a say whether it is a successful deal or not- these are the house and the location.

When it comes to the house, you have to ensure that it conforms with your requirements. If you are going to spend thousands of dollars on a home, you might as well make it worthwhile. Make sure the interior dcor and overall design is something you can work with.

The second most important thing is the locality. Even when you find a home with all the necessary features, the location will have the overall say in whether you purchase it or not. It must provide ease in accessibility from your most frequented destinations. It needs to have close access to schools, hospitals, malls and every other point of interest that is required in making daily living complete.

You should not compromise on the safety at any price. Crimes should be as rare as can be, and police reports on the area should be noteworthy. If you have growing children with you, a peaceful place is necessary since you would like your children to be in a safe environment as possible.

Looking at the future of the location should be considered too. If an area is growing in popularity, it only means that the road is leading up and the property value is expected to increase in the future.

If you can match a particular area befitting all these qualities and other related requirements, you have the green-light of buying a house from there because you are confident to choose the best possible surroundings to live in, possibly into your retirement. - 32169

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Secrets To Stop Foreclosure - What You Should Do To Help Yourself

By Adam Whazzer

The legal proceedings initiated by a creditor, to repossess the collateral for loan that is in default. Yes that is what our dictionaries tell us it is. But how are we going to stop foreclosure which is looming on our horizons? Many people will advise to start by looking at your own expenses first.

In todays economic down turns it will be wise of you to start looking at your expenses in a serious way which will help you to keep your home, your car and your other big assets. If you have your creditors knocking on your door already, chances are that you are stressed and frustrated with your life and just cant see an outcome. It is of the utmost importance that you calm yourself down and start working on your situation in a relaxed atmosphere. Here are just a few rudimentary steps for you to follow:

Take a pen and paper and start making a list of all your major expenses you have each month. This would be your bond repayments, your car and your utilities and credit card repayments. Add them up.

Now make another list of all insurance premiums you have and all the taxes you pay. Be as thorough as possible. Add this total to your first sum.

Now comes the nitty-gritty part. You need to be truthful with yourself and list down all our personal expenses and those of your family members as well. Food, gas, pocket money and your phone bill will also make it on this list. Here you need to be as brutal as possible. List even the odd pizza or chocolate shake you have. Take your time as it will be a long list - guaranteed.

Once you have added this total as well to the first and second totals, you will be truly amazed at just how much you spend in a month. You are no doubt spending more money than what you are bringing in. This is the bottom line. If you don't do something drastically you will stand to loose all your possessions. Sounds harsh I know, but it is the truth.

To keep the wolves from your door, start cutting down on your third list. Be really brutal and draw a line through anything you can do without. Do this as many times as possible until you are totally satisfied with the outcome. You should now be in a better position and will see what your actual monthly expenditure should be. Do the second and first list as well.

Keep every receipt and enter the amount into a log book or expense book. Do this for several months until you have disciplined yourself to take an active role in reducing your expenditure every month.

To stop foreclosure can be a great way for you to realize how much money you are wasting. It also teaches your family members how to use money responsibly. As a reward you could take some of the surplus money you have generated to spend on a short holiday. - 32169

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Work Out Your Foreclosure And Keep Your Home

By Doc Schmyz

The last thing anyone wants to loose is your house. Unfortunately even though we know this fact, sometimes we tend to take our mortgage payments for granted and end up loosing our homes. In this case, a home foreclosure will happen. When a borrower fails to pay his or her mortgage for a number of payments (usually 3 or 4) the lender will issue a foreclosure by selling the house or repossessing it.

More often than not lenders often lead their borrowers to believe that they don't have other options available. There are other alternatives that homeowners can use to keep their house off the auction block.

These are some of the options that homeowners can use.

Short stop

You can get a short refinance for the foreclosure of your property. If you don't want a new loan to cover an existing one, you can ask the help of a friend. A borrower's friend or relative can buy or pay off the mortgage.

Negotiate a payment plan

You (the homeowner) agree to pay a portion of the amount and agree to pay the rest in the following months. The homeowner shows proof of their income and pays a down payment. This is a much easier way and most lenders agree to this plan.

Change of plans

In some cases a temporary change in the terms of the loan can be given when properly negotiated. These changes include but are not limited to, amortization extension and reduction of interest rate. A foreclosure negotiator handles the job of getting these plans approved.

Third party sale

The property on foreclosure is sold to a third party. The proceeds will go to the mortgage lender as a settlement for the debt.

Friendly third party sale

The third party who buys the property sells it on foreclosure to clean the deed of other holders. Then, in turn the property is sold back to the borrower.

The above mentioned are just a few ideas of what you can do to keep your home if faced with foreclosure. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Be forward and upfront with your lender if you have fallen on hard times. If you have to take a second job to earn extra money then do it. It is far easier to work to stay out of foreclosure then to try and fix it once you have gotten a notice. - 32169

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A Simple Explanation Of Loan Modification

By Ginger Taylor

In these difficult financial times and housing market, loan modification is an important option to keep in mind. It is essentially a process of renegotiating with a lender. Any loan may be changed in this fashion, but it is most common with mortgages.

Under normal circumstances, a borrower makes periodic payments on a loan. A loan is comprised of principal and interest. Principal is the value of the loan itself. A $200,000 home loan starts off with $200,000 of principal owed. Interest is the fee charged, usually monthly or yearly, for the loan service. If $100 was still owed in principal and the interest rate was 10%, then $10 of interest would be owed for a total payment of $110. Until the loan is completely paid, the lender holds a lien over the property to ensure that they will receive their money back.

This type of loan change is usually done when the mortgagor cannot afford to pay the required payments. They are also sometimes implemented when new laws or industry norms require the changes. In almost all cases, it is to the borrower's benefit.

Loan modification usually offers reduced interest and better terms for other fees. Loans are also often extended, reducing the payments by increasing the amount of time the borrower has to repay the loan. Due to the painful economic circumstances, there are many programs that offer to adjust monthly mortgage payments based on the ability to pay.

Regardless of your loan payment history, you can still put in an application to have your loan modified. In most cases, it is just as beneficial to the lender as to the borrower. If a lender can avoid foreclosure with a better chance of getting the principal of the loan repaid, they generally will prefer that option. Even for borrowers without payment troubles, they would prefer to not have their customer wooed away by a competitor offering better refinancing rates.

There are numerous government incentives, and even some limited mandatory programs, to push lenders to engage in more loan renegotiation. These rules and laws are intended to soften the blow of the housing market crash.

