2016 OC Home Fair & Homeownership Day – You’re Invited!

Posted on January 6, 2016. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Informed Investor Alliance, Making Life Easier, Orange County CA Foreclosures, Orange County Home Improvement, Orange County Real Estate, Orange County Short Sales | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Orange County housing forecast

Will you be able to move in 2016?

Thinking about making some real estate moves this year or next? Check out The OC Home Fair at Chapman University coming up on Jan 30th. The event is free and offers 5 sessions guided by experts (1/2 hour each) with various classes for all levels of real estate education.

Taking a Saturday every year to protect your biggest investment is a great success strategy. Just think of how much better your life would be if you maximized your real estate opportunities! This event is pitch-free and will teach you to do just that. Fill out the form below for a personalized session plan based off your individual real estate goals:






We look forward to seeing you at #HomeownershipDay & helping you achieve your OC real estate goals!

Questions??? Comment below or like our for more details Facebook page.

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TRID – What Consumers Need to Know

Posted on November 9, 2015. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Informed Investor Alliance, Lenders & Loan info, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , , , |

clock-runningTRID is the TILA / RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule which is designed to help consumers understand the mortgage and real estate buying process more thoroughly.

How to most industry people see it? TRID is dirt spelled backwards 🙂 It’s a pretty big change and it’s causing delays. We’re annoyed.

45 is the new 30. That’s what everyone’s saying about an escrow timeline. In order to close in 30 days, everything has to flow perfectly. Now be honest, how often does that happen???

In this perfect world…Escrow needs to get the fee sheet over the day the lender requests it.

Furthermore, disclosures need to go out immediately, and the appraisal needs to be ordered pronto. Before loan docs, well pretty much before anything, a CD (Closing Disclosure) needs to get out to the borrower. The best lenders right now are providing this digitally, and those who aren’t (*ahem* B of A, Chase, Wells) have a closing timeframe of 60+ days, which is completely unacceptable.  Every time something big changes, a new Closing Disclosure must go out and there is a 3 day mandatory waiting period. There’s no more room for sloppy documents and slow turnaround for paperwork. Having a good real estate team (title, escrow, lender, and Realtor) who all communicate is crucial more than ever with these TRID guidelines.

Delays can be caused by any one or more of these simple elements within the escrow process:

  • HOA dues
  • HOA transfer fees
  • HOA move in/out fee
  • Sewer lateral
  • Roof inspection
  • Pest inspection
  • Security deposit transfers
  • Insurance Certification costs
  • Prorated rents
  • Seller rent backs
  • Mobile signing fees
  • POA preparation fees
  • Subordination prep fees
  • Draw deed fees
  • Buyer paid Realtor commission
  • Repair credits
  • Carbon monoxide detectors missing

Inspections should be done as soon as possible to avoid any of the above issues. Changing lenders in the middle of the deal now undoes the entire timeline and forces everyone to start over.  You need to interview your lenders and have your team in place BEFORE escrow starts. Call us if you need referrals for competent lenders here in Orange County.

If you’re already in escrow with another team, make sure your agent orders Home Warrantee, all disclosures and inspections right away, and is in good touch with the lender. These are all standard practice already with the AskAngie team.

As a seller, you can help too. Right when you open escrow, call the management company right away with the credit card info and order your HOA documents. They are famously one of the slowest moving parts of an escrow so it should be addressed on day 1.

If you have any comments or questions about working with the new normal and TRID, don’t hesitate to call 949-338-7408, comment below, or tweet @AngieWeeks !

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Reverse Mortgages in Orange County – Love it or Leave it?

Posted on October 27, 2015. Filed under: Informed Investor Alliance, Lenders & Loan info | Tags: , , , , , , |

Reverse Mortgage Answers orange countyWe’ve all heard good and bad about the reverse mortgage market, so today I went to a class given by Dirk Pierce with Retirement Funding Solutions at the OC Register building to find out more information. Knowledge is power, right?! Plus it’s not fair to form an opinion about something until the proper research and due diligence is done.

What is a Reverse Mortgage?

