Trivia: Which Summerlin Village does not end with an “s”?

Many years ago I remember a trivia question to name the professional sports team from the big 4 (Basketball, Baseball, Football & Hockey) whose team name did not end in an “S”. And at that time it was much harder than it is now. For example, in Detroit, you had the Red Wings, the Lions, the Tigers & the Pistons; and when first heard the question, there was (I believe) only one answer – the Chicago White Sox! Of course later we added teams like the Utah Jazz and the Tampa Bay Lightning . . . so it’s a little easier now.

So have you figured it out?

To help you, here is a list of the Summerlin Villages with the “s” at the end;

The Arbors
The Canyons
The Crossings
The Gardens
The Hills
The Paseos
The Pueblo
The Ridges
The Trails
The Vistas
The Willows

What is missing? (I dare you not to use the internet to get the answer)

If you don’t beleive in Christmas miracles, read this

‘Twas the night before Christmas and down at the bank, Santa’s elves were dipping a negotiator in a tank (yes waterboarding) until we got what we needed. That would be short sale approval after only 14 days!  Seriously, it was delivered to me today, December 24th!  Merry Christmas to my clients, the buyer and the bank . . . and to all a good night!

To short sale, or not to short sale? That is the question.

About a year after I posted this originally, the Las Vegas Market became so inundated by short sales (more than 1/3 of available inventory – and not much total supply), you had to consider buying them. Now that we have returned to reasonable inventory levels again (over 4 months) and short sales are just 13.4% of the homes on the market today, I would suggest that most people looking for a home, avoid them. Let the investors wait for 3-8 months (or more) to get a short sale approval.

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First – What is a short sale? Many people know, but not everyone.

When a person owes more on a property than it is worth, and they ask the bank to accept less than is owed on the property so that they can sell it, this is known as a short sale. Like when you owed your friend $50, but you only had $30 of it and you said, “sorry Mike, I’m a little short” and Mike said, “don’t worry about it”.

Why not buy short sales?

There are a variety of reasons why short sales do not go through. Here are 4;

1. The process of dealing with the banks on a short sale requires skill, effort and knowledge on the part of the listing agent (the person the seller hired to sell the house). Many do not possess this trifecta of assets.

2. There must be a hardship…

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UPDATE – M Resort, Las Vegas

A couple of days ago I wrote about the new jobs being created in Las Vegas. (https://capecodarei.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/job-creation-is-happening-in-las-vegas/)  My good friend visited the M resort last night with another friend of his for dinner. They went to Veloce Cibo, which the web site claims ‘the food may leave you speechless’. The LACK of food had them anything but speechless. They were sat more than 30 minutes after their reservation time, and within an hour of sitting down, they had only received their appetizer. They complained 3 times to management and there were empty tables in the restaurant. My guess is that the M resort is still hiring, or at least I hope they are so they can have the right personell to handle their customers. 

My plan to turn around the economy.

Good news for some homeowners. JP Morgan / Chase announced today a self-imposed 90 moratorium on foreclosures. Executives said that they want to give the government time to implement their stimulus package, and they want to allow themselves enough time to properly act on the changes.

So here is my government stimulus package idea (since everyone has one).  What if we paid off every owner occupied mortgage in the country?  Simply paid them off.  You live there, you have a mortgage, now you don’t. Add a rule that says you cannot borrow more than 25% of the value of that property for 5 years (so people did not go too crazy with there new found windfall). It would stop the foreclosure mess in it’s tracks.  OK, it’s not a perfect plan, I can see flaws with it, but there will never be a perfect plan, and it would definitely stimulate the economy. It would also loosen up the credit crunch. Many will argue that it does not help the poor. Sure it does.  As soon as money begins flowing again, we all win.  Businesses will begin to thrive again.  Jobs will be created because those businesses will need employees.  And I like that it rewards people who were financially savvy enough to own real estate in the first place. As for investment property or a second home, modify all mortgages to an affordable payment, but don’t lower the principal owed.  That way, those investors will have to hold on to the property, and provide rentals for those that need them until prices return to more than is owed on the property.  No more short sales.

