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Is it "Me", "Myself" or "I" ?

by Leslie Edwards

95% of the time when I hear someone use the word "myself" in a sentence, I cringe.  The word "myself" is rarely used correctly.  More often than not, the correct word is either "I" or "me". 

Below are two explanations of when to use "Me" "Myself" or "I"

"In the old days when people studied traditional grammar, we could simply say, "The first person singular pronoun is I when it's a subject and me when it's an object,' but now few people know what that means. [. . .] The misuse of I and myself for me is caused by nervousness about me. [. . .] But the notion that there is something wrong with me leads people to overcorrect and avoid it where it is perfectly appropriate. People will say, 'The document had to be signed by both Susan and I' when the correct statement would be, 'The document had to be signed by both Susan and me.'

Trying even harder to avoid the lowly me, many people will substitute myself as in 'The suspect uttered epithets at Officer O'Leary and myself.' Myself is no better than I as an object. Myself is not a sort of all-purpose intensive form of me or I . Use myself only when you have used I earlier in the same sentence: 'I am not particularly fond of goat cheese myself'" (Brian’s, Common Errors in English Usage).  *** I wanna be, all by myself. le

When do you use "me"?

The craziest rule of all, to my ear, is the rule that governs the use of "myself" and "me". Which of these *sounds* correct to you?

1. The Captain handed the medals to my partner and myself.

2. The Captain handed the medals to my partner and I.

3. The Captain handed the medals to my partner and me.

The correct version, of course, is the 3rd. The word "me" is always a direct or indirect object (never a subject) and "I" is *always* a subject--that much doesn't sound too far-fetched, and it rules out the 2nd example.

"Myself" is a special object (direct or indirect), to be used only when the subject is you (note I didn't write "...when the subject is yourself"). I can give a gift to *myself* since I am the one doing the giving. The Captain can never "give a gift to myself" since the subject is the Captain.

Part of the confusion comes from the two-part indirect object in the examples above ("my partner and me") but the same grammar rules apply whether or not the object is compounded.

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Lax Lending Could Blow Up Housing Market Again

by Leslie Edwards

I had a bad car accident once and for awhile after, I drove very carefully.  Slowly, over time, my bad driving habits returned. It is the same when someone has a health scare, like a heart attack.  Immediately after, they diligently follow the doctor's orders regarding diet, exercise and smoking.  But again, over time, most people revert back to their old habits. 

Is the Government back to their old ways? People might think that the after this latest housing crisis, the Government would realize that not every one should own a home.  But already, the pressure is on for banks to lend to people using less stringent criteria and accepting lower credit scores.

Are we destined for another housing crash? Read this article from the Washington Times.

Double bubble Lax lending policy could blow up housing market again
By THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Washington Times
6:35 p.m., Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac currently guarantee about $5.5 trillion of outstanding mortgages and debts - nearly as much as the Treasury's own public debt. If the companies were fully nationalized, the government's books would have to reflect both the revenues and losses from those obligations. 

Americans have lost more than $4 trillion in assets since the housing market collapsed in 2006. Risky government mortgage lending regulations helped inflate prices beyond reason, but those policies have not gone away. Instead, they've just moved into a new home, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Unless Congress acts to renovate eligibility requirements for borrowers, we could see an even worse financial disaster unfold.


Signed into law in July, the Dodd-Frank Act pulled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lending institutions out of the subprime loan business. Those government-sponsored monstrosities were fingered as prime culprits in the financial collapse, so the Obama administration has enlisted the FHA to perform the same functions. Peter Wallison and Edward Pinto of the American Enterprise Institute have raised the alarm, writing, "As in the period leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, these loans will again contribute to a housing bubble, which will feed on government funding and grow to enormous size."

Congress began blowing the initial bubble in 1992 when it amended Fannie's and Freddie's charters to compel the mortgage giants to back financing for low- and middle-income families seeking housing. Subsequently, those enterprises induced mortgage lenders to relax their qualification standards, allowing millions to buy homes with no or little money down. As these properties went into foreclosure starting in 2006, the red ink at Fannie and Freddie ran into the hundreds of billions - with the public footing the bill. In October, the Federal Housing Finance Agency estimated the eventual cost to taxpayers would be up to $360 billion.

 The pressure to perpetuate dicey lending has begun already. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a housing rights group, filed complaints on Dec. 7 with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, claiming 22 banks across the country have violated fair-housing laws by denying FHA-insured loans to black and Hispanic borrowers with credit scores above the federal minimum.

