U.S. to Offer Incentives to Modify Seconds

The Obama administration is announcing incentives today for mortgages servicers to modify home equity loans and other second mortgages.

Servicers must agree to modify second mortgages when the first mortgage has been modified. They must extend the term of the second mortgage and match the rate of the first mortgage. Then the government will share the cost with the servicer of cutting the rate to 1 percent for amortizing loans and 2 percent for interest-only loans.

Under the program, the government will pay mortgage servicers $500 upfront and $250 a year for three years for the modifications. Borrowers will receive payments of up to $250 a year for five years if they stay current on the modified loan.

There will also be a schedule of incentives for holders of second liens to drop their claims altogether.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and Treasury will make the announcement jointly.

Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase have already agreed to participate in the program.

A separate announcement will include changes to the Hope for Homeowners program, which helps homeowners refinance into more affordable government-backed loans. To get this program moving, the administration is announcing a $2,500 upfront payment to servicers. Lenders will receive $1,000 a year for three years if the loan stays current.


Source: The Wall Street Journal, Jessica Holzer (04/28/2009)

**Open House**

Sat, Sun May2 &3 rd  1-4PM

Beat the heat and come view my cool homes!!! 

There will be cold drinks (water!), give aways and a great tour 🙂

463 East Ontario Ave, Atl GA 30310, Sunday May 3rd 1-4PM

580 Holderness St, Atl GA 30310, Saturday May 2nd  1-4PM

Historic West End Wrens Nest 2009 Concert and Home Tour

The link is up- purchase your tickets now because tables are going FAST for the Wrens Nest concert!  www.AtlantaWestEnd.com

This year we’ll have artist Maria Howell and  the 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Jazz Orchestra! We are honored to be able to recruit such talent and I look forward to enjoying them Friday (May 1st) night over a lovely picnic dinner.

Also May 2nd & 3rd tour some of our beautiful 1920 Craftsman Bungalows, Brown Middle School as well as the office of Watkins Funeral Parlour…come see the untouchable original as well as some restored details.

Then, lastly come by to view my homes for sale! I will have 580 Holderness St and 463 East Ontario Ave open to tour!! -Bring a friend- I have the paper for offers 🙂

Give me easy access

and I’ll report on every neighborhood problem I can think of!

This site: http://peds.org/  is awesome for reporting any and every pedestrian hazard!  I’ve already reported on burned out street lights, cross walks, sidewalks and now utility lines that are down!  Take advantage of technology- the forms are simple and short. REPORT! so we can get them fixed and have a better/safer community!

PEDS: Fix Atlanta Sidewalks

I must  admit, walking more and now bike riding, has allowed me to notice and empathize with those who are without  a car and those who preference public transportation. Our side walks are JACKED UP!!  Now, I come from a walking city (Brooklyn-NY) but I have never experienced the exhaustion I feel  here, when I walked from West 4th St. to Central Park!  Atlanta’sblocks not only seem VERY LONG- they are sooo hilly!!! Compound this will broken pavers, tree roots and grass- it’s enough to make anyone want to stay home…-and you know I can not stay home in this market! 🙂

With that said, I urge all City of Atlanta Residents to follow the below link  and view the petition, sign if you are in agreement. Thank You!!

http://peds.org/take_action/atlanta-sidewalk-repair/

Earth Day BeltLine Bike Tour

I was a bit disappointed to miss this event, although I’m sure I would not have been able to keep up. LOL..  I just want to ‘Thank’ the Atlanta Bike Coalition (http://www.atlantabike.org/)  for selecting the West End for this event. It was inspiring to see you guys out today..even the little ones on their bikes!  I was SO inspired, I actually rode for a 1/2 mile today!!!  This is a  huge accomplishment for me 🙂  Thank you Rebecca. I look forward to joining the group and helping West End become more ‘biker’ friendly.  Also thanks for the tip on PEDS- I have reported the hazards discussed! *fingers crossed* we will get pedestrian cross walks at RDA and Hopkins Street

Profit on the Beltline!!

Smart investment deal- live rent free on this 5 unit home in Historic West End! This home boasts hardwoods,  original fireplace, character and charm- renovated and has tenant’s!! The seller must be crazy! I personally would not part with this one, the potential, location and overall size makes it a great deal…you can even turn it into a single family for those with large families.  Call me for a tour today: 404-414-3289

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