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While major lenders examine foreclosure and eviction practices, Dean Kessler offers local homeowners an understanding of the alternatives to foreclosure, including short sales.

Eureka, CA – 11/10/2010 – As Ally Financial, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase review their foreclosure processes across the country, CDPE-designated agent, Dean Kessler of The Kessler Team, helps local homeowners understand alternatives to their distressed situations.

“There is a common misconception among homeowners that the so-called foreclosure freezes translate into a ‘get-out-of-my-mortgage-free’ card. This simply isn’t so,” Kessler said. “It is vital for homeowners facing foreclosure to understand that there are other, more beneficial options, including short sales.”

A short sale occurs when the lien holder accepts the sale price of a property that is less than the borrower’s mortgage balance. Short sales have become an increasingly utilized alternative to foreclosure, growing 126.5 percent in the past year alone, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Lender Processing Services (LPS) also estimates that more than seven million mortgages are either delinquent or in the foreclosure process.

Starting in September, major lenders initially began freezing foreclosure procedures in the 23 states requiring a judicial review. Bank of America and Ally have since resumed foreclosures in these states, continuing to review their processes, and JPMorgan has yet to lift its temporary suspension.

“While some of these lenders have restarted their foreclosure process, homeowners remain generally uninformed of what this means to their individual situations,” Kessler said. “Homeowners facing financial hardships deserve to know the options available to them, and that lenders are willing to work toward alternatives to foreclosure.”


Making Sense of Mortgage Modification

by Dean Kessler

There has been much in the news in the past few weeks about mortgage modifications for homeowners who are having trouble making their house payments. Many are having difficulty qualifying for modifications, and so far the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) has had disappointing results.

Last month I was working with a Eureka homeowner in financial distress who had attempted to modify their loan thru HAMP. Three months later they where declined for a HAMP modification because a mathematical equation the lender used had determined it would be better for the lender to foreclose then to modify the loan. The lender then offered an “internal” modification, but only if the homeowners would pay an extra $80,000 on the loan if in the future they paid off the loan or sold the house. My clients declined and we successfully pursued a “short sale”. It was a very emotional decision, but financially it was there best option.

As a side note, the lender also found a reason to decline these homeowners for participation in the governments Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative (HAFA). If we had been successful in a short sale under HAFA, the lender would have had to offer the borrowers $3,000 relocation assistance.

Not all lenders are as devious as this lender was, but this experience was an example of how some lenders tend to manipulate or just completely ignore rescue programs meant to help distressed homeowners and lenders. My counsel remains for distressed homeowners to be proactive with their lender and be realistic about their options.

The Washington Post recently reported that “troubled homeowners who receive housing counseling are 60% more likely to avoid foreclosure and have their mortgage payments lowered significantly than borrowers who navigate the process themselves.” I can help homeowners facilitate the process of loan modification and discuss other alternatives to foreclosure if a modification is not an option.

As a CDPE, I feel it’s my duty to help anyone I can during these hard times. If you would like to know more about mortgage modifications and whether or not you might qualify, please feel free to contact me.

Distressed HomeOwner Help

by Dean Kessler

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Local Agent Provides Resource on Foreclosure Alternatives, Short Sales

For homeowners struggling with mortgage payments, website explains differences between foreclosure and short sales.

Eureka, CA – 15 October 2010 – Local CDPE-designated agent, Dean Kessler of The Kessler Team, has released an informational report comparing the consequences of a short sale and foreclosure.

The report can be found at and provides a thorough explanation of how a short sale may potentially improve a homeowner’s future financial stability.

“Considering how damaging foreclosure can be for the homeowner and the surrounding community, it is important that everyone knows all of the alternatives available,” Kessler said. “This report is the latest addition to my website, which gives distressed homeowners a way to inform themselves on their best options.”

Currently, one in seven mortgages is in some stage of delinquency. Once a mortgage payment has been missed, the lender has the ability to begin the foreclosure process. A short sale can potentially minimize the damage to one’s future loan eligibility, credit score, employment, security clearance and more.

“We often see homeowners enter the foreclosure process without any visible means of professional guidance,” Kessler said. “My hope is to inform the Eureka area community that there are legal, dignified alternatives to foreclosure.”


August Real Estate Trends

by Dean Kessler

Resources For Struggling Homeowners

by Dean Kessler

With More Than One in Seven Mortgages Not Being Paid, Local Agent Offers Free Resources to Struggling Homeowners 

In response to community needs, new website educates struggling homeowners on options to foreclosure. 

