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Posted by Sylvia Kahana | on Monday, April 26th, 2010 at 7:01 pm
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MY SERIES ON GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS TO HELP YOU –YOU AE NOT ALONE!

5 TIPS TO AVOID FORECLOSURE AND HELP WITH A SHORT SALE SOLUTION

 Work only with a nonprofit, HUD-approved counselor.

If you are looking for help to prevent foreclosure, be sure the counseling agency is on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s list of approved agencies. Visit HUD’s website for an easily searchable list of HUD-approved housing counseling agencies, or call 877-HUD-1515 (877-483-1515) for more information. If you are approached by foreclosure counselors–by mail, phone, or in person–make sure the counseling agency is HUD-approved before you do business with them.

  1. Don’t pay an arm and a leg.

You should not have to pay hundreds–or thousands–of dollars. Most HUD-approved housing counselors provide no-cost counseling services and many more provide low-cost counseling. Do not agree to work with a counselor who collects a fee before providing you with any services or who accepts payment only by cashier’s check or wire transfer. In general, do not pay money to anyone unless you know exactly what services you will receive.

  1. Be wary of “guarantees.”

A reputable counselor will not guarantee to stop the foreclosure process, no matter what your circumstances. Working with a legitimate counselor can certainly increase your chances of keeping your home–but be wary of people who promise a sure thing. Again, get the details of your transaction, along with any promises, in writing first.

  1. Know what you are signing–and be sure you sign it.

Don’t let a counselor pressure you to sign paperwork you haven’t had a chance to read through carefully or that you don’t understand. Don’t sign any blank forms or let “the counselor” fill out forms for you. Be sure to talk with an attorney before signing anything that transfers the title of your home to another party.

  1. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you feel you may be the target or victim of foreclosure fraud, trust your instincts and seek help. For tips on spotting scam artists, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s webpage on foreclosure rescue scams. Report suspicious schemes to your state and local consumer protection agencies, which you can find on the Federal Citizen Information Center’s Consumer Action Website.


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MY “5 TIP” SERIES – PARKLAND, FL – GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS TO AVOID FORECLOSURE /LOAN MODIFICATIONS /SHORT SALE SOLUTIONS SERIES#1

Posted by Sylvia Kahana | on Saturday, April 24th, 2010 at 8:11 am
Category: 5 TIP GOVERNMENT SERIES - AVOIDING FORECLOSURES #1.
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5 TIPS FOR AVOIDING FORECLOSURE SCAMS IN PARKLAND

  • TIP # 1                      Work only with a nonprofit, HUD-approved counselor.

If you are looking for help to prevent foreclosure, be sure the counseling agency is on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s list of approved agencies. Visit HUD’s website for an easily searchable list of HUD-approved housing counseling agencies, or call 877-HUD-1515 (877-483-1515) for more information. If you are approached by foreclosure counselors–by mail, phone, or in person–make sure the counseling agency is HUD-approved before you do business with them. 

  • TIP #2                            Don’t pay an arm and a leg.

You should not have to pay hundreds–or thousands–of dollars. Most HUD-approved housing counselors provide no-cost counseling services and many more provide low-cost counseling. Do not agree to work with a counselor who collects a fee before providing you with any services or who accepts payment only by cashier’s check or wire transfer. In general, do not pay money to anyone unless you know exactly what services you will receive. 

  • TIP #3                   Be wary of “guarantees.”

A reputable counselor will not guarantee to stop the foreclosure process, no matter what your circumstances. Working with a legitimate counselor can certainly increase your chances of keeping your home–but be wary of people who promise a sure thing. Again, get the details of your transaction, along with any promises, in writing first. 

  • TIP #4                    Know what you are signing–and be sure you sign it.

Don’t let a counselor pressure you to sign paperwork you haven’t had a chance to read through carefully or that you don’t understand. Don’t sign any blank forms or let “the counselor” fill out forms for you. Be sure to talk with an attorney before signing anything that transfers the title of your home to another party. 