- 32169

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Las Vegas Short Sale And Its Benefits

By John de la Garza

Get the house in a location that can give you the opportunity to have a successful career for your future. This ideal location is Las Vegas, which has a lot of opportunities for any individual who is starting off a new family with a new home.

This is because a lot of people were also affected when the economy dropped and mortgaged their properties and houses. Now a lot of people there are still facing a future foreclosure of their mortgaged house because the economy even in Las Vegas is not that good.

Some individuals and families who tried to own a home in the Las Vegas strip have incurred financial problems because of unsecured and unsafe transactions that were initiated in acquiring their dream house.

Although some of these individuals and families have successfully achieved the dream in owning a house of their own, they still owe a large amount of money than what their house is worth. This is where the short sale scenario saves the day.

As you can see, this works great for the debtor because his debt will be eliminated. Furthermore, the debtor won't have any further bad credit score caused by a "foreclosure history" in his or her credit report.

While Las Vegas short sales are obviously a win scenario for the debtor, you might ask why in the world a creditor would agree to sell a mortgaged property for a lower price and accept the proceeds as discounted payment of debt. The answer is the high costs of foreclosure. What you may not know is that there are quite a few high costs associated with foreclosure that creditors want to avoid.

Now, this is where a short sale comes to the rescue. This will eliminate foreclosures of properties. It will also lessen the worries of home owners and lenders alike. Both parties will feel secured and confident of their standing. They will not be stressed so much with thoughts at the back of their heads about all the bills they need to pay and the debts they need to resolve.

So if you happen to be one of the people who pay more than what your house is worth, opt for a short sale instead. There are quite a few companies out there that can help you if you happen to facing a foreclosure so that you can be part of Las Vegas short sales instead. - 32169

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Know Your Rights About Home Foreclosure

By Doc Schmyz

Home foreclosure is one of the greatest fears of families due to debt. Even though this is true we often take our bills for granted in favor of our credit cards. Before we know it bills have easily stacked up and we end up not knowing who to pay first to stop the calls, and the current economy is not making this situation any easier.

Even though your house is being foreclosed there are still legal procedures to follow. Your lender can't just kick you out of the house. There are laws that protect homeowners from these situations. Here are some of the important facts you need to know when facing a foreclosure.

Can I just get kicked out of the house if I fail to pay my mortgage?

In short: No. The only time you can be removed from your house is with a court order...and that means that you must follow legal procedures.

How long does the foreclosure take before they take my house?

Well depending on how hard the lender pushes the case, it can take as long as six months.

After the foreclosure, do I have to leave the house?

No you don't have to. After the foreclosure auction ends the ownership will be transferred from you to the highest bidder. You will become a tenant of the house. The new owner must also follow legal procedures before he or she can evict you out of the house.

In some cases you can become just a "renter" to the new owner. (this is dependent on the new owner of course)

What happens when I get evicted?

Normally, the new owner of the house will send you a notice to leave the premises. The notice usually gives you 72 hours. If you fail to follow the notice the new owner must present his case to the court before a judge to get an order for you to be evicted. The judge will be the one to decide if you should be evicted or grant you more time. If you fail to follow the court order the new owner may procure an execution of the eviction order. this is when the sheriff shows up and escorts you from the property.

The sheriff will give you a notice of the execution and give you 48 hours to pack and leave. If you fail to follow the notice this is the time when the sheriff can physically move you out of the premises. - 32169

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A Few Tips To Avoid Foreclosure

By Doc Schmyz

Shelter from the elements is one of the most important necessities that we need for everyday living. Unfortunately not all of us have the luxury of buying a HUGE mansion. Mortgage is one of the bills that we have to pay. But we often forget them amidst the stack of credit card bills that come in the mail. Home foreclosure is one of the most common problems. Most of us have to pay our debts to live. Fortunately there are tips to avoid this situation.

Get a home equity line of credit

A home equity line of credit (also known as a HELOC) is a type of loan where the house is used as collateral. Most banks offer great options for customers. This can delay or prevent a foreclosure from happening by having it as a back up.Then should you need it, you will have the money you need if other emergencies arise.

Don't miss and skip

This may seem like a simple thing but it's the one most often taken for granted. Once you miss one payment it will be easier for you to miss the rest. Lenders also have acceleration clauses where they can demand that the customers pay every payment that they've missed all at once.

Know who to pay

Bills,bills,bills....all due at the end of the month. You should set your priorities straight and ask yourself: which do I want to loose, my house or my credit card?

Also make sure your mortgage lender has not sold your loan to another company. This happens all the time. the end result is you sending your hard earned money to the wrong bank...and missing the first payment to the new bank holding your mortgage. CHECK THE ADDRESS!!

Watch for the mailman

Don't ignore the letters/calls from your lender or bank. It doesn't hurt to respond once in a while. Failure to check your mail will not be taken as an excuse in court. Always check your mail box.

Don't get yourself stuck

Banks would rather have their clients to believe that they don't have options once they demand to accelerate the payments. Customers do have options, there are several options for foreclosure prevention that they can use especially if they know where to look.

Feed the piggy bank

Always keep extra cash handy. The money we spend on credit cards by buying expensive electronics, personal toys, clothes and jewelry can add up to more that you think. (Not to mention cost a lot more then we expect...and that's before the credit card interest is tacked on.) - 32169

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Working With Your Lender To Avoid Foreclosure

By Doc Schmyz

When your home is on the verge of foreclosure, you certainly will do any possible means to save it. But the problem is how you will do it? The first step, is going to your lender and asking for help.

For some, contacting your lender at the first sign of financial problems seems to be not so good of an idea. It may be because you are embarrassed to discuss money issues to others or you simply don't see the need to inform your lender right away of your present financial standing. But the truth is, asking for your lender's help will save you a lot of trouble and it will could help you save your home.

People often have the perception that lenders, like banks, think only of themselves and don't care about the future of the borrowers. This leads to the common notion that lenders show no mercy to homeowners who have defaulted on payments and will take the homes when the very first window of opportunity opens. The truth is lenders like owners will do everything they can to avoid home foreclosures. So again, the best way to save your home is to work with your lender to solve the problem.

If you miss payments for 3 consecutive months normally the lenders usually send a Notice of Default. However if you know your in trouble DO NOT wait until you get the notice to take action. Call your lender as soon as possible. Inform them of your reason of default on a payment and ask for an alternative payment schedule or temporary lower rates until your finances have recovered. You can also ask for Forbearance where your lender waives some of the penalty fees as a result of default or a mortgage refinance without going through the process of re-application. Most mortgage lenders are more than willing to help you to avoid repossessing your home.

