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Cobb County Short Sales July Update

Posted on 28 August 2013 by Aaron Hofmann

It’s time to recap Cobb county short sales for July and it’s impact on the current market. With 36.9% of all homes sold in the first quarter of 2013 in metro Atlanta being distressed properties, it’s important to understand the influence that short sales have on today’s market and to keep an eye on the market.

In July, Cobb county short sales activity was:

  • 101 active homes
  • 369 pending homes
  • 27 closed homes
  • 31 active condos and townhomes
  • 119 pending condos and townhomes
  • 8 closed condos and townhomes

If you’re in the market for a Cobb county short sale, whether a single family home, condo or townhome, we’re here to help. Our team is led by a Certified Distressed Property Expert and experienced in the nuances faced when purchasing short sales. Protect yourself and work with the Cobb County short sale experts.

Contact us today to get started.

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Vinings Short Sales September Update

Posted on 16 October 2012 by Aaron Hofmann

It’s time to recap Vinings short sales for September and it’s impact on the current market. Vinings short sales definitely provide an opportunity for the savvy buyer.

In September, Vinings short sales activity was:

  • 0 active homes
  • 2 pending homes
  • 0 closed homes
  • 9 active condos and townhomes
  • 7 pending condos and townhomes
  • 3 closed condos and townhomes

If you’re in the market for a Vinings short sale, whether a single family home, condo or townhome, we’re here to help. Our team is led by a Certified Distressed Property Expert and experienced in the nuances faced when purchasing short sales. Protect yourself and work with the Vinings short sale experts.

Contact us today to get started.

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Smyrna Short Sales Update

Posted on 16 February 2011 by Aaron Hofmann

Interested in the Smyrna Short Sale market? Keep in mind that short sales are distressed properties, homes that are effectively pre-foreclosure. The seller’s goal in a Smyrna short sale is to sell the property prior to being foreclosed, which allows them more control of the process, less damage to their credit and less long-term effects. The bank’s goal is to minimize their losses by doing the short sale. A short sale is a win-win for both parties

Here’s a quick update for January for Smyrna Short Sales. In January, there were three Smyrna homes that were sold as short sales. There are currently 32 single family homes for sale and an additional 14 that are pending lender review.

There was one Smyrna condo that was sold in January as a short sale. There are currently 27 Smyrna townhomes and condos that are for sale as potential short sales and an additional 6 condos and townhomes that are pending lender review.

Click here for the current Smyrna Short Sales available and contact us if you are a seller who is behind in their mortgage payments or a buyer who is interested in purchasing a Smyrna short sale.

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Important Short Sale Facts

Posted on 15 February 2011 by Aaron Hofmann

Many people in Atlanta have lost their jobs or had to accept reductions in their pay and are no longer able to pay their mortgage. Filing for bankruptcy will destroy their credit rating and will, most likely, strip away the last shred of dignity they have left. Their family will be embarrassed, and depression is bound to set in. Fortunately, there is another less drastic solution that can end the financial turmoil. With the approval of the lender, a home owner can request a short sale in Atlanta.

A short sale is a decent solution to preventing the destruction of someone’s credit rating and financial future. The following frequently asked questions and answers can clarify some of the mysteries often surrounding Atlanta short sales.

Q – What exactly is a short sale in Atlanta?

A – this occurs when a lender approves the sale of a property for less than the outstanding loans against it.

Q – What happens if the home is worth more than the loans, but the owner cannot pay the requested closing costs?

A – Most often, lenders will authorize the payment of taxes, closing costs and real estate commissions from the money received from the property sale. A lot will depend on the value of the property. Talk to your lender for more details.

Q – What documents are required when requesting a short sale in Atlanta?

A – Each lender has different requirements. In most cases, they will request proof of hardship, purchase and sales contract, pay stubs, bank statements of all your accounts, and a personal financial sheet or monthly budget.

Q – Can the owner stay in the house until it has been completed?

A – In most cases, they can

If you are behind in your mortgage payments, don’t delay in contacting us to discuss your options. There is no cost to you and the longer you wait, the fewer options that will be possible. Our team includes Certified Distressed Property Experts, Certified Public Accountants and Real Estate Attorneys experienced with these issues and trained to assist you.

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Will Short Sales Become Shorter?

Posted on 20 December 2009 by Aaron Hofmann

The U.S.Treasury Department issued new guidelines for short sales that should make the process easier, faster and more consumer-friendly. Imagine a world where short sales were short? Somehow whenever I think of the word “imagine” I think of the the song written by John Lennon and his depiction of a world that would never be. The same could be said for a world where short sales are actually short.

