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Portland Area Foreclosure and Short Sale News

Below are articles written by our top agents on foreclosure and short sale happenings in the Portland metro area.

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The Foreclosure Rate is Falling in Portland and Across the Country

October 31, 2012

Foreclosure rates in the majority of US cities have hit a 5-year low, according to several sources. This is good news for just about everyone, current homeowners, sellers, and buyers alike. Fewer reported foreclosures can indicate that the economy is rebounding. When the foreclosure rate is down, it can suggest that less people are losing their jobs, getting behind on their payments and being foreclosed on. This can have stabilizing effect on the market, as it helps to fuel optimism and speculation about what the future may hold and can encourage more people to make a move either toward buying or selling as their income becomes more reliable. Also, lower foreclosure rates in many cases across the country are indicative...


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Short Sale Tax Exemption Could End Soon

October 17, 2012

Short Sale Tax Exemption / Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 is set to expire on December 31st, 2012. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about and have had any portion of the mortgage on your principal residence forgiven by a lender or plan to in the coming year, you should read this article. For more information on Short Sale Tax, visit our article: “What is the Short Sale Tax?” For the last 5 years, the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 has allowed borrowers who fall into this category to fill out a form come tax time that keeps this forgiven loan amount from being taxed as income. Without this Act, these borrowers could have faced a potentially huge...


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New Short Sale Assistance for Portland Military Homeowners

June 30, 2012

New Frannie Mae and Freddie Mac policies will make it easier for military homeowners to short sale their homes when they must move because of a change in station. The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced June 21 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will no longer be permitted to pursue a deficiency judgment, promissory note or any cash contribution from members of the military who have negotiated a short sale for their home. In Portland, short sales have taken off this year, and with recent federal regulations that have sped up the short sale process, more and more people are choosing this foreclosure alternative. In 2011, short sales made up 11% of all Portland home sales, up 2% from the...


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How to Write a Winning Portland Short Sale Offer

May 24, 2012

Nothing is more difficult to purchase these days than a short sale! The numbers on successful Portland short sale offers are terrible, many reports suggest 1 out of 5 Portland short sale offers actually ends up in a sale. While no short sale offer is guaranteed to succeed, there are a number of things a Portland buyer can do to increase their chances of success. 1. Ask your Portland real estate agent to find out how many banks are involved in the short sale. Often a seller will have a first and second mortgage with two different banks and sometimes even a third in the mix with a home line of credit. Simply put, the less banks involved the better...


When will Portland sell through its Shadow Inventory?

May 16, 2012

According to Standard and Poor’s first quarter 2012 data, it will take Portland and the country 3.8 years or about 46 months to sell through all of the distressed properties waiting to come out on the real estate market. S&P is counting all the shadow inventory, the number of homes with mortgage payments that are 90 days or more delinquent (many short sales) and those properties already in foreclosure. As for active foreclosures, Portland would sell through its inventory in about 19 months according to RealtyTrac, but this does not include properties currently behind in their mortgage payments. According to CoreLogic, 5.5% of Portland is behind on its mortgage payments. What does this mean for the Portland real estate market?...


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How many Short Sales and Foreclosures are there in Portland?

April 30, 2012

The reports are in. In 2011 there were 8,590 short sales listed in the Portland metro area, of which 3,668 sold. Also in 2011, 8,134 foreclosures were listed in the Portland area and 7,802 sold. 45,256 regular homes were listed in the Portland area and 22,823 sold. Last year about 27% of homes listed were distressed (short sale or foreclosure), but the sales of distressed properties accounted for 33.5% of all sales. All statistics are provided by your Portland real estate agent and RMLS, Regional Multiple Listing Service in Portland. In 2012, especially in the fourth quarter analysts are projecting a large increase in foreclosures hitting the market in the Portland area. This will not necessarily cause great damage to...


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Portland Short Sale Timeline – Important News

April 20, 2012

Beginning June 15th of this year, all Portland short sales backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should expect to receive a bank response to any offers that come in within 30-60 days. A big push is happening at the government level to make short sales work. The FHFA, Federal Housing Finance Agency, has said that short sales are an effective alternative to foreclosures and short sales help to maintain stable communities. This push to increase the speed of short sales in Portland and across the nation will address the number one complaint of buyers in the Portland real estate market, it takes too long. The average time to close a Portland short sale transaction at the time of this...


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Portland Short Sale or Try for a Home Loan Modification?

February 8, 2012

This is a serious question for many Portland Oregon home owners who are underwater in their mortgages: Should I Short Sale my Home or Try for a Home Loan Modification? For your consideration, I will tell you a common and very sad experience I have regarding folks who try for Portland home loan modifications. Too many times, the bank has suggested that the Portland home owner stop making payments while proceeding with the modification. The modification then takes 6 months to over a year to process. At the end of that time the bank rejects their modification attempt and all of the sudden they get a notice that the bank is going to foreclose in a week or two! These...


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What sells in PDX: Short Sales, REOs, or Traditional Home Sales?

January 20, 2012

2011 Portland MLS market statistics. Foreclosures in Portland: In rough terms, nearly 100% of foreclosure properties in Portland, also known as REOs, sell in a 6 month period. If you are looking to buy or make an offer on a Portland foreclosure, know this: it won’t stick around for long. Banks do not take low ball offers, in general they sell the property site unseen. I have found banks will typically lower the sales price in Portland by 3% every 60 days or so. This means that they will eventually bring the foreclosure to a price that demands the market’s attention and gets the home sold in short order. It is common for a Portland foreclosure to sit for a...


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Certified Foreclosure Agent

December 19, 2011

I’ve been successfully selling foreclosures in the Portland Metro area for years now. This designation represents additional education and certification, rewarding experience and professionalism in the foreclosure marketplace. Foreclosures are often the best deals you can find in Portland, Oregon. Let me help you find one today! Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor See all of my twelve designations here.