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The Road Map to Achieve Your Financial Future

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LEARN what you MUST know

to make SMART investments.

Upcoming seminars at the Long Beach Real Estate Resource Center:

First Time Home Buyers Seminar
August 26, Thursday
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Multi-Unit Investing Seminar
August 28, Saturday
9:00am to 12:00pm

Creative Investing Seminar
August 28, Saturday

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Reserve your seat today and get a FREE gift!

Investment: $39 each seminar

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6 Creative Ways to Afford a Home

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There are still various options to consider when purchasing a home:

1. Investigate local, state, and national down payment assistance programs. These programs give qualified applicants loans or grants to cover all or part of your required down payment. National programs include the Nehemiah program,, and the American Dream Down Payment Fund from the Department of Housing and Urban Development,

2. Explore seller financing. In some cases, sellers may be willing to finance all or part of the purchase price of the home and let you repay them gradually, just as you would do with a mortgage.

3. Consider a shared-appreciation or shared-equity arrangement. Under this arrangement, your family, friends, or even a third-party may buy a portion of the home and share in any appreciation when the home is sold. The owner/occupant usually pays the mortgage, property taxes, and maintenance costs.

4. Ask your family for help. Perhaps a family member will loan you money for the down payment or act as a co-signer for the mortgage. Lenders often like to have a co-signer if you have little credit history.

5. Lease with the option to buy. Renting the home for a year or more will give you the chance to save more toward your down payment. And in many cases, owners will apply some of the rental amount toward the purchase price. You usually have to pay a small, nonrefundable option fee to the owner.

6. Consider a short-term second mortgage. If you can qualify for a short-term second mortgage, this would give you money to make a larger down payment. This may be possible if you’re in good financial standing, with a strong income and little other debt.

These creative strategies and more are covered in detail at our real estate seminars.  Find out your options and make sound financial decisions for you and your family.

Source: Realtor Magazine

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How to Be the Architect of your Financial Future

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A Truly Great Opportunity!

I’m inviting you to the upcoming real estate seminars to discover the many opportunities that exist in the Long Beach, CA market area.

Whether you are a first time buyer or an investor looking for income property, the Backyard Wealth seminars are filled with incredible information.  But none of it will mean a thing if you don’t take the first step and attend.  You can’t make money dreaming about it or complaining – you must take the time to learn how to achieve what you desire.

Seminar No. 1:  First Time Buyers
Thurs, July 22nd – 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Seminar No. 2: Multi-Unit Investing
Sat, July 24th – 9:00am – 12:00pm

Seminar No. 3: Creative Real Estate Investing
Sat, July 24th – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Each seminar:  $39 Investment

Reserve your seat today!  (562) 598-9885 or visit us online:  Register Today!

Denise Cavanaugh - Backyard Wealth Long Beach Center (562) 598-9885

Homebuyers: Too Late for Tax Credit Extension, but still Find Market Ripe with Good Deals


The three-month homebuyer limited tax-credit extension has helped many people.  However, it is too late for other home seekers to take advantage of the tax credit.

But Lucien Salvant, National Association of Realtors spokesperson, says that shouldn’t discourage interested buyers because the market is ripe with other opportunity. “The good news for people who didn’t take advantage of the tax credit is that the inventory is still plentiful, although it’s reduced significantly from what it was a year ago, prices are affordable, and the interest rates are the lowest they’ve been since the 1950s.” The low interest rates are, of course, a magnet for attracting buyers. However, Salvant says that while this is a good time to buy, he notes that the lending market isn’t operating the way it did before the housing crisis. This, he says, should make people understand that buying a house is a good option if you plan to stay in it a while—not play the flipping gamble, hoping for a quick profit.

“The average is about seven years. Homeownership is an investment in the future, not for a quick turnaround, which a lot of people abused in the earlier part of this decade,” says Salvant.

Salvant notes that the housing market’s recovery is being hampered by uncertain unemployment conditions which are causing some potential buyers to wait, possibly for more breaks.

But Salvant says don’t count on more tax incentives. “We have asked Congress now for three different tax credits and we’ve gotten them. The purpose of the tax credit was to give a quick start to the housing economy which was coming apart and sinking fast. We think it really helped. Now, it’s time for the housing market to stand on its own two feet,” says Salvant.

What’s the future hold?

Salvant says, “It’s like a baby standing on its own two feet. It’s going to be wobbly, it’s going to take a while for things to settle in, but the housing market needs to function on its own.” The housing market recovery is being hampered by the joblessness, says Salvant. “[People] are worried about how many people are going to lose their jobs. … ‘If I buy a house, am I going to be able to make the payments?’ That worry is on a lot of people’s minds and it’s beyond the housing market to solve that problem,” says Salvant.

