Entries from Searchlight Crusade tagged with 'law'

Vampire Properties

I just went out doing some general market scouting. Looked at ten properties, and at least three were of a sort that I've started calling "vampire properties." Vampire properties are one more reason you want a good buyer's agent, and...

What Happens To Equity During and After Foreclosure?

"what happens to your equity when the bank forecloses" was a question I got. The answer is that most, if not all, will be dissipated by the foreclosure. Let's say you own a home currently valued at $500,000, that you...

California's Home Equity Sales Contract Act

A while ago a reader gave me a heads up that Illinois HB 4050 was hurting residents of certain poverty stricken Illinois Zip Codes. Now I have to pick on my own state: California law generally requires special handling of...

How Do I Get Rid of Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?

"How do I remove PMI?" was a question that I got. First off, a definition. Private Mortgage Insurance, often abbreviated PMI, is an insurance policy that the bank may make you buy in order to get the loan. It is...

Buying or Selling Subject to Existing Deeds of Trust

This is something that often happens with highly appreciated properties where the owner can no longer keep up the payments, they get hit with a notice of default, and along comes Joe or Jane seemingly riding to the rescue on...

You Never Have To Sell to a Any Particular Offer

Must you sell if you list at a specific price and the broker comes up with a qualified buyer? in the US in general, no you do not have to sell, but you could still be liable to the...

Fixing The Real Estate Mess - Proposing Some Small Changes That Would Make A Huge Difference Over Time

Yesterday, I published the first half of this article, describing the issues currently preventing a return to a more normal real estate market, and the facts that any proposed solution needs to be built upon. At a quick recap, the...

Fixing The Real Estate Mess - Describing the Situation

Lots of folks have offered lots of different proposals for fixing the real estate markets and the mess we were in (and continue to be in to a less obvious degree). All of the ones I have seen have...

Protecting My Buyer Clients Good Faith Deposit

The buyer's deposit is always at risk. This is just a fact of real estate transactions. I could pretend it's not so, but that wouldn't keep the deposit from being at risk - it would just make me a...

Is The Good Faith Deposit At Risk?

Many agents seem to answer this question differently depending upon whether their client is the prospective buyer or seller, according to what they think will make the client most comfortable. When their client is making an offer, "No, your...

Shop Loans By The Bottom Line To You, Not By What the Provider Makes

When it comes to mortgage loans, people get distracted by the darnedest things. Let's look at Wal-Mart. You think they got to be the largest retailer in the world by making less money than their competition? I assure you...

Ill-Considered Real Estate Offers and Contracts

There's an old literary tradition that cautions the reader to "Be careful what you ask for. You may get it." Many real estate purchase offers are good illustrations of that principle. The rule followed by good agents is, "Never...

The New, Allegedly Improved Good Faith Estimate (Page Three)

This is the conclusion of the series begun in Page One and continued in Page Two Page Three is where the most blatant lies of this whole piece take place, and the first part of page three is where...

The New, Allegedly Improved Good Faith Estimate (Page Two)

Continued from The 2010 Good Faith Estimate (Page One) The next section is on origination charges. Indeed it is titled "Your adjusted origination charges" It starts with "Our origination charges" saying this is the charge for doing the loan....

The New, Allegedly Improved Good Faith Estimate (Page One)

I had a great rant about the limitations of the Good Faith Estimate all planned out in my head when I when I was in the very first stages of planning this website in my head. It was the first...

My Sixty Second Public Service Announcement about Buying Real Estate

Here was an idea I had: Pack a list of the most important things consumers need to know about buying real estate, as packed into the words I can say in sixty seconds without sounding like an over-clocked squirrel. Here...

Negative Equity and Short Payoff Scams

Saw a sign driving: "Negative Equity? Sell and Get cash!" Notice that it doesn't claim that you can do so legally. I saw another of these signs on the way to the office this morning. When things are going sour,...

Do Not Sign Loan Disclosures That Don't Apply To Your Loan

from an email: First let me say that I really learned a lot from your postings/articles/website; its awesome that a resource like yourself exists. Now to the problem. I recently refinanced and the mortgage broker lied to me about many,...

Listing Agents Who Want Both Halves of The Commission

I went out previewing properties a couple days ago. That particular client's situation being what it is, I was concentrating on vacant properties. But over half the vacant properties in that area had restricted showing instructions. "Call agent first," or...

What Happens When You Can't Make Your Real Estate Loan Payment

I've written a lot here about how to manage your mortgage so that you control it instead of it controlling you. Let's consider what happens when that project fails. If you don't pay your mortgage, on time, no big deal...