Joining The Boomerang Boom? How To Know When You’re Ready To Buy (Again)

March 11, 2016


It’s hard to believe that the American housing market began its rapid decent almost ten years ago. Back in 2007, millions of Americans saw their home values take a dive and many of them found themselves in the midst of foreclosure.

As a result, lots of homeowners turned into renters, relocating to rental houses, condos and apartments as they repaired their credit and waited out the economic recession. Read more

Jock Ochiltree Becomes a Seniors Real Estate Specialist

February 4, 2015


Great news for baby boomers! Davidson Realty agent Jock Ochiltree has earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) designation by The National Association of Realtors. As an SRES agent, Jock is qualified to address the unique needs of home buyers and sellers ages 50 and older, including selling, relocating, refinancing and buying. Read more


September 27, 2010


A homeowner facing a huge increase in her mortgage payment.

Short sold a home in World Golf Village.

Never missed a mortgage payment.

Process took about 30 days.

Seller bought a new, more affordable home just 6 months later.

No tall tale here. This is a true story of how a well-executed short sale can have a happy ending. Della Myers, a Real Estate Agent herself, saw the writing on the wall. Her 2004 purchase of a World Golf Village home was at the height of the market. The lender assured her that she could simply refinance (buoyed by all the equity she would gain from the robust market) before her low monthly “teaser” rate adjusted dramatically higher.

But the market changed. Della tried to get out in front of things. She knew her rate adjustment was coming and she would not be able to afford it. She put her home on the market but to no avail. She lowered the price and re-listed it. Again no bites. She couldn’t refinance because her home’s value was plummeting and would eventually end up appraised for about 50% less than she paid. Della knew a Short Sale, when the lender/bank agrees to take less for the home than the original loan value in order to avoid foreclosure, was her only hope. Read more

Updates on Short Sales from the CDPE Momentum Convention

June 9, 2010


untitledAt the end of May, I was fortunate to go on a road trip with Davidson Realty’s Short Sale Coordinator Cindy Vaughn to Tempe, AZ to attend the Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) seminar. We had a great time and learned a lot. There were many great speakers and I wanted to share some of the comments I found most interesting.

Rick Sharga from Realty Trac Inc. talked about three waves of foreclosures. The first wave of foreclosures occurred when employment was strong and the economy was growing. These foreclosures were caused by the sub-prime loans. The second wave of foreclosures was caused by unemployment. They estimate that there is 1 foreclosure for every 6 to 10 jobs lost. The third wave of foreclosures is mainly due to Option Arm loans resetting. Many people will see payments rise by $1,000 to $1,500 per month. The resetting Option Arms will peak in 2011.

Matt Vernon from Bank of America spoke about improvements to the short sale process using a new technology called Equator. Just to give you an idea of their volume of short sales, in March 67,000 short sales were initiated and 64,000 decisions were made. They have made major improvements in the time frame for approvals; however, Matt pointed out that only about 10% of the loans are owned by Bank of America. Most of the approvals have to be made by an investor and some investors respond more timely than others. Read more

Top 5 Things Homeowners Should Know about the New HAFA Regulations & Short Sales

May 7, 2010


With an estimated 12% of Jacksonville and St. Augustine area home mortgage loans currently delinquent, new regulations from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives program (HAFA) may provide some much-needed financial help. The new HAFA regulations, which went into affect on April 5, offer more incentives that make a short sale a smarter and better alternative to foreclosure for the majority of homeowners. Explains Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson, “The new HAFA rules are a huge help for homeowners who otherwise might be faced with foreclosure.  A HAFA short sale can help homeowners protect their credit, gain a $3,000 relocation incentive and not worry about future liability so they can get on with their lives.”  The top five things homeowners should know about the new HAFA short sale, include:

1. Homeowners who qualify for a HAFA short sale are fully released from future liability for the first mortgage debt.  This means that the mortgage lender cannot come after the homeowner at any future time for repayment of the original loan.
2. A HAFA short sale allows for a $3,000 relocation assistance payment for homeowners. That’s a one-time payment of up to $3,000 to help sellers with moving costs, rent security costs, etc.
3. Most major lenders are already on board with the new HAFA rules, including Citibank, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Wachovia, Chase, Wamu, and the list continues to grow.
4. With HAFA, the short sale process has been standardized and streamlined so homeowners can expect a quicker outcome.
5. Homeowners can enlist the Realtor of their choice to help them through the HAFA process so they have an advocate.  A Realtor can also help the homeowner determine if they qualify for a HAFA short sale and, if not, what other options are available to them. Read more

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