Talk to your lender, inform them of the situation, and ask for payment alternatives. Don't wait too long before you make a move to save your home. Act fast. Understand the gravity of the situation and do something. It is your obligation to pay your mortgage but when worst comes to worst, your lender will help you keep your home. This is more true during economic downturn. - 32169

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Got The Foreclosure Notice??? Now What?

By Doc Schmyz

Foreclosures are a nasty "monsters", apart from the worry and stress of possibly losing all you own, is the fact that you lose all control over the sale process. Not to mention your self image takes a heck of a beating. However with hard work you can slay the monster.

The painful honest truth is that the finance company is only looking after it's own interests. There is no emotions involved here and they will take offers that do not even fully cover the debt.(You can forget about seeing any of your equity.)

FIGHT THE MONSTER. Take on another job. Scrape up the cash the best you can. Everyone has ways we can cut back or living expenses and increase our income a little. Don't let yourself fall victim to your pride...yes this means you delivering pizza is indeed an option.

Think outside the norm, maybe attempt to sell the property yourself. If the property market is difficult, advertise to exchange/swap your house for something cheaper. Look at how the property could earn you money. Maybe it has an apartment attached that could be rented out. Maybe it has a room at the back of the garage to rent out. Perhaps it might have an extra garage to rent out. If it is a big house maybe you could take in lodgers or students and charge them for room and board. All these little things will help to pay off your mortgage.

Another thing to look at is simply getting another loan and paying off the original mortgage. Look at ways to restructure the loan so that your repayments are lower than you are currently paying. You could pay over 40 years instead of 25 years. Maybe you could have half the loan over 40 years and half on interest only repayments with the ability to reduce the principal with lump sum repayments when you have the extra funds available.

If a foreclosure is getting closer and you have been unsuccessful in averting it. You can accept the inevitable or you can fight the " monster" and take drastic action. However, if it means saving the equity in your house it may be worth it. - 32169

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Find The Foreclosure Help You Require Sooner Rather Than Later

By Adam Whazzer

Time is not on your friend when foreclosure is involved. Talk with a housing counselor for foreclosure help.

Loss mitigation is a phrase that describes a third party aiding a homeowner by attempting to prevent foreclosure. Normally it is a department within the bank itself or can be a separate firm.

Negotiation attempts with the mortgage terms are made through loss mitigation to prevent foreclosure. New terms that are reached are also going to require modifications being made to the existing loans. Types of modifications include: short refinance or short sale negotiation, cash for keys, deed in lieu of or a partial claim loan. Other loan types maybe available as well. All of these options are meant to lessen the risk of loss to the lender.

Types of loss mitigation include:

A loan modification is where the homeowner and the bank reach a new agreement on the terms of the mortgage. Loan modification can mean lowering interest rates, lowering the principal balance, fixing adjustable rates, lengthen the loan period, forgiveness on default payments or fees or a combination.

When the value of a home is not worth the amount that is owed on it, a short sale loan may be available. With a short sale loan, the principal is decreased so that the homeowner can sell it for the actual value.

A short refinance offers the homeowner a chance to refinance their home with a different lender by lowering the principal balance on the loan to meet the guidelines of the new lender.

To be completely released from all responsibilities associated with the mortgage, a deed in lieu of foreclosure can be done. Collateral property will be given to the bank in return.

To try to avoid the costs of foreclosure, a bank may offer money to a homeowner if the homeowner agrees to leave the home intact. It is called cash for keys.

When no payments or lowered payments for an agreed amount of time are made, this is known as forbearance. In some cases the missed payments will not have to be caught up. In others, a repayment plan will be necessary.

HUD offers a program known as partial claim in which money is loaned to bring the mortgage up to date. The homeowner is not responsible for repaying the partial claim loan until the home is paid in full or they no longer own it. Interest rates do not apply on the partial claim loan and a promissory note has to be signed.

Keeping a homeowner from losing their home or getting them out from under the requirements completely is the purpose of these options. No one wants to go through the foreclosure process, including lenders. Both parties are affected by foreclosure. - 32169

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Getting A Loan Modification

By Ginger Taylor

A mortgage loan modification is an agreement between the lender and homeowner that allows the mortgage terms to be modified. The idea is that this will help you to be able to make your payments and keep your home in order to avoid foreclosure.

The most important thing to remember when you are working with a loss mitigation specialist to try to modify your mortgage is that he is not on your side. Don't go telling him you have some extra money coming in, for example. It will be noted in your file and when it comes time to draw up a plan they will want to see that money accounted for.

The next thing you need to do is get all of your financial information together. You will need to be able to prove your income and expenses. That means you have to have all of your recent pay stubs and bills, and maybe some that are not so recent. You will also need tax records for the past two to three years. Be prepared to prove any unusual expenses that contributed to you falling behind on your mortgage.

When you are working with a lender to get a modification, you must keep records of everything that is said, as well as any correspondence sent or received. Some banks are notorious for saying they didn't receive something when they did or trying to change the terms that were agreed to. Get a recording device for your phone and use it. Keep anything you get from the lender in the mail and keep copies of anything you send to the lender.

Save up the money you would normally be paying toward your mortgage payments, even if you don't have enough to pay the full amount. When you are finally able to reach an agreement, the lender may require a lump sum amount to start the loan modification. You could be out of luck if you no longer have the money available.

Don't agree to a plan you can't stick to. Many times the bank will ask you to pay more than your regular payment for a few months to get your payments current. Where are you going to get the extra money to put toward your mortgage if you couldn't even come up with the normal payment amount? Agreeing to a plan you can't handle is worse than not having an agreement at all.

- 32169

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Stop Foreclosure By Filing For Bankruptcy?

By Ginger Taylor

When you are about to lose your home, you don't care about anything else. It consumes your every thought. The only way you will be able to relax is to get the foreclosure called off so you can go back to enjoying your home and your life. Well, as a last ditch effort there is a method available to stop foreclosure on your home.

As soon as you file, the foreclosure must be stayed and the bank cannot pursue any further collection action until the bankruptcy is dealt with. This allows you to come up with a plan to save your home by offering a modified schedule for paying your debts. The plan does not have to cover all of your unsecured debts, but it does have to get the approval of a bankruptcy judge before it can go into effect.

