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Register Now for the 2014 San Francisco Housing Expo

Register Now for the 2014 San Francisco Housing Expo

Register Now for the 2014 San Francisco Housing Expo

SAN FRANCISCO HOMEOWNERSHIP RESOURCE FAIR

HomeowenershipSF presents their annual Housing Expo this coming June 14.

The expo will offer information and resources for both perspective home buyers and current homeowners.

Current home buyers will be able to get the latest information about down payment assistance programs, credit tools and special mortgage products. Buyers will also be able to tour affordable homes for sale. Be sure and book the tour early because last year the tour booked up quickly.

For current homeowners, the expo will offer counseling and on the spot loan modification services for those in distress or suffering a hardship. The program will also include updates from Keep Your Home CA as well as other programs such as the CA Homeowners Bill of Rights to help avoid foreclosure.

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California Short Sellers No Longer Need To Worry About Federal Income Tax

California Short Sellers No Longer Need To Worry About Phantom Income

California Short Sellers No Longer Need To Worry About Phantom Income

With the surging San Francisco and Bay Area real estate market, shorts sales and foreclosures have seen a steep decline. Even so, they still exist in San Francisco, San Mateo County as well as neighboring counties and cities.

Thanks to California Senator Barbara Boxer who pushed this issue with the IRS and got this letter  as clarification about the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act.

“The IRS has clarified in a letter that California’s troubled homeowners who sell their homes in a short sale are not subject to federal income tax liability on “phantom income” they never received.”

Homeowners in California involved in short sales have been concerned with “phantom income” which refers to the amount of debt that is forgiven when a lender is willing to accept less than the full amount owed (as in a short sale). If you owed $500,000 on your mortgage, and the lender allowed a short sale for $450,000, you would have “received” $50,000 in phantom income.

In 2012, Congress extended the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act. The California version expired at the end of 2012. The Federal provision expired at the end of 2013. This year instead of waiting for Congress to pass (or not) the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, the IRS and the Franchise Tax Board (California’s version of the IRS) eliminated the phantom income tax. In short, California short sellers of residential properties (1 – 4 units) will continue to be protected from taxation on the “phantom income” received in a short sale.

With so many issues nipping at the heels of still underwater homeowners at least the fact that Uncle Sam and his California cousin will not have their hands out at the end of any short sale transaction ready to collect phantom income will make things slightly easier for still distressed property owners.

Mortgage Debt Forgiveness: 10 Key Points

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San Francisco Real Estate Graffiti

San Francisco Real Estate Graffiti

San Francisco Real Estate Graffiti

With the San Francisco real estate market continuing to climb, we see more San Francisco Real Estate Graffiti (see photo). We took this photo at 1155 Page St., a former SFUSD school site which will be leased to the private French American International School, which will operate a preschool and kindergarten facility there. The building sat vacant for six years. According to reports, the private school has agreed to pay nominal rent for 20 years and to invest about $5 million to rehabilitate the site. It is not more condos but what do you think of what will soon stand there?

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San Francisco Earthquake Retrofit Fair

San Francisco  Earthquake Retrofit Fair

San Francisco Earthquake Retrofit Fair

Most scientists will tell you that it is a matter of when not if?

What are we talking about?

Another recession?

Real estate bubble bursting again?

We’re talking about an earthquake. Besides humans needing to be prepared so to do buildings especially in San Francisco. With that in mind San Francisco presents Earthquake Retrofit Fair today (January 28, 2014) 3 PM – 7 PM at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Questions about retrofitting your property?
Have to comply with the new Mandatory Soft Story Ordinance?
Need to select a design professional, lenders, or contractor?
Are you a property owner looking to make your building safer?

WHAT TYPES OF BUILDINGS?

  • Wood frame construction (Type V), and
  • Application of permit for original construction was prior to January 1, 1978, and
  • Five or more residential units, and
  • Two or more stories over a basement or underfloor area that has any portion extending above grade, and
  • A soft story condition that has not been seismically strengthened to the standards set forth in the ordinance.

SUBJECT BUILDINGS

All San Francisco buildings that are wood-framed, permitted for construction prior to 1978, contain five or more residential dwelling units and are three or more stories or two stories over a basement or underfloor area that have any portion extending above grade, and have not yet been seismically strengthened.

