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Local Agent Provides Resource on Foreclosure Alternatives, Short Sales

by The Pilgrim Team

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Local Agent Provides Resource on Foreclosure Alternatives, Short Sales

For homeowners struggling with Home Financing payments, website explains differences between foreclosure and short sales.

 York, PA – 11-15-2010– Local CDPE-designated agent, Jerry Pilgrim of Professional Realty Associates, has released an informational report comparing the consequences of a Short Sale and foreclosure.

 The report can be found at and provides a thorough explanation of how a short sale may potentially improve a homeowner’s future financial stability.

 “Considering how damaging foreclosure can be for the homeowner and the surrounding community, it is important that everyone knows all of the alternatives available,” Pilgrim said. “This report is the latest addition to my website, which gives distressed homeowners a way to inform themselves on their best options.”

 Currently, one in seven Home Loans is in some stage of delinquency. Once a Home Financing payment has been missed, the lender has the ability to begin the foreclosure process. A short sale can potentially minimize the damage to one’s future loan eligibility, credit score, employment, security clearance and more.

 “We often see homeowners enter the foreclosure process without any visible means of professional guidance,” Pilgrim said. “My hope is to inform the community that there are legal, dignified alternatives to foreclosure.”

 The CDPE designation provides real estate agents with the tools and knowledge needed to efficiently, ethically and effectively pursue foreclosure alternatives, specifically short sales. In addition to their initial training, CDPE-designated agents are connected to a network of professionals via the Distressed Property Institute, allowing them to remain regularly updated on the complex and quickly changing real estate market.

 For more information about the CDPE Designation, visit

National Numbers for Homes in Default

by The Pilgrim Team

The statistics below are for the National Real Estate Market. I track these numbers to get a better of what can be predicted in the future regarding pricing of Homes for sale in york pa. As you will see because there is so much inventory yet to be sold nationally and here in York, I believe that we can expect some further depreciation of value on real estate here unfortunately. If you would want more specific information on the current market value on your property contact Jerry Pilgrim at Professional Realty Associates for a complimentary Free Market Analysis analysis.


National Numbers for all current FHA Home Financing Loans in the 2nd quarter 2010

3.62% in Foreclosure, 12.63% in Default (30+ days late) which means there is a Total of 16.25% FHA properties in distress.

National Numbers, VA Loans 2nd quarter 2010

2.50% in Foreclosure, 7.48% in Default (30+ days late) for a Total of 9.98%

National Numbers for Subprime Loans 2nd quarter 2010

14.38% in Foreclosure, 25.90% in default (30+ days late) which is a Total of 40.28% properties in distress

National Numbers for Prime Loans 2nd quarter 2010

3.49% in Foreclosure, 6.66% in Default (30+ days late) for a Total of 10.15% properties in distress

National Numbers 2nd quarter 2010

4.57% in Foreclosure, 9.40% in default (30+ days late) for a Total of 13.97%

National Numbers all Home Loans

Total Distressed Properties    6,216,650

Total Predicted sales            3,830,000

* Numbers provided by the Home Financing Bankers Association, based on 44.5 million Home Loans, non-seasonally adjusted


The numbers above indicate a national inventory of 19+ months properties to be sold. Keep in mind real estate is a local market so the numbers will vary from area to area. Here in York County PA we currently hava 17 month inventory based on local MLS statistics.

HAFA Decoded

by The Pilgrim Team

Check out this video bhy clicking here to get a quick explanation of the new HAFA Program. Here

Short Sale Deed-in-lieu of Foreclosure

by The Pilgrim Team

Solving the Foreclosure crisis one homeowner at a time.™

Short Sale Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure:

Dignified Solutions

©2009 Distressed Property Institute, LLC All Rights Reserved.

The above brokerage assumes no responsibility nor guarantees the accuracy of this information and is not engaged in the practice of law nor gives legal advice.

It is strongly recommended that you seek appropriate professional counsel regarding your rights as a homeowner.

Possible Crisis? There are Dignified Solutions.


The state of the U.S. economy and housing market has brought many homeowners from security to uncertainty. But within this uncertainty, solutions have been created to assist those who need help. If you or someone you know is struggling to pay the Home Financing, it is vital to understand ALL the options available.

The pressures of an upside-down Home Financing are not just felt by the homeowner. Lenders are looking to avoid foreclosure and work with homeowners to find solutions to their financial situations. Lenders are not in the real estate business, do not wish to take ownership of a home, and do not want a house to sit idle on the market

So what options are available to YOU?

