Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Internet is Alive, At Last

I am back online!  I can't even begin to describe how frustrating it is to not have internet access.  Even the PC games I bought ahead of time for an internet outage needed me to be online so it could verify the Unlock Code!  My world comes to a crashing halt without internet access.  Thank you Verizon technician for coming out today.  Even though someone was supposed to come out yesterday between 10am and 4pm, I'm just glad you finally made it and fixed things.  I am practically jumping for joy.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Riverside County Down Payment Assistance Program - Funds Available!

According to www.rivecoeda.org, there are now new funds for down payment assistance and other activities.  These funds have been available since March 17th, 2009 and will be available until they are exhausted.  Keep reading to see if any of these assistance programs apply to you or click here to go to www.rivcoeda.org for more details.

"In response to the drastic increase in foreclosures and the impact of the subprime lending environment on housing, Congress authorized the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) under Title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The new entitlement program is provided to currently funded grantees and states of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. As a direct recipient of other HUD community development entitlement programs the County of Riverside was awarded $48,567,786 in federal NSP funds.

On March 17, 2009, the Riverside County Economic Development Agency (EDA) is inviting applications for NSP funds for the following NSP activities:

  • (NSP-1) Acquistion, Rehabilitation and Resale to First-time Homebuyers. Eligible applicants include public and private non-profit organizations. Allocation: $20,000,000.

  • (NSP-2) Acquistion, Rehabilitation and Rental of Affordable Units. Eligible applicants include public and private non-profit organizations. Allocation: $1,855,000.

  • (NSHP) Neighborhood Stabilization Homeownership Program. Down-payment assistance and home repair to qualified first-time homebuyer families for the purchase of foreclosed homes throughout Riverside County in designated Target Areas. Allocation: $9,700,000.

  • (NSP-4) Acquisition, and Rehabilitation of Foreclosed and Vacant Multi-Family Properties, or the Construction of New Multi-Family Rental Projects. Eligible applicants include public, private non-profit and for-profit organizations. Allocation: $12,157,000.

Applications for funding will be considered on an "over-the-counter" basis until available funds are exhausted. Applications will be accepted from March 17, 2009 until such time that EDA has received what determines to be a sufficient number of applications to reasonably use all currently available funds. EDA will give notice on this site when funds are no longer available."

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Blackberry & Blogger & Short Sales, Oh My...

Does anyone know of a Blackberry Curve application that would make blogging from my phone easier?  I know I can send an email, but an application would make it so much better.  I've Google searched (from my Blackberry browser no less) to see if there was anything out there for me.  So far, I have only come up with dead-ends in the forums.

Many new changes have been happening in the housing market, and simultaneously, in my own life.  Well, perhaps it's actually a cause-effect type of change.  Short sales have become a large part of the real estate scenario for 2009 and unfortunately (or is it fortunately...) all my BPO work hasn't amounted to any REO listings.  So the only direction for me is SHORT SALES.  Keep in mind, the short sales we have today are not at all the same as the ones in the past.  What we have here is a whole new beast.  I'm happy to say though, that I've been well-trained and I'm armed with the best office out here!

Anyway, if you have any questions about short sales, loan modifications, REO & bank-owned properties, or anything else... just give me a call/email/tweet/txt/smoke signal. 
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