 The FHA insures loans for borrowers with a minimal credit score of 580 and a down payment of 3.5 percent. The feds responded the next day by launching an investigation into the banks' practices.

Participating lenders are caught between the Scylla of penalty for denying loans to marginal borrowers and the Charybdis of sanction for having too many defaults on their books. It will only get worse: The FHA has announced it intends to pump up its loan volume to $1.34 trillion by 2013 and make nearly half of its loans subprime by 2017. Thus, the stage is set for a second housing-market crash.

 If Republicans in the 112th Congress intend to make good on their promise to set the country back on the path to financial stability, they should toughen FHA mortgage lending standards by requiring higher credit scores and larger down payments. Better yet, the feds should get out of the mortgage business altogether and let the free market reach an equilibrium free of bubble and bust.

While Uncle Sam may appear compassionate in assisting low-income families become homeowners, this "charity" has been disastrous. Millions have lost homes in the recent crash, with the burden falling most heavily on financially responsible Americans to clean up the billions in damage done. Learning from these mistakes of the past will prevent their return in the future.

If you know someone who is behind on their mortgage payments, have them call me for a FREE confidential consultation.  As a Certified Distressed Property Expert, I help people avoid foreclosure. 

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How Long Will It Take To Sell My House?

by Leslie Edwards

To figure out how long it should take to sell a home, I use a formula that will calculate the absorption rate of each neighborhood. Knowing the correct absorption rate for the neighborhood will help the seller determine a realistic asking price for their home. 

The absorption rate formula is based on past sales, days on market, and the amount of houses currently for sale in the neighborhood/area. This information tells us how many months supply of inventory is presently on the market, and therefore provides us with information that indicates just how many months it may take to sell a particular home.  

A 6 month supply of inventory is telling us that it may take a full six months or more to sell the house. In addition, a 6 month supply is considered a balanced market, but anything over 6 months indicates there are too many houses and too few buyers, indicating it may take up to a year or more to sell the house.  

A seller whose house falls into the category of 6 months or more should be willing to position their house, in terms of price, condition, and incentives, in a way that will give them a distinct advantage over their competition.

 Sellers have different needs, motivations and desires which typically determines how aggressive they should be on their asking price.     In today's challenging real estate market, because sellers are in a price war and a beauty contest at the same time, it takes aggressive pricing and staging to show the home at it's best.                                                                                                                                                               If you would like to discuss the absorption rates for homes like yours, call or email me.  I want to be your real estate resource. 

 

leslie edwards                                                                                 Environmentally Aware, Socially Conscious, Politically Active, Real Estate Agent                                                                                         770.460.9448                                                                                        CDPE Certified Distressed Property Expert                                                CRS   Certified Residential Specialist                                                       Epro  Certified Internet Professional                                                           ABR   Accredited Buyer Representative                                                    GRI    Graduate of the Realtor Institute Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider

Selling South Metro Atlanta including:Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Coweta, Merewether, South Fulton & Spalding Counties

All the towns and cities south of the Atlanta International Airport, including: Brooks, College Park, Fairburn, Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Locust Grove, McDonough, Newnan, Sharpsburg, Stockbridge, Palmetto, Peachtree City, Tyrone and more                                                                                           Moving Families Since 1978                                                                       Let My Experience Work For You                                                               fax:  770.460.0739 See all of the properties for sale in the Multiple Listing Service at www.SouthMetroAtlantaMLS.com                                                                                          .com                                              leslieedwards@leslie RE/MAX Around Atlanta.com/blogleslieedwardswww.

 Almost everyone knows someone who is behind on their mortgage payments and wants to avoid foreclosure to save their credit, relieve the uncertainty, and most of all, help their family.

Have them call me for Short Sale and Pre-Foreclosure Solutions and let's get started on the path to recovery.

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Home Prices Continue to Fall

by Leslie Edwards

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Home prices are falling further, suggesting a bottom hasn't been reached in many metro areas.

Millions of foreclosures are expected to pour onto the market in the coming years. That's likely to force prices down and hurt even cities that had begun to rebound. Investigations into banks' foreclosure paperwork could further deter buyers and weigh down prices.

The past few months have been the worst time in a decade for the housing market. Few people have bought homes, and among the small pool of buyers, many have purchased foreclosures and other distressed properties.

The impact was apparent Tuesday when Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller released its latest index for home prices in 20 major U.S metro areas. The average price for all markets fell 0.2 percent in August and 15 cities posted declines.