Basically, a reverse mortgage lets homeowners convert a portion of the equity in their homes into cash, and eliminate their monthly mortgage payments.

Interestingly enough, Reverse Mortgages are over 100 years old, and they are also available in Britain, Chile, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Korea. They were designed to help people who where house rich and cash poor, and were also known as ‘shared equity’. Fast forward to 1989, and Ronald Reagan helped to create the first government regulated Reverse Mortgage plans under the FHA umbrella.

Another variation of a reverse mortgage is HECM for Purchase; both share similiar features:

  • Both are FHA
  • Neither have monthly payment requirements
  • Both offer adjustable or fixed rates

You’ll use HECM for purchase when you are planning to buy a new property, for example to downsize, etc.  Reverse Mortgage is when you stay in your existing home, and simply refinance.

HECM for purchase is an FHA loan that enables a person age 62+ to purchase a home with as little as 40% to 51% down and never make monthly mortgage payments.  So basically you can get a 500K home for 250K and never make payments if you meet the age requirements. BUT….interest still accrues on your mortgage balance. The nice thing about the programs is they come with the following protections:

  • Guarantee that FHA will honor the terms of the loan if the lender becomes insolvent
  • Guarantee that you would never owe more than the house was worth
  • Guarantee that there is no personal liability for repayment of the loan by you or your heirs. It is truly a non-recourse loan.
  • Guarantees that the loan won’t become due until the last remaining borrower leaves the home.

Frequently there is remaining equity in the home…what happens with that? After the home is sold, any remaining equity goes to the heirs.

Do you qualify for a reverse mortgage?

  • minimal credit requirements
  • minimal debt to income ratios

What types of properties are allowed?

  • single family
  • PUD
  • 1-4 unit property
  • FHA approved condo
  • new construction
  • NOT second homes or investment properties, sorry!

More reverse mortgage facts:

  • Only YOUR name is on the title, so don’t believe the rumors that the bank is on title.
  • The loan becomes due when the last remaining borrower leaves the home.
  • You can sell whenever you want to, and they do not have a prepayment penalty.
  • Family has up to a year to either refinance your property with a normal mortgage or sell it before the loan is officially due.

Reverse Mortgages are all age based, so contact Dirk today if you’d like a chart to see what your down payment would be at your age.  Want to learn more? Register for his class at http://www.OCHomeFair.com on Jan 30th, 2016.

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What’s in store for Orange County Real Estate in 2014?

Posted on January 14, 2014. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Informed Investor Alliance, Lenders & Loan info, Orange County CA Foreclosures, Orange County Real Estate, Orange County Short Sales | Tags: , , , , , , |

Orange County 2014 Real Estate Economic Forecast

What’s in store for 2-0-1-4?

Today we had the pleasure of attending a lunch & learn by The Real Estate Focus Group and Steven Thomas, one of Orange County’s best real estate forecasters.  Steven’s reports have been published in Forbes, USA today, NY Times, and especially the OC Register because he’s constantly pulling tons of valuable data about what’s going on with the OC housing market.

2013 Real Estate Review

In 2013, short sale volume dropped by 61%, (holla:) we experienced a hot hot hot market with 18% appreciation and then the unrealistic sellers entered the market after June.  We saw many more move up sellers, which is a great sign.  There was a significant lack of inventory at the beginning of the year, followed by a spike and overpriced inventory in the fall.  We also had a refinance bonanza, so hopefully you took advantage of that!  Interest rates are still historically low, but tapering is looming, so 2014 is a year to get your financing while financing is still good.

2014 Real Estate Ramp Up

We currently have 5000 homes on the Orange County market, and we have a 49% increase in inventory since this time last year.  Our market is healthy because interest rates are still low (but expected to go up), and we are currently at 90% equity (standard) sales.

Only 5% of the mortgaged homes in Orange County are currently underwater.  That means 95% of you are back to even or have (gasp!) equity – FABULOUS NEWS – and this makes the perfect formula for a continued move up market.  If you’d like to get the house with the yard or the pool, this year is opportunity time for you.