  • TIP #5                          If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you feel you may be the target or victim of foreclosure fraud, trust your instincts and seek help. For tips on spotting scam artists, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s webpage on foreclosure rescue scams. Report suspicious schemes to your state and local consumer protection agencies, which you can find on the Federal Citizen Information Center’s Consumer Action Website.


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MY “5 TIP” SERIES – FT. LAUDERDALE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS TO AVOID FORECLOSURE /LOAN MODIFICATIONS /SHORT SALE SOLUTIONS SERIES#1

Posted by Sylvia Kahana | on Saturday, April 24th, 2010 at 7:02 am
Category: 5 TIP GOVERNMENT SERIES - AVOIDING FORECLOSURES #1.

5 TIPS FOR AVOIDING FORECLOSURE SCAMS 

  • TIP # 1                      Work only with a nonprofit, HUD-approved counselor.

If you are looking for help to prevent foreclosure, be sure the counseling agency is on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s list of approved agencies. Visit HUD’s website for an easily searchable list of HUD-approved housing counseling agencies, or call 877-HUD-1515 (877-483-1515) for more information. If you are approached by foreclosure counselors–by mail, phone, or in person–make sure the counseling agency is HUD-approved before you do business with them. 

  • TIP #2                            Don’t pay an arm and a leg.

You should not have to pay hundreds–or thousands–of dollars. Most HUD-approved housing counselors provide no-cost counseling services and many more provide low-cost counseling. Do not agree to work with a counselor who collects a fee before providing you with any services or who accepts payment only by cashier’s check or wire transfer. In general, do not pay money to anyone unless you know exactly what services you will receive. 

  • TIP #3                   Be wary of “guarantees.”

A reputable counselor will not guarantee to stop the foreclosure process, no matter what your circumstances. Working with a legitimate counselor can certainly increase your chances of keeping your home–but be wary of people who promise a sure thing. Again, get the details of your transaction, along with any promises, in writing first. 

  • TIP #4                    Know what you are signing–and be sure you sign it.

Don’t let a counselor pressure you to sign paperwork you haven’t had a chance to read through carefully or that you don’t understand. Don’t sign any blank forms or let “the counselor” fill out forms for you. Be sure to talk with an attorney before signing anything that transfers the title of your home to another party. 

  • TIP #5                          If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you feel you may be the target or victim of foreclosure fraud, trust your instincts and seek help. For tips on spotting scam artists, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s webpage on foreclosure rescue scams. Report suspicious schemes to your state and local consumer protection agencies, which you can find on the Federal Citizen Information Center’s Consumer Action Website.


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SHORT SALES CAN BECOME LONG SALES UNLESS YOU USE A REALTOR WITH STRONG EXPERTISE

Posted by Sylvia Kahana | on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 at 9:31 pm
Category: Boca Raton Realtor, Foreclosures, Fort Lauderdale Realtor, Ft Lauderdale, Ft Lauderdale Realtor, MLS, Miami, Parkland Fl Realtor, SHORT SALES.

SO….YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT SHORT SALES IN FORT LAUDERDALE– THE CONCEPT IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR TRANSACTIONS IN SELLING AND BUYING HOMES IN SOUTH FLORIDA.  I WAS ONE OF THE FEW REALTORS WHO DID SHORT SALE LISTINGS AND PURCHASES OF SHORT SALE HOMES – EVEN BEFORE THIS DIFFICULT AND REWARDING SHORT SALE MARKET LANDED ON OUR SOUTH FLORIDA DOORSTEP WITH A LOUD BANG ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. I HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MANY INTRICATE DETAILS IN BEING SUCCESSFUL WITH THIS SOUTH FLORIDA SHORT SALE MARKET – GETTING IT DONE FOR BOTH THE SELLER AND THE BUYER. IT’S THE NEGOTIATIONS ULTIMATELY THROUGH THE SHORT SALE BANK THAT GETS POSITIVE RESULTS. YOU MUST HAVE A LOT OF PATIENCE THAT IS THE #1 ISSUE FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED!

