Archive for April 30th, 2011

OC Green Realtor Issues Eco-Footprint Challenge

Posted on April 30, 2011. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: |

Once again this ever-vigilant Orange County green Realtor has been scouring and searching for eco-friendly ideas to share with the world. And I’m pleased to say I recently discovered a unique set of resources for anyone who’s ever wondered what kind of impact they’re having on this planet’s ecology.

OK, even if you haven’t exactly been sitting up nights pondering the matter, you definitely should know about this opportunity. I’m talking about five super websites that will reveal how big a footprint you’re leaving on earth’s precious environment. If you’re the least bit curious, please take a moment visit at least one of these sites —

earthlab – Invites you to learn how big a carbon footprint you’re leaving on the earth. Just provide a bit of info, and you’ll get your carbon score free of charge. Take this challenge, and prepare to cut back on the carbon.

Conservation Internaitional – Organization that provides smart solutions to protect our natural resources. Offers user-friendly carbon calculator gives you a quick peek at your pollution.

Carbonfund – Another wonderful site dealing with … you guessed it, carbon and how you can contribute less of it. Features CarbonFree® Partner program, a unique way to help your business calculate, reduce, and offset carbon footprints.

National Wildlife Federation – Works across the country to protect the ultimate life-sustaining resource, water. Features water calculator.

Center for Neighborhood Technology – This organization has been a leader in promoting urban sustainability, or the more effective use of existing resources. Airhead, the site’s emissions calculator, will teach you just how much air pollution you create.

After You Know the Size of Your Footprint…

We’d like to know how you did. And, what positive changes you plan to make. Don’t worry. This won’t affect your FICO score. But your efforts will have a positive impact on our planet. You can fire off a comment below. Or or tweet @weeksteam with #green.

And, of course, if I can be of help, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. You can connect with me at 949.338.7408 or  angie@askangie.com,  @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam.

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Orange County Foreclosure and Short Sale Advice

Posted on April 30, 2011. Filed under: First Time Buyer help |

When faced with a possible Orange County foreclosure is very tempting to move forward with a short sale or allowing the foreclosure without much thought. This is usually tempting for a homeowner because a short sale can function as a preventative measure on a pending foreclosure. There are a lot of facts about foreclosures and short sales that homeowners need to know about before they ever move forward with either one.

The good news is that there are plenty of companies out there whose business it is to help homeowners keep the homes they’ve work so hard to obtain. The first thing you need to do before letting a foreclosure complete or moving forward with a short sale is to contact a trusted real estate agent. He/she will be able to advise you on the best course of action based on a great number of things such as the length of time in your home, how much is left on the mortgage, and your eligibility for a number of anti-foreclosure programs. You also need to contact your lender to let them know that you’re interested in pursuing a course of action other than foreclosure. If a short sale is what you’re looking at then you’ll want to see if your lender will qualify you for one.

After you’ve spoken with your real estate agent and your lender you’ll need to evaluate everything and consider all possibilities. Those homeowners who have no choice or decide on letting a lender foreclose on their home should still work closely with with a real estate agent to help guide them through the process and make sure that the treated fairly and according to law. Homeowners who are able to take advantage of short sale should also work with a trusted real estate agent for the same reasons. Moreover those homeowners who are eligible for one of the many anti-Orange County foreclosure programs will also need to work with a real estate agent who has experience and extensive knowledge about these programs. This person will be able to help the homeowner makes sense of the complicated processes involved in all these programs and help them navigate the murky waters that surround them.

Whether it’s a foreclosure, short sale, refinance, or some other program that keeps them in their home, it’s extremely important to work with a professional when faced with any of these things. This is because there are some lenders who are less than fair to homeowners and there also numerous scams out there that aim to take advantage of people facing these types of crises.

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