First time buyers who have been squeezed out of the market the last 12 months will come back, even though their rates are a little higher and FHA guidelines have changed.  In addition, more luxury buyers are expected to enter the market this year.

Sellers, our expected time for a properly priced home on the market in Orange County is 93 days.  Our median sales price is 610K, and buyers, your monthly payment for a 4.5% loan at this price is approximately $2500.  Still affordable.  Unless you like paying off your landlord’s mortgage instead.

New home construction is going up: Rancho Mission Viejo, Great Park Irvine, and Baker’s Ranch in Foothill Ranch are all big developments underway.  Remember it’s still a good idea to have a Realtor represent you even in a new build situation, so be sure to call us if you would like to check out any of the inventory out there.

Some concerns for 2014….. uncertainty, lack of fair market value homes, interest rates, and the circus in Washington DC.

Some expectations for 2014…… buyers will insist on fair market value vs. paying over appraisal, active inventory will continue to rise, interest rates will continue to rise, and we should have a mild appreciation of 0-5%.

If you are interested in MORE geeky data, we have it at our fingertips!  Just email angie@askangie.com, tweet @angieweeks or @weeksteam, or call 877-230-3211 to request a copy of this month’s Orange County housing report.

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California Real Estate Market Update from Leslie Appleton Young

Posted on November 15, 2013. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Informed Investor Alliance, Lenders & Loan info, Orange County CA Foreclosures, Orange County Real Estate, Orange County Short Sales | Tags: , , , , |

California Real Estate Market update 2014What’s in store for Orange County Real Estate and the California market in general in 2014? We had The California Association of Realtors Chief Economist Leslie Appleton Young present a ton of great market data and facts today, so we wanted to share with you!

Here are 8 quick facts about CA Real Estate:

1. REO level is at 5%. There are only 205 bank owned properties for sale in OC right now.

2. There are now only 15.4% underwater homeowners in California.

3. Foreclosure and delinquency rates are now at their historic normal level. (Big WHOOP WHOOP!!)

4. Sept median price in CA for detached homes: $428,810

5. 72% of properties from the beginning of this year had multiple offers. (This is why you need a good Realtor!)

6. 82% of investors bought & HELD. Only 18% flips in 2013.

7. There are 3.6 months of inventory supply in CA as of Sept.

8. Only 28% of buyers were first time buyers because they were outbid by all cash investors 😦 The long running average is 38%.

The big question: Will there be home appreciation or depreciation in 2014????????

Leslie predicts we will have more inventory, and sales volume will be up 3.2%. She is projecting a 6% appreciation, and mortgage rates will RAISE to 5.3%.

What does this mean for you? It’s a great time to seize the opportunity of lower prices while rates are still in the 4’s! Call us at 877-230-3211 for help and to maximize your investments!

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Why Buy Orange County Property NOW?

Posted on June 6, 2012. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , |

Orange County Property is a great investment for TWO reasons right now:

  1. Home prices have dropped SIGNIFICANTLY in the last 5 years, the median home in Orange County is now an affordable $435K!
  2. Loan rates are the lowest they’ve been in 20+ years.  A picture is worth 1000 words:

Reproduced with the permission of Mortgage-X.com

If there were ever a time to buy Orange County property, its now.  Renters are renting properties that they could be buying for the same price or LESS.  Down payments are affordable, and banks are even allowing ‘gift money’ if you haven’t been able to save your down payment.

Call us NOW 877-230-3211 before this window of opportunity closes.  The presidential election is coming up, and that can frequently cause uncertainty in the economy, which can drive up interest rates.  Questions?? tweet @angieweeks or call one of our preferred lenders for info!

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Do You Qualify for a Loan Modification?