He says the magnets are there to attract homebuyers: low interest rates, good inventory, and affordable prices. “We’re hoping that free enterprise—private industry—and the government can work together to create incentives for a hiring to help the jobless situation in this country,” says Salvant.

As the economic job forecast remains uncertain, sellers dangle a golden carrot which promises a way for buyers to purchase a home that will save them money. Now, more than ever, sellers are highlighting features such as the home’s energy efficiency and close walking distance to jobs, stores, schools, and other vital locations.

Find out options available for you when purchasing a home.  Real knowledge, creative strategies….know the facts.  Check out our upcoming seminars in Long Beach, CA.

Source: Phoebe Chongchua (RealtyTimes): Chogchua is an award-winning journalist, an author, customer service trainer/speaker, and founder of Setting the Service Standard, a customer service training and consulting program offered by Live Fit Enterprises (LFE) based in San Diego, California.

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Top 5 Answers for Homeowners about Strategic Mortgage Default

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1. Should I intentionally default on my home mortgage?

Today, many people are ‘intentionally’ or ‘strategically’ defaulting because cash is more valuable than credit. Because many of the banks were unethical, some borrowers don’t feel the ‘moral obligation’ to pay, especially when the banks are being less than cooperative as buyers try to work things out. Rather than defaulting, the best thing to do is use the Section 702 program of the Obama act, which allows a qualified third-party buyer to take possession and make a ‘bona fide’ offer to the bank. This helps show the debt ‘settled’ on your credit and can eliminate the second mortgages completely. Walking away and allowing the bank to foreclose still allows the second lender to render a judgment—and possibly garnish your wages. You may also have to file for bankruptcy to recover from the credit nightmare.

In addition, it is always best to gain the most knowledge to make the best decision for yourself and your family.  There are great workshops and seminars that reveal the different programs the are available to homeowners and discuss the pitfalls people may encounter.  For specialized assistance in saving your home, consult a specialist and discover real options that fit your scenario.

2. As a borrower, what are some ways I can gain leverage with my mortgage holder?

One way to gain leverage with a lender is to establish a ‘substitute mortgage’—a security pledge that is offered to the seller’s lender, with a third party (lawyer or Escrow company) for a lesser amount of the current payment. Over time, this will result in a significant amount of collected funds that can be used as negotiating leverage to release the borrower from the debt, or dictate terms for a loan modification in the borrower’s advantage.

3. Why have loan modifications and foreclosures become the predominant answer for so many in distressed property situations, and why can this be problematic?

The reason why loan modifications and foreclosures have become the answer for so many is because many real estate professionals erroneously consider the short sale process to be too complex. Not knowing how to orchestrate the transaction and not having the correct forms and contact information with all the different parties is overwhelming for many Realtors, so they forego an option that would otherwise be in the owner’s best interest. The result is unnecessary spending of tax payer’s funds that are being used for the alternative solutions, when capital contributions from the ‘street level’ can be used to offset the losses and payoff the delinquencies without requiring such taxpayer contribution.

For specialized assistance in the short sale process, consider discussing your options and the entire process with a specialized short sale consultant.

4. Why is a short sale strategy more advantageous than a loan modification or foreclosure approach?

The reduced payoff in a short sale can release you from the debt obligation. This allows you to re-establish your credit faster and re-enter the market much wiser. A loan modification actually builds a debt trap around the borrower who is emotionally attached to a property, milking the borrower for every last nickel. A foreclosure ruins a homeowner’s credit and takes a much longer time period to recover from.

If you find out you need more work to fix your credit, consult with a credit repair specialist to discuss your options and find out what is right for you.

5. I’ve heard borrowers in default need a ‘General Public Disclosure?’ Why

Many people are not aware of the ‘alternatives’ when facing foreclosure. The state and the federal agencies do not provide any literature to default borrowers as a ‘preventative’ measure. Knowing your options, as detailed on a General Public Disclosure document, can make all the difference in establishing a deal that’s in the homeowners’ best interest.

Source:   Marian Anthony (RISMedia): Real estate finance expert, author and speaker, Marian Anthony is the President of Anthony Realty Group (ARG)–a San Diego-based consumer advocacy agency that helps educate real estate professionals throughout Southern California to better assist home buyers and investors. Anthony is also founder of the California Default Mortgage Hotline—a non-profit public interest group availing financially-stressed homeowners in mortgage default with validated information and industry resources.

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