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It appears that enough people are finally starting to realize that stopping or slowing the foreclosure landslide will have positive impact on the free-falling real estate values in many areas. While there have not been many foreclosures, here in the hamptons, growth is inevitable and this policy could help.

In coffee shop convetsations about this issue, I’ve also heard people say “Well, what about me? I’m not in default on my loan. Why should my neighbor get help and me nothing?” And the answer is another question: “What will happen to the value of your home if your neighbor goes into foreclosure and the house sells at a fire-sale price?”  They usually “get it”…

Loan mods could restore confidence

FDIC plan synchs with real estate industry aims

Inman News

“Limiting foreclosures not only slows growth in inventory and price declines, but provides reassurance to would-be homebuyers who are reluctant to buy into a downturn, Bishop said.

The administration’s plan, which FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery said might help “hundreds of thousands of borrowers,” involves a streamlined loan modification process in which borrowers’ loan payments would be reduced to 38 percent of gross monthly income by lowering their interest rate, lengthening the term of the loan, or reducing principal and adding it to the back of the loan.”

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freakoutWe all know that the rules of the game are changing faster and faster. It’s hard to keep up with what the latest ‘bailout’ program is and, if you are falling behind – or about to fall behind – the sheer terror of it can paralyze you.  Well, get unstuck and take some action on your own behalf.

Here’s an informative article, with phone numbers and links, by Jack Guttentag from Inman News, the most reputable Real Estate Industry News Source:

Loan modifications hard to come by

Despite difficulties, homeowners finding relief with HOPE NOW program

Inman News

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