Posted on November 10, 2011. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Lenders & Loan info, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , |

I’m astounded at how many Orange County homeowners qualify for a loan modification. And I’m even more astounded that they never seize the opportunity, generally because there’s so much misinformation floating around. As a result, hundreds of distressed homeowners never get the help they need. Mike Hatcher, seasoned modification advisor with the Ascent Network, is here again to offer a wealth of valuable insights —

The best thing I can do is clear away all the debris of misinformation.  So, in no particular order, here’s a list of GREAT loan modification candidates:

  • Those yearning to save an average of $1,000 a month — our average improvement.
  • Those with W2 income between $40k-$130k. Or the self employed, who usually don’t qualify for a refinance. We are 99% successful securing modifications for this group.
  • Those who never “rob Peter to pay Paul” in order to cover the bills.
  • Those who have perfect payment records but wonder how long they can afford to make their payments.
  • Those in default and are 14 days from a foreclosure sale on their property.
  • People worried sleepless because they fear losing their home and fear seeking help. This reluctance typically is the result of mass misinformation.
  • Those who want to shoot their spouse (or realtor) for deciding to purchase the house back in the mid-2000s.
  • Individuals seeking a long-term mortgage solution with a fixed rate.
  • Those who realize that renting ultimately costs more, don’t want to pay for or expend the energy for a move, and don’t want to live in someone else’s rental property.
  • Those who fail to qualify with their lender, or are given a token $30-$100 monthly savings modification as a consolation prize.

Quite a list, with more than a few surprises, eh? So, are you ready to learn how a loan  modification can put $1,000 extra in your pocket every month? Just call Mike at 877.871.2400  x15.  You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to cast your financial worries to the wind.

And, of course, if you’d like to learn more about the variety of opportunities the Orange County real estate market offers, I’ll be delighted to help. Just call, tweet, or email me at 949.338.7408,   @AngieWeeks, @WeeksTeam, or  angie@askangie.com.  I’m ready to assist you in any way I can.

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Why Loan Modifications Are Great For Investors

Posted on November 9, 2011. Filed under: Lenders & Loan info, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , |

You all know that Orange County homeowners can reap substantial rewards from loan modifications.  But were you aware that loan mods are a great avenue for investors as well? Believe it or not, most investors can qualify for this excellent financial option. Here’s a quick overview by Mike Hatcher, seasoned modification advisor with the Ascent Network

Here at the Ascent Network, a faith-based, non-profit organization, we offer a number of outstanding options for investors. Thanks to our experienced and knowledgeable team, we’ve helped thousands of clients since 2007.  And one of the major ways is by securing loan modifications for investors. Why should you pursue a loan mod if you’re an investor? Here are the five top reasons:

1.   Income qualification is based on Profit and Loss (P&L), which we help put together for you, not your tax return. A P&L is a great asset. That’s because, depending on your debt to income thresholds, deductions may or may not be applied to ensure the best fit for a client.

2.   Our average, the investor modification rate is 4.25-4.5%

3.   This is a fixed rate.

4.   The term typically is 30 years, with some going as long as 40 years. For the record, 30% of lenders consider a 40-year term.

5.   We negotiate successful outcomes with 80% of our clients.

Would you like to learn how modification can help you leverage the value of your investment property to put more cash in your pocket on a monthly basis? Call Mike at 877.871.2400 x15, and boost the cash flow from your investment property.

And, of course, if you’d like to learn more about the variety of opportunities the Orange County real estate market offers, I’ll be delighted to help. Just call, tweet, or email me at 949.338.7408,   @AngieWeeks, @WeeksTeam, or  angie@askangie.com.  I’m ready to assist you in any way I can.

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How Short Sales and Foreclosures Can Affect You

Posted on August 12, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Lenders & Loan info, Making Life Easier, Orange County CA Foreclosures, Orange County Real Estate, Orange County Short Sales | Tags: , , |

It’s the law of the universe. Every action triggers a reaction. And this law certainly comes into play in the world of foreclosures and short sales. If you’re an Orange County homeowner who’s gonna go through with one or the other, it’s best to know what’s in store for you when the dust settles.

Derek Beisner, a certified mortgage specialist with New American Funding, cites the following as among the most important potential affects of a short sale or foreclosure action. Derek points out that guidelines in this area are always subject to change. But as of this posting, these are some possibilities consumers definitely should be aware of.

