Arson and Foreclosures

arson.jpgCases of arson are on the rise as more and more homeowners turn to it as a tool to destroy their long time investments gone badly. Houses which people used to own are being burned on the orders of their previous owners who could not handle the grief of loosing their homes. Many do not have any alternatives in terms of residence ending up in rental homes or apartments. Grief sets in and even anger which triggers them to make irrational decisions such as burning their previous homes so no one else can benefit from all their hard work which went down the drain.

Mortgage Rates Drop – Refinance?

By all means for interest rates are at their lowest and with other government incentives in place to make the process fool-proof(or so they claim) you may just manage to get off foreclosure row in case you have been uncertain of your financial future. Just be sure you have a proper plan on hand to manage the help you get for mess it up again and you stand to join the 1.5 million homes that have already gone up to foreclosure, and that’s only for the first half of this year, who knows how much more would be added to the figure as the economy tries to recover.

Foreign Buyers Fuel Ailing Housing Market

foreign.jpgThe movements seen in housing markets are found to be coming more from foreigners buying homes for their vacation purposes globally. The problems in the US housing market have effects that have traveled around the world many times over and economies are paying the price. The financial market has been so shaken up that businesses are reeling in the after effects. Fewer houses sold – fewer jobs to build them, more jobless people – less home buyers and the effects just keep piling up. Good thing the European and Asian Markets are faring better that their American counterparts. The Euro has been climbing steadily against the dollar which has dipped time and time again as the government tries to get a handle on the problem. The US government has its hands full with internal and external issues they have to deal with and it may be too much even for them.

West Palm Beach Opens Foreclosure Assistance Centers

westpalm.jpgThe move shows the current status of the formerly booming housing market in the purely vacation area that is Palm Beach. The area has a current foreclosure rate of around 70% and people are losing their houses due to the bad credit loans problems that is currently rocking the nation. The Assistance center is possible with the participation of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State in efforts to avoid the foreclosure of their homes as much as possible. The assistance center will be helping homeowners to re-negotiate their mortgage payments, repair their damaged credit standings and even pay the amount of $ 10,000 to the people behind their mortgages to defer some of the unpaid debts they owe.

Scammers capitalize on hope

Hope is a good thing, but it can also be exploited by scammers who capitalize on this to make bogus offers and steal money from honest folk. Imagine having a bad credit rating, and in dire financial straits. You suddenly get an email from a bank saying that you’ve qualified for a loan application. Your heart jumps, and for the first time in a long time, you feel happy. The email asks you to go to a site, fill out a form that asks for your Social Security number and other information, then asks you to pay a processing fee. At this point you’re not thinking straight, so you just and pay the amount asked. And then you wait. And wait some more, but you do not receive any reply. Be careful with operations like this, and always think twice before committing any information and money over the net.

Some Basic Tips for Investing

Property purchasing can be a really trying thing. Anywhere where money spending is an activity is trying. It is a good ting there are some basic tips to look at before buying property.

Research and compare; take your area and look at it and surrounding areas for tax, price, and school performance data. These data are easy to get and very helpful. A lower tax is always a better deal and can be a deal clincher. School statistics, positive performance is evidence of attention and funding, and is a very important thing for families. An area with families is a pleasant place to live which may add to demand to live in the area. Finally, you need to compare prices. Tax considerations and school performance may be great but if the price of a house is beyond the budget, the plan will not work. Looking at surrounding areas that may be cheaper may be the next best but the best thing for you.

Doing this easy homework can make buying property easier for you to do.

Worst has come, is it over??

That is a question want to answer for them for the economic problems just keep coming no single person could provide a solution, not even the president. Foreclosures are on the rise (even with passed regulation into the prevention of such an event happening, may be due to the too long deliberations in congress??), companies have gone bust, lay-off’s are on the rise (sending more to claim unemployment benefits from the government) and many others. The sinking of prices in the housing sector had affected too many markets globally (due to the fact that many foreign investors had stakes in these housing projects) that the ripples just keep getting more in frequency as time progresses instead of decreasingover.jpg. With current house prices at their lowest, there seems little hope for the market to recover as fast as everyone wants it to. The impact on the financial market has been so substantial that many companies had to resort to laying-off people or face filing bankruptcy.

Short Sales – The Easy Way out of your Mortgage, sometimes (Part 2)

shrtsls1.jpgThis almost forgotten practice is now experiencing resurgence at a rate of 18% of total house sales in the industry. There are pitfalls which the lenders can initiate that could cause a total failure of the deal for they are taken into the equation for the sale to take place. Real-estate agents also see the success rates of such moves as very low for there is less money for all in the whole picture. One agent quoted getting 65 listings for short sales but estimate only about 2 or three to follow through. Buyers are advised to be cautious for however tantalizing the deal may be, the high-risks associated with it does indeed make for one balancing act.

Federal Projections


The Federal government has announced that projections show slower economic growth and expansion is to be expected this coming 2008. This belays earlier information released by the Fed that the economy was doing better and released higher projected rates. This gives rise to more speculation that Mortgage interest rates would recover better this coming year. People are now looking towards the stock exchange�s performance for whoever controls the Dow has a lot on influence on the said rates. Average mortgage rates for the whole spread still run into the 6% mark which is the highest for six months. Leaving many with dread as to how and when the markets would start recovery.

Sun’s shining – on the Rich that is (Part 2)

wealthy2.jpgMoney may be harder to come by but these people who can afford to spend are indeed spending. The rock-bottom prices, even of the most affluent homes are getting the wealthy excited for they even get properties with everything inside as part of the deal having them get second, third and so on and so forth number of homes. These assets can be sold in the future as the market rebounds or kept to add to their ever growing empires in the arena of real estates. Before we forget, the wealthy represents around less than 10% of all Americans, the rest fall in the lower 90%.