Texas Attorney General Halts Foreclosures and Sales of Foreclosed Properties

The Texas Attorney General’s office has halted all foreclosures, all sales of properties previously foreclosed upon, and all evictions of persons residing in previously foreclosed upon properties, until mortgage companies have completed a review of their processes, including whether employees or agents “robosigned” affidavits and other documents recorded in Texas.

The AG suspension notices were sent to 30 mortgage-loan servicers doing business in Texas including:

American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc.

American General Finance, Inc.

AmTrust Mortgage Corporation

Aurora Loan Servicec, Inc.

Bank of America

Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC

Cenlar, FSB

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

CitiMortgage, Inc.

EMC Mortgage Corporation

First Horizon National Corp.

Ally Financial, Inc./GMAC

Home Loan Services

HomEq Servicing, Inc.

HSBC North America Holdings, Inc.

Litton Loan Servicing, Inc.

MGC Mortgage, Inc.

Midland Mortgage Company

MorEquity, Inc.

National City Mortgage c/o PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Nationstar Mortgage Company

Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC

OneWest Bank Group LLC

PHH Mortgage Services Corporation

Saxon Mortgage Services, Inc.

Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc.

Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.

Washington Mutual

Wells Fargo & Company

Wilshire Credit Corporation

Expect more on this developing story in the next few days.  We need to determine what impact this will have on existing sales contracts.

Source: Texas Association of REALTORS®

Homes for Sale – Plano, TX – 7913 Hook Dr

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Homes for Sale - Plano, TX - 7913 Hook Dr

3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 2-Car Garage | 1628 SF/Tax

Plano TX Homes For Sale – Wonderfully updated home. Kitchen has been updated with granite counters, tumbled marble backsplash and ceramic tile flooring. Hardwoods in the formals. Both baths have some updating including granite vanities. French Doors lead to covered patio that is perfect for entertaining. Large backyard with mature trees and recent fence. Outside of house was recently painted. About 90 percent done–needs appliances, fresh carpet and some minor repairs.

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Source: NTREIS | Photo Credit -Tom Branch

Are Loan Modification Companies Necessary?

Are Loan Modification Companies Necessary?

I received a phone call today from a radio station in California wanting to do an interview about avoiding foreclosure. Their focus is on loan modifications and the companies that have sprung up offering to assist distressed homeowners apply for loan modifications in an effort to save their homes.

I recently listed a short sale property and while I was talking with the homeowner, she related that she had paid a company close to $2000 to assist her with a loan modification.  Of course, nothing came of the modification other than the homeowner forking over $2000. 

It not like she was naive or gullible either. This homeowner has a doctorate and years of experience in the business world. The last thing any of these people want to do is to lose their home and they’ll hand over their last few dollars to someone who tells them that they can help.

It seems thousands of little companies have been formed to assist distressed homeowners with loan modifications. Run a search on Google and you’ll find a seemingly endless array of offerings. While I suspect there are some legitimate companies out there, homeowners can work directly with their lenders to attempt a modification. Want the good news?  There’s no cost to the homeowner.

Homeowners also need to be aware that only a small percentage of modifications have been approved and 80-plus percent of those that are approved do not make it through the modification trial period.  Loan modification is a low-percentage shot.

If the homeowner is simply too busy to work on the modification themselves and desire to hire a third-party to assist them, they should do some research.  They should check out the company they’re considering. Homeowners can look companies up by name or phone number with the Better Business Bureau. They should also run a Google search on the company name and look for problems being reported. 

The best course of action is for distressed homeowners to call their lenders or discuss the matter with their trusted real estate or mortgage professional.

People Who Serve, Prosper–People Who Don’t…

People Who Serve, Prosper--People Who Don't...

Some time back a friend of ours had the pleasant opportunity of having dinner with his friend Earl Nightingale, the famous radio personality and producer of self improvement cassette programs.

Earl made his life’s work studying successful people and how they achieved their successes. Our friend had long admired Earl for his ideas and philosophy.

And on that occasion, our friend asked him what advice he would give his young son if he had one. What, based on his vast experience and knowledge, would be the one thing that would help his son ensure success both in business as well as in his personal life.

Earl said to our friend, “You know, I have often thought about that very question. And after all the years and all the study, I’ve come to the conclusion that your success in life, or in business for that matter, can be boiled down to one thing. That is, your rewards will always be in direct proportion to the amount of service you render.

“You only have to look around,” he said. “The people who serve others, prosper. The people who don’t serve others, don’t prosper. And you can tell just how successful a person is by the amount of service they render to others.

“The problem,” he continued, “is that unsuccessful people either haven’t learned that great secret, or they don’t apply it.”

“The success­ful people are the ones who develop the habits of doing the things that unsuccessful people don’t do for one reason or another.”

Townhomes for Sale – Farmers Branch, TX – 3652 Fore Circle

Homes for Sale - Farmers Branch, TX - 3652 Fore Circle

2 Bedrooms | 2.q Baths | 2-Car Garage | 1146 SF/Tax

Farmers Branch Townhomes For Sale – Convenient location near Marsh and Belt Line with golf course view. Great potential for investor. Tall baseboards and laminate flooring downstairs. French doors lead to partially covered, large patio with greenbelt view. Kitchen has double ovens and updated smooth cook top. Balcony off master overlooks greenbelt and pool. Master bath has pedestal sink and oversized shower. Foundation repair completed with transferable warranty. Sold as is. 

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Source: NTREIS | Photo Credit -Tom Branch

Homes for Sale – North Richland Hills, TX – 7421 Sean Dr

Homes for Sale - North Richland Hills, TX - 7421 Sean Dr

3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 2-Car Garage | 1591 SF/Tax

North Richland Hills Homes For Sale – Great value in NRH. Nice landscaping with sprinkler system and accent lighting. Huge family room with picture frame molding and mirrors. Laminate flooring and brick fireplace with extended sitting ledge. Light and bright eat in kitchen with breakfast bar overlooks living area. Most appliances updated. Large master with spacious bath has dual sinks, garden tub, separate shower and his and hers walk-in closets. Recent carpet and paint. 

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Source: NTREIS | Photo Credit -Tom Branch

Homes for Sale – Denton, TX – 2000 Oak Tree

Homes for Sale - Denton, TX - 2000 Oak Tree

3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 2-Car Garage | 1621 SF/Tax

Denton TX Homes For Sale – Cute 3 bedroom, 2 bath with private study. Open kitchen with breakfast bar overlooks the living area. Fenced backyard with open patio is great for entertaining. Home sits on a corner lot and is close to TWU and UNT. Home sold as is. 

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Source: NTREIS | Photo Credit -Tom Branch