  • With a short sale, the lending institution has the legal right to 1099 the seller for the difference between what the house sold for and what was owed on the property. Bear in mind that this has been changed to a non-taxable 1099 for the years 2010 to 2012.
  • In a foreclosure situation, a buyer must wait 3 years from the foreclosure date to get an FHA loan. Securing ownership of a property also will require a minimum credit score of 620 and a letter of explanation documenting the reason for foreclosure.

As with any other important undertaking, it’s best to get the input of an expert before plunging into a short-sale. Derek advises speaking to a CPA or Real Estate attorney well in advance of taking action.

After all the foreclosure or short sale dust settles, your credit definitely will need some major repair work. The good news is that credit repair is very do-able. Derek recommends three fundamental steps:

  • Establish new credit.
  • Know your credit score.
  • Consult a credit repair specialist to get things back on track.

If you would like to learn more about Orange County short sales and foreclosures, Derek will be delighted to help. You can reach him 949-637-9939 or derek@derekbeisner.com.

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Orange County Foreclosure Help – TEN Dimensions Team

Posted on August 11, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County CA Foreclosures, Orange County Real Estate, Orange County Short Sales | Tags: , , , |

Pull Yourself Out of Foreclosure Chaos

The prospect of foreclosure typically whips up a whirlpool of financial and emotional woes for homeowners facing this very stressful scenario. More often than not, folks caught in the swirl of foreclosure chaos feel overwhelmed, out of control, and hopelessly trapped.  

Fortunately, we at Weeks Team understand the excruciating trials and tribulations that those confronting the foreclosure beast experience. That’s why we’ve put together a powerful team of Orange County short sale specialists who can help you pull yourself out of foreclosure chaos. As you’ll see, each member of this carefully-selected team is an expert in his or her particular field. As such, they have the knowledge and skill to guide you to your best course of action, whether that means bankruptcy, loan consolidation, or short selling your home.

Orange County’s Premier Foreclosure Help Team:


Cindy Logan – Short Sale Investor
949-433-7187
www.reinvestorsolutions.com/clogan/
Cindy@Investthebestway.com

Shaun Smith – Foreclosure Delay Specialist
Phone: 949-241-0218
Fax: 866-798-4192
www.mortgagecrisisremedies.com
shaun@mortgagecrisisremedies.com

John Harris – Debt Settlement
Phone: 949-202-7305
Fax: 949-270-7557
www.usdebteliminators.com
john@usdebteliminators.com

Mike Langle – Title, Liens, and Related Issues
Phone: 949-300-5373
www.Title365.com
Mike@Langgle.com

Steve Fink – Real Estate Attorney
Phone: 949- 637-0871
www.falawyers.com
sfink@falawyers.com

The Weeks Team is Ready to Help

If you or somebody you know is struggling with a mortgage or with house payments, call the Weeks Team at 888-281-7665 x2. We’ll be happy to direct you to the right TEN Dimensions team member who can provide a speedy solution to and welcome relief from your foreclosure woes. Or if you would like to receive our package of resources, feel free to email us your address or that of a friend or family member who can benefit from our services. We look forward to helping in any way we can.

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Liven Up Your Living Space With a Special Home Improvement Loan

Posted on July 28, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Improvement Ideas, Home Seller Tips, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , |

OK, I’ve told all you Orange County homebuyers, sellers, and agents about this fantastic home improvement loan before. Now you get a sneak peek of what’s possible.  But first, a recap – –

Right now you can take advantage of a Home Improvement Loan program that combines the sale price of a home and the cost of home improvement into one convenient loan.

These are the basics:

  • Basic Explanation:  the Home Sales Price plus all clients’ home improvements get wrapped into one, low fixed rate loan!
  • Loan Limits = same as FHA County Limit  (1 Units: $729K in Orange & LA County, $500K in Riverside.  2-4 Units higher)
  • Low Down Payment – only 3.5% required!  (plus normal closing costs carried by seller or buyer)
  • Possible Renovations to home include:  (Remodeled rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms, etc.  Additions, alterations, or structural changes to home.  Repair or replace plumbing, heating, air, roof, foundations, etc!)
  • Also available for Refinances
  • [Gov’t Insured Loan, 1-4 Unit SFR (no condos), 620 Min FICO]

Cori Hillis of Best Rate Financial has helped many individuals secure one of these dream loans.  With his assistance, great things like this happen:

BEFORE HOME IMPROVEMENT LOAN                                     AFTER HOME IMPROVEMENT LOAN

You can liven up that special living place, too. Learn more about how this new loan program can make your Orange County dream home happen. Or get started with a quick pre-approval.  Just contact Cory Hillis at 888-299-4484 or cory@bestratefinancial.com . He’ll be more than happy to assist you.