But the foreclosure problem is far from over. A "shadow inventory" of homes on the verge of foreclosure is bound to force prices lower well into next year. About 2 million loans are in foreclosure, and another 2.4 million borrowers have missed at least 90 days of mortgage payments, according to LPS Applied Analytics.

"It's like a never-ending supply" of homes, said Daniel Alpert, managing partner at the New York investment bank Westwood Capital. He expects prices to fall another 10 percent over the next year -- and not improve much after that.

Most troubled homeowners are concentrated in cities that have already been battered by the housing bust. One in 15 homeowners in Las Vegas received a foreclosure notice in the first half of the year, according to foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac Inc. In the Fort Myers, Fla. metro area, the ratio was one in 20; in the Phoenix metro area it was one in 23.

"If you're going down the hill, you tend to keep going down the hill," said Mark Fleming, chief economist at real estate data firm CoreLogic.

In Las Vegas, prices have fallen 57 percent from the peak four years ago. They are now at the lowest point since spring 2000. In August, they ticked up slightly -- 0.1 percent -- according to the Case-Shiller report.

Investors buying properties to sell or lease have helped to stabilize the nation's worst housing market. Demand is also coming from retirees, said Paul Bell, a real estate agent with Prudential Americana Group in Las Vegas, who noted that 45 percent of the city's buyers are paying cash

That's "helping to contribute to a floor" in the city's home prices, Bell said.

Some markets are doing relatively well. Chicago, Washington and New York have been showing consistent price increases since spring, though the pace of those increases faded over the summer. In the nation's capital, the large number of federal employees and government contract workers have kept the economy strong. New York has seen fewer foreclosures than other cities.

California may offer the most complex housing picture. Even though the state's major cities have started to show weakness, prices are well above the bottom of spring 2009.

The San Francisco area's home prices have surged more than 21 percent since then. Prices in San Diego have risen nearly 14 percent and had increased for 15 consecutive months before falling in August.

In Los Angeles they have increased by more than 10 percent in that period. Home prices would have to rise by more than 50 percent in each of the markets to return to their peaks during the housing boom.

It's still unclear how the allegations of lenders using flawed documents to foreclosure on homes will affect housing markets. Bank of America and Ally Financial Inc.'s GMAC Mortgage have started processing foreclosures again, after calling a temporary halt while they reviewed mortgage documents.

Some buyers are worried that the sale of a foreclosure could be contested -- or even canceled -- if the previous owner claims the foreclosure was invalid.

Product I Love. Juice

by Leslie Edwards

When I go to the grocery store I like to buy at least one thing I have never had before.  Sometimes I find something I like a lot and sometimes I try something I vow never to eat again.  I don't like to drink out of plastic bottles and it is not easy to find drinks in glass bottles.  I have been taste testing juices ,in glass bottles, for a few months and have a favorite to share. 

R.W. Knudsen, Simply Nutritious, Morning Blend.  All natural, no artificial ingredients, Over 100% of the recommended daily allowances of  Vitamins A, C, E &  Beta Carotene.  Very tasty,  good for you and in glass bottles.  They hide it in the organic or greenwise section of the grocery store so you will have hunt, but it's worth it.  Try it and let me know if you like it as much as I do.

If you have a product you love that is organic or all natural, I hope you will share it with me.

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Good News, Bad News

by Leslie Edwards

New homes starts fell to the lowest since 1945.  Several local builders have gone out of business and new homes are being foreclosed at rates I have never seen during my 30 years as a REALTOR. This is bad news for builders, construction workers, the trades, vendors and real estate agents who typically work in new home neighborhoods.  The effect on small business, individuals and families is widespread.

On the other hand, while there has been a glut of new homes on the  market for years, builders continued to build on speculation, hoping for a buyer. It was obvious that there were more new homes than potential buyers and builders were competing for a few buyers. What is happening now in new homes is truly a market correction. It had to happen.

The benefit for a few is that qualified buyers can buy new homes for much less than they would have appraised for two years ago.  The builder may not be in business and unable to come back for minor repairs under a builder warranty but, if the deal is great, a buyer can afford a handyman.  All new homes are inspected by the counties throughout construction so buying a foreclosure does not mean less quality.

As the inventory of new homes declines, prices will begin to rebound.  It is all about supply and demand.  It will take awhile, but it will happen. 

If you are a buyer, this is the time to get th emost house for your money. Buy low, sell high.

