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google map to real pro systemsFannie Mae-owned foreclosed properties are currently available for purchase to owner-occupied buyers before investors have an opportunity to buy them.  Fannie Mae calls this program First Look and has offered this incentive for a little more than a year, and recently revamped the program to include some HUD homes. In the Greenville, NC-Pitt County area, the First Look time period is typically the first 15 days the property is initially on the market.  Fannie Mae has made it easy to see what day of First Look the listing is on by visiting www.HomePath.com.

Home owners who plan to occupy a purchased home can put a property under contract during the first 15 days of the listings life. While investors, who typically buy about 70% of all foreclosures, have to wait until the First Look period is over with; ie: day 16.  Fannie Mae says, "While investors play an important role in the REO market, home buyers who intend to occupy a home make an immediate and lasting commitment to the community and therefore merit priority consideration in the REO sales process."  This program is making some inventory sit on the market longer than you would expect; even up to 90 days before investors can make an offer.

The truth of the matter is that most foreclosure and bank owned properties are in unlivable or undesirable conditions and are generally not the type of homes owner-occupants purchase. Buyers typically do not want a lot of clean-up and projects to work on when they first buy and move into a home.  Plus, many foreclosure homes will not qualify for conventional loans because of even small defects in the properties, such as a hole in a wall.  This means foreclosure homes cater to investors because investors more often have the resources to renovate these distressed properties.

From The Pistol Tingen Team’s experience Fannie Mae's First Look program does give more opportunity for home owners to have a leg up on investors.  On the other hand, quite often the program is letting the wrong person buy the house. Which has actually made more deals fall through, foreclosures stay on the market much longer and end up selling for less!

Foreclosures typically are not in the pristine condition that owner-occupant buyers are hoping for. Or buyers can't get a loan because of a defect in the home.  So, the owner-occupant buyer may by contract legally walk away from the deal during their inspection period. Thus the home goes back on the market, still belonging to Fannie Mae and the First Look period restarts at day 0.  In this example, 30+ days of marketing time have been used up, for no deal and to start all over again.  Our Team is seeing some single family Fannie Mae homes that fit this description go under contract 2-3 times before someone actually closes on the home. A lot of times it is an investor, who had realistic expectations to start with (that the home was in poor condition) that finally purchases the house.  Ironically the investor will buy the home for less because the listing is now “old” and due for price reductions. And all the while the investor could have purchased and closed within a fraction of time and would have probably paid more for the home.

In a perfect world it is nice that Fannie Mae is giving such opportunity to these owner-occupants.  But in the real world their program is clogging the market with aging, distressed properties while we are heading into the slowest marketing season of the year.

For more information about current real estate topics including foreclosures or for assistance searching for real estate located in the Pitt County/Greenville, NC area, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

Resource: FannieMae.com

Foreclosures Increase 25% From Last August

by Anthony Litz

Since the US mortgage crisis began banks and lenders have foreclosed on more homes this past August than ever. The rate of foreclosures has increased annually every month for the last nine months. 95,364 properties nationwide were taken-back in August, only 3% more than July, but that is a 25% increase from a year ago.

Foreclosure sign, Fannie Mae, Homepath.com Experts say even though it seems there are more bank-owned listings for sale today, less than 33% of the current foreclosure inventory is listed for sale! "These (properties) are going to come to market, but very slowly because nobody wants to overwhelm a soft buyer's market with too much distressed inventory for fear of what it would do for house prices," says Realtytrac.com.

In August 338,836 properties have received a foreclosure-related warning. This translates into 1 out of every 381 US properties.

For more information about current real estate topics or for assistance searching for real estate located in the Pitt County/Greenville, NC area, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

 Homes lost to foreclosure up 25% from last August -USA Today

Fannie Mae Increases Penalties for Borrowers Who Walk Away

by Madeleine Tingen

Fannie Mae has made policy changes designed to encourage borrowers to work with their servicers and pursue alternatives to foreclosure.  Defaulting borrowers who walk-away and had the capacity to pay or did not complete a workout alternative in good faith will be ineligible for a new Fannie Mae-backed mortgage loan for a period of seven years from the date of foreclosure.  Borrowers who have extenuating circumstances may be eligible for a new loan in a shorter timeframe than the “strategic defaulters”.