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New Loan Program Boon to Home Buyers and Sellers

Posted on May 16, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Lenders & Loan info, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , |

Innovate Program Wraps Home Improvement Costs Into a Single Loan

Good news for Orange County home buyers, sellers, and agents. There’s a great new Home Improvement Loan program that will make a large number of homes far more affordable. Basically, this nifty financial solution combines the sale price of a home and the cost of home improvements into one convenient loan.

What a powerful incentive for a buyer who’s reluctant to commit to a home simply because it’s screaming for repairs. With this program, everything is covered in one simple package. No instant out-of-pocket expenses to discourage would-be buyers.

Another great thing about the program is that the house being financed gets appraised on FUTURE value. In other words, after the improvements have been completed. So there’s never deal-stalling appraisal issues nagging at the parties involved.

Here are the basics:

  • Basic Explanation:  the Home Sales Price plus all clients’ home improvements get wrapped into one, low fixed rate loan!
  • Loan Limits = same as FHA County Limit  (1 Units: $729K in Orange & LA County, $500K in Riverside.  2-4 Units higher)
  • Low Down Payment – only 3.5% required!  (plus normal closing costs carried by seller or buyer)
  • Possible Renovations to home include:  (Remodeled rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms, etc.  Additions, alterations, or structural changes to home.  Repair or replace plumbing, heating, air, roof, foundations, etc!)
  • Also available for Refinances
  • [Gov’t Insured Loan, 1-4 Unit SFR (no condos), 620 Min FICO]

But wait, there’s more! With this home improvement loan, you’re assured of a quick close. And there will be no more worries about buying a bank-owned property.

Alright, so your dream home needs a few repairs. No problem. You’ve got the ideal solution. Learn more about how this new loan program can make your Orange County dream home happen. Or get a quick pre-approval. Just contact Cory Hillis at 888-299-4484 or cory@bestratefinancial.com

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Short Sale Approval: Welcome to Big Top Banking

Posted on May 16, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Lenders & Loan info, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , |

Want a Short Sale Approval? Join the Circus.

After much frustrated hair pulling and gnashing of teeth, I’ve finally concluded that getting a short sale approved is basically a trip to the circus. Only in this case, the big top is the bank. It’s as if Barnum and Bailey merged with B of A.  And guess who’s jumping through all the flaming hoops. That’s right — the agents. Worse part is, there’s no applause at the end. If the Realtors are lucky, they emerge with their wits intact. 

So how does an agent get a short sale approved in the contemporary big top banking environment? The consensus among agents I talked with is that you’ve gotta do some major attention grabbing.  OK, so how do you do that without painting your hair all the colors of the rainbow and cartwheeling through the bank lobby?  Here’s what one agent did to secure an approval.  Bear in mind, this is totally 100% serious, unadulterated fact.

  • Called the bank prez.
  • Saturated bank inbox with emails, sending one ever minute for 60 days.
  • Made sure to call the negotiator first thing in the morning. The rationale here is that if you’re the first call of the day, you’ve got a far better chance of getting through.
  • Tweeted messages to customer service.
  • Asked for the supervisor.  And the supervisor’s supervisor.  And the supervisor’s supervisor’s supervisor.

Whew!

Just to put things in perspective, according to B of A, it takes a grand total of 88 days from entry into their equator system until close.

Luckily, some banks are offering ‘fast track’ programs. Case in point is Wachovia. Here, a short sale can attain approval status in as few as 10 days. Nice. Let’s all hope that EVERY noble lending institution will offer similar programs very soon.  But until that that day dawns, we agents will just have to continue being fountains of creativity to get those short sales approved.  Just think how much better it would be if we focused all this attention on our clients instead of the banks.

