Finance and Lending

March 17, 2015

San Diego Land Loans

 Did you know you can get a loan on Vacant Land? Home Street Bank has a great program (as well as construction loans):

· Conventional mortgage financing 

· 20-30% down payment required

· 3/1 ARM – 30 year amortization 

· No prepayment penalties 

· Construction contract not required to ...

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May 4, 2008

HR 5830: The FHA Housing Stabilization & Homeownership Retention Act

On April 17, 2008, Rep. Barney Frank introduced in the House a bill that would enable the FHA to refinance home loans at 90% of current market value with the goal of keeping more home owners in their homes. I will track this bill through the House and Senate as ...

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Jan. 7, 2008

Short Sale and Phantom Tax Debt Relief Overview

Lots of questions have arisen from people since President Bush signed into law the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007, whereby in certain circumstances, a homeowner does not have to pay federal income tax on debt forgiven on a loan secured by a qualified principal residence via a short ...

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Dec. 21, 2007

Bush Signs Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act

With a stroke of the pen, President Bush signed into law H.R. 3648, The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007, and dramatically changed the lives of homeowners across the country who are facing foreclosure, considering a short sale, negotiating a loan workout, or have done any of these since ...

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Dec. 16, 2007

Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Passed by Senate

UPDATE: President Bush signs HR 3648, The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007.

It took them close to two and half months, but the U.S. Senate finally got around to passing H.R. 3648, The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007. Initially sent to the Senate on ...

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Dec. 7, 2007

Short Sales, Taxes and the IRS


UPDATE: 12/20/2007 - President Bush signs The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007

UPDATE: 12/14/2007 - Senate Passes Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Bill


Given the current state of the San Diego real estate market, it is no surprise that the most frequently asked question we ...

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Nov. 25, 2007

San Diego Foreclosure Bargains - Fact or Fiction?

The most common "I want a killer deal" inquiry I get are from those looking for foreclosure property in San Diego - at 50 cents on the dollar. After all, it is a buyer market, sellers are desperate, and foreclosures almost out number real estate agents right?

Well... not quite. But ...

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Nov. 6, 2007

Citi to California Home Buyers: Just Say No

Times, they are a changin' in the California mortgage business.

Last week we had Bank of America notify 7,000 mortgage brokers that their services will no longer be needed after New Years Eve, only to have Citi take it one step further on Halloween and tell California home buyers ...

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Oct. 29, 2007

Bank of America To Cut Off Mortgage Brokers

Ken Lewis, CEO of Bank of America, the nation’s second-largest bank, announced on Friday that it will shut down its consumer real estate division and its wholesale lending unit, which offers residential mortgages through over 7,000 independent brokers, at the end of the year.  

The move signals a ...

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Oct. 5, 2007

House Passes Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief

Many San Diego homeowners considering a short sale or facing foreclosure got a bit of good news today with the U.S. House of Representatives passing H.R. 3648, The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007. The bill addresses the forgiveness of acquisition debt, which is that debt used ...

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