The first step in filing for chapter thirteen is to attend credit counseling. This is required by the bankruptcy code. Only certain agencies are approved for this counseling, so be sure to consult with your bankruptcy attorney to make sure the agency you use will qualify. The agency may come up with a plan for you to pay back your debts. If so, you have to give a copy of the plan to the court when you file for bankruptcy.

You are given fourteen days from the time you file for chapter thirteen bankruptcy until your proposed repayment plan has to be on file with the court. This window can enable you to go ahead and file if you need to get the foreclosure on your home stopped before you can finish your plan.

Before the judge considers whether to accept your plan, you are required to appear at a meeting of your creditors. The purpose of this meeting is to allow the mortgage company and other creditors to try to poke holes in your plan. Your creditors have a right to object if they do not feel they are getting as much as they are entitled to by law under your repayment plan.

Once your creditors have had a chance to object to the provisions of your plan, the judge will review it and make a decision. If your repayment plan is approved, you will have to make bimonthly or monthly payments to the court's trustee. The money will then be distributed to your creditors according to the plan.

If you are able to stick to the repayment plan, chapter thirteen bankruptcy can stop foreclosure and save your home. However, if you default on the agreement, the court can convert your case to a chapter seven bankruptcy and sell off your assets to pay your debts. Because of the pros and cons involved with this plan, it is important to discuss this option with an experienced loan modification attorney before filing bankruptcy.

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Loan Modification Services, Do You Really Need It?

By Ginger Taylor

I never thought I would ever hear these words. Anything which requires banks and loans simply drives me crazy! Then, the dreaded words came, "Do you need loan modification services?" My heart started to palpitate. This was going to be a "do it yourself" operation.

Make a few phone calls. Don't worry about being good on the telephone. It doesn't matter, what matters is getting the information you need. Don't be fooled, there are some scams out there. There are companies making promises to do all sorts of things. They will often tell you they need to receive a fee. A fee! Even if they have not done anything!

If it is assumed you qualify for this adjustment, you will be sent some information. You will need to list your expenditures for the month. You must show that you are in economic distress. You will have to prove this adjustment will make you a good prospect for them.

Needless to say, it is very important to shop around. Talk, talk, talk! Ask many questions. Get all your information in writing. Do not settle for the many words which will be thrown at you. Keep a notebook, write down your questions and their answers! No question is too stupid!

Get on the Internet! You can find out so much information on the world wide highway. You will have to work and you will have to read. Study. Take notes! You will be able to better understand those you speak with if you will just take the time to research.

The modification should be done by professionals, like a loan modification attorney. Some people who are afraid of lawyers but this is a time when you need one. Get a free consultation.

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Where To Look For Foreclosures

By Doc Schmyz

In a down real estate market, finding foreclosed homes is easy. To make your search easier, here is the list of the places where you can find foreclosures.


Auction companies hold a large inventory of properties, sometimes selling as much as 100 homes or more in just 1 day. Since the bidding is relatively quick and houses can be sold in a matter of seconds, prices of real estate can go over the board but you can find really good properties in their inventory.

Some Large Bank Websites

Major banks maintain a good list of foreclosed properties. Visit bank web sites and check out the foreclosed properties listing.

Online foreclosure companies

A few companies online that specialize in selling foreclosed homes.The good thing about signing up on web-based foreclosure companies is that once you are in, you can get a wide selection of foreclosure properties available nationwide.

Good Real Estate agents (Buyers Agents)

These agents are either maintaining personal web sites or deal directly with real estate companies that sell foreclosed properties. You can search them online. Major cities have real estate offices where you can inquire into possibility of acquiring foreclosures. Be sure to ask if the agent is a "buyers agent."

Real Estate Signs

You don't need to look anywhere else because you can find foreclosure signs around your neighborhood. Homes with signs like foreclosure, bank repo, and bank-owned are for you to consider. These signs contain address and contact information of the agents you can visit or call. The best thing about considering homes with real estate signs is that you can actually check the condition of the house on-site. And with one phone call, you can arrange with the agent the date when you want to see the interior of the house.

Government Agencies

VA forclosed homes, Fannie Mae foreclosure homes, Housing Urban Development, Small Business Association, Department of the Treasury and other government agencies have a list of real estate properties for sale. Usually, when buying a house from these agencies, you are required to acquire the services of a real estate broker or personally submit an offer. Go to any of the government agencies web sites for more information. - 32169

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Got The Foreclosure Notice??? Now What?

By Doc Schmyz

Foreclosures are a nasty "monsters", apart from the worry and stress of possibly losing all you own, is the fact that you lose all control over the sale process. Not to mention your self image takes a heck of a beating. However with hard work you can slay the monster.

The painful honest truth is that the finance company is only looking after it's own interests. There is no emotions involved here and they will take offers that do not even fully cover the debt, let alone recover some of your equity.(If you have any that is.)

FIGHT THE MONSTER. Take on another job. Scrape up the cash the best you can. Everyone has ways we can cut back or living expenses and increase our income a little. Don't let yourself fall victim to your pride...yes this means you delivering pizza is indeed an option.

Think outside the box, maybe attempt to sell the property yourself. If the property market is difficult, advertise to exchange/swap your house for something cheaper. Look at how the property could earn you money. Maybe it has an apartment attached that could be rented out. Maybe it has a room at the back of the garage to rent out. Perhaps it might have an extra garage to rent out. If it is a big house maybe you could take in lodgers or students and charge them for room and board. All these little things will help to pay off your mortgage. Your still in charge of how the situation will end up.

Can you restructure the loan?? Can you restructure the loan so that your repayments are lower than you are currently paying. You could pay over 40 years instead of 25 years. Maybe you could have half the loan over 40 years and half on interest only repayments with the ability to reduce the principal with lump sum repayments when you have the extra funds available. Or maybe look at simply getting another loan and paying off the original mortgage.

If a foreclosure is getting closer and you have been unsuccessful in averting it. You can accept the inevitable or you can fight the " monster" and take drastic action. However, if it means saving the equity in your house it may be worth it. - 32169

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Bold And Great Tips For Avoiding Home Foreclosure

By Marcus Prellie

For those who are struggling to make ends meet and pay bills each month, you should know that when it comes to your mortgage, you have several options at your disposal. Whether you are a couple of months behind with your payments, or just now realizing that you may fall behind in the near future, these avoid foreclosure options could very well help you save your home.

