Monthly Archives: August 2016

Financial crisis ready to reenter housing

download-35The time frame for borrowers who were significantly hit after the financial crisis to improve their credit score is about to happen, opening the door for a lot of consumers to reenter the housing market.

According to Experian’s latest analysis, foreclosures, short sales and bankruptcies remain on a credit report for seven years, which means these items are due to fall off the credit files of 2.5 million consumers between June 2016 and June 2017.

And even better for the housing market, the analysis shows that 68% of these consumers are scoring in the near-prime or higher credit segments, meaning the opportunity for this group to qualify for mortgage loans is growing.

The new Experian study looks at these potential borrowers and analyzes the consumers who foreclosed or short-sold between 2007 and 2010 and have since opened a new mortgage.

The study refers to these consumers as “boomerang borrowers” and shows that they have responsible credit behaviors and improving credit scores.

“With millions of borrowers potentially coming back into the housing market, the trends that we’re seeing are promising for both the mortgage seeker and the lender,” said Michele Raneri, vice president of analytics and new business development at Experian.

“In the coming years, boomerang borrowers will be a critical segment of the real-estate market,” said Raneri. “While many of these borrowers have gone through a very difficult time, it is encouraging to see them taking control of their finances with better credit scores and all-around better credit management.”

The study also found that the people in the short-sale category are rebounding at a higher rate than those who foreclosed, and are making their payments on time.

Let’s Use Facebook to increase real estate

download-34In a move that shows how much better companies are getting at reaching their desired audiences no matter where they are, Zillow announced a partnership this week withFacebook that will allow Realtors and real estate agents to target potential homebuyers directly on their Facebook feed.

According to Zillow, the partnership is part of its Premier Agent program and is called Premier Agent Direct.

“Premier Agent Direct combines the power of the most visited real estate network with one of the most widely used social media platforms, allowing real estate agents or teams to expand the targeted audience they advertise to through a simple, easy platform using Zillow Group’s precision targeting,” Zillow said in a release.

According to Zillow, the technology identifies home shoppers who are using Zillow orTrulia and allows real estate agents to connect with them on Facebook.

Using the program, agents can feature a specific listing or automatically highlight new listings or recently sold homes. Plus the program allows agents to target potential homebuyers in a specific area.

“Premier Agent Direct helps agents more efficiently work their farm area and either extend or eliminate the need for a direct mail campaign by using precision targeting to connect with local home shoppers and sellers on a medium they are using every day,” Zillow said.

According to Zillow, the Premier Agent Direct program is now available on mobile and desktop.

 “We have worked incredibly hard this year to create new opportunities for agents to connect with buyers and sellers so they can scale their businesses with greater ease – the new products are the results of those efforts,” Greg Schwartz, Zillow Group’s chief business officer, said.

“Through this new publishing platform, we have created a way to significantly increase the agent’s reach to consumers who are in a transaction mindset,” Schwartz added. “With precision targeting, we know these people are using Zillow and Trulia, and now there’s a new opportunity to connect with them on Facebook.”

 

Top spots with the most haunted houses

download-33It’s the season for boots, pumpkin pie, caramel apples and maybe even haunted houses. In these 10 cities, however, passing by haunted houses becomes just a little too real.

Across the U.S., over 40,000 single-family homes are vacant and have a homeowner who is now deceased, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of public record data

Here are the top 10 zip codes with the most haunted houses, or homes that are left vacant after the homeowner passes away. One city stands out above the rest.

10. Youngstown, Ohio

In the zip code 44506, one in every 83 homes is “haunted.”

In one home in the city, the Punderson Manor, in the dining room in the late 1970’s, people claim that for a period of approximately three hours late one night, the ghost of a man who appeared to be a lumberjack seemed to hang from the rafters.

9. Gary, Indiana

In the zip code 46404, one in every 81 homes is “haunted.”

Are homes here really haunted? That’s hard to say, but we do know that the city is currently ranked fourth in homicide rates, and it was once ranked first.

8. Birmingham, Alabama

In the zip code 35207, one in every 81 homes is “haunted.”

One of the most haunted places in Alabama is in Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces, [pictured below] which has many reports of paranormal activity over the years.

7. Jackson, Mississippi

In the zip code 39203, one in every 74 homes is “haunted.”

At the Old Capitol building in Jackson legend claims that the office of a man who reportedly died at his desk is haunted by his ghost.

6. Detroit, Michigan

In the zip code 48217, one in every 71 homes is “haunted.”

In Detroit, the Masonic Temple seems to be haunted. When the founder’s wife left him over money problems Mr. Mason jumped to his death from the temple. Security guards claim they still see sightings of Mr. Mason and visitors often report an eerie feeling of being watched.

5. Mobile, Alabama

In the zip code 36610, one in every 69 homes is “haunted.”

Two separate homes in the city were joined together in the mid-1800s to form an inn. Since then, the apparition of a lady in white has been seen pacing the balcony of Room #007, as well as chandeliers swinging when no one is around, furniture getting moved around and lamps being unplugged.

4. Braddock, Pennsylvania

In the zip code 15104, one in every 57 homes is “haunted.”

This desolate town [pictured below] lost 90% of its peak population, and looks like the nightmare at the end of the American Dream, according to an articleby Jim Straub and Bret Liebendorfer for Monthly Review.

3. Duquesne, Pennsylvania

In the zip code 15110, one in every 56 homes is “haunted.”

After the city took over Fisher Hall, formerly the Fisher Scientific building, it did major renovations, except on the second floor. After that, severalmysterious happenings led the staff to believe the floor was haunted.

2. Gary, Indiana

In the zip code 46402, one in every 52 homes is “haunted.”

The city makes its second appearance with yet another zip code that makes the top ten of most haunted. One home in Gary [pictured below] seems to have been overtaken with ghosts, eventually leading to it being demolished.

1. Gary, Indiana

In the zip code 46407, one in every 41 homes is “haunted.”

Three different zip codes in the city appear in the top 10 haunted places, and there’s no shortage of ghost stories. It seems even the state parks in the areahold claims of being haunted. Dunes State Park is said to be haunted by the ghost of artist Paul Wilson.