Eureka, CA –July 22, 2010 – Local real estate agent and Certified Distressed Property Expert®, Dean Kessler of The Kessler Real Estate Team, responded to new mortgage delinquency numbers by creating a new information website for Humboldt County-area homeowners facing financial hardships. contains vital facts about the options available to financially distressed homeowners. 

“With more than 14 percent of mortgages in default status, there are a significant number of homeowners facing foreclosure,” Kessler said. “When faced with the possibility of foreclosure, I’ve seen too many homeowners make poor choices, even walking away from their homes without calling their lender or a real estate agent. By offering free information on more beneficial options, I know I can help our community’s homeowners.”

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s First-Quarter 2010 National Delinquency Survey announced that more than 14 percent of mortgage loans are not current on payments. More specifically, 10 percent of prime loans and more than 40 percent of subprime loans are delinquent. 

“Whatever their best option is, the most important thing distressed homeowners can do is educate themselves before making a decision,” Kessler said. acts as a central location for information on the issues and options for struggling homeowners, putting all the necessary information in one, easy-to-use location. The information and materials located on the site are regularly updated to reflect market changes, trends, new lender requirements and industry updates.


Dean's Tour de France Update

by Dean Kessler

The Tour de France, the world's most prestigious and challenging bicycle race, rolled out of Rotterdam on July 3rd heading south into France. This year the 198 riders are circumnavigating France in a clock-wise direction. And for me, each day evolves around the live video feeds coming from France. Television coverage generally starts at 4:30 am, and I'm there in front of the TV in my PJ's with my french maps spread out in front of me, eating a bowl of oatmeal watching these premier athletes suffer. And I'll try to watch the day's race again when it's rerun in the afternoon or evening. For 21 days these guys cycle 4-5 hours averaging 120 miles per day. Drenching rains, searing heat, relentless wind in your face flats, leg-breaking mountains, the Tour goes on.

I love when the TV cameras focus in on the cyclists faces as they dance on their bike pedals flying up steep mountain roads cresting Alpine mountain passes. I focus in on their facial intensity as they command their body and spirit thru excruciating throes of fatigue and pain. It reminds me of the power I have within me of mental focus. Do I know my goals and have I mapped a road of achievement. And will these roads sometimes be steep with an oaccasional Alpine pass to conquer. If there isn't an occasional Alpine pass, maybe the goals aren't lofty enough!  

Just a couple more days of the Tour left to watch. And on July 26th, I get to sleep in late.

Hot Properties This Week

by Dean Kessler

2301 Fairfield Street, Eureka- A lovely Victorian needing a new owner who appreciates the character of wide moldings, the spaciousness of large rooms with tall ceilings, the light from large windows and the charm of gingerbread trim work. All the hard remodeling work has been done and now it’s time for a fresh decorating approach. The home sits on the north side of an over sized lot providing a large south facing yard for gardens or play area. There’s even a large deck to extend your living area. There is a large detached shop which had been an unpermitted MIL unit and would make an awesome artist studio. Current Price $245,000

BACK ON THE MARKET - 3089 18th Street, Eureka - Cute ranch home offers great location, privacy and mature landscaping. Step into gated courtyard, enjoy the sunny spots. Rear yard has patio area with sliding doors from dining room & master bedroom. Lush shrubs and majestic maples add to the serenity. Inside find vaulted ceilings, wood stove, skylights, tile entry & open kitchen with island. Current Price $250,000

For more information on these two great properties email or call 707-601-5704.

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, 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

Hotlist of Homes

by Kristi Machado

Humboldt County Homes on the Market Now! 

I just wanted to make sure you see some of the great homes that have recently come on the market. If you would like to get more information on any of these properties please call (707) 601-5704 or email

ID# 231201 – EUREKA, 2BD/1BA - $289,000 

ID# 231199 –FORTUNA, 3BD/2.5BA - $260,000 

ID# 231211 – ARCATA, 3BD/2BA - $293,600

ID# 231206 – EUREKA, 2BD/1BA - $235,000 

ID# 231196 – EUREKA, 3BD/1BA - $189,000 

ID# 231191 – EUREKA, 4BD/1BA - $245,000

ID# 231174 – EUREKA, 4BD/1.5BA - $242,500

ID# 231179 – HUMBOLDT HILL, 3BD/1BA - $224,900 

ID# 231167 – ARCATA, 3BD/1BA - $265,000

ID# 231180 – EUREKA, 3BD/1.25BA - $269,900

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.

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