Good day Community-Neighbors and Realtor Friends:
Please help us continue to revitalize one of NPU-T’s great communities. Ashview Heights Community Association has had a series of “Committed to Community” weekends which have included neighborhood clean-ups, boarding vacant houses, mowing vacant lots, and working with the youths of MA Jones to paint street “greeting” signs throughout the neighborhood.
It is a great desire for me to have all neighborhoods with NPU-T thriving, safe and known for their unique character. We need your help to make this a success! Please donate any time you have and take an hour this weekend to walk through the neighborhood and see the difference.
In an effort to attract more visitors, this weekend, Ashview Heights is having an “Open House” tour Saturday 1-4PM. This event will feature both homes for sale and currently occupied by the many new residents committed to this process. The tour guides are Ashview Heights residents and Shaylah Hamilton of Keller Williams. This is a FREE event!
Have a snack, talk with the association president and learn more about the neighborhood/association plans.
Please see the attached flyer and spread the word. Ashview Heights Open House Tour
This is a great opportunity for agents to explore another hidden gem in Atlanta –homes as low as $25K for your buyers!
A second major mortgage lender, JPMorgan Chase, has stopped foreclosures so it can review loan documents for errors.
“It will probably slow things down for a couple of months while these documents are reviewed,” said Rick Sharga, senior vice president at foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac Inc. “It won’t stop things.”
But if Sharga is wrong and more problems surface, they are likely to slow the foreclosure crisis still more, making it drag on for several more years, other analysts say.
In any case, an increased number of lawsuits are likely. Christopher Immel, a Florida lawyer who represents foreclosed home owners, says many former home owners could sue their lenders, alleging errors in documents.
GMAC Mortgage was the first big lender to pause foreclosures while it reviews past files.
Source: The Associated Press, Janna Herron and Alan Zibel (09/29/2010)
A Sacramento, Calif., man pleaded guilty Friday to rigging bids at public real estate auctions.
Anthony B. Ghio admitted in U.S. District Court to being one of a group of speculators who agreed not to outbid each other at foreclosure actions. According to court documents, after the speculators’ designated bidder bought a property at the foreclosure auction, the speculators held a second, private auction. The speculator who offered the highest bid at that auction won the property. The difference between the price at the public auction and the winning bid in the private auction was divided among the speculators.
Ghio is charged with a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
More indictments are expected in the investigation.
Source: The U.S. Department of Justice (04/16/2010)
Real estate practitioners in Nevada, one of the areas hit hardest by foreclosures, say low-ball appraisals are slowing sales and preventing recovery.
Mark Stark, CEO of Prudential Americana Group in Las Vegas, says he thinks appraisers are too focused on projecting how much prices could fall rather than reflecting what values really are.
“The appraisers are being very conservative,” Stark says. “They are trying to cover themselves.”
Mark Madsen, communications director for Raintree Mortgage Services, says appraisers are just doing what they’ve been told. “I think appraisers are scared to get blacklisted,” he explains. “If the appraisals are too high, then banks may no longer accept appraisals from that person.”
Source: Brian Wargo, Las Vegas Sun
Banks are quickly accepting bids and writing contracts for foreclosed homes, but buyers are complaining that settlements are taking too long.
Real estate pros say purchasing a bank-owned property is different than dealing with a regular home owner, considering that banks have to check claims on the property and problems can arise at closing. Plus, in some states, banks also need court approval of the foreclosure.
Although banks are swamped by the record number of foreclosures, the bank-owned homes will have to be sold to help stabilize residential prices and boost the housing market.
Source: Washington Post, Dina ElBoghdady (04/13/09)
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