Have a short sale approval solution? Luv to hear what flaming hoops you (if you’re an agent) or your agent had to jump through to gain an approval.  Just connect with me @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam.  This is your chance to impress the world with your or your agent’s creative genius!

And if you have any questions, feel free to call 949.338.7408 or email: angie@askangie.com

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Fannie Mae Extends Assistance For Homebuyers

Posted on May 11, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Lenders & Loan info, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , |

Orange County Homebuyers Have Added Incentive

First the bad news. It’s official. The government’s popular 8k tax incentive is now history. But the good news is, you can dry those tears of regret, good people. Fannie Mae is offering up the perfect incentive to fill the gap. 

What’s This All About?

So glad you asked. Right now Fannie Mae is extending its very generous 3.5% Closing Cost Assistance and Appliance Incentive. This means, the marvelous offer is now good through June 30, 2010.  To qualify, you’ve gotta purchase and close on a Fannie Mae home by that date. If you’re buying one of the many properties listed on HomePath.com, you get a healthy incentive of up to 3.5% of the final sales price. You can apply it to any one of the following:

  • Closing costs
  • The purchase of new Whirlpool appliances
  • Any combination of closing costs and appliances as your heart desires, all the way up to the maximum of 3.5%.

Who’s Eligible?

  • Anyone who purchases a Fannie Mae property whose sale closes on or before June 30, 2010.
  • Buyers who are owner-occupants. Purchasing a second home? No problem, as long as you’re taking up residence there. This means, if you’re buying the house simply as an investment and not a place to live, you’re plumb outta luck. Gotta live in the place to be eligible. So if you want to take advantage of the incentive, plan on planting yourself in the residence — at least for a while.

This enticing offer is further proof of Fannie Mae’s dedication to buyers and communities. Want to know more about this incentive?  Visit HomePath.com or contact a Fannie Mae listing broker. And naturally, I’m always on hand to help. You can reach me at 949.338.7408 or angie@askangie.com. And be sure to follow me @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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First Time Home Buyers Have New Opportunity

Posted on April 13, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , |

Program is a Wish-Come-True for First Time Home Buyers

The door of opportunity has just swung wide open for first time home buyers. Those eager to get their first place now can get substantial down payment assistance through a dynamic new resource called the Wish Program. 

Bruce Lawrence, a loan officer at Pacific Mercantile Bank in San Juan Capistrano, is delighted his bank is offering this service. Naturally, borrowers must meet certain criteria. Bruce points out that in order to qualify for the program, prospects must be verifiable first-time home buyers. As long as you haven’t owned a home for at least three years, you’re considered a first timer. So this need not be your very first home.

Now here’s the really good news! First-timers can now receive a 3:1 match on home buyer contributions, eligible for properties throughout the state of California, and use in conjunction with FHA Financing.

If you’re an interested first time home buyer, the next step is easy. Simply contact Bruce Lawrence at 949.235.5353 or bruce.lawrence@pmbank.com. He’ll be happy to provide you with further details or schedule an appointment.

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Two More Reasons to Buy a Fannie Mae-Owned Home

Posted on February 9, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Lenders & Loan info, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , |

Buyers Get New Closing Cost Assistance and Appliance Incentives From Fannie Mae

Good news for home buyers. Fannie Mae is giving you a 3.5% incentive if you buy and close on a Fannie Mae-owned home. This amazing offer will be on the table between January 28 and April 30, 2010. If you purchase a property listed on HomePath.com and the deal closes within this time frame, you may get up to 3.5% of the final sales price for: 

  • Closing costs

  • The purchase of a new Whirlpool® appliances by Fannie Mae

  • Or if buyer prefers, a combination of closing cost and appliance discounts up to the maximum 3.5%.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Offers must be accepted on or following January 28, 2010;

  • Property sales must close prior to May 1, 2010, and;

  • Buyers are required to be owner-occupants. Investors can’t get in on this.
Sounds like a good deal to me. If you're interested in taking advantage of these amazing incentives, I'd leap right into action and talk to a 
qualified lender today. And if you'd like help finding the home of your dreams, I'm here to help. Contact me at 949.338.7408 or angie@askangie.com. 
Or follow me @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam.