Fannie Mae is taking steps to educate borrowers by highlighting the importance of working with servicers.  “Walking away from a mortgage is bad for borrowers and bad for communities, and our approach is meant to deter the disturbing trend toward strategic defaulting,” said Terence Edwards, executive vice president for credit portfolio management. “On the flip side, borrowers facing hardship who make a good faith effort to resolve their situation with their servicer will preserve the option to be considered for a future Fannie Mae loan in the shorter period of time,” noted Edwards.

Additionally, Fannie Mae will take legal action to recoup the outstanding mortgage debt from borrowers who strategically default on their loans in jurisdictions that allow for deficiency judgments.  Beginning July, Fannie Mae will be instructing its servicers to monitor delinquent loans facing foreclosure and put forth recommendations for cases that warrant the deficiency judgments.

For more information about current real estate topics or for assistance searching for real estate located in the Pitt County/Greenville, NC area, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

Currently to claim a tax credit of up to $8,000 (or up to $6,500 for non-first time home buyers), home buyers must have purchase contracts accepted by April 30, 2010, and must close escrow by June 30, 2010.

Friday, June 11, Senators Harry Reid of Nevada, Johnny Isaakson of Georgia, and Chris Dodd of Connecticut introduced an amendment to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 (H.R.4213) that, if passed, would extend that closing deadline to September 30, 2010.

This amendment would not extend the required April 30 deadline necessary to claim the tax credit. If passed, though, the amendment would extend the date required to close the transaction until September 30, 2010.  

The National Association of REALTORS® has reported that as many as one-third of qualified applicants have been notified by lenders that their mortgages will not close before June 30 due to the sheer volume of applications in the pipeline.  The Senate amendment would allow home buyers adequate time to complete their purchases in time to claim the credit.

For more information regarding the status of this amendment or to locate real estate in the Greenville, NC and Pitt County area, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

Fannie Mae announced April 27 the extension of its seller assistance incentive on all Fannie Mae-owned HomePath properties. Buyers will receive 3.5 percent of the final sales price to be used toward closing cost assistance or their choice of selected appliances. The offer is available to any owner-occupant who closes on the purchase of a property listed on www.HomePath.com by June 30, 2010.

"We are happy with the results of the program, which has helped us to sell properties quickly, thereby stabilizing neighborhoods and property values," said Terry Edwards, Executive Vice President of Credit Portfolio Management.

Properties listed on www.HomePath.com are owned by Fannie Mae and include a wide selection of homes, including single-family homes, condominiums, and townhouses. HomePath properties may also be eligible for special HomePath Mortgage and HomePath Renovation Mortgage financing, which offers prospective buyers an opportunity to purchase properties with as little as 3 percent down.

For information on Fannie Mae properties within the Greenville, NC and Pitt County area, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

What is an Energy Efficient Mortgage?

by Madeleine Tingen

An Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) is a mortgage that credits a home’s energy efficiency in the mortgage itself. EEMs give borrowers the opportunity to finance cost-effective, energy-saving measures as part of a single mortgage and stretch debt-to-income qualifying ratios on loans thereby allowing borrowers to qualify for a larger loan amount and a better, more energy-efficient home.

To get an EEM a borrower typically has to have a home energy rater conduct a home energy rating before financing is approved. This rating verifies for the lender that the home is energy-efficient.

EEMs are typically used to purchase a new home that is already energy efficient such as an ENERGY STAR qualified home. The term EEM is commonly used to refer to all types of energy mortgages including Energy Improvement Mortgages (EIMs), which are used to purchase existing homes that will have energy efficiency improvements made to them. EIMs allow borrowers to include the cost of energy-efficiency improvements to an existing home in the mortgage without increasing the down payment. EIMs allow the borrower to use the money saved in utility bills to finance energy improvements. Both EEMs and EIMs typically require a home energy rating to provide the lender with the estimated monthly energy savings and the value of the energy efficiency measures — known as the Energy Savings Value.

