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Summer Home Buying Season, the Worst in Five Decades

home1Spring of each year starts the home buying season. The months of April through the end of August signals the time that most home buyers come into the market. This is usually a time of heightened activity in the real estate market for the sale of single family homes. This was not true, however, in the year 2011. From the period of April through the end of August of 2011, fewer homes were sold in the United States during any six month period in the last fifty years. Home sales from the Spring and Summer were the weakest since 1963. This is an indication of how poor the real estate market and the economy in the United States is doing.

Low Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates reached their lowest levels since records were kept during the Summer months. However, even with record low mortgage rates and home prices continuing to go down, would-be buyers are still not being enticed. Approximately one hundred and seventy thousand homes were sold from March through August of this year. This is even less than was sold in the same period in 2010, which, up until that time, was the worst in a half a decade. Normally, approximately four hundred thousand homes would sell during this period of time.

Home Prices Falling

The medium price for the sale of existing homes fell to approximately $168,000. This was decreased in 5% from the prior year. New home prices averaged about $209,000, which was almost 8% less than the prior year. Low priced foreclosure sales and short sales have been driving the market down. This causes real estate brokers to press sellers to lower their prices on their homes to compete with these foreclosures and short sale homes. It is estimated that homes in foreclosure and short sales sell for 20% less than their market value. This has the impact of lowering home prices throughout the areas where the short sales and foreclosures are located.

Is the single family home becoming a depreciating asset? Is the American dream over? I don’t think so. However, we may be headed for an additional five years of flat real estate prices before we see a significant rebound

Bankruptcy can act as an escape valve to prevent the loss of a home, stop foreclosure, eliminate a second mortgage and stop debt collection harassment. Your credit can be re-established after filing either a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy One bankruptcy myth is that you will never receive credit again after filing bankruptcy. This is simply untrue.

Bankruptcy Lawyers

Should you have questions or issues concerning your financial situation or are considering filing for bankruptcy, feel free to call the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo. We’ve been helping our clients for more than 30 years deal with foreclosure defense and bankruptcy matters. We can be reached at 1-80–344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350- 2802.

Falling Home Prices Wreaking Havoc on the Economy

Falling Home Prices WreakingEconomists in the United States are taking the position that falling home prices are a significant problem preventing the economic recovery in the United States. The devaluation of homes in the United States has cost Americans billions of dollars. The declining wealth of American homeowners has had a further negative impact on their confidence that the financial situation will improve in the future.

Richard Curtin, Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, recently stated “people don’t expect their home to regain value, and that’s really lead to a change in consumer attitudes about the economy that we’ve just never seen before.”

Americans have a confidence problem in their future of their country. They no longer believe that the economy will necessarily improve and financial circumstances will get better. The average income of many American families has declined. The unemployment rate is still over 9%. The expectations for economic growth among Americans have fallen to one of the lowest levels in history.

The Decline of the Real Estate Market

Recent studies by economists have shown the decline in the real estate market affecting all aspects of consumer spending. It is estimated that Americans reduce their spending by $20-$70 a year for every $1,000 decline in the equity in their home. During times of appreciation in real estate, there was a “wealth effect.” The wealth effect made consumers feel that they had liquidity and, therefore, they spent more money. Often more than they actually had. The down side of the wealth effect is, as home values have declined, consumer confidence has declined and there has been a negative reduction in the wealth effect. In other words, consumers feel they’re getting poorer when their houses go down in value and are less inclined to spend money.

Economy Will Eventually Recover

The prevailing view among the economists is that even though things do not look good right now, the economy will eventually get better and Americans will start spending again. Hopefully, appreciating real estate prices will spearhead the economic recovery.

Foreclosure Lawyers

The foreclosure lawyers at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo can help you if you have a foreclosure problem. Our foreclosure defense lawyers litigate defective mortgages, defective foreclosure lawsuits, predatory lending and all other types of real estate related matters. We can explain the federal laws on foreclosure and how they affect you. We attend foreclosure court conferences for our clients.

In the appropriate situation, we will discuss foreclosure related bankruptcy issues, such as filing a Chapter 7 and a Chapter 13 bankruptcy with you. In bankruptcy situations, there is an automatic stay that goes into effect, ordered by the court, that stops foreclosure from moving forward. In some bankruptcy situations, we can eliminate second mortgages. At the end of the bankruptcy, we can assist you inre- establishing your credit. Feel free to set up a free consultation with us. We will discuss your foreclosure options with you.

Foreclosed Homes Being Filled by Criminals

Foreclosed Homes Being Filled by CriminalsJamaica, New York, has had a rash of foreclosed homes. Homes that are being foreclosed upon and have become vacant are now being filled with drug dealers, gang members and other criminals. These homes are “becoming a magnet for criminal activity.” This is according to Deputy Inspector Miltiadis Marmara, the Commanding Officer of the precinct in South Jamaica. Community members in Jamaica are concerned about criminals and vagrants moving into these empty homes. They have huge parties. They stand outside the homes smoking weed and using other drugs. When the police are called, they run away. After the police leave, they return.
There are more than 75 homes in the Jamaica area that are suffering from these types of problems.Jamaica, New York, is a middle class community. Hard working, blue collar workers have used their life savings to buy homes. In their free time, they fix them up.

Neighborhoods Affected By Foreclosure Crisis

The foreclosure crisis is destroying good neighborhoods in Jamaica. Hard working, middle class families are being forced to live next to empty homes that squatters have moved into. The squatters make noise and partake in a lot of drug abuse and criminal activity. This is another problem caused by the foreclosure crisis.

