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Stop Moorpark Foreclosure, Thinking About A Strategic Default? Consider A Different Alternative

Chris B. Johnson Realtor is real estate professional who Specializing in Short Sale and REO Transactions. Chris has been Certified as a California Association of Realtors HAFA Specialist, a National Association of Realtors Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource, Chris B Johnson Realtor is a Certified Distressed Property Expert and Certified Pre-Foreclosure Specialist. With a full time staff dedicated to short sale negotiations and transactions, we have been successful with every short sale to date.

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Moorpark Banks must hate Strategic Defaults. A homeowner who walks away from hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt would get on my nerves.

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It must bug them so bad that Fair Isaac, the founder of the FICO score, came out with a program that tracks strategic defaults. Here is the story according to Inman News:

“Article Title: FICO to walkaways: You’re on our screen

Fair Isaac, developer of the ubiquitous FICO score, has a new warning for homeowners plotting a strategic default or walk away: We can now spot you in advance. We’ve developed a black-box risk-identification tool that enables lenders and mortgage servicers to tag you months in advance – and then pursue their own strategic measures to intervene.

The tool is so effective, according to FICO, that it can “capture nearly 67 percent of strategic defaulters” who are otherwise unremarkable and undetectable, paying their mortgages on time.

Sound a little spooky? Not for the major lenders who are working with FICO to install the new statistical risk-scoring model, aimed at some of the costliest and most perplexing defaulters in the marketplace: people who just stop paying on their loan abruptly, without ever previously being late, even though they have the income to pay.

Strategic walkaways are a multibillion-dollar headache for banks and investors. A study by researchers at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business found that during last September alone, 35 percent of mortgage defaults in the U.S. were strategic – up sharply from 26 percent in March 2009.

With an estimated 23 percent of all residential mortgages underwater as of March of this year, according to data from consulting firm CoreLogic, spotting – and dealing with – walkaways have become a high priority for the largest banks.

Walkaways are also more than a slight concern to default risk-scoring giants like Fair Isaac and Vantage Score LLC, the joint venture created by the three national credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and Trans Union.

Both companies have been stunned to find that the very consumers they deemed the least likely to go into default – people with 800-plus FICOs and 900-plus Vantage scores – are statistically more likely to default strategically, with no outward signs of impending payment stoppages, than the lower-scoring masses.

People with low FICO scores still default more often than high scorers, but when high scorers do default, they are far more likely to do so out of the blue. In the lowest score category (300 to 499) more than twice as many people default nonstrategically – they begin missing payments over time, typically because of income declines – than strategically.

These walkaways are especially vexing to score-modeling experts like Andrew Jennings, Fair Isaac’s chief analytic officer and head of FICO Labs. “They open up new credit accounts” before stopping their mortgage payments, he told me in an interview last week. “They prepare.”

They intentionally default on their mortgages in part “because they believe it is in their best financial interest, and because they believe the consequences will be minimal,” Jennings said.

Jennings supervised Fair Isaac’s work in developing a special tool that pinpoints likely strategic defaulters while they’re still cocooning and haven’t yet revealed their intentions to lenders.

Some of the research involved examining massive samples of credit bureau data – 5 percent of all U.S. mortgage accounts – during a recent one-year period, looking for telltale clues, month by month, that would separate out strategic defaulters from ordinary defaulters.

What the project turned up, said Jennings, helped formulate the model that FICO has now created for lenders and servicers.

So what’s in the black box? Obviously the complex statistical model and exactly how it works is proprietary. But Jennings said it looks at a composite of separate risk factors from credit and real estate databases, and enables servicers to identify borrowers whose profiles match those of strategic defaulters most closely.

Some of the key characteristics include:

- How long have the borrowers owned the house? The shorter the time span, the higher the risk.

- Are they good to excellent managers of their household finances and credit relationships? Do they make modest and responsible use of credit cards and other revolving debt? Do they pay their accounts on time as a rule? Do they rarely, if ever, go over the limits on their cards – or even come close?

- Have they departed from their past credit usage patterns in recent months by opening up multiple new accounts?

- Based on local property-value indexes, is it likely that they have slipped into negative equity territory? Remember: How deeply underwater is only a moderately predictive factor. Lots of owners whose properties are worth far less than their mortgage balances do not strategically default, but keep plugging away paying every month, while borrowers who fit the FICO strategic defaulter profile may be only slightly underwater but still walk away abruptly.

By the way, location is not a key factor in the equation. FICO found that 40 percent of all strategic defaulters live in “recourse” states where lenders can – and do – pursue defaulters for any un-recovered debts following a foreclosure.

Of course, the model cannot peer into would-be walkaways’ minds and motivations. “We’re not trying to explain their psyches,” Jennings said, “but you see the patterns” and certain borrowers’ profiles light up like flashing neon signs.

The top bracket of high-risk homeowners identified by FICO’s new model are 110 times more likely to strategically default than other borrowers – even though they otherwise appear to be solid customers, according to Fair Isaac.

Armed with these risk profiles, what are banks and servicers likely to do as they scan their portfolios? Fair Isaac recommends that they intervene early with what it calls “pre-delinquent treatments.”

These include contacting high-risk borrowers to warn them about the consequences of strategic defaults: Their credit scores will tank by 150 points or more, they’ll be hampered or penalized in applications for rentals, employment, car loans or leases, and they can forget about buying another home for at least several years, possibly as long as seven.

