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EUREKA, CA – JULY 6, 2010 – Local real estate agent, DEAN KESSLER of THE KESSLER REAL ESTATE TEAM, is a Certified Distressed Property Expert, and is now offering free educational information for homeowners who are delinquent on their mortgages. 

Accessible through www.EurekaForeclosureHelp.com, these educational materials clearly explain what a homeowner’s options are when faced with an unaffordable mortgage, as well as the benefits of each option. 

One option highlighted in the website is the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program, or HAFA, which offers eligible homeowners $3,000 to pursue a short sale or deed-in-lieu, two alternatives to foreclosure. 

“We often find that homeowners in a difficult financial situation will hesitate to directly contact a professional for help,” KESSLER said. “My website offers a way to learn about what options are available so anyone can empower themselves with the necessary knowledge and then contact me to help pursue their best options.” 

The latest numbers on mortgage delinquency show that approximately one in every seven mortgages is in some stage of delinquency. While they might not be immediately foreclosed upon, these homeowners become more at risk of foreclosure the longer they wait to do something about their missed mortgage payments. 

“Many of these distressed homeowners bought their homes in a financially responsible manner,” KESSLER said. “Unfortunately, these people have had their finances turned upside-down over the past few years. Now, they must make their mortgage payments with constricting incomes.”

The CDPE designation KESSLER has acquired provides real estate professionals with specific understanding of the complex issues confronting the real estate industry. Through comprehensive training and experience, CDPEs are able to provide solutions for homeowners facing financial hardship in today’s market. 

For more information about the CDPE Designation, visit www.cdpe.com.

EUREKA, CA - Dean recently attended a presentation by California Association of Realtors counsel, Mr SANJAY WAGLE. The presentation covered the legal nuances of home mortgages in default, short sales, foreclosures, auctions, and bank owned properties (REO's). It was clear these types of real estate transactions are not your typical home sale. These transactions have the potential for continued financial distress for our clients if not facilitated properly.

Highlights included discussions about;

a) Recourse and non-recourse loans. Some lenders may still have the ability to pursue the borrower for a deficiency judgement even after a short sale, deed-in-lieu, or foreclosure.

b) State and federal tax liabilities for the distressed home owner on debt that is forgiven, either thru a short sale, deed-in-lieu, or foreclosure.

c) Possession rights for displaced homeowners and tenants for a property sold at auction.

d) The federal government's guidelines to lenders for distressed homeowners to participate in the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative (HAFA) programs.

WAGLE shared with Dean that he consults with many Realtors from around California on a daily basis about far ranging legal issues surrounding real estate transactions. Yet he went onto state that over 90% of his consultations are providing counsel to Realtors in their execution of a short sale transaction.

WAGLE's visit to Eureka was a valuable opportunity for Realtor's and distressed homeowners. Although not as hard hit as many areas of California it is still important for Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna and McKinleyville area homeowners to benefit from Realtor's informed in the unique aspects of distressed home sales. 

I agree, and that is why I vigorously pursue every opportunity to learn the most up to date information around short sales. A distressed homeowners financial future is an important responsibility.

HAFA goes to Washington

by Dean Kessler

Just received word that both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will begin accepting HAFA short sales. What I'm hearing is this program will go into effect on August 1, 2010.This is great news for Eureka area distressed homeowners. It will allow more flexibility in being able to short sell a property before foreclosure. And the seller is entitled to a $3,000 relocation fee from the lender.

Local Agent Provides Free Government Program Eligibility Surveys

by The Kessler Team

Local Agent Provides Free Government Program Eligibility Surveys to Eureka Area Homeowners Facing Financial Hardships

Website presents information and answers questions on homeowner eligibility with new foreclosure avoidance resource.

Eureka, CA – 5/4/2010 – Local CDPE-designated agent and community advocate, Dean Kessler of The Kessler Real Estate Team has announced the expansion of an information website for Eureka-area homeowners in distress: 

www.eurekaforeclosurehelp.com

This resource now contains eligibility surveys for government programs offering help to distressed homeowners, including the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program, or HAFA, which increases the likelihood of a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. 

“These surveys will let homeowners quickly discover new options made available by the government,” Kessler said. “When faced with the possibility of foreclosure, I’ve seen too many homeowners make mistakes because they hadn’t been advised by a qualified professional. These people didn’t know the options available, or even how to find any information on their situation. My website helps to solve this problem.” 

www.EurekaForeclosureHelp.com acts as a hub for information on the facts and issues for struggling homeowners, putting all the necessary information in one, easy-to-use location. With the addition of these new eligibility surveys, the site lets homeowners make educated decisions about their future.

“Seven out of 10 homes that have gone into foreclosure did so without even being listed on the market,” said Alex Charfen, co-founder and CEO of the Distressed Property Institute. “Agents like Dean Kessler with the CDPE designation are helping distressed homeowners understand that there may be options available to avoid foreclosure.”

The CDPE designation provides real estate professionals with specific understanding of the complex issues confronting the real estate industry. Through comprehensive training and experience, CDPEs are able to provide solutions for homeowners facing financial hardship in today’s market.

For more information about the CDPE Designation, visit www.cdpe.com.

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