Bank-Owned Properties in Sacramento

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I’m disheartened to hear stats on President Obama’s “Making Home Affordable” program. So far it doesn’t look like the program is working very well (at all). A CNN article last week stated ”The administration projected that between half and three-quarters of applicants would have new mortgages at this point. As of the end of November, the number is 4.3 percent.” That’s not good.

In light of this less-than-wonderful news, I thought it would be interesting to use the “Obama Cam” app on my mobile phone to snap a few images of some local REO and Short Sale properties in the Sacramento area. The “Obama Cam” application overlays an image of President Obama (17 to choose from) on any picture taken with my mobile phone (an Android G1).

These images are in no way meant to belittle the President, make a political statement for any political party, or even rant about the Making Home Affordable program. There is actually a deep element here for me since the shots juxtapose governmental programs with real life local distressed properties. I’m reminded of the ever-present struggle in today’s economy for so many households, that recovery is going to take a long time, and also that good intentions in Washington DC do not necessarily translate to good results on “Main Street”.






What do these images evoke in you? Why is the “Making Home Affordable” program not yet working as it should? Please give your two cents and feel free to share your experience. By the way, do you have an app like this on your phone? Your comments are welcome below. ”Obama Cam” Photos in Sacramento


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Inspections up to June 5 2009 063If you have been following real estate trends in the Greater Sacramento Region, you have probably noticed that overall there have been fewer foreclosure listings over the past few months and therefore an increased demand for bank-owned properties (resulting in multiple offers and many times offers over asking price). Banks have been holding on to some of their distressed inventory and not releasing these properties on the market. Well, it looks like a moratorium for 90 days may go into effect today per CBS 13 in Sacramento. All of us in the real estate industry have expected a wave of foreclosures to hit the market for many months now, but it looks like that won’t happen for at least another 90 days. Investors, clients and agents have been telling me that this wave would come in March, but then the buzz was June, and then July, and maybe now September. We shall see. What do you think of this?    When Will a New Wave of Foreclosures Hit the Sacramento Region?


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