|Very interesting point of view about a subject we all thought we understood, but didn't. Considering the looming end of the Tax Forgiveness Act which saves defaulters from paying income tax on the forgiven debt, this article is of even greater interest today.|
|The overblown threat of strategic defaults Source: latimes.comWalkaways. Jingle mail. Strategic defaults.|
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Today we went to see a charming brick apartment building located at 5119 Eagle Rock Boulevard and spied some fantastic views from the roof. The 1923-built apartment building is for sale for $995,000, and has six studio apartments upstairs and five commercial units on street level. The building has been refurbished by the current owner, and even has a back yard for tenants to use. Want to see this great opportunity? Call us at 323.243.1234 to schedule an appointment.
|In case you were wondering how much your own housing situation would be affected by the big mortgage settlement: probably zilch...|
|Mortgage settlement is great — for politicians and banks Source: latimes.com I hate a parade. And the parade of rosy self-congratulation staged last week by the creators of the $25-billion mortgage fraud settlement with five big banks is the kind of parade I really hate.|
We enjoyed a delicious meal at Halong Bay in Eagle Rock tonight - have you tried it yet? Great atmosphere, delicious food (I recommend the grilled pork chop), attentive service, good selection of beer and wine, what else could you need! Check it out next time you want to dine out in Eagle Rock.
Cash buyers are exerting downward pressure on prices, according to a report in DSNews.com, quoting a study from HousingPulse Survey. This article points out that with distressed properties, the investors with cash dominate the market and that sellers often take lower cash offers because the deal can be closed faster with fewer problems. As a result, the first-time and FHA buyers are shut out of the entry-level distressed property market. This is a funny kind of capitalism in action. Free market means that the seller does not have to take the highest offer, they are free to choose a lower offer with cleaner terms.
But if you are a cash buyer and you want a really nice home, you don’t necessarily have the same influence on price. You may still get the deal, but only if you do offer the highest price. I could quote several stories over the last several years in which the winning bid in multiple offers was cash for homes that were not at the low end of the price range. I represented a buyer last year who purchased a couple of homes in La Canada and Pasadena by either paying cash or agreeing to no loan or appraisal contingencies. One of the highest sales in Eagle Rock last year was all cash, and this year I have seen cash buyers competing with each other on good properties, driving up the price as a result.
Where is all this cash coming from? Lots of places: investments that have been earning a fraction of a percent interest in CDs, sales of businesses, inheritances, divorces, lawsuits, and retirement accounts, even savings. Another source is the Bank of Mom and Dad, which sometimes is a gift and sometimes is a gift that is expected to be returned at some future time.
What does all this mean?
When hard times arise, so does crime.
The latest real estate scam strikes at people who are struggling to find a home they can afford in a nice neighborhood. The fraudulent “owners” find a house for sale that appears to be vacant, look up the owner's name, then advertise it on Craigslist or Hotpads or other free websites as being for rent for a really great price. The ad has an email/phone that goes to them, not the real owner. The “victim,” a.k.a. prospective tenant, is told to go look through the windows and see if they want to rent the property. Then they are advised that they can secure the property by sending a money order to a particular address.
If you think about it, this is almost as lame as the prince of some distant African kingdom needing your help to obtain his inheritance. The prospective tenant goes to the property, sees the Realtor’s for sale sign, calls the Realtor and finds out that the deal is a scam, and does not send the money to the fraudulent owner.
One woman told us that she lead the scammer on for a little why and he told her to just peek in the windows of the house "since he is in Washington and his wife the "minister" is in Texas so they wouldn't be able to meet her. He told her he would send her the keys and rental documents via overnight mail if she wired him $2400 through Western Union.
Here's the basic response that people get when they inquire on what looks like an amazing rental deal (click to view larger):
What can I do? I have reported the ad as a scam and the website has not removed the ad. I am not a detective or a law enforcement officer. All I’ve thought of so far is to courteously tell every person who calls me that it is for sale not for lease and to congratulate them that they are smart enough to check on a story that sounded too good to be true. And to write this blog to let you know what goes on out there.
The only thing that really can be done is to spread the word about these scams so people can recognize them when they happen. Please forward this on!
Our buyers just closed escrow on this Spanish Revival-style home at 4032 Hampstead Road, La Canada. Featuring a formal living with fireplace, formal dining room, sunroom, library, breakfast nook, and panoramic views, this home is located in the La Canada school district. The lower level of this home provides room for recreation room, gym, and plenty of storage. The terraced back yard has a pool and spa, patio, and views. Congratulations to our buyers!
Listed for $1,290,000
Sold for $1,315,000
4 bedrooms, 4 baths
2,956 sq. ft. on a 0.43 acre lot
Built in 1938
Listing Courtesy of Janice McGlashan, Coldwell Banker
Interesting homes for Interesting people
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|3 tips for staging your home to sell Source: lowes.inman.com Today's buyers are looking for turnkey homes. That is, they want to move right in without having to do a lot of work. Buyers with busy lifestyles pay a premium for listings that are in prime condition. Staging can make the difference between a listing selling or not, the time it takes to sell, and the ultimate sale price.|