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A Short sale is better than a foreclosure!

by Team Cook

Almost ANY option is better than a foreclosure!

Simply stated, do everything you can before foreclosure occurs and do it as quickly as humanly possible. Don't sit back and keep thinking, "What Can I Do?" Instead, consider a short sale before your options become more limited.

Team Cook at the Cottage Realty has the knowledge aqnd experience to save you from foreclosure and get the deal done.  We are Certified Distressed Property and Short Sale Experts!

All consultations are discreet and held in strict confidence. No information is shared. 

Take the next step and call Team Cook today - 970-532-2695.

 

Bad things happen to good people!

by Team Cook

Losing your home to foreclosure due to an inability to keep up with your monthly mortgage payments is one of life's most unpleasant experiences. It is also an event that keeps on affecting you long after your home is history by devastating your credit score. Regrettably, most people cannot be 100% sure that they will remain safe from foreclosure because they can't foresee the unexpected. Occurrences such as serious illness, a major accident, divorce or job loss can happen to anyone. So it's a good idea to understand the available alternatives should the worst occur.

Of all available options, foreclosure is the worst.
The inevitable result of a foreclosure is the lender taking your house. Not only will you lose your house, but the lender can get a judgment against you for the arrearages you owe plus his costs for the foreclosure action. If that isn't enough, your credit report will be in terminal condition for many years to come, worsening an already bad financial situation and making it very difficult to obtain any other kind of credit. There is no upside to foreclosure. It should be avoided at all costs.

Consider a short sale when foreclosure seems inevitable
A short sale is a popular, NO COST, option for homeowners mired down with financial problems. In this case, you would sell your home for less than what you owe your lender; the biggest problem you will face is getting your lender to agree to a short sale. In many situations, they will not. Experts advise pursuing this option the minute you realize that you are falling behind in your payments and most likely won't be able to catch up. The longer you wait and the greater the amount you are in arrears, the less likely it becomes that your lender will even be willing to discuss a short sale.

At its best, a short sale can be a win-win for both parties. For the seller, a short sale provides the opportunity to avoid foreclosure and the dreaded implications that a foreclosure brings, in addition to being able to return to home ownership sooner; alternately, the lender receives most of the value of the loan sooner, and avoids incurring additional legal or carrying costs while the foreclosure process plays out, which can sometimes even take years. And, frankly, short sales are great options for savvy buyers.

Almost any option is better than foreclosure
Simply stated, do everything you can before foreclosure occurs and do it as quickly as humanly possible. Don't sit back and keep thinking, "What can I do?" Instead, consider that short sale before your options become more limited.

The One Best Tip I Can Give You: Don't Do This Alone
Connect with a Certified Distressed Property Expert and work with someone who has the knowledge and experience to save you from foreclosure and get the deal done. All consultations are discreet and held in strict confidence, NO information is shared.

Team Cook has the knowledge & experience to save you from foreclosure and get the deal done. We are Certified Distressed Property & Short Sale Experts!

Please visit: www.coloradoshortsaleexperts.com or call 800-571-6616

A short sale success in Loveland!

by Team Cook

"Team Cook has been wonderful to work with. They helped us sell our home through a short sale process and took care of making the process as painless as possible. 

They were AMAZING! They went over and above any expectations - without them this would not been possible. I recommend them to everyone." 

D & W

Another Successful Short sale in Loveland!

by Team Cook

Kevin & Connie & All the Cottage Realty staff -

J.J. & I would like you to know how much we appreciate all your hard work and effort put into selling our house!

Our life and our future was in your hands and you all did everything to make sure we had a bright future!

You will never know how much we truly appreciate you and your company!

So, thank you, thank you from the bottom off our hearts for all you do!

J.J. & Holly 

Short sales increase as banks see benefit over foreclosures

by Team Cook, John Gittelsohn, Margaret Collins

A recent article from the Bloomberg News wrote on Short sales starting to increase.  Part of the article reads:

"Three years into a U.S. housing slump that pushed the economy into a recession and cut resale values by 30 percent from the peak in July of 2006. Short sales tripled to 40,000 in the first six months of 2009 from the same period a year earlier.
Yet for each short sale, there were 25 foreclosures started or completed in the first half of this year, according to data from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
"It's really finally dawning on banks that they're better off with a short-sale," said Richard Green, director of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. "I think banks were in denial."
Wells Fargo, Bank of America Corp. & JPMorgan Chase & Co. this year have hired & trained more staff, developed software systems for expediting short-sales, & increased marketing of short sales to delinquent borrowers.

Banks are increasing such sales under pressure from the Obama administration & law makers who criticized them for favoring foreclosures and delaying short sales, Green said. Lenders & loan servicers also stand to receive up to $2,000 in incentives to close short sales under a Treasury Department plan unveiled Nov. 30th. "  Written by John Gittelsohn & Margaret Collins.

If you are someone you know is in a difficult situation, there may be a better way out, and Team Cook is here to help.  We are Short sale experts in Northern Colorado.

Call us today for more information or log into: www.coloradoshortsaleexperts.com - 970-532-2695


 

FORCLOSURE VS. SHORT SALE

by Team Cook

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON "FORECLOSURE VS. SHORT SALE"

FALLING BEHIND? WE CAN HELP!

by Team Cook

WHO DO YOU KNOW THAT IS FALLING BEHIND IN THEIR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS OR STRUGGLING TO KEEP THEIR HOUSE? PLEASE TELL US AND WE CAN HELP THEM!

 

What is a Short Sale?

A short sale occurs when the net proceeds from the sale of a home are not enough to cover the sellers' mortgage obligations and closing costs, such as property taxes, transfer taxes, and the real estate agent's commission. A short sale is an alternative to foreclosure which may benefit both lender and borrower alike.

 

How do I know if a Short Sale on my property is right for me?

If you are faced with a hardship and are unable to meet your financial obligation on your mortgage, your lender would prefer to settle the matter with you as opposed to taking the property through the foreclosure process.

 

If I do a Short Sale, what do I have to pay to sell my home?

In most cases, you will pay literally no sales costs if your lender approves the Short Sale. The agent commissions, title and escrow fees, and even most repair expenses are paid by the lender as part of the Short Sale approval.

 

How do I get started on the Short Sale process?

There are very specific categories that lenders consider "qualified hardships." A short sale can only take place if both your property and you qualify. You will need to make sure you are working with an experienced short-sale transaction management team.

 

What "hardship" is acceptable for a lender?

Below you will find a list of "hardships" that are frequently accepted by mortgage lenders:

Job loss, unemployment or significant income loss
Divorce or separation
Excessive medical bills
Death of spouse
Military service
Adjustment in mortgage payment or unforeseen increase in living expenses
 

Do my mortgage payments need to be delinquent?

Most lenders will turn down your request for a short sale if the seller is currently making the payments. The only time they will consider it a short sale, is when the seller's payments are delinquent.

 

I have two loans; can I still do a Short Sale transaction?

Yes. You will have to work with both lenders to put together a Short Sale transaction packet. Most sellers in this situation are usually successful at getting the two lenders to cooperate because neither lender wants to own another home through foreclosure.

 

I am concerned about my credit - how will a Short Sale affect my credit?

Late payments leading up to a Short Sale will negatively impact your credit. However, if your bank accepts a Short Sale and does not negatively report, the short sale will not in itself negatively impact your credit score. For sellers, the key advantage to selling in a short sale is avoiding foreclosure. A short sale does less damage to a person's credit report than a foreclosure. It's also less detrimental than a "deed in lieu" (of foreclosure), in which a borrower gives the lender the keys to the house and stops paying the loan.

 

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