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How Home Sellers Avoid the Credit Crunch


All over this country property sellers are starting to give up on banks and traditional lenders, opting to sell their properties directly to well financed buyers that can pay in cash.

With the credit crunch, many people are finding that dream house suddenly becoming a ball and chain holding them back from job promotions that require relocation, liquidity as their economic situation changes, or even marriage and divorce. Month after month, their houses sit on the market as potential buyers fail to secure mortgages to buy it.

Most recently I don’t know enough of the facts to have a stand on the bailout plan; I suspect most people don’t. These are issues far beyond the average voter. But here’s why they’ll probably pass it. As they learn the potential consequences of simply letting ’the market take its course’ - the short and long range consequences on the entire American economy - they will decide they have the duty not just to follow uninformed public opinion, but act on what they think is absolutely necessary for the economic health of the country.

They will be scared as hell of the consequences of not acting, and realize that if they are blamed for a collapse that could happen without acting, it’s far worse than doing something unpopular. After all, sometimes it is necessary for leaders not to blindly follow public opinion, even when their judgment says it will lead to disaster. That said, I’m not sure what should be done. I simply don’t have enough facts.
The mortgage foreclosure crisis has caused a drop in cities’ revenues, a spike in crime, more homelessness and an increase in vacant properties, a survey of elected local officials out today shows.

There’s a reduction in revenues at the same time that more services are needed. Because of foreclosures, people are stealing, crime is on the rise and we don’t have more money for cops on the street"

More than a fifth of city officials responding said homelessness and the need for temporary and emergency housing increased in the past year.

The American dream for individuals has now become the nightmare for cities" says James Mitchell, a Charlotte councilman and head of the group’s National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.

“It’s having a ripple effect on our budget and city finances,” says Riverside Mayor Ronald Loveridge. “Housing industry is not simply building homes. There’s less money being spent for new cars. ... That’s had a powerful effect on the economy of our region.”

In the expensive Houston area, at least one company is coming to the rescue and some sellers are breathing a sigh of relief within days as the checks are handed out to them. Home Sellers Assist asks, “Need to sell your house fast?” and then answers with the words that desperate sellers have been needing to hear: “We’ll buy it. Fast.”

Companies like Home Sellers Assist are not new, but sellers are discovering these investors as a welcome alternative to buyers dependent on bank mortgages. With no need to pay listing and sales commissions to real estate agents, or fees to banks, the sellers are quickly realizing the power of being able to move on with their lives quickly...without the ball and chain.


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