EEMs (and EIMs) are sponsored by federally insured mortgage programs (FHA and VA) and the conventional secondary mortgage market (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). Lenders can offer conventional EEMs, FHA EEMs, or VA EEMs.

For more information regarding EEMs and energy-efficient homes available in the Greenville, NC and Pitt County area, contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

Homeowners - Claim Your Tax Credits

by Madeleine Tingen

Owning a home is its own reward, but homeownership can also bring rewards at tax time.

This year is especially beneficial for people who are in the market to buy a home, thanks to the $8,000 first-time buyer credit and the $6,500 tax credit for repeat buyers. Current homeowners can benefit, as well. Tax credits are available for owners who undertake certain projects to improve the energy efficiency of their home, including replacing exterior windows, skylights and doors and installing efficient heating and air conditioning systems. Certain home improvements may qualify for as much as 30 percent of the project cost, up to $1,500.   Homeowners may also enjoy a mortgage interest deduction; allowing them to deduct all the interest paid on up to $1 million in mortgage debt.

For more information about current homeowner tax credits or details regarding tax credits still available to those considering a home purchase this year, please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161. The Pistol Tingen Team specializes in real estate located in Greenville, NC and the Pitt County area.

Freddie Mac Will Soon Cease Purchases of Interest Only Mortgages

by Madeleine Tingen

Freddie Mac announced Thursday, February 25 that on or about September 1, 2010, the company will cease purchasing and securitizing "interest only" mortgages--including Freddie Mac Initial Interest fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages.

Interest only mortgages, including Freddie Mac initial interest mortgages, provide for interest-only payments for a specified period of time beginning with the first monthly payment after the note date, and principal and interest payments on a fully amortizing basis for the remainder of the mortgage term.

Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation's residential mortgage markets.  Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers and more than five million renters.

More Foreclosure Opportunities Available in 2010

by Madeleine Tingen

The current real estate market conditions make it a perfect time for a small investor to purchase one or more foreclosure properties for their private residence, rental or resale.  During economic downturns such as these, a variety of homes go into foreclosure—including those falling into the moderate to upscale priced market. So the idea that foreclosure homes are only available in undesirable areas is inaccurate.

A current snapshot of the number of U.S. households facing foreclosure in January 2010 increased 15% from the same month last year, and a surge in cash-strapped homeowners who’ve fallen behind on mortgages could be on the way.

According to a recent report by RealtyTrac, more than 315,000 households received a foreclosure-related notice in January.  Although high, that number is down nearly 10% from 349,000 in December—the third highest total since the company began tracking foreclosure date in 2005.

In January, one in 409 homes were sent a filing—which includes default notices, scheduled foreclosure auctions and bank repossessions. The numbers could stay above that level as unemployed homeowners who have tried to keep up with their mortgages finally start missing monthly payments.

Fannie Mae, the Federal National Mortgage Association, reported in late January that the rate of borrowers who have a conventional loan on a house and are seriously delinquent was 5.29% in November—more than doubling the rate of 2.13% in November 2008. Borrowers are considered seriously delinquent if they are past due by three months or more, or are in foreclosure.

On a local level, Pitt County, Greenville, NC and surrounding areas also continue to experience a growing number of foreclosures. On Saturday, February 27, The Pistol Tingen Real Estate Team will conduct a free, educational/Q & A seminar on how to buy foreclosures as a first-time home buyer, move-up buyer or investor. The seminar is free to the public and will take place from 9am-12pm at the Prudential Prime Properties office building located at 2625 Charles Blvd., Greenville, NC.  Attendees may expect to receive current statistics, locations and prices of specific foreclosure properties, and tips on how best to find and purchase foreclosures.  Both group and individual questions will be addressed by local experienced foreclosure specialists and lenders. Space is limited and reservations for the seminar are suggested.  Please contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161 for more information.

Home Buyer Tax Credits Explained (Video)

by Anthony Litz

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