Knowing ahead of time what your options are in preventing foreclosure will help you be better prepared to handle any situation that may arise that could possibly put you in this precarious position. Most people don't realize that they are in financial trouble until it is too late, and many at that point have no idea what to do to help themselves. Don't let that happen to you!

The realization that you do indeed have a problem is the first step in getting things made right. It's of vital importance that you come into this realization before you get in too deep. By admitting that there is a problem before you miss too many payments, you will be in much better shape to make the proper decisions.

One plan that your mortgage company probably has is called a hardship plan. This plan will allow homeowners to make their payments and keep their home. The plan will differ from company to company, and so will the options given. Usually if there has been a sickness or disability in the family, these plans are easy to get. It is also dependant upon your past credit history with the company.

As stated earlier, your mortgage company can give you more options if you have had a good payment history. If you have had a notably good payment history, your lender may decide to simply redo the loan with the remaining balance. This will allow you to keep your home, and continue making payments as usual. In some cases, it may actually lower the payment amount due each month. It all depends on the account balance and interest rate.

Payment deferment is another good option if you qualify for it. What this does is place your current payment amount at the end of the loan, so that you still make the payment, just at a later date. This option requires less paper work, and is easier to qualify for than a refinance loan. This option basically lets you skip the payment, to be repaid later.

Hopefully, you haven't found yourself in a situation which looks like foreclosure, but if you do, take heart for you have avoid foreclosure options. Don't be evasive of your lender, and don't be afraid to approach them about your loan. Some of the options we have discussed earlier may be just what you need to get your payments back on track. - 32169

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Some Tips In Dealing With Foreclosure

By Jason Myers

Foreclosure is well known which may need no further definition. What is vague however is the right approach to be taken when faced with the first notice of foreclosure. The thing with finances is that you cannot wish money from your bank, or wish for an unexpected financial breakthrough. So you must have to think critically and examine your option before you initiate it.

Foremost, what you have to realize is that your lender has zero interest in your property and the foreclosure notices only serve to protect the finances of your lender. Even if your lender subjects your house to repossession, he will dump it at some auction along with listings to several directories.

You can use this to work to your advantage. Aware that the lender is not interested in your house or your piece of property, you can request your loan provider to extend the foreclosure due date favorable to you. If you can come up with a solid plan for your lender, one that highlights your marketing strategy and how great the chances of succeeding are, he might just give you more time to figure yourself out.

If you are unable to make an arrangement, you can lean towards the option of refinancing your mortgage. Certainly it may not work well with your credit score, but at least it will allow you a permanent roof over a house of your own.

If worst comes to worst and there is any financial hope, you can advertise a pre-foreclosure sale to get rid of the property so that the final foreclosing does not find you unprepared. Definitely you will have to settle for a rate that is less below the ideal market value of the property since this is ther natural scenario in this kind of deal. Remember for that! - 32169

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Attaining Success in Business

By Afric Wright

Victory does not come easy or is inheritated to you on a "silver-dish". Achievement requires motivation, determination, goals and grueling labor. What does achievement stand for? Success is Achievement. Triumph is placing a plan into action with a definitive time outline and getting that success. It may take numerous tries to get these goals but never throw your hands up. Dig up off the floor, sift yourself off, and carry on moving to the fore. Persistence and intense drive will let you to be successful each while

We could compute or describe victory in a lot of ways, depending on who we ask. A dairy farmer's focus of victory will be to a great extent dissimilar than a trainee signing up for the armed services. No matter how one defines victory, they are possible if we make a sole business diagram and group definable goals to make these successes.

Make clear in your mind your goals are explicit, reckonable, within reach, significant and have a time approach. Saying you are open to be prosperous in two years probably isn't viable or attainable and not detailed. If money is "victory" to you then a target such as "I'm going to step up my revenue by $10,000 all three years is more genuine. Brief period goals can not call for as in depth specifics as extended term measures might require. Lengthy term goals are more doable if you converge on placing "steps" along the route. We might be able to then gauge accomplishment in "steps", which will keep us paying attention and motivated as we attain each movement. Each stride could be considered a gratifying victory or realization.

Are you pleased with your life and standard of living? Would you reflect on this as victories? Are material things imperative to you? Would this be how you evaluate victories? There is no precise or wrong remedy to these questions. How you characterize achievement is not more or less important than how another person identifies success. What is significant is creating measures and realizing these goals described by the S.M.A.R.T principle. (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant and Time frame).

Victory is just an expressive state or what is considerable to you. Achievement may be a impression of contentment or solely maintaining a conclusive point of view on your thoughts. A sure attitude alone can be so gratifying. Ever detect folks with "downbeat" attitudes tend to possess more troubles in life?

The dictionary identifies "accomplishments" as a "favorable termination of attempts or happenings". This almost sounds fuzzy but reach backward and examine this meaning two or three more times. It could not be more specific. Victories is not a measurement or computation of "importance" but instead a promising success no matter how many times it takes one to step to that success. This is why goal planning is so important. We cannot accomplish something if we do not plan or place a target as to what we are trying to realize.

With the present real estate marketplace and unemployment we need be confident and keep moving to the fore. If you have been in a reliable field for years and discover yourself laid off do not get depressed. Focus on the intelligence and experience you have and "jump" those obstacles. You will be astounded what you can do by setting fresh measures, creating a plan and facing "face-to-face" anything that gets in your track. We might have had to put up for sale our home, trade in that Mercedes but with a upbeat outlook we will accomplish something. Reach for that victory, one pace at a time.

Wake up every day with a strategy. Work hard at reaching this plan and triumph will be a result. Do what you can to the best of your talent and you will yet again notice those dreams towards the end of the passageway. - 32169

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Attaining Success in Business

By Perekin Lee

Victory does not come easy or is inheritated to you on a "silver-dish". Achievement requires motivation, determination, goals and grueling labor. What does achievement stand for? Success is Achievement. Triumph is placing a plan into action with a definitive time outline and getting that success. It may take numerous tries to get these goals but never throw your hands up. Dig up off the floor, sift yourself off, and carry on moving to the fore. Persistence and intense drive will let you to be successful each while

We could compute or describe victory in a lot of ways, depending on who we ask. A dairy farmer's focus of victory will be to a great extent dissimilar than a trainee signing up for the armed services. No matter how one defines victory, they are possible if we make a sole business diagram and group definable goals to make these successes.

