Archive for January, 2013

I am excited for what the year 2013 has to bring, but for a moment, Realtors knew serious change was imminent. The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 had expired on December 31, 2012. More setbacks for “upside down” homeowners were expected. For example, homeowners that did not complete a “short-sale”, prior to the mentioned date, could anticipate a change in after sale tax consequences.

Suddenly, great news arrived! In early January, with all the fiscal fiasco, a revived miracle happened. U.S. Congress extended the Act of 2007 for one more year. In other words, December 31, 2013 is the new expiration date of this Act. Many current homeowners that still need to complete a short-sale could use the many benefits it offers for a distressed homeowner.

If there was ever a good time to put a home up for sale, it is in 2013. With experts such as, KCM Crew, from Holbrook, New York, projecting 3-3.5% appreciation nationwide on home values, and increase of bank cooperation with homeowners and Realtors, things are looking better for the real estate recovery.

First, what is a short-sale? CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) training says, “A short sale is, and occurs, when a negotiation is entered into with the homeowner’s mortgage company (or companies) to accept less than the full balance of the loan at closing. A buyer closes on the property, and the property is then ‘sold short’ of the total value of the mortgage and foreclosure is avoided.” A question many still have, “How do I know if I qualify for a short-sale, and will this Act of 2007 still benefit me?”

If you, a friend, a family member, or a neighbor owes more on your home than what it is currently worth, here are some recommendations. First, share you specific situation to a certified and trained Realtor who understands the short-sale process. Second, become informed of all of your options. Third, with help of your certified and trained Realtor, decide the best option for you and take massive action until completed.

We realize that homeowners have many questions. Here are some helpful things you can do right now. If you or someone you know is wondering if they qualify for short-sale; qualify for a possible $3,000 assisted relocation money; need better understanding of this extended Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007; or, if you were told in 2012 you couldn’t do a short-sale, but still have nagging suspicion you were misinformed, then please feel free to download right now our FREE reports at for immediate answers.

Last, we will be hosting a FREE Pre-Foreclosure Solutions Seminar for homeowners on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:00am-12pm in Hesperia, CA. Please call right now our FREE voice-recorded line to RSVP at, 1.866.476.1677 Ext. 01753. As always, feel free to connect with me personally at: If this article helped you in any way, please share it with a loved one. The more you give, the more that comes back to you.

A couple of weeks ago we talked about how a home is like running a business. In this article we will move straight forward into household budget tips promised from part one of the previous article.

A household budget consists of eight important categories. They are the following: charity, saving, food, utilities, housing, transportation, clothing, and personal. When a person gains control over each of these areas, they eliminate a weight of apprehension and can step into the flow of anticipation.

First on the list, charity, it is a simple yet amazing concept. Givers flourish, and more comes back their way. When thinking about giving ask one simple question, “How can I contribute back to the world with my money in a way that represents me?” You’ll be amazed at the answers you have, start with one, and as you increase financially you’ll do far more than you imagined. The key is to start with what you have, not until you have. Second is saving, set an amount you will save based on your current income level and start there. The key in saving is to eventually save at least six months of total household expenses in case of an emergency. Saving is not meant to create wealth, that’s what investing is for. Third is food, these are the monthly expenses of all the food from groceries and dining out. Fourth is utilities, identify consistent expenses in things like gas, water, electricity, phone, internet, cable, and so forth. Fifth, housing, this expense category should be fairly exact each month, these include your first mortgage/rent, second mortgage, real estate taxes, repairs, homeowner insurance, and so forth. Sixth, transportation, these are your car payment(s), gas and oil, auto insurance, repairs, tires, and any other car related expense. Seventh, clothing, these are any purchases for anyone in the household. Eighth, personal, which consist of life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, child care/sitter, entertainment, gym membership, and any other related expense.

Knowing where you currently stand financially is anticipation. Anticipation helps eliminate unnecessary guessing and causes productivity to soar like an eagle! I highly recommend all my real estate clients to become debt-free and to make that their goal even when it looks “impossible” to start. The best kept secret is this, do all you can with all you currently have today, not tomorrow, today. Before you know it, once you apply this principle for 365 times in one year, you’ll be far ahead. Once a family is out of debt they can step into investing, and when investing is done properly, that debt-free individual or family become a force for greatness.

If this article helped you in any way, please share it with a loved one. The more you give, the more that comes back to you. Happy 2013!

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