If you have questions, comments or just want to talk real estate, call me, email me or leave your comments here.  I am available for a FREE buyer or seller consultation, with no obligation to buy or sell with me.

leslie edwards                                                                                sells real estate                                                                 770.460.9448                                                                         RE/MAX Around Atlanta                                             leslie@leslieedwards.com                                                           Search the entire MLS at www.leslieedwards.com

Conserve, Reuse, Recycle

3rd Quarter 2008 Fayette County Real Estate Market

by Leslie Edwards

There are currently 1350 single family homes for sale in Fayette County. The average list price of the homes for sale is $400,770.                     From July1st through September 30th: 308 homes sold with an average sales price of $299,044 down from the 1st quarter average sales price of $309,228.  392 homes expired unsold which means that 56% expired and 44% sold.

76% of the foreclosures sold with an average sales price of $235,598 while only 16% expired.  Foreclosures tend to be priced way under market, which helps drive the prices down, which forces anxious sellers to sell for less, which continues to drive the prices down. And it goes on and on....

But it is not all bad news. Smart buyers know that this is the perect time to buy.  Prices are down, interest rates are low and there are plenty of homes to choose from.  Buy low, sell high.

During my 30 years in real estate, I have seen a few really bad markets.  When Jimmy Carter was President, although the interest rates were 14% to 18%, people still bought homes.  I sold 40 houses in the worst year with no help, no fax, no cell phone and no GPS.

It is never as bad as the media would have us believe.  Real estate, like the stock market, moves in cycles, up and down.  Buy low, sell high.

If you want to or need to sell and are willing to sell at a discount, call me.  Experience pays in any maket.  In a challenging market, the agent you choose is critical.  I offer a FREE, no obligation, consultation to give you the information you need to make you real estate decisions.  Call me. I want to be your resource.

leslie edwards                                                                                   sells real estate                                                                                 770.460.9448                                                                                 RE/MAX Around Atlanta                                                                    Serving South Metro Atlanta

 

Buy and Bail, A new trend

by Leslie Edwards

    For the past few years adjustable rate mortgages, 103% mortgages, interest only and other no down payment financing options, coupled with artificially high appraisals and prices have resulted in many homeowners being upside down in their homes.  They owe much more to the bank than the home can sell for.                                                                                                                    When nearby foreclosures sell for thousands less than the paying homeowner owes, it may take years for home prices to recover.  Some paying homeowners with good credit, have bought new homes, moved and simple stopped paying on the first home.  Hence the term buy and bail. The people who do this give up their good credit to get out from under a devalued property.                 

I recently visited a newly foreclosed home on behalf of the bank, to determine if the home was occupied. I met the former homeowner to arrange for the family to move out.  The neighborhood was one quarter built out and the rest of the lots were overgrown with pipes sticking out.  The homes were large and attractive.  The buildier had gone out of business and at least one third of the new homes were foreclosed and for sale ast substantially reduced prices.  The man I spoke to told me he had paid $344,900 for his house and the same plan a few doors down just closed for $280,000.  He had to move for his job and could not sell his house.  He could not afford to pay for a home he did not live in and felt he had no choice. He had good credit and was able to buy in his destination city before he stopped making payments on the home he was leaving.                   

While this is wrong on so many levels, this trend is part of the new reality.  BUY AND BAIL. Not recommended.

leslie  edwards                                                                                     

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Clayton County Foreclosures

by Leslie Edwards

According to the news this morning, one in every ten homes in Clayton County is currently in default.  That statistic makes it very hard for owner occupants to sell their homes when the foreclosures in their neighborhoods continue to push prices down.  It is happening in all price ranges and the only homeowners who are immune to the fall in value are the ones who are not trying to sell. 

 The market will move back up over time but it will take some time for the market to absorb all of the homes for sale right now in Clayton County.  As always, the people who survive severe shifts in the market hang in there longer.  Don't panic sell if you on't have to move.  If you want to move, but don't have to move,you will have to decide how much equity are you willing to lose to move now.

If you are a buyer, this is the best buyer's market in years and buyers should be buying.  The rate is very low compared to not so long ago when rates were in the double digits: 10% to 16% interest rates were common.  Many buyers do not appreciate what an opportunity this is to buy more house than they could afford in any other market because of  low interest rates and the lower home prices.  Those buyers will regret the hesitation when the market shifts and it always does, and when interest rates increase.

Real estate moves in cycles and this is just part of that constant change.  History has shown that no matter how low and slow  the market gets, it has always  improved and often with a huge rise in values.  It is just part of the cycle.

Call me if you have to sell, really want to sell or if you want to take advantage of these great opportunities in the real estate market.

leslie edwards   sells real estate   770.460.9448   RE/MAX Around Atlanta

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