Make for sure your goals are detailed, detectable, reasonable, appropriate and have a time profile. Saying you are going to be well-to-do in two years probably isn't practicable or manageable and not exact. If money is "success" to you then a goal such as "I'm going to build up my income by $10,000 all three years is more rational. Small period goals may not require as in depth essentials as prolonged term goals might entail. Long term measures are more realistic if you focus on setting "building blocks" all along the track. We might be able to then rate success in "steps", which will keep us focused and motivated as we realize each stride. Each measure could be measured a rewarding triumph or realization.

Are you pleased with your life and standard of living? Would you reflect on this as victories? Are material things imperative to you? Would this be how you evaluate victories? There is no precise or wrong remedy to these questions. How you characterize achievement is not more or less important than how another person identifies success. What is significant is creating measures and realizing these goals described by the S.M.A.R.T principle. (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant and Time frame).

Victory is just an exciting situation or what is noteworthy to you. Achievement may be a feeling of execution or merely keeping a definite view on your visions. A positive attitude only can be so worthwhile. Ever detect folks with "depressing" mind-sets tend to be inflicted with more troubles in life?

The dictionary equates "successes" as a "positive termination of tries or happenings". This virtually sounds fuzzy however exit backward and decipher this explanation two or three other times. It could not be more specific. Achievements is not a quantity or estimate of "significance" but rather a positive attainment no matter how many times it takes one to get to that triumph. This is why goal preparation is extremely crucial. We cannot accomplish anything if we do not plan or set a purpose as to what we are trying to achieve.

With the current real estate market and unemployment we should be optimistic and keep plunging ahead. If you have been in a reliable job for years and discover yourself on unemployment do not get dispirited. Focus on the awareness and experience you have and "vault" those hurdles. You will be astounded what you can realize by creating brand new measures, creating a plan and confronting "straight on" anything that gets in your track. We may have had to put up for sale our home, swap in that Mercedes but with a upbeat approach we will do well. Reach for that accomplishment, one pace at a time.

Wake up every morning with a plan. Work hard at accomplishing this plan and accomplishment will follow. Complete what you can to the best of your ability and you'll yet again set eyes on those dreams towards the end of the tunnel. - 32169

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Job Termination in This Economy

By Cardenas Cummings

In our current uncertain times we are now faced with the economic downturn affecting nearly everyone. The potential for losing our jobs can be psychologically and economically devastating. Uncertainty and instability can create unneeded turmoil.

The number one cause for termination usually is accredited to inferior work performance. Policies and procedures should be clearly outlined and the employee should review this information periodically to help safeguard them from an unexpected departure.

Dedication to your position and improving your skills will assure a more solid foundation within the organization. Be attentive and willing to learn. Asking for help shows perseverance to your superiors.

The manner in which you conduct yourself greatly affects your production and the production of those around you. A difficult or standoffish attitude tends to diminish overall team spirit. Negativity is not usually welcome in the workplace.

Work habits such as being late or calling in sick consume overall morale within the work environment. It takes the focus away from work and onto a negative platform which makes it difficult for even the most positive person to work through.

As a person managing others, it's important to set reasonable expectations for those within your group. A company manual that outlines these expectations will be helpful to all concerned. Heading off the problem before it begins is a great start.

When faced with the challenge of letting someone go, be compassionate but assertive. Keep the conversation brief and preferable in private. Based on the employees job description, showing them production standards or examples of behaviors they needed to demonstrate are helpful in getting your point across. This of course is based on the assumption you have had previous discussions with this particular employee.

As a leader, you too should learn something from your experience. Something as simple as a suggestion box in the break room may allow an exchange of communication which could help prevent a reoccurrence of the same situation. Communication is key to a long term employee to employer relationship. - 32169

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File for Chapter Thirteen to Stop Foreclosure

By Adam Whazzer

One thing that can sometimes be effective to stop foreclosure is filing for bankruptcy. If you decide to take this step, it's important to make sure you are filing for chapter thirteen bankruptcy reorganization, not chapter seven bankruptcy. A chapter seven bankruptcy will not save your home because your assets are sold off a during chapter seven bankruptcy.

You are a good candidate for bankruptcy reorganization under chapter- if you feel that changing the payment terms for your debts will allow you to be able to handle the payments. If you have so much debt that the payment will be too high for you no matter what the interest rate and terms are, then chapter thirteen bankruptcy organization is not a good idea for you.

When you file for reorganization under chapter thirteen, the foreclosure process on your home will be halted, at least temporarily. This can buy you some time to work out another plan for saving your home. For example, if you have a buyer but need more time for them to close. However, keep in mind that even if your plan succeeds, you are going to end up with a bankruptcy filing on your credit report in addition to the foreclosure action that is already there.

If you end up with both a home foreclosure and a chapter thirteen bankruptcy on your credit, it will really reduce your chances of getting a loan in the future. It is best to have as few negative marks as possible on your credit report. That is especially true of the biggest negatives - bankruptcy, foreclosure and eviction.

If you are more concerned about keeping your home than what your credit report looks like, chapter thirteen bankruptcy may be just the right solution for you. If the court approves your reorganization, you will be able to make payments to your mortgage holder and other creditors according to the new payment plan agreed upon during the bankruptcy process.

During bankruptcy reorganization, be careful not to agree to a repayment plan that will be extremely difficult for you to abide by. Think of this as your last chance to save your home. If you fall behind on your payments again after you have gone through a chapter thirteen bankruptcy, it is very unlikely that you will be able to save your home.

If you file for bankruptcy reorganization under chapter thirteen, there is a chance that you still may not be able to work out a payment plan with your creditors. There is no guarantee going into bankruptcy reorganization what the outcome will be. However, a good bankruptcy attorney will be able to help you determine whether a chapter thirteen bankruptcy is likely to be in your best interest.

Not everyone will benefit from bankruptcy reorganization, but depending on your circumstances it could be your best option for stopping foreclosure on your home. Be sure to do your homework first though because there are pros and cons to filing for chapter thirteen bankruptcy. Only you can decide whether the pros outweigh the cons. - 32169

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Is Your Business Recruiting in This Down Market?

By Hahn Boone

If you find your company in a position to hire someone quickly due to an unexpected resignation, you will find recruiting someone to be more challenging. With that in mind, recruiting should be a daily responsibility. This quick reflex to hire a candidate immediately might cause you to hire more out of desperation. The potential employee might lack the necessary skills required to fill the position.

