Cost of Home Ownership vs. Renting

According to a new Nerd Wallet report, homeowners in all fifty states pay from 33% to 93% more for housing each month than renters living in the same state.  Nationwide, the monthly median cost of homeownership is 54% more than the median cost to rent.  In Oregon, the cost of homeownership is 63%  higher than … Continued

Starter Homes in Short Supply

“America is experiencing a housing shortage. Not only are there fewer homes available to buyers of all income levels, those just starting out or making their first foray into home ownership are worse off than they’ve been in years. There are fewer homes available, and even if they can find a home, it’s likely to … Continued

Oregon’s Home Rescue Program

Are you behind on your mortgage payments? Facing foreclosure?  The Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) has a program that could help you stay in your home.  The Home Rescue Program is intended to help homeowners who are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments, or who have already fallen behind.  The program can provide … Continued

Real Property Auctions in Lane County

If you google “Foreclosures in Eugene Oregon” you will find that there are 140 homes for sale as foreclosed in Eugene today. It’s a myth that there isn’t that much foreclosure going on.  “The total number of homes with foreclosure filings jumped 27% in October 2016.  It was the biggest jump in monthly foreclosure filings … Continued

Looking to Downsize?

The Oregon Legislature is considering two bills intended to make it easier to build tiny houses legally.  Advocates across the state see tiny houses– or as they are officially known: accessory dwelling units—as one way to address homelessness and occupancy rates that are so high some cities, like Portland, have declared “housing emergencies”. The tiny … Continued

What you need before calling the bank

What You Need when Calling Bank

Requesting a HARP Modified Mortgage? You better have your documents all ready to send in!  You must send them all in at one time. If  you trickle your documents in, a little at a time, the big banks & mortgage companies will shred your mail.  This is blog 4 in a series. To find out … Continued

Foreclosure Clock Starts Ticking

Homeowner Starts Foreclosure Clock

Does HARP Request Starts Foreclosure Clock? Note: This blog is the 3rd in a series about what happens when the homeowner calls the bank’s customer service center requesting a modified mortgage after the homeowner has missed a payment. In my last blog I was so bold to say that when the homeowner calls the big … Continued

HARP.gov music - Don't be fooled

Have You Heard the HARP Music?

Follow @gratefulnuts   Have you heard the HARP Music? HARP music is the sound you hear when you hear on the other end of the phone when you call your lender and ask for a mortgage modification. The HARP – it is supposed to mean Homeowners’ Affordable Refinance Program, which is pushed by the federal government, … Continued

talking to big banks

Big Banks – Phone Nightmares

It was Monday, June 16th when he finally decided to call me. He, (let’s call him “Jeff”) asked me if it was too late to stop his foreclosure.  I quickly looked at the foreclosure listing and saw that Jeff was merely 4 business days away. The bank, not the best to work with by any means, … Continued

How Veterans Can Avoid Foreclosure

In honor of our United States Veterans, we have the GI Bill, through which the Veterans Administration provides 100% mortgage insurance to the lender on the veteran’s home loan!  Wow! What a deal for the lender and the mortgagor (the veteran). It’s because of GI Bill that veterans can avoid foreclosure.This blog is about the Veteran Administration’s foreclosure … Continued