Getting a new mortgage after a short sale or foreclosure is now possible for many Americans who lost their homes during the housing crisis. Even if you've gone through a foreclosure or a short sale, you can still buy a home. Here’s some good news: Hundreds of thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing [...]
Ilyce Glink explains how to avoid paying taxes on forgiven mortgage debt if you've done a foreclosure or short sale in Real Estate Minutes. If you go into foreclosure or complete a short sale, you could wind up owing tens of thousands of dollars to the IRS on your forgiven debt. But there’s a way [...]
Investing in foreclosures can lead to big gains. Ilyce Glink talks about real estate investing and foreclosure in today's Real Estate Minute. There are two key factors that will predict your success as a real estate investor: How savvy you are about what you buy, and how patient you can be. Typically, single-family homes appreciate [...]
Selling you home in a short sale: Is a short sale worth it? A short sale can affect your credit, but you get a break from the IRS in 2013. Q: Our daughter and son-in-law are looking into using a company that sells new homes but agrees to lease your current residence for six months. [...]
Ilyce Glink explains how to avoid foreclosure with a deed in lieu of foreclosure on today's Real Estate Minute. If you’re on time with your payments, but underwater with your mortgage, and your loan is owned by Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac, you may be able to walk away from your property without going [...]
If you are on disability, you might qualify for the HAMP program. Also think about if you should downsize to a smaller home. Q: I think my mortgage holder is going to start a foreclosure on me again as they are not cashing my checks and have sent me numerous letters about the "HAMP" program [...]
Foreclosure is scary. Before the bubble burst and the housing crisis hit, it was taboo to go through foreclosure. Now it’s almost common. And, unfortunately, despite the rosier outlook for the real estate market, too many homeowners are still facing foreclosure. The most important thing for any homeowner in this situation to know is that [...]
Christmas Gifts: A Lump of Coal for the Housing Industry. Yesterday afternoon, I sat in on a conference call about covering the foreclosure crisis. But it wasn't so much a lesson in foreclosure journalism (if there's such a thing) as it was a discussion of where we are in the now four-year housing crisis with a dash of speculation as to when we might get out of here.