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Grab the Orange County Real Estate Opportunities in 2010

Posted on January 7, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Informed Investor Alliance, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , , |

New Year, New Opportunities in Orange County Real Estate

First let me wish a ‘Happy New Year’ to all.  Yes, folks, 2010 is here.  And with the new year, there promises to be a wealth of new opportunities emerging in the bustling world of Orange County Real Estate.  So get up off  your comfy couch and do what you’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Don’t let opportunity pass you by.  Add that to your list of New Years resolutions right now.

So maybe you’re thinking about buying your first home. Perfect!  If you’re an Orange County first time home buyer, the time has never been better. A major reason for such bright prospects is that there currently are a number of available incentives created to improve your overall experience.

If selling your home for the first time is on your mind, optimism is in order.  Buyers are returning to the marketplace. So sellers rejoice! The market is definitely moving in the right direction. In fact, there are a number things going on that will make selling easier, from listing to close. If you’re worried about Uncle Sam taking a chunk, be aware you might be able to reduce your tax obligation with a few easy and yes, legal steps.

Perhaps you’re opting to make your first Real Estate investment.  Believe it or not, there are well-focused ways to improve your financial future without getting an advanced degree from the school of hard knocks.

Indeed, the door of opportunity is opening wide in 2010.  If you’re ready to learn more about the diversity of emerging Orange County Real Estate opportunities, I’ll be happy to help.  Contact me at 949.338.7408. Or follow me @AngieWeeks or @WeeksTeam.

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Interview with a mortgage expert – what the HECK is up with loans???

Posted on September 18, 2008. Filed under: Informed Investor Alliance, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: |

Yes, this is a blog about Orange County real estate.  But this week Mike and I have invited a couple guest bloggers to get involved, because you can’t get real estate without financing and loans.  Right now the media is all over what happened with IndyMac bank, and Fannie and Freddie.  We want you to hear from local mortgage and financial EXPERTS, not just the media, what is really going down, and how it may affect you and your current home loan situation.   The following info has been provided by Derek Beisner, one of our trusted OC CERTIFIED Mortgage Specialists.  We encourage your comments, rants, and other expert opinions on this post too!! 

 Uncertainty in Financial Markets Could Cause Dramatic Rise in Existing ARMs at Next Adjustment
If you or anyone you know has an Adjustable Rate Mortgage, this is an important point to consider. Many ARM loans are tied to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). In fact, there are six million loans in the United States that use LIBOR to determine the interest rate and as the name suggests, many banks use this rate to lend money to each other.

But, today, banks lack confidence that the money they lend will be paid back. In light of what has happened with Lehman Brothers, IndyMac Bank and others, as well as AIG, banks are requiring much higher rates on LIBOR to offset the added risk.

The Federal Reserve Left Rates Unchanged but…
The Federal Reserve met yesterday leaving the target rate unchanged at 2.00% but just like LIBOR the actual rate being charged by banks to each other is closer to 6.00%. This again suggests that those with ARM loans should consider a refinance into historically low fixed rates.

What Happened?
Financial companies have been under attack. IndyMac was the largest bank to falter in twenty years. What brought IndyMac down was their exposure to defaulting loans. This sapped investor confidence and drove down the stock price until they filed for bankruptcy.

Following IndyMac, we saw Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch succumb and were either forced into conservatorship, to close their doors, or to sell themselves. AIG, the world’s largest insurance company was also impacted, forced to make a deal with the U.S. government to stay in business.

What You Can Do Now?
ASK AN EXPERT!  DON’T try to figure out this complicated situation yourself!!!!  I’d be happy to go over your loan situation and help you understand how the recent events may affect you, and how you can best be protected. Additionally, chaotic times like these often present opportunities. I look forward to hearing from you.

Derek Beisner
Certified Orange County loan advisor
http://www.DerekBeisner.com
949-637-9939

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