Wednesday, May 25, 2011

10 real estate deal killers that buyers AND sellers need to avoid


Avoiding real estate transaction deal killers!




If a qualified home-buyer has found their dream home and a home seller was lucky enough to find that qualified buyer, potential deal killers must be found and stopped!

In today’s real estate marketplace for single-family homes nobody has to tell the seller of a home that the environment is extremely challenging. Deal killers, particularly after the transaction is underway, can be devastating for both sides.

Some of the challenges to selling include supply issues (too many homes on the market), a scarcity of potential buyers, a scarcity of potential buyers who can actually quality for financing and an economy that has people questioning whether this is the right time to take on the financial responsibility of owning a home.

This list provides 10 of the top real estate deal killers that buyers and sellers can face that can and need to be avoided at all costs. Some involve money (i.e. money can solve the problem before it becomes a deal killers) some involve the city or town while some involve more emotional issues that the whole process brings to the surface.

10 of the top deal killers in a real estate transactions

Read about these 10 deal killers at The Economic Spy here.


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Buyer beware of mortgage securitization audit scams


What is a mortgage securitization audit? First things first, what is a mortgage securitization?

This topic is vast and it opens up the world of Wall Street, the mortgage industry, the real estate boom, foreclosures and an investment product that you may or may not have heard of by the name of REMIC’s.

It gets into acronyms like MERS, CMBS, MBS and terms like robo-signing. It involved acts like fraudulent notarizations and attempts by the banks to avoid mortgage recording fees.

In fact the story is so vast that by the end of this article I may not have gotten to the reason I started writing it in the first place which is mortgage securitization audits.

MERS, Wall Street, the foreclosure crisis and making money

Securitization of mortgages

This story has many twists and turns that I will get to in the near future, but for starters it has to do with money. Specifically Wall Street making a whole lot of money by buying up 1000s of mortgages of a similar quality from the lenders who made the loans, packaging all of those loans into a security or bond-like product, and then selling that security to investors all over the world.

They would then repeat that process over and over again. Because the original lender making the loan was not holding on to it, the need to make 100% sure that it was a good loan lost some of its importance.

The bottom-line to the lenders that made the loans and the Wall Street banks who bought these loans and resold them was that the quicker the process went the more money they would all make.

A little something known as underwriting standards got pushed to the side of the road because all of the risk was being taken by investors around the world who thought they were buying triple-A paper while all of the reward went to the originating banks.

Did I forget to mention that the rating agencies also had a major role to play in this mess?

Stay tuned for more of the story.

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