 

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Two great words that can really get you in trouble.

What a game yesterday!

One of the best big games that we have ever seen. Someone help me understand this please.

We are not allowed to call the event by its name. (You know, the two words – the first word starts with an ‘S’ and the second word starts with a ‘B’). 

As I understand it, radio stations, TV stations, bars, restaurants, etc., can’t say it because it is copyrighted. We can say that the Pittsburg Steelers played the Arizona Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium a short 2 hour drive from Disney World in the big game this weekend.  After the big game people went back to the Marriott Hotel and drank Budweiser or Jack Daniels with Coke to celebrate. That seems to be OK.

We can say that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were not present for the big game at Raymond James Stadium.

Why is it we can say Pittsburgh Steelers but not S**** B***?  How come everyone who says Arizona Cardinals is fine as long as they don’t say that they lost the S**** B***?

I can understand not allowing people to sell items that use the logo’s, but when I’m chatting with my friends in a public place, if I call it its name, instead of the big game I hope I don’t get in trouble – because I said those words today a few times (of course I don’t dare write them).

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Who is getting mortgages in Las Vegas these days?

The candid truth about who can get a mortgage for Las Vegas real estate, and some things you may not know.

I have a friend who works as a loan officer for a pretty big mortgage lender in Las Vegas. He called me today to ask me what I wanted for my birthday (yes, today is my 41st).  I answered “dinner with Jennifer Anniston”.  Then I said, “As long as we’re being honest, tell me what is happening in the mortgage industry. Who is getting loans right now?”

Here is what he said – 

“The optimal person who is getting a loan right now is a person who does not own a house, (then he added) of course you know, everything is full doc1. There is not one stated income2 program around. If someone is calling a program ‘stated’, they’re lying. FHA loans have gone from 5% of our total pipeline3 to 50% of our total pipeline over the last year. A lot of buyers are going to FHA [loans] even though they have great credit scores or whatever, just because they are easier to close than conventional loans and you only need to have 3 1/2% down. If you have 20% down on a conventional loan, they’re lending on that; 25% down on investor properties, is going to be your best rate. We’re still lending a lot. I just did my pipeline report. I’ve got 5.5 million dollars in my pipe that is set to close before February. The sales manager that I work with, his pipeline is at 3.8 million dollars; so there are loans out there. There are definitely loans out there.”

Then he said

“If you own property right now, and you are upside down in it, and you want to buy another house, you have to be able to qualify [with proof of income] for both payments without using rental income from the one you are leaving.” [this is because people who are not behind yet, were buying a new homes, then ‘bailing’ on the one that they were upside down on. It did not take lenders long to get wise to this buy-n-bail scam]

Finally he said

“The other thing to be aware of the at the beginning of this year, the FHA loan limits in our market [Las Vegas] got changed to a maximum of $287,500 which is a purchase price of $295,000.  Conventional loans in Las Vegas are very difficult to get. The mortgage insurance companies don’t want to issue policies. So now you have a gap between the conventional loan limit, which is $417,000, which dramatically decreases the number of borrowers who can qualify. In [his] personal opinion over the next year, [he] think you’re going to see values of homes in that zone [between $295,000 and $417,000] degrade into an FHA loan. If you are going to list your house for $310,000, why wouldn’t you drop the price to $295,000, so you have a bigger pool of potential buyers. If you don’t, you’ll have fewer offers, and if you do get an offer and the buyer ‘falls out’ because they can’t get conventional financing, you may go ahead and drop the price to $295,000 so that you can sell it.”

That’s what he said, and he’s on the front lines of the Las Vegas mortage industry every day and has been for a few years.

1 – Full doc: Short for full documentation – in other words, prove you have money, prove you make money, and prove that it is all legitimate.

2 – Stated or Stated income: When people with excellent credit history are allowed to just state how much they earn

3 – Pipeline: Loans that are in process that are likely to be approved for funding

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