REFERENCES AND REFERRALS – ENGINEERS AND CONTRACTORS 

We will be at the event but if you are not able to attend then contact us and we can refer qualified engineers.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

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The Real San Francisco Map

The Real San Francisco Map

The Real San Francisco Map

With most of the San Francisco focus on real estate maps that show various home prices and where the most and least expensive houses and condos can be found, we decided to post a map with a little cultural humor.
This map originally pictured on the Bold Italic, the “bro-ster” map, part of Movoto’s collection, displays where to find what type of San Franciscan by neighborhood.
For a link to the original article click on link:

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Adjusting Loan Modifications Will Hit In 2014

Adjusting Loan Modifications Will Hit In 2014

Adjusting Loan Modifications Will Hit In 2014

Homeowners May Face Adjusting Loan Mod Rates Beginning In 2014

With distressed Bay Area properties going the way of affordable rent, and prices in most areas still on the rise (or at least steady) most homeowners and others interested in real estate think that we have seen the last wave of distressed properties in our collective rear view mirrors.

Like the mirrors in a funhouse, the real estate view may be slightly distorted or even downright scary. Despite the fact that the economy in the hilly city and as well as Silicon Valley, Marin, etc continues to display robust numbers, many people overlook the scary loan mod adjustment monster that looms on the horizon.

Those with short memories will need a refresher to remember that not only did the real estate crisis start about 2009 but so did the loan modification craze. While many homeowners received 30 or 40 year fixed loan mods, many homeowners received five year loan mods, meaning that they adjust after five years. These adjustments will mean that many homeowners will not be able to afford the adjusted monthly payment.

We have spoken with many homeowners who have these loan mods that will begin adjusting in 2014. Many of these homeowners can see the writing on the wall. Most will not be able to pay the adjusting amount which will put them in awkward positions. Either underwater or with equity, these homeowners may not be able to pay their new adjusted mortgage.

Re-modifying Adjusting Loans

Can homeowners return to the bank for another loan mod? Banks have not been in the habit of re-modifying loans so that may not be an option. Unfortunately, these homes may be future examples of distressed equity sales.

Some prognosticators think that we may be in store for 11 more years of short sales, foreclosures, loan mods and the distressed properties. That may be a bit of a stretch however it may likely continue for at least five years.

Homeowners with soon to be adjusting loan modifications (2014, 2015) take note. Be proactive. Create a game plan for your home or investment property instead of waiting until the loan modification adjusts. Doing so will allow you to look yourself in the mirror and know that you did the right thing.

Anyone with question about how to approach their adjusting loan mod can feel free to contact me at keith@resourcerock.com.

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CA Homeowners Have More Power Against Banks Thanks To Homeowner Bill Of Rights

CA Homeowners Have More Power Against Banks Thanks To Homeowners Bill Of Rights

CA Homeowners Have More Power Against Banks Thanks To Homeowners Bill Of Rights

Homeowner Take On Banks In Court For Dual Tracking And Foreclosing

When the California Homeowner Bill of Rights came into effect in January of this year, many advocates cheered, and of course the banks were not so pleased. Even though the law took effect few people saw any immediate effects. We heard from several non-profit counselors and homeowners that banks continued to dual track homeowners, offer multiple points of contact and break the terms of the law.

The California Homeowner Bill of Rights offers protection for the homeowners but what options do homeowners have if the banks don’t comply? Take it to the courts. In the past, homeowners didn’t have many options if banks dual tracked then foreclosed. Even if you could find an attorney to take the case, many judges would throw the case out. One of our attorney colleagues mentioned recently that in the past Contra Costa judges had been particularly reticent to halt foreclosures or entertain dual tracking cases but with the new law things have changed.

One story (see link) tells the story of a San Luis Obispo County couple who came out victorious in a million-dollar-plus settlement against OneWest Bank, IndyMac Mortgage Services, U.S. Bank and GSR Loan Mortgage Trust after the servicer foreclosed on their home and a rental property while the couple negotiated a loan settlement with the servicer. People often refer to this practice as “dual tracking”.

Attorney Specializing in CA Homeowner Bill of Rights Will Speak at the San Francisco Housing Expo

This case and a few others will now doubt offer homeowners a better opportunity to take on the banks for wrongdoings as part of the Homeowner Bill of Rights.

One attorney specializing in the California Homeowner Bill of Rights will be speaking at the San Francisco Housing Expo October 26.

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