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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. 

leslie edwards

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770.460.9448

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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

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List Your Home For Sale In Winter

by Leslie Edwards

Sellers will often take their homes off the market if they have not sold by Fall or they will wait to list until Spring because a common belief is that homes do not sell in the Winter months.

Although there are fewer buyers looking during the 2nd Season (Fall to Spring) than during what is considered the hot Selling Season, a lot of the people looking when the weather is nice and school is out, never buy anything. 

I have found that if people are looking at  homes during the 2nd Season (Winter) are serious buyers who intend to buy. Fewer showings but the buyers are ready, willing and able to buy. Since showings tend to follow the light of day, the showing hours are compressed and evening appointments are very rare. Fewer, more convenient and better quality showings are less intrusive for the family.

Since most Retail Sellers (not distressed, short sale or foreclosure) believe nothing sells in Winter, there is less competition for the buyers who are looking.

According the National Association of Realtors 1 in 4 home sales across the US involved a distressed property.  In some areas of South Metro Atlanta the number is much higher making short sales and foreclosures the biggest competition for Retail Sellers.

Recently, some of the largest mortgage companies, including Chase, announced that they were halting foreclosures until they work out some paperwork and process issues that could void some foreclosures.  Many mortgage servicers typically slow down on foreclosing during the holidays.

If there are fewer foreclosures on the market, there is less competition for the Retail Sellers.

Less competition, less intrusion, better quality prospects.... Three good reasons to market your home now. 

I am expecting a lot of 4th Quarter real estate activity so call me and let's get started.  I offer FREE Buyer and Seller Consultations with no obligation because I want to be your real estate resource.

If you or anyone you know is behind on their mortgage, call me.  I help people avoid foreclosure.

leslie edwards                                                                       770.460.9448

CDPE Certified Distressed Property Expert                                              CRS   Certified Residential Specialist                                                      Epro  Certified Internet Professional                                                      ABR   Accredited Buyer Representative                                                       Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider

Fax  770.460.0739

Selling South Metro Atlanta including: Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Coweta, Meriwether, Pike, South Fulton & Spalding Counties                                      All the towns and cities south of the Atlanta International Airport,

Including:  Brooks, College Park, Fairburn, Fayetteville, Hampton, Jonesboro, Locust Grove, McDonough, Newnan, Sharpsburg, Stockbridge, Peachtree City, Tyrone and many more

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Let My Experience Work For You

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Who Says Real Estate Is Not Selling?

by Leslie Edwards

As of today, May 13, 2008, I have closed 22 properties with an additional 3 properties scheduled to close by the end of this month.  While I have sold more in past years, my current sales numbers are more than 10 times the average real estate agent's sales.  I think there are good reasons why this is true.

 Sellers and Buyers who might have used their new, part-time or unproductive real estate agent relative, friend, church member, neighbor, etc. are choosing experience over friendship and family loyalty in this challenging market

After 30 years as a full-time, successful REALTOR, I have learned to adapt to constantly shifting market conditions.  We have systems in place to provide consistently exceptional service to our clients regardless of market conditions.. 

The current reality is that there are at least twice as many sellers than buyers so the job is to attract and capture buyers. 

Studies show that buyers typically call more than one agent and continue calling until someone is available to talk to them.  The first available agent often gets the sale. 

My phone is answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by a live person.  We have three licensed agents on our team to insure that someone is always available to talk to a buyer when they call.  The office and the answering service transfers calls directly to one of us immediately.  We prefer that instead of taking messages, we talk to people when they call.

The percentage of buyers who search for homes on the internet continues to soar.  Our properties are listed on more than twenty individual websites and include multiple photos and visual tours, both of which increases the number of unique visitors who will stop to view your property online.  To see how we market properties visit www.leslieedwards.com and www.SouthMetroAtlantaMLS.com

Contact me for a FREE Buyer and/or Seller Consultation by email, phone or in person.

leslie edwards  sells real estate  770.460.9448

30 years experience is not expensive.  It's priceless

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