Getting a Florida Mortgage Broker’s license is GRUELING!!!!

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www.BrokerBryant.comHi folks. I’m getting ready to head out for day 3 of Florida Mortgage Broker School. I’ve always thought getting a Real Estate license was easy. Well after 16 hours of my 24 hour class I have concluded that getting a Mortgage Broker’s license is WAY easier. Maybe it’s because I have been in the Real Estate business for so long but this class is utter foolishness. Yesterday I learned how to calculate a 10% down payment on a $100,000 loan. Luckily they passed out calculators for this one!!

Today I have to take a 100 questions test to complete my class. Did you know that passing is not a requirement? I get to take the State test whether I pass the class or not. In fact, you can even take the mandatory 24 hours class time AFTER you pass the State test. It just has to be done within 90 days.

I do like my instructor and the other 4 students. And Celebration has an awesome Starbucks!!! So life is good.

I will come back and write more about this experience when time allows. Right now I’m too focused. I think today we learn how to calculate a 15% down payment. I’m stoked!!!!

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Broker Bryant www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com
Well OK then. BUT…..did you know getting it removed is not enough? “What ya talkin’ ’bout Willis?” Having the deficiency language removed from a Florida Short Sale approval letter don’t mean squat.

Of course, I am NOT an Attorney nor do I play one on TV. So you need to seek legal advice if this is a big deal. But here’s my opinion. Not only would they have to remove the deficiency language BUT they would have to add a clause stating that they will NOT go after you for a deficiency. AND I personally don’t think this would make a difference either.

So you have to ask yourselfIs going ahead with the short sale better than being foreclosed on?” (Insert the NOT an attorney language). My opinion is “YES”. Yes a Short Sale is better than being foreclosed on. At least with a Short Sale you have tried to do the right thing. However a Short Sale is NOT a free walk in the park. There are consequences.

  • Your credit may be messed up.
  • You may have difficulties getting a mortgage for a few years.
  • You could be liable for some taxes.
  • Maybe that deficiency will come back to haunt you.
  • You will have to move out of your house.

These are pretty much the  same consequences you will have if you get foreclosed on. So why do a Short Sale? In my opinion, it’s the better of two bads.

I guess my point is that you need to take this stuff serious. Do your research. Seek the advice of a competent Attorney and tax professional. Then after all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction….sleep on it. When you are ready to go the path of the Florida Short Sale, call me. I’ll be able to help. OK? 

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

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www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

I’ve got news for ya. You already did. When you purchased the property. You signed two documents. The mortgage. That created the lien and gave the lender the right to foreclose on your property (their collateral). And, you signed a promissory note. That was/is your personal promise to pay back the money you borrowed.

The Short Sale releases the lien (mortgage). It may or may not release you from the note. If the Lender is offering to swap out your $200,000 note, that you already signed, for a $10,000 at ZERO interest over 10 years then……why not sign and be done with it?

Think about it before you answer. Consult with an attorney. Then make the decision that works for you. Just don’t say “I ain’t signing no frickin’ note!!!” without thinking it through. Make sense?

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

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Bank of America Short Sales Require More Than Just Waiting Around.

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Pissed off Broker BI have a Short Sale with Bank of America that I have been working on for a very long time. In fact we are on our 4th Buyer. This Buyer has been under contract since August and has been very patient. I won’t bore you with the details but just suffice it to say that today was the day I needed to get some answers. So I fired off this email to a whole bunch of people in high places.

To who it may concern,

Bank of America’s lack of response to this short sale is disheartening to say the least. My seller has been jumping through hoops for over a year trying to work something out with your bank. We now have the FOURTH buyer that is willing and able to close on this property at market value yet your bank has now closed the file for “Insufficient offer”.

The call center states the file was closed on 4 February even though I have emails from X on the 17th of February stating it was still at the Investors. Was she lying? Or just out of the loop? In fact a new BPO was ordered and done on February 5th.

Back in November I had a long email thread with L who had asked the buyer to raise the contract price from $65,000 to $67,500. They did.  She then asked the seller to contribute $2,700 in cash. He agreed. We thought at this time that we were close to getting an approval. 

The transaction went dead until I heard from L on 12-21-09 telling me the file had been switched over to X

At this time I started trying get an update from X. I was told by her on 2-1-10 that the file was with the investor and had been submitted on 1-8-10. I was again told by her on 2-17-10 that it was still with the investor.

On 3-5-10 the call center told me the file was approved by Freddie Mac on 3-3-10 and that I should be getting the letter at any time. I called back in on 3-09-10 and was told the file was closed. Since then I have sent numerous emails to X and a couple of emails to her supervisor and have not received a response from either. I have also left several messages on X’s voice mail that have not  been returned.

