As people regain equity in their homes, many who have been waiting to sell are now exploring their options. - August 29, 2014
In 2013, the housing market recovered significantly. Home sale prices rose by 12 percent in January 2014 compared to January 2013. At the same time, interest rates remained low at an annual average of just 3.98 percent. These conditions created unique opportunities for those looking to buy or sell a... - June 28, 2014
Home prices in West Michigan have increased as well, giving equity back to homeowners who during the housing market crash found themselves underwater on their mortgages. However, many homeowners have yet to realize the extent to which prices have improved. - February 06, 2014
Distressed homeowners in Grand Rapids, MI will soon no longer be able to take advantage Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act. The law, enacted in 2007, helps distressed homeowners by relieving them of additional tax responsibility that often accompanies cancelled or forgiven debt.
“The act expires... - October 02, 2013
Homeowners in West Michigan who were forced to put off selling their homes because of the downturn in the housing market are now discovering that their homes are worth more than they thought, and there are a large number of buyers looking to purchase those homes. - September 01, 2013
Homeowners in Kent County who planned on selling before the housing crisis hit are finding that the market has finally shifted in their favor. Increases in prices, low inventory, and historically low interest rates have combined to put sellers in a very advantageous position.
“Many homeowners... - July 07, 2013
Homeowners in Grand Rapids area who were forced to put off selling their homes because of the downturn in the housing market are now discovering that their homes are worth more than they thought, and there are a large number of buyers looking to purchase those homes.
“We have gotten so used to... - June 15, 2013
Homeowners in Grand Rapids, MI who found themselves underwater during the housing crisis are discovering that they may now have equity resulting from exceptional price increases in the last 6-8 months.
“We have gotten so used to the downward trends from the past few years that most people don’t... - May 10, 2013
For homeowners in danger of losing their home to foreclosure, the difficulties of navigating their options are being complicated by the threat mortgage relief fraud. “Homeowners who are in danger of losing their home to foreclosure are especially vulnerable to these types of predators,” says Donna Tashjian with Keller Williams Grand Rapids East. “It is vitally important that these homeowners learn about the danger so they can protect themselves.” - March 14, 2013
Congress passed an extension of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act as part of tax bill H.R. 8, the bill addressing the “fiscal cliff. - January 23, 2013
When homeowners find themselves facing foreclosure, it can sometimes be difficult to get out from under the weight of the pressure and stress. Homeowners who find themselves in this circumstance are often blind to the options that are available to them.
“For many homeowners who find themselves... - December 07, 2012
Distressed homeowners in Grand Rapids can now take advantage of historically unprecedented cash incentives to sell the home they can’t afford. Because of the unique nature of today’s market, new bank and government programs pay relocation incentives to homeowners who undergo a foreclosure alternative – most commonly short sales. - November 08, 2012
When homeowners find themselves facing foreclosure, it can sometimes be difficult to get out from under the weight of the pressure and stress. Homeowners who find themselves in this circumstance are often blind to the options that are available to them. - August 05, 2012
Distressed Homeowners in Grand Rapids, MI may see additional relief from the banks soon. In February, the government signed a historic $25 billion dollar settlement with five major lenders over fraudulent foreclosure practices committed during the height of the housing crisis known as “Robo-Signing.”... - July 13, 2012
Distressed homeowners in Grand Rapids area will soon no longer be able to take advantage Mortgage Debt Relief Act. The law, enacted in 2007, helps distressed homeowners by relieving them of additional tax responsibility that often accompanies cancelled or forgiven debt.
“For many homeowners, even... - July 13, 2012
“It is amazing how many homeowners go from balance in their financial lives to being held hostage by a mortgage they increasingly can’t afford,” said Donna Tashjian, CDPE, Keller Williams. “One-fourth of all homeowners owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth. Homeowners... - March 15, 2012
“The stress of an unmanageable mortgage can cloud everything,” said Donna Tashjian, CDPE with Keller Williams. “With nearly one-fourth of all homeowners owing more on their mortgage than their home is worth, the nation’s overall stress level is in the stratosphere,” Tashjian... - February 17, 2012
“Millions and millions of homeowners in the United States spent 2011 under a cloud of uncertainty caused by missed payments on an unmanageable mortgage,” said Donna Tashjian from Keller Williams.
The message to financially strapped homeowners in the Western Michigan market: “the expertise... - January 18, 2012
Noting that the fear of foreclosure tends to cause many homeowners to go into denial or become frozen into inaction, Tashjian has launched a campaign at the outset of the holiday season to remind homeowners that they are not alone. - December 04, 2011
Adept at negotiating with lenders, distressed property expert helps financially strapped homeowners to salvage credit and avoid foreclosure. - November 11, 2011
Distressed property expert urges homeowners struggling with mortgage payments to pursue lower-impact alternatives. - October 13, 2011
Local CDPE-designated agent, Donna Tashjian of Keller Williams Grand Rapids East has released a new report that provides 10 foreclosure solutions that can be used to avoid the costly effects of foreclosure. The report titled “At the End of Your Rope? 10 solutions for alleviating the stress of an unaffordable mortgage!” provides information for homeowners dealing with the stress of possible foreclosure. - August 06, 2011
Online report outlines what a distressed homeowner should expect if they have missed mortgage payments—and provides steps for homeowners to take to avoid foreclosure in Grand Rapids, MI and surrounding Kent County. - July 09, 2011
Local CDPE-designated agent, Donna Tashjian of Keller Williams has released a new report weighing in on the debate of whether there is a real benefit to short selling your home rather than let it foreclose. The report titled Short Sale vs. Foreclosure provides information comparing the effects each has on a distressed homeowner’s future. - June 06, 2011