The best recruits will be acknowledged and found through constant and diligent efforts. Only recruiting when it's a necessity will create a "knee-jerk" response and the outcome could have a negative reaction. Consider recruiting daily and possibly hiring on a monthly basis. Even if you don't hire, this will give you a great database of future candidates.

Take advantage of all recruiting tools and resources. Placing a Help Wanted ad occasionally in the paper used to suffice. In the current marketplace there are so many other recruiting options. Be versatile and creative with your recruiting approach. This will by far target many more prospective candidates that will be a positive addition to your work force.

In-house employees, job fairs, word of mouth and Internet sites are just a few of the tools at our disposal. Take full opportunity to utilize these resources.

First impressions count. Not just employer to employee, but vice versa. Many companies are in competition with one another. As an employer your interview with the candidate must be professional, efficient and responsive. Also be respectful of the recruits time and interests. This can easily be accomplished with organization, not postponing or cancelling the interview and getting back to the potential employee when you say you will. Making a promising impression prior to hiring the candidate will flow over when you do finally hire them as well.

If you find an excellent candidate, and they turn down your offer, do not get discouraged. Another job they might be considering could turn out not to be as positive as they thought. Staying in touch with the recruit will flatter them and increase the chances of you winning them back at a later time.

In certain sales industries such as real estate, it might behoove you to consider overstaffing when appropriate. Good people are always an asset. Having trained real estate agents or sales professionals in reserve who understand the company and its philosophy, will give you greater flexibility in expanding your team or in replacing a marginal performer.

Management's duty is to delegate responsibility. Recruiting is one area that might be better off left in the hands of management. Inexperienced recruiting tactics could be detrimental to your organization, not to mention the cost and ramifications that could be caused by hiring the wrong individual. The initial interview is of the utmost importance as is the final determination. - 32169

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Your Sphere of Influence is Your Road To Success

By Wilder Blake

One of the reasons a sales position can be so lucrative is that one client can turn into many. How many sales people do you know followed up with you after they sold you something? Personally, if a sales person does not follow up with me, they usually won't hear from me again. Could you imagine if you were to get one repeat customer a month how your sales could increase dramatically? By not touching base with your customers could have detrimental results.

Let's also not forget the 80/20 rule...where you get 80% of your business from 20% of your client base. That rule also applies in generating referrals.

Let's look at the real estate industry for a minute. Over 80% of real estate agents clients do not remember the name of the agent that represented them in a buying or selling transaction. By being proactive in periodic follow up would more than cut that percentage in half. Clients usually won't bother you with minor problems, but them knowing you are there for them if they need you is powerful. Continually putting your name in front of them has very positive results and will show in your sales figures.

In any sales industry, no matter how small or large, following up after the sale is an absolute must. If one client knows 3 people, who know 3 people and so on, just imagine how important touching base with your sphere of influence could result in huge future profits. Take a step back and count the number of sales people who followed up with you after you purchased their product or service.

With advanced technology, there is no excuse for you NOT to reach out and touch your past clients. Some of the resources available for you to follow up with your clients are written thank you cards, birthday or anniversary cards, or periodic emails.

With today's innovative ideas we can easily try to escape the phone call approach. This is probably more powerful than any other follow up technique and should not be forgotten. If it is available to you, then I would highly recommend incorporating this method in your follow up procedures. A few minutes of conversation will reconnect the rapport with your client.

Sales people seem to not realize how powerful follow up can be. Repeat business is what we all strive for and you will get positive results by including follow up in your daily or weekly agenda.

Add this "follow up with my sphere of influence" to your daily or weekly calendar. By doing so, you will see your sales increase significantly if not skyrocket to the top. - 32169

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Finding the Best Foreclosure Listing Is Involving But Deeply Rewarding

By Jason Myers

If you are a home searcher and want to look for some of the greates and hottest deals in the market, then there is just one word that should ring in your mind, and that is foreclosure.

Foreclosed houses are normally listed for costs that are way lower than their market value. And that makes them the greatest deals. The single duty that remains at hand is that of finding the best foreclosure ad that can get you even closure to securing a foreclosed home. But before you begin, you must be aware beforehand that the complete procedure is demanding and tiring, and it will take a huge amount of your time. But all that is perfectly expected as in the end, it all pays off and in a big way.

Foreclosure listings are normally indicated in most magazines and newsletters. But with the penetration of the internet into our daily lives, you can look at listings placed on websites.

Normally, you have the choice to look for any foreclosed home in the country, though the homes narrowing on a particular state, or county, may be of more essence as the assumption created is that you know the location that you wish to live in even before searching for the foreclosures.

One characteristic that is oftentimes difficult is that of patience as it is what you will require as you run through the foreclosure directories. There can be houses that are sweetly valued, but if you waited, you could snag an even better one. So it's highly suggested that you do not go for the initial listing you get. Rummage through some pages and you will be guaranteed of having a deal too good to be true.

But don't take very long as a great house might just pass you by. Make sure that you have the foreclosures you have reduced on inspected for professional approval prior to purchasing. - 32169

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Never Underestimate the Selling Power of Presentation

By Jason Myers

For most of the home owners, selling their home is defined as putting it in a directory and looking for a seller to come up with a lucrative selling cost. But there is a lot more you need to do to ensure that your home is a fast seller. And the best way to do that is to ensure that the presentation and initial impression you give will be memorable.

Prospective buyers often go online to see if they can view any listed home on sale. It is never sufficient to document about the house as you should provide a number of pictorial proof to match each information that you provide as well. That signifies when you are planning to sell a home, you should look around taking photos of each and every room, including the front lawn and the back yard as well. The internal and external parts of the home must be captured, and in a way designed to impress.

To plan for this, you need to ensure that your house is in a acceptable state. That means getting rid of all the unecessary in every room, and organizing everything out. The front lawn must be well trimmed and well taken care of, and also the backyard which should not contain any junk at all.

When you are taking the pictures, make sure that you are taking them in natural lighting, as most cameras are engineered to create the greatest photos that way. Ensure you capture each aspect of the house that draws attention.

It's long been said that image is everything and when you provide a good initial impression, you can be assured of positive reaction. Use the best photos in your presentation page and hang on to get the feedback that you get. If the procedure is performed right, you can be sure that your home will be selling in a short two weeks. - 32169

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Using Real Estate Software To Calculate Your Investments

By Jim Boxx

real estate for investment purposes requires a respectable understanding of the risks associated with the purchase decision. There are several resources offered to aid guide the choice, but few are as useful as a decent real estate investment software package.