Today I am filing a complaint with the OCC and the BBB. Of course I’m sure you have a very long list of complaints so one more probably means nothing to you. 

I have been working short sales for several years and understand the frustrations on all sides of the transaction. What I don’t understand is the complete lack of communication on this file. If you are not going to approve the short sale then tell us so. Ignoring us is just wasting our time.

I am the co-owner and founder of a network of Short Sale agents throughout the country called www.ShortSaleSuperStars.com  From what I have read on our site, agents and consumers everywhere are pissed off with your complete incompetence. But that’s an issue for a media interview and has nothing to do with this email.

So back on topic. What can I do to HELP you get this file approved and off your desk? THE END

I received a response in 15 minutes and should have my approval tomorrow. Life is good. If you are facing foreclsoure please give ma a call. I may be bale to help.

 

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

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Is Your Presentation Keeping You From Being A Champion..

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Just because I like it!!Presentation is so important. The way we present information. The way we present ourselves. The way we present our responses to objections. Being a good presenter will make your business easier and will help to build your reputation as a fair person. And this of course will make people want to trust you. Here are a few examples of what I’m talking about.

In my area it is common to see co-broke commissions in the MLS like this 3%-$295. How does that make you feel? It makes me feel slighted. I feel like they have given me something and then taken it away. It’s not the amount of the commission that causes me to feel that way it’s the presentation.

What if the same listing had the co-broke presented as 2.75%? How does that make you feel? No big deal is it? It’s just a co-broke well within the range of normal. I feel it’s fair. The reality is it could actually be less than the 3%-$295 example. But it doesn’t matter because it was presented better. They didn’t give me something and then take part of it back. The presentation mattered.

How do you respond to the potential seller that says “I’m not pricing my house that low. My home is worth a lot more than that.”  I know many agents will try to convince this seller that they are wrong. They may say “Mr Seller the comparable sales are much lower than what you think your house is worth. You’ll never get that much for your property. If you can’t price it here then I can’t take the listing.” Now while the response is accurate the presentation sucks. The Seller will more than likely assume a confrontational position and you will have to battle to prove your position.

What if you said this instead. “Mr Seller I completely agree with you. But..I’m not here to tell you what your house is worth I’m here so we can figure out what it will take to get it sold. And based on current market data your house needs to be priced here in order to compete. I know it sucks but let’s work some numbers and see if we can make it work.” That’s a much better presentation. You are not disagreeing with the seller at all. You are admitting that there’s a problem and together you need to work it out. Now instead of being the bearer of bad news you are a problem solver. You have opened the door to a constructive conversation. The presentation mattered.

How do you present a “low ball” offer? Do you use the term “low ball”? If you do that’s a mistake. What it is is an offer. Just an offer. It means there is a buyer who has shown an interest in purchasing your Seller’s home. This is a real good thing. It shows you have been doing your job. So just present it. No need to poison the Seller right up front by calling it a low ball offer.

In fact, even if you feel it’s a low ball offer this attitude may put you in a frame of mind where you are not able to present the offer in a non judgmental way. Just present it. Give the seller the facts so they can make a decision. If they want your opinion they’ll ask you for it. How about this “Mr Seller we have just received an offer for your property. The price is less than we had discussed but it looks like a good qualified buyer. Let’s go over the numbers and the time frame and then we can discuss the way forward.”
I say presentation matters. What say you?

Do you need a new Broker?

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Got cash? Want house? Does a 10% return do anything for ya?

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Yikes!!!

Want to be a landlord? If you answered “yes” then my next questions is …Why? Why deal with collecting rents and tenant issues. Why let property taxes, insurance, management fees and repair costs cut into your money?

Here’s another option that some of my Investors have been doing. Instead of becoming Landlords they are becoming Lenders. Owner financing is making a come back. It’s difficult for folks to get mortgages right now and offering financing can make the property worth more money.

For example: We can find you really good rental properties right now for $90,000 to $100,000. These homes would normally rent for about $1,000 a month. After expenses your NET is roughly $600 a month.

Instead…offer the property for sale at $120,000 with $25,000 down, no qualifying mortgage of $95,000 @ 8.75 amortized over 30 years with a 5 year balloon payment.

You would receive roughly $16,000 at closing (25K minus selling expenses including commission). Monthly payments of $747 for 60 months. The buyer would be responsible for all taxes, insurance and repairs. You would have zero expenses.