I HAVE LISTED AND SOLD SOUTH FLORIDA SHORTSALES IN BROWARD AND PALM BEACH COUNTYS — IN THE CITIES OF FORT LAUDERDALE, BOCA RATON,  PARKLAND,  CORAL SPRINGS, COCONUT CREEK, TAMARAC, DEERFIELD BEACH, DELRAY BEACH, MIRAMAR, WESTON, POMPANO, PLANTATION, SUNRISE, PEMBROKE PINES, AVENTURA, SUNNY ISLES AND MIAMI BEACH  . 

I LIKE TO TRY TO KEEP THE LOGISTICS AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE.  I HAVE A FANTASTIC TEAM TO ASSIST ME AND I WORK ON A DAILY BASIS TO GET TO THE QUICKEST TIMELINE AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT ADDITIONAL COSTS TO BOTH SELLERS AND BUYERS. THE SELLERS AND BUYERS DO NOT PAY COMMISSIONS. THE SHORT SALE BANK PAYS THE SELLERS CLOSING COSTS. I ALSO TRY TO OBTAIN SELLER CONCESSIONS TO CONDENSE THE BUYERS CLOSING COSTS WHEN POSSIBLE.

I MUST TELL YOU IT’S ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE OF THE AGENTS THAT I WORK WITH.  I CAN USUALLY TELL IN A FEW MINUTES IN A CONVERSATION WITH AN AGENT AS TO HOW THE SHORT SALE WILL PLAY OUT.  ACTUALLY — THAT IS ONE OF THE MOST FRUSTRATING ASPECTS!  MY ASPIRATION IS TO WORK TOGETHER TO PRODUCE THE MOST POSITIVE RESULT IN THE SHORTEST TIME.  I AM SO HAPPY ON A PERSONAL LEVEL WHEN I SEE ANOTHER AGENT WORKING IN THE SAME STYLE AND TEMPO AS I DO — ON THE SAME PAGE WITH EXPERTISE AND ENERGY.  IT IS AMAZING THAT MANY TIMES THEY ARE NOT.  IT IS EVEN SCARY AT TIMES TO SEE THEIR LACK OF EXPERIENCE I WORK DILIGENTLY TO OBTAIN A POSITIVE SHORTSALE RESULT – THAT IS HOW I WORK. I ALWAYS SUCCEED!

I WILL REVEAL TO YOU THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY THAT CLIENTS TELL ME I HAVE (AT TIMES TO THE DETRIMENT OF MY SLEEPLESS NIGHTS) –  IS MY HEARTFELT COMPASSION.  MY CLIENTS, MY TEAM, MY FAMILY TELL ME AT TIMES TO STEP BACK…I NEVER DO.  I AM RELENTLESS IN OBTAINING THE MOST POSITIVE RESULTS. IF YOU CONTACT ME TO HELP  –  YOU WILL UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR ME THAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH MY ABILITIES .

FIRST OF ALL I AM VERY RESPONSIVE.  IF YOU CALL — I ANSWER.  IF YOU EMAIL ME — I WILL WRITE BACK.  IF YOU TEXT MESSAGE ME — I WILL TEXT YOU BACK.  YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED AS A SELLER OR BUYER THAT THIS JUST DOES NOT HAPPEN AS IT SHOULD.  I AM A REALTOR WITH AN EXTENSIVE CAREER IN RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, LUXURY, CONDOS, AND INVESTMENT REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE.  I HAVE A LOT OF PRIDE IN MY PROFESSION AND WORK ETHICS. CONTACT ME AND I WILL HELP YOU! IF YOU HAVE ANY SOUTH FLORIDA REAL ESTATE QUESTIONS I WILL PROVIDE THE ANSWERS OR FIND THE INFORMATION FOR YOU.  

SYLVIA KAHANA   REMAX PARKCREEK   954-234-4997   sylkahana@aol.com

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