Entries from Searchlight Crusade tagged with 'competition'

"We'll Beat Any Quote" in Mortgage Loans

Just like "we'll beat any deal!" in any other competitive sales endeavor, this is a game. Actually, it's even more of a game for loans than it is anywhere else, used cars included. What they are hoping is that you'll...

Online Real Estate Photographs - You Have Heard of Photoshop?

When Israel invaded southern Lebanon a few years ago, this picture from Reuters ran worldwide The problem was that it was heavily photoshopped by a Palestinian stringer trying to make it appear like the Israelis were setting the entire...

You Must Be Willing To Act In Order to Get Any Benefit

On a very regular basis, pretty much every buyer's agent who's worth anything gets clients who have difficulty making a decision. Not too long ago, I found a solid property with great potential that nonetheless needed about $20,000 of cosmetic...

Whatever the New Trick in Loans is, It's an Always Attempt to Keep From Really Competing On Price

It seems every week I get asked about some new or revived trick that loan providers are pulling. The one thing they all have in common is that they are methods to avoid competing on price. What the basic terms...

I'm Sorry, Did You Think Your Good Faith Estimate (Or Mortgage Loan Disclosure Statement) Meant Anything?

Somebody asked, "What are my legal options when there's a change on a good faith estimate." Short answer: Sign the documents or don't. Same thing with a Mortgage Loan Disclosure Statement here in California. Neither one means anything binding; that's...

Special Restricted Loan Programs Means Potential For Special Problems

An e-mail I got from a single mother I spent two months working with before she found a special low income program for a property she wouldn't have been able to afford through me. The first paragraph is her addition...

Why It May Be Costly to Reject Paying Points

I hear it and read it all the time - advice that says to pre-emptively reject the possibility of paying points. People that talk to me about loan rates that tell me they will not consider any loan that...

Just Because Compensation for a Loan Isn't Disclosed Doesn't Mean It's Free

I am continually confirming that a large percentage of people can't handle negotiations like an adult. They focus in on garbage and ignore what's really important. I recently was going to deliver a loan that cost less, as well as...

There's No Real Way to Take The Complexity Out of Real Estate

Every so often I get e-mail asking why real estate transactions are so complex. Matter of fact, I have this discussion with most clients at some point. The answer is, "Because real estate transactions for a lot of money, and...

Buying One Property While Selling Another

Most people don't stay in their first house their whole life. At some point, they want to move to a different home. There are several ways to approach the transaction, but you have to decide which way fits you. You...

Lowballing Mortgage Quotes Versus "Junk Fees"

One of the things that most mortgage and real estate consumers get mixed up on is the distinction between low-balling and junk fees. Junk fees are when they add fees that really aren't necessary to what you're paying. Low-balling is...

There Is Always A Reason For A Low Asking Price

One thing prospective home buyers need to understand and don't is that there is always a reason for a low asking price. There is always a reason for a low asking price. Sometimes that reason is something you can deal...

Real Estate Transactions: If You're Spending Money, Make Sure You Get Something Valuable For It

Most days I get loan wholesalers coming into my office. I'm always happy to talk with them, providing they want to talk about what I want to talk about. They usually want to talk about this gimmick and that gimmick...

Deciding You Don't Want A Particular Mortgage Loan

I have questions to ask you about the loan for house. I have been work with one broker since DELETED and I just tell her on the phone that I chose her and that she can start to do...

Loans Not Funded

I got a question about "what does it mean if my loan is not funded after right of rescission?" It likely means your loan provider lied to you, probably from day one. Once you have signed documents, there shouldn't be...

Find An Agent With Enough Time To Devote To Selling YOUR Property

Not very long ago, the purchase market in many areas of San Diego went through a phase that could only be described as "piranha feeding frenzy". This sort of market reinforces several pieces of advice I have given here....

Let Me Tell You About The Loan You Could Have Had

Not interested? Most people aren't when it's talking about how they got taken advantage of in the past. First off, it's in the past so it is over and done with, and there's no use dwelling on it, right? Second,...

Having your Credit Run

As of July 1, 2005, mortgage providers have to have explicit written authorization to run credit. I am not certain of the political forces that made this bill, and it is still not clear to me whether this extends to...

Property Advertisements: Trolling for Clients and Not Very Truthful

The first thing you need to understand in reading any property advertisements is that agents write them to get people to call. They are trolling for clients, not sales. Except in the case of someone who doesn't accept dual agency...

Multiple Offers: Weak But Increasingly Common, And It's Your Listing Agent's Fault

Listing Agents say they hate it when prospective buyers (of their listings) make offers on multiple properties, but they keep doing things to encourage it. It is both legal and simple for buyers to make multiple offers. All I have...