Friday, October 19, 2012

Local Agent Takes a Stance Against Strategic Default

Valparaiso, IN – October 16, 2012 – Local CDPE-designated agent, James Drader of Strategic Exit has developed a website report providing information regarding the truth about a mortgage trend called “strategic default,” where homeowners walk away from their mortgages.


“There is a growing trend of distressed homeowners who have heard that a strategic default may be their best option,” Drader said.  “With this report, I’m showing homeowners that there are alternatives to foreclosure that can actually help them move on to a more stable financial future, rather than further damaging their credit, security clearance, or current or future employment.”


This community resource is available at  and explains the benefits of short sales, or selling a property for less than the current mortgage amount owed. Benefits include less damage to credit scores, and the ability to qualify for a future mortgage more quickly.


In a recent study, the Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index estimated that 36 percent of Americans would consider walking away from their mortgage if they were “underwater,” or owed more than the property was worth. Now that one in four Americans is currently underwater, Drader sees the need for greater education.


“Individual homeowners as well as our entire community would suffer the consequences of strategic default,” Drader said. “I can share solutions and alternatives that can help preserve the financial stability of distressed homeowners and the values of our neighborhoods.”


The CDPE Designation Drader has acquired provides a specific understanding of the complex issues confronting distressed homeowners.  Through comprehensive training and experience, CDPE-designated agents are able to provide solutions for homeowners facing financial hardship in today’s market.


To learn more, visit
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Coming to a close –

Fed’s Involvement in Mortgage Back Securities

The Fed’s involvement  in purchasing Mortgage Back Securities comes to end TODAY.  There have been differing opinions of the overall effect on mortgage interest rates as the go to source has been the Federal Government who isn’t concerned with a high IRR.  However, the replacement  funding source, investors, are concerned with a high IRR and on the heels of the recent MBS market it may prove costly to lure investors back .  So at first blush you would anticipate rates to increase to attract new investors.  We have seen an increase in mortgage interest rates over the past several days indicating lenders hedging on their ability to sell mortgages in the open market.

Now in comes Fannie and Freddie, you remember these guys, the organizations that folded in wake of the crumbling mortgage industry.  (Just as a reminder I think we as tax payers own them)  They say that they will be buying back $200 Billion of bonds backing delinquent mortgages from investors.    Why You Ask? The thought process is that once investors unload these bad eggs they will take their cash and re-invest in new agency-backed securities( MBS).  If this happens then rates will remain low or at least hold at current levels. “I played with a match once and got burnt, I was very careful the next time I touched one.”

So with all the chips on the table where are mortgage interest rates going?  The answers is the same as it is every day.  Mortgage interest rates fluctuate daily up…and down.  In my opinion, the trend is moving upward as demand for new mortgages is down and will remain soft for the balance of the year.  The increase in rates will move those thinking about refinancing to the sidelines as it just wouldn’t make good financial sense.  And at the end of the day, the percentage of mortgage applications converting  to closed loans is still at all time lows as lenders are in their bunkers waiting for this storm to blow over.


So if you are considering a new purchase or  refinance give your mortgage broker a call to look at the options that are available for you.  Remember that in today’s market there are several factors that affect your mortgage interest rate, be wary of those that give you a quote off the cuff.  The likelihood of your closing with that rate would be questionable. 


Friday, March 26, 2010

Tips for First-Time Buyers

Chance of a Lifetime: Tips for First-Time Buyers

While the burst real estate bubble might be bad news for the economy, it could be good news for first-time homebuyers. In fact, now might just be the best buying opportunity of a lifetime. Follow these steps to determine where to begin:

Establish a Realistic Budget

Owning a home involves more costs than meet the eye. In addition to mortgage, taxes and insurance, wise homebuyers set aside a little savings toward maintenance and unexpected emergencies. Remember, you will eventually need to repair or replace many items in the home.

Buy What You Need

While a home is often considered an excellent investment, it’s important to only purchase as much home as you actually need. Bigger isn’t always better; sometimes it’s simply more expensive. Higher taxes, bigger insurance bills and more maintenance can eat away at even the best budgets. So buy what you need, unless it’s wise for you to…

Plan for Growth

First-time buyers can also be too modest when it comes to purchasing their first homes. If you intend to begin a family, you may quickly outgrow the home. Plan for growth to ensure you will be as happy in the home tomorrow as you are today.