Who Is Stopping Foreclosures in New York

The foreclosure defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo can stop foreclosure proceedings in their tracks. We file written Answers with the court and opposing counsel on behalf of our clients. We attend foreclosure court conferences wherein we try to convince judges to put pressure on the financial institutions to give our clients mortgage modifications. We litigate issues concerning defective mortgages, defective foreclosure lawsuits, predatory lending and all types of other real estate related matters. Our office has substantial knowledge concerning Federal laws and foreclosure.
We can also help you deal with foreclosure-related bankruptcy issues. Filing either a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy may be necessary to deal with the foreclosure on your home. If you file bankruptcy, you can eliminate second mortgages in some situations, stop foreclosure, stop other debt collections practices and at the end of the bankruptcy, action can be taken to re-establish your credit.

Call us for a free consultation at 1-800–344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Sales of Summer Homes Hit New Lows

Sales Of Summer Homes HitThe depressed real estate market in the United States reached a new low in July, 2011. Home sales fell 3.5% during that month. This brought home sales to the lowest point in the last 13 years. Home prices keep falling. This makes it harder and harder for individuals to sell their homes. The reduction in home values has been a driving force in the economic problems in the United States. Consumers who feel the value of their home is going down are disinclined to spend money on everyday purchases. There is a negative effect on the economy in the United States when consumers believe their homes are losing value.

Difficulties In Purchasing New Homes

Banks now require larger down payments before a new homeowner can purchase a home. In addition, lending rules have become very stringent. New home buyers are also concerned that the home they purchase will be worth less money in the future. The motto of many perspective home buyers is: why buy now if things will only get less expensive in the future? Instead, they sit and wait and watch the real estate market continue to decline. The wait and see approach by new home purchasers is causing the inventory of homes on the market to increase. As the inventory of new homes for sale on the real estate market increases, it creates a downward pressure on the sales price of these homes.

Appraisals Killing Home Sales

When a purchaser decides to buy a home, they must apply to the bank for a mortgage. The bank thereafter sends their appraiser out to appraise the home. In recent months, these appraisals are coming back with information indicating the homes are worth less than the prospective purchaser is in contract to pay for it. This often kills the real estate deal.

Home Prices Falling by More Than 5% in 2011

Economists have estimated that home prices will decline between now and the end of the year by an additional 5%. This is unfortunate. The ownership of a single family home was the American dream. The dream seems to be turning into a nightmare!

Call us for a free consultation, we will discuss whether filing bankruptcy may be in your interest and all other foreclosure related options. Our phones are monitored 24/7. Call us at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

New York Foreclosure Defense Lawyers

The New York City and Long Island foreclosure defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo can help you if you have a foreclosure problem. Our foreclosure defense lawyers litigate defective mortgages, defective foreclosure lawsuits, predatory lending and all other types of real estate related matters. We can explain the federal laws on foreclosure and how they affect you. We attend foreclosure court conferences for our clients.

In the appropriate situation, we will discuss foreclosure related bankruptcy issues, such as filing a Chapter 7 and a Chapter 13 bankruptcy with you. In bankruptcy situations, there is an automatic stay that goes into effect, ordered by the court, that stops foreclosure from moving forward. In some bankruptcy situations, we can eliminate second mortgages. At the end of the bankruptcy, we can assist you in re- establishing your credit. Feel free to set up a free consultation with us. We will discuss your foreclosure options with you.

Why Banks Foreclose

Why Banks ForecloseOur Law Office deals with families whose homes are being foreclosed upon each and every week. We are continually asked by our clients why financial institutions simply don’t reduce the amount of the loan to coincide with the equity in their home, instead of foreclosing on their homes and selling it at auction for less than half of its real value. Unfortunately, it is extremely rare for a bank or other financial institution to reduce the principal in the mortgage to bring it back into conformity with the actual value of the house. Banks do not usually change their practices. Dropping principal balances to the amount of the actual indebtedness on the mortgage would be a departure from usual bank procedures. Banks simply do not wish to explain why the value of their mortgage portfolio on their financial statements are incorrect.

Banks Are In the Business of Making Money

Lenders don’t wish to write down the balance of defaulting loans because they do not see any upside for them in engaging in this practice. Banks are interested in making as much money as possible. Writing down loans does not accomplish this.

Writing Down Loans Will Not Avoid Default By Homeowners

Lenders do not believe that writing down mortgage loans will reduce the likelihood homeowners will default. Banks studies have shown individuals whose homes are underwater (there is a negative equity in the homes) will most likely be unable to pay their mortgages, even if the mortgage is renegotiated to the value of their home.

Mortgage Departments at Banks Are Understaffed and Undertrained

Most financial institutions want to deal with mortgages that are current and on which they are making money on. They look at servicing mortgages that are in default as a financial burden. This causes banks to be chincy on the amount of workers they hire to handle these loans and to skimp on the training of these employees. Mortgages servicing companies tend to be short-staffed and don’t have a lot of motivation to hire more employees on money losing loans.

Mortgage Problems and Solutions

Hopefully you are up to date on your mortgage, but should you be having financial problems and/or your mortgage falls behind, we may be able to help you obtain a mortgage modification. Should a mortgage modification not be available for you, we can represent you in a foreclosure proceeding and keep you in your home! Our foreclosure defense lawyers attend foreclosure court conferences for our clients. We meet with our clients and discuss foreclosure options, such as foreclosure related bankruptcy filings. We litigate, in New York State Courts, foreclosure defenses such as defective mortgages, violations of truth in lending laws, predatory lending and defective foreclosure lawsuits. We also can assist you in other real estate related problems.

Should bankruptcy filing be the appropriate way to deal with your foreclosure problem, we can file either a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy for you. Upon meeting with us, we’ll discuss the types of bankruptcies that are available to you and why filing bankruptcy may help you. Filing a bankruptcy stops foreclosures from moving forward and can stop all debt collection activity. Call us for a free consultation. We appreciate your visiting our foreclosure blog.

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