After 5 years the Buyers would have a balloon payment to you of $91,000. You would have already received $45,000 in payments. Therefore your total money received would be:

At closing         $  16,000
Payments         $  45,000
Balloon             $  91,000
                       —————-
Sub total          $ 152,000
COST(BASIS)   (  100,000)
                       ========
GAIN                $  52,000***
                       ========
52% return over 5 years. Or a little over 10% per year. It works out better than a rental with less hassle. Of course you would miss out on any future appreciation (if any) unless of course the buyer defaulted and you got the property back through foreclosure (not a bad deal). So as you can see this can be a very good way to go. If you’re interested….just complete this form and we’ll get right back with you.

 

***Please check with your accountant about tax issues.

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

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New NE Orlando Florida Short Sale Opportunity

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3953 Shawn Circle Orlando Florida 32826
3 bedrooms and 2 baths with 1613 Sq Ft Living Area Built in 1999
Click here for full details

$145,000

Beautiful home with many upgrades. Convenient NE Orlando location. Rounded drywall corners, tile flooring in the family room, screened and covered rear porch, fenced yard, upgraded blinds, light fixtures and ceiling fans through out. Community pool. Very clean and ready for a new owner. It is a short sale so please allow 90 to 120 days for closing.

 

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

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Bank of America and Equator.com make it personal.

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Hi Folks. Recently I have had two Buyers balk at providing me personal info I need if they want to purchase a Bank of America Short Sale. I really do understand where they coming from but….most of the big lenders including Bank of America and GMAC are now running most of their short sales through http://www.Equator.com.

Supposedly the Equator system will help to shorten the time involved with getting these Short Sales approved. From what I’m hearing Bank of America is giving approvals in 60-90 days as opposed to the 6-9 months they were taking. That’s a good thing.

The Equator system is asking for some personal Buyer info. I assume this is to make sure transactions are “arms length”. If the Buyers want to purchase a Bank of America Short Sale then we have to enter the data.

The reality is it’s less data than what the closing agent will want and far less than they would have to provide if getting financing.  What Equator is requiring is simply:

  • Date of birth
  • The first 5 digits of their social security number.
  • The Buyer’s address.

That’s all we need. No big deal. Of course the Buyers always have the option of just not buying a Bank of America Short Sale. I just hate to see them miss out on a good deal over something so minor. What say you?


Here’s the screen shot from Equator.

Broker Bryant www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

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Holiday Home Near Disney World. Come experience the dream.

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2993 Kokomo Loop Haines City Florida 33844
Southern Dunes Country Club

This 3 bedroom 2 bath pool home is being sold completely furnished and ready for holiday rentals. World class 18 hole “links style” golf course is the center piece of Southern Dunes Country Club. Located only 30 minutes to Disney World this home would make the perfect Florida get away. Zoned for nightly rentals. Advanced bookings and management are in place for a turn key vacation home. Only $150,000

 

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

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Buyers Beware….The asking price of the property means SQUAT!

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Tutas Towne Realty, Inc

As some of you may remember I was a HUGE fan of Range Pricing for many years. When we first opened Tutas Towne Realty 13 years ago Range Pricing was our UVP (Unigue Value Proposition).

I haven’t used Range Pricing since the market changed in late 2006. It made a lot of sense when the market was moving upward. It doesn’t make sense today.

You can see by the comments in this article that many agents didn’t get it and some buyers didn’t like it. But none the less it worked. My properties sold quicker and for more money using this technique. Fortunately for me I worked for the seller and didn’t really care what the agents or buyers thought. I just wanted to sell the property for my seller.

In my market right now properties are selling on average for 102% of the asking price. So it’s really no different than when we used Range Pricing. Back then, 2006 and earlier, my properties were selling for almost 104% of asking price.

2006 sales data

In the current market, where banks are pretty much controlling things, the technique being used is pricing low and creating bidding wars. It’s like the old days of Range Pricing. The only difference is there is no top of the “Range” being mentioned. 

Foreclosures and Short Sales are now selling with multiple offers to the highest bidder. What I was doing 15 years ago, that was very controversial then, is now the norm. Funny how that happens. I guess we were just way ahead of our time.

My advice to buyers now is the same as it was then. Make your offer based on the value of the property NOT based on the asking price. The asking price doesn’t mean squat. It could be too low or it could be way high. Have your agent do an analysis on the property and then submit an offer that has a chance of getting accepted.

Buyers who base their offers on asking price instead of the value of the property will end up without a property to buy. This is true in ANY market.

By the way here’s a link to a market analysis I did for one of our buyers. He was well informed and his offer was accepted. What say you?

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

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I am a licensed real estate Broker in the state of Florida. My opinions on real estate have been formed from my experiences and 15 years of working in the business. My opinions are in line with Florida Real Estate laws and the REALTOR(R) Code of Ethics. Your State’s laws may differ. So do your own homework before implementing any of my business practices into your business.