Understand Appreciation

Although you don’t want to base the purchase of your home solely upon appreciation, it’s important to understand how the future value of your home is likely to impact your ability to move up later in life. When the time comes to sell, rent or exchange the current property, a home with long-term appreciation provides greater buying options in the future. Search for neighborhoods expected to rise in value over time.

Work with a Reputable Agent

A great realtor is often worth his or her weight in gold, which is why you will typically find that investors would never think of going it alone. Unfortunately, many first-time buyers are under the mistaken impression they can save money by helping the seller eliminate or reduce the commission. Research shows this is rarely the case. Most agents help negotiate a lower sales price and ensure that funding, necessary paperwork and other important legal considerations are all taken care of.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Valparaiso Rental Property changes

Valparaiso Landords

Will you pass the test?

I had the opportunity to listen to Bill Oeding from the City of Valparaiso this week at our Housing Coalition meeting held at the United Way offices. The main topic as the new Rental Property Registration program that is being proposed to city council. The program will establish and ordinance for rental properties and their owners within Valparaiso city limits. The plan includes a online registration and required inspection for each unit of the house or complex. There will be a fee for each unit owned ($10.00 +/- ) and a inspection fee ($25.00 +/-) upon completion of the inspection. Further discussion indicated that the inspection process would require the unit to have minimum requirements to pass. These items include working plumbing and electrical, non leaking roof, and overall safe living environment. If the unit doesn’t pass these bare minimums there will be a plan of correction and the property would be re-inspected in 30 days. If the landlord fails to repair the issues there will be implementation of penalties and fines. The program is currently in a committee comprised of city officials and rental property owners and should move forward to city council in the next few months. I took the opportunity to look at two such policies that are working in two other Indiana cities, Bloomington and West Lafayette. The are linked below.

Based upon what was presented the concept appears to be straight forward intended to provide safe rental housing options in Valparaiso. Overall I believe that the rental properties in Valparaiso will pass the minimum requirements but for those that won’t it allows officials enforce compliance to make rental units habitable. I can’t imagine living in an environment without running water or a roof that consistently leaks with numerous complaints going to the landlord with no resolve, but those cases do exist in Valparaiso. A common sense ordinance to protect a renter in these substandard environments is warranted.

Bloomington Rental Housing Policy

West Lafayette Rental Housing Policy

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Homebuyer Tax Credit Details

The credit has been extended to July 1,2010. The bill allows a 10% credit of the purchase price not to exceed $8,000.00 for first time homebuyers. The credit will be allowed on all transcations that have a signed purchase agreement by May 1, 2010 and it closes prior to June 30, 2010.

More Details

- The income range is $125,000 for single and $225,000 for married an increase of $50,000
and $100,000.00 respectively from the last bill.

- The credit has been expanded to cover purchases of a new principal residence by those who
have lived in their current prinicpal residence for at lease five out of the last eight years. The
credit on these transactions is capped at $6,500.00

These changes add some benefits to an already benefical tax credit. If you have additional questions contact me via email at
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

The federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers is set to expire November 30, 2009. According to the National Association of Realtors, since its inception earlier this year, the tax credit has brought 1.2 million new buyers into the market nationwide. In Indiana, nearly 60 percent of first-time homebuyers reported they would not have purchased a home without the tax credit.

At this time it seems likely that the U.S. Senate will approve a deal to extend the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit, but early optimism the program might be extended for all home buyers is not going to happen. The proposal in the Senate that appears to have the most likelihood of passage would extend the $8,000 credit through March 31. Then its value would drop by $2,000 for each of the subsequent three quarters of 2010. This plan was offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat
Monday, October 19, 2009

Be wary of Condos new rules coming November 2, 2009

Be aware as you begin looking for your new condo that there are new rules that could potentially hurt you if your looking for a FHA loan. FHA will put into place new rules that will limit borrowers ability to obtain FHA financing on a condo.


- Only 30% of all units in a development can be FHA Loans
- The development will need to be approved by FHA. Prior to this change FHA would allow
spot approvals on individual loans.
- The development will need to be at least 50% sold.
- The condo association will need to pay for a reserve study on an annual basis at a cost of
$3,000 to $5,000. Many associations only preform this every couple of years.
- FHA will not insure a loan if more that 15% of the members are deliquent on their dues. I am
unclear if this includes units that are REO or in Pre Foreclosure.

These changes will have a dramatic effect on potential buyers but also sellers as FHA loans are todays primary funding source for First Time Homebuyers.

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