If you’ve been a frequent reader of our ShortSalesCentral.com, then you know that a short sale is when the mortgage lender accepts less than what they are owed in lieu of foreclosing on the property. It’s generally considered a win-win. It allows the homeowner to walk away from the property without a foreclosure on their credit and allows the lender not have to go through the cost and hassle of foreclosing, maintaining and marketing the property after the fact. Not to mention having to increase their reserves due to foreclosing on the home.

The new program doesn’t go into effect until April (why wait???), but here are the major points on the new program:

-Mortgage servicers will have 10 days to approve or disapprove a short sale price. This will speed up time and allow the borrower to be released from debt more quickly.

-The borrower will receive $1,500 in relocation credit. This will help move out of the home and into an alternative residence without as much stress or worry about getting into debt again right off the bat.

-Mortgage servicers will receive $1,000, and second lien holders up to $3,000. This encourages them to release the home for a lower price than they may have otherwise.

-Loan servicers will no longer be able to require a reduction in commission for agents or Reators on a short sale. This will make sure agents don’t shy away from short sales for fear of not earning as much.

The new guidelines should allow the process to go faster and make short sales a more viable option. But that is if the lenders agree to play along since the program is voluntary. Time will tell. Contact us if you need assistance with your Atlanta short sale needs. We have a team of Certified Distressed Property Experts ready to go to battle for you.

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Home Foreclosures Continue to Creep

Posted on 11 September 2009 by Carl Martens

Nearly 10 percent of Georgia mortgages were past due in the second quarter, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.  Making Georgia one of the highest delinquency rates in the country.

And the number of properties scheduled to be auctioned on the courthouse steps Tuesday hit 9,930 for a 13-county area of metro Atlanta, according to Alpharetta-based Equity Depot.  That’s the third highest total on record, according to Equity Depot.

Last year, scheduled foreclosures never broke 8,000. This year, the total has exceeded 8,000 in every month but one, according to Equity Depot data.

In August, Gwinnett County led the pack with 2,120 foreclosure notices. It was followed by Fulton (1,929); DeKalb (1,571); Cobb (1,107); and Clayton (785).

If you have a question about foreclosure or how to avoid it by short selling your home, please submit it below.  One of our Certified Distressed Property Experts will contact you.

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The Best Atlanta Keller Williams Realtor with Short Sales Expertise

Posted on 22 May 2009 by Carl Martens

So, you’re interested in short sales, huh?  How do you start your search?

Looking over the analytics for this website, I noticed that several people started their search by searching with “Keller Williams” and “short sales” in their search phrase.  Given the fact that Keller Williams agents are some of the best trained in the industry and one of the only companies increasing their market share, you’re off to a great start, nice job.

How do you siphon through all the results that appear though?  Certainly there are several Keller Williams real estate agents that list short sales experience/expertise on their resume, but who’s the best?

aaron-hofmann

Aaron Hofmann, the best Atlanta Keller Williams Realty realtor with expertise in short sale listings.

Although my opinion is somewhat bias (he’s my boss), I’d like to suggest the name Aaron Hofman.

Why Aaron?

He is a member of the Agent Leadership Council (ALC) at Keller Williams Realty Cityside (Smyrna Vinings).  Team leader of H2 Realty and author of the following community websites; SmyrnaVinings.com, AllAboutRoswell.com, and AllAboutSandySprings.com.  How many Realtors do you know with the expertise and dedication to maintain all those websites?

Not only is he a good looking, tall, and dashing young man, he has the personality to match it.  He is a great family man who is very active in the community he resides in.

On top of that he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) so numbers actually make sense to him (I think he aced the math section of his real estate exam).  This is a great benefit to you because he can look at your individual situation and make suggestions not just from a Realtor’s point of view, but from a financial experts view as well.

He is also a Certified Distressed Property Expert!

They say Germans (Hofmann) are good at engineering, let Aaron help you engineer a plan to avoid the foreclosure of your home, act now.

I once attended a seminar presented by speakers Kiser and Bender, I left that seminar with one principle that I have applied to business and that is, “people like to do business with people that are fun to do business with.”  All jokes aside, Aaron is a great guy with the knowledge and expertise to help you out.  If you are a distressed homeowner, contact Aaron and let him help you out, life will start to get fun again.

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