If they live in a state that allows deficiency recoveries, servicers will probably emphasize their determination to do so in the event of any default.

Will all this work? Major banks and FICO think it should help. The jury is out at the moment, but if the early detection concept is valid, who knows?

Maybe it will cause some homeowners to think twice and discourage them from taking that first, crucial step: Secretly plotting their walkaway, months in advance.” End of Article.

This has big repercussions for anyone thinking about a strategic default. Tomorrow we’ll talk about how this affects you if you and what to do to avoid problems on a strategic default.

Thinking about a short sale?

I can help you short sale your property and get back on your feet. Send me an e-mail at cjohnson@prucalhomes.com. I will contact you for a free consultation.

When we talk, I will explain how the process works in detail and answer any questions you may have. Or, if you prefer, you can call me at 805-208-0823

Discover how other sellers successfully completed a short sale and request a free consultation by clicking here.

Thinking about a loan modification? Our Ventura County loan modification kit has the instructions you will need to get a loan modification approved with your bank. Click here to request a copy.

Thanks for reading this, Chris B Johnson.

Chris B is a Real Estate Agent at Prudential Califonia Realty.

Phone: 805-208-0823. cjohnson@prucalhomes.com.

Certified HAFA Specialist, Certified Short Sale Specialist

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Important Notice

Chris B Johnson, Prudential Califonia Realty, and the Stop Foreclosure Institute are not affiliated in any way, shape, or form with the government. Our services have not been reviewed or endorse by the government or your lender. Most lenders willingly work with agents on short sales. Why?

Because most short sales are beneficial to a lender. If you accept our offer to help you on a short sale, your lender may not agree to a short sale or to modify your loan. We do offer a loan modification kit.

However, the likelihood of negotiating a modification is like everything else in life. It takes work and persistence to convince your lender to modify your loan. No matter what you or we do, your lender may not approve a loan modification.

We do not recommend that you stop paying your mortgage, because this will cause damage to your credit and could cause you to lose your home. Because we know avoiding foreclosure is so important to any homeowner, we recommend that you speak with the appropriate legal or tax advisor before making any decision.

This is not intended as legal, technical, or tax advice. Please speak with a licensed professional before making any decision. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed as of the date of writing.

You have the option to reject a short sale or loan modification from your lender if it does not meet your approval. If you decide not to go thru with the short sale, then you do not have to pay us our fee. We normally make a real estate sales commission for helping you on a short sale.

The views expressed here are Chris B’s personal views and do not reflect the views of Prudential California Realty.

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Moorpark Short Sales: I Want To Short Sale My Current Home And Buy A New Home. What’s The Best Way To Do That?

Moorpark CA – In the field of real estate buying a new home while short selling an old one is not an easy task.

The reason that banks allow you to short sale and walk away from the debt is to benefit the bank, not benefit you. Banks approve short sales because they see it as a way to cut their losses versus a foreclosure.

They do not like it when people short sell to benefit themselves and walk away from their debt. Let’s look at how the process would work if you short sale your home and then, buy a new one.

Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure.

Where this option is concerned you have to consider that if you have not paid your mortgage, it is very unlikely that lender would give you a loan for a new house.

The whole reason that they agreed to grant you a short sale is that they know that you are facing financial setbacks and hardship(s). It would not make sense for them to give you another loan to purchase a new house.

The best way to do this is to short sell your home but not miss any payments. It will be more difficult to convince the bank to approve the short sale and allow you to walk away from the debt.

However, there are a lot of loan programs available to help you buy a home after your short sale is completed. FHA has a mortgage program that allows you to qualify after a short sale.

Many other banks and credit unions also have loan programs for this. Yes, a short sale does affect your credit.

But, these lenders also know that it gets rid of a lot of debt which makes it easier for you to pay your bills. They consider a short sale to be an “acceptable derogatory” on your credit report.

They will approve you for a loan to buy a new home after taking that into consideration. So, there are many different options to buy a home after you short sell your current home.

The bottom line is that you have to continue making payments and maintain your credit during the short sale process. Thinking about a short sale?

I can help you short sale your property and get back on your feet. Send me an e-mail at cjohnson@prucalhomes.com. I will contact you for a free consultation.

When we talk, I will explain how the process works in detail and answer any questions you may have. Or, if you prefer, you can call me at 805-208-0823

Discover how other sellers successfully completed a short sale and request a free consultation by clicking here.

Thinking about a loan modification? Our Ventura County loan modification kit has the instructions you will need to get a loan modification approved with your bank. Click here to request a copy.

Thanks for reading this,
Chris B Johnson, Realtor

Chris is a Real Estate Agent at Prudential California Realty.

Phone: 805-208-0823. cjohnson@prucalhomes.com.

Certified HAFA Specialist, Certified Short Sale Specialist, Certified Distressed Property Expert

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Certified Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative Specialist . Always check with a good real estate attorney to find out the laws in your state. There are also legal aid non profits that can give you advice on what to do to stop a garnishment or bank account seizure. You should also look at California SB458. With the passage of SB458, the Expanded Anti-Deficiency Law May Have Unintended Consequences on Ventura County Short Sales. So Please read http://venturacountyshortsalerealtor.com/?p=948.

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