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What’s a CMA & Why Do I Need One?

home-valueIf you’ve been considering selling or refinancing your Miami home, you may have had a real estate agent offer you a CMA. So what’s a CMA and why do you need one anyway?

A CMA is a Comparative Market Analysis and, if done correctly, should provide you with a good idea of what your home is worth. It usually gives a range, not an exact amount.

A CMA is not an appraisal nor does it take the place of one. There are cases where an appraisal is needed and Realtors are not licensed to appraise a home (unless they are actually also licensed appraisers). My real estate license allows me to provide an approximation of value, but I cannot call it an appraisal, because it isn’t.

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Housing Stimulus Bill Summary

I’m going to catch some slack from my blogging colleagues on this one. That’s because I’m reprinting an article in it’s entirety. What a faux pas! But for time’s sake, I opted for that this time. This issue is too important and I don’t have the time for a full-fledged analysis of it but still want to make my readers aware of what’s going on. I do hope to blog soon about the fact that this bill ELIMINATES in it’s entirety down payment assistance programs and I don’t agree with the change. But for now, without further ado, I present you the National Association of REALTORS®’ take on the Housing Stimulus bill:

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Miami Short Sale Tax Implications

Mortgage DebtSeveral of my clients have been sellers of distressed Miami homes. Homes where the owners were no longer able to keep up with the mortgage payments. In some cases, short sales were good options. In others, a short sale was not the solution and the owner allowed the properties to be foreclosed on.

Why would someone who is facing a foreclosure in Miami not want to get out of it if possible? The simple answer is tax implications. Allow me to explain. If you own a property that is facing foreclosure and you work out a short sale agreement with the lender, that lender is going to give you a form 1099 for the amount that was short to pay the loan off completely.

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Do You Not Understand Its Mortgage Fraud?

HandcuffsI like selling real estate in the Miami Redland. I’ve met some great people in my business. I’ve helped lots of folks and knowing I’ve done a good job is extremely satisfying to me.

Yesterday I didn’t like one of the people who contacted me. I was on my way to a meeting in Aventura and driving on I-95. I’m not that familiar with the area and was keeping an eye on the exits.

My phone rang and I answered, “Hello, this is Maggie!” The gentleman on the phone asked me about some homes in an area of Homestead. I told him that I didn’t have homes available specifically where he said but a little further away I have a development listed with 15 homes still available for sale and affordable.

He asked me for the prices and if there were any incentives. I answered all his questions and he said something about wanting “cash back.” I told him we were not offering cash back at closing. I went even further and told him it was mortgage fraud and illegal.

He said to let him worry about that. He asked me again for the prices. I repeated them. “What will they appraise at?” he asked me. OK, now I see he’s trying to skin the cat a different way. I know where he’s headed with this.

I tried really hard to not sound arrogant when I replied, “they will appraise at what they’re priced at. If they were to appraise higher, we would be selling them for more money.” Now this may seem like common sense, but I did understand where he was headed. He’s familiar with appraisals that come in, magically, at numbers that are inflated. These inflated appraisals are key in being able to commit mortgage fraud. I guess he thinks he knows my business better than I do.

Mr. Cash Back must have realized that my patience was wearing thin. He told me he’d call me back if he decided to look at these homes. I’m happy if he loses my phone number. The only orange I look good in is perhaps an orange scarf. An entire jumpsuit might be a bit much. Besides that, I worked hard for my license and am actually proud of it. I won’t be risking losing it anytime soon.

By the time I hung up I realized I had passed my exit by 5 miles. Dagnabit!

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These articles are not intended to give legal or tax advice, and you should consult your attorney or financial advisor for additional information.

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