Depending on your desires, there are a lot of complimentary software calculators offered, and their complexity ranges from high end packages to the extremely easy. For illustration, a convoluted real estate software may be able to completely compute investment danger of developing a complete that may be used to analyze full high rise development packages, and a easy real estate investment calculator can be as basic as an excel spreadsheet.

In spite of of your investment goals, a respectable analysis will facilitate you recognize the risks linked with each opportunity as well as the anticipated payoff. For most suburban and even multi-unit residential investors, a easy spreadsheet can be used to calculate the likely cash flow and long term return of an investment property. For more aggressive real estate investors, and individuals that need to show banks their proforma, there are a number of real estate investment software packages on hand that are reasonable, or perhaps without charge.

Whether or not you operate a software package, spreadsheet, or easy calculator, you do need to complete some analysis to understand the potential profit of a real estate . Even though investing in real estate bears a subordinate risk than other investments, the possibility still exists that the will cost more than it profits.

By performing your calculations in advance you make the investment using a real estate calculator or analysis software, you should be able to better manage your risk and make the most of your complete return.

Regardless of how you choose to perform your analysis, by performing these calculations before you commit cash to the investment can save you from the pain of losing money and possibly facing foreclosure if the property cash flow goes down. By being conservative, taking your time, and fully understanding the investment opportunity, you can better ensure that your investment expectations will be met - 32169

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Major Considerations For First Time House Buyers

By Jason Myers

Buying a house particularly a spacious one, is by no degree a small deal since there are various factors to be considered. Of course these are too many to enlist them all down, but there are major points that you should not overlook.

The premise is that not everybody can afford to invest on a property, and for the selected few who can, these are the factors that they are supposed to consider.

First is the location. There are good neighborhood prospects that can fall into the criteria that you are looking for, and you need to screen out those you like best. Your work place matters and you should consider that when choosing the location so that the morning journey to your place of work cannot be too long for convenience.

You need to know that good prospective neighborhoods come at an elevated price tag so you must adjust your budget if you are sure that the neighborhood or suburbia you are moving in to is is a good cluster. If the area is in the growing period and has the potential to turn into a popular place in the near future, you are in for a bargain, but that all depends on the expertise of your real estate agent and how good his negotiation skills are.

Speed is of the essence when purchasing a house. One reason is that if you fail to act, you leave the house with a thousand possibilities of being bought by someone else. This is where instinct is allowed to play its full course. That is if you have a really good feeling about a house, it would be wise to just get it immediately so that if you don't like it, you have the option to resell your property, normally at a better improved in position. - 32169

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Business Lines of Credit for Real Estate

By Nancy Geils

Because Investing in real estate has become a new lifestyle choice for thousands of people all over the world. With the increase in foreclosed homes and auction sold properties in the last year; there has been a dramatic increase in the possibilities of finding great houses for bargain prices. Investors are buying foreclosed properties, doing them up and selling them on for great profits. Flipping houses has become a new trend in real estate, and has proved to be a great way to make money. Having money readily available to refurbish the properties however is one of the biggest problems that new investors face, but business lines of credit are providing them with the ultimate solution.

Business lines of credit are a revolving credit facility provided by banks and financial institutions. Investors can apply for a line of credit with a bank which is typically given as either a cash credit or in the form of an overdraft. The agreed credit limit is then readily available for when the need arises, and the money can be used to flip a new home.

Business lines of credit are proving to be very beneficial to businesses worldwide. Unlike the traditional loans; lines of credit can be drawn upon and repaid at any time, and interest is only charged on the outstanding balance. There is no term time for business lines of credit, so the money can sit in your bank until it is needed. There is typically an annual review conducted with the financial institution, where credit amounts can be changed if desired.

Real estate investors are finding business lines of credit a very valuable asset. The increased cash flow enables refurbishment and renovation work to be done on a property without the need of having to use your own money. Cash can be drawn out of the bank and used to decorate and do up a property, and can be repaid upon the sale of the house. Business lines of credit provide investors with a new flexibility which is proving to be highly valuable.

Having money readily available to buy and do up a property is one of the biggest problems that a new real estate investor can face, and business lines of credit are solving that problem. After having purchased a home in need of revamping; money is at hand to fix up the house to a great standard. The property can then be put back onto the real estate market and be sold for a large profit to a new buyer. The money made on the sale of the house can be partly used to repay the financial institution or bank, and the rest is pure profit. Once a new investor has flipped their first house, it becomes easier to do a second, and eventually to manage a larger property portfolio. Business lines of credit are allowing new investors to find the means to buy and do up homes and to realise their dreams as real estate investors.

For more information go to: www.cashforrealestate.comB - 32169

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The Importance Of Stopping A San Diego Foreclosure

By Vernon Young

There are a lot of people who wanted to settle and have a "new" life in San Diego or in any other part of California. Well, it is indeed a good place to start one. We cannot be sure why it could sometimes attract a lot of people to dwell there. Maybe it is because of Hollywood being there, or the plethora of job opportunities, or the weather etc.

In the second quarter of this year alone, San Diego foreclosures amounted up to roughly around 3500. Think about this number. A lot of people are paying more than what their home is worth.

Such mortgage debt may be faced by a homeowner when purchasing or buying a California foreclosure. In this way, instead of owning a new home the owner faces to lose the new house and at the same time lose large amount of money and not to mention affecting his credit rating that will narrow its chances and opportunity to have his own dream house.

That is why more and more families today are experiencing financial problems and struggling to get out of the mess that they have never expected when they decided to buy a new house. Some were lucky to have their dream houses in San Diego California. However, many are still facing a San Diego foreclosure and still in a deep hole because most of these homeowners owe more money than what their home is worth.

So, in order to get rid of the bad reputation or image these things may put on real estate agents, these agents are now avoiding selling houses out of foreclosures. The economy today is really posing a grave threat and putting people at risk in order to hold a house that will not make it any better.

It will also benefit the debtor since they would no longer deal the expensive costs associated with a San Diego foreclosure. This assures them that the debts are paid much faster rather than taking the risk of the debtor filing for bankruptcy.

New buyers looking for a new house in California can avail of a short sale as well. This is also a great benefit on their part since houses from a short sale would be less expensive from those that were mortgaged.

San Diego foreclosures in general are just concrete proofs that the economy is not doing very well. But then, real estate companies and creditors do not just let California foreclosures happen because they know that they will also be burdened by this financial woe of the debtor. - 32169

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