If you or someone you know is facing foreclosure and the damages it will cause to credit scores, employment or security clearance, you should consider a short sale or a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure (or “deed-in-lieu”). These options could allow you to sell or walk away from your home without incurring liability for deficiency.

What Are Your Options…

 judgments from creditors, or tax lie

In both a short sale and deed-in-lieu, your lender can claim you owe a deficiency judgment on your remaining balance. This means the lender may have the right to pursue the difference of what you owed and the eventual sale price of the home.

In a foreclosure, all rights to your property are lost, while the lender retains the right to pursue a deficiency judgment. It will also remain on your credit history for ten years or more.

During negotiations for both short sales and deed-in-lieu transactions, it is imperative to understand whether your lender reserves the right to pursue a deficiency.

 What Are The Possible Tax Consequences?

When it comes to the tax implications of a short sale or deed-in-lieu transaction, you will need to consult a tax professional. As a general rule, any debt forgiven by the lending institution will be considered income. Lenders are required to file a 1099-A with the IRS showing the deficiency, which could have tax implications for you. Once you have received Form 1099-A, you will need to complete IRS Form 982 to report how much of the debt was forgiven by the lender.

Again, consulting a tax professional is a vital part of this process, and can save you from future financial difficulties. Distressed Property Institute, LLC All Rights Reserved.

What’s Your Fastest Way Out?

A deed-in-lieu is the fastest solution out of a foreclosure, compared to the timeline of a short sale. However, very few lenders will negotiate a deed-in-lieu if a lien, or second Home Financing has already been taken out on the home. Also, a deed-in-lieu will be a typicalqu estion asked on any future credit applications. Your history of short sales will not be a concern. In addition, a short sale provides the feeling of accomplishment for selling your home.

What Should I Look Out For?

If you are considering either a deed-in-lieu or a short sale, it would be wise to review the terms and conditions of your transaction carefully. Make certain your agent can explain whether or not a deficiency balance is forgiven, or how long the lender can pursue this judgment.

Both options can save you from the distress that foreclosure will cause on your credit, finances, future employment and, most importantly, your stability.

 I Heard About “Deed-For-Lease” ... What’s That?

You might have read about a new program called Deed-for-Lease™. Fannie Mae created this program as an option for homeowners who are in distress but not eligible for a Home Financing modification. Through this program, qualifying homeowners have the option to remain in their Homes for sale in york pa as renters after voluntarily transferring the property deed back to the lender. The homeowners must prove they are able to afford market rent, and then sign a lease with the lender.

Deed-for-Lease provides an additional option for borrowers who do not qualify for, or have not been able to sustain other loan-workout solutions. While this program is unique to Fannie Mae loans, be sure to discover what options your lender offers to homeowners who do not qualify for loan modifications but wish to stay in their Homes for sale in york pa.

Following are a few of the homeowner qualifications for this program:


*The property is to be used as the occupant’s primary residence

*The occupant’s income is sufficient to cover rental payments

*Inspection shows that the property has been kept in good condition

*The occupant agrees to be responsible for regular maintenance

*The number of occupants is appropriate for the home

*The occupants signing the lease must agree to a credit review

*To learn more, please contact me or visit

 With more than 1 in 7 U.S. homeowners not paying the Home Financing, it’s clear that no one is immune to the current economic situation.

 I believe every homeowner deserves the best information and education to protect themselves from losing their home to foreclosure and ruining their credit. For those already struggling to pay their Home Loans and unsure of what to do next, understanding short sales and deeds-in-lieu can ease their stress and potentially save them from an impending foreclosure. Deciding on which route will be best for you and your family’s future is the most important decision you can make. Please use this information to better understand the options available.


As a CDPE, I have been trained to assist homeowners in these difficult situations. If I can provide you with more information or assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me or go to my web page here.

Shorts Sales In York PA

by The Pilgrim Team

Hi Everyone,

It's that time of year again, and even I'm planning some travel and setting my affairs in order for the next few months. I hope you and your family are happy and healthy headed into the end of the year, and I look forward to catching up soon.

But I'm finding this time of year is also proving difficult for a lot of people in our community who are upside-down on their Home Loans in Useful Information about York PA and surrunding area's and don’t know what to do. I'm seeing it often lately, and in these cases I'm also finding a lack of good information.

This is why I became a Certified Distressed Property Expert. I want to make sure the people of our community have the right facts to make the right decision for their individual situations. And to help, I made this website dedicated to the issues affecting distressed homeowners, and the solutions available to them:


Download my free report on the myths concerning short sales. Because in reality, a Short Sale could be the best solution for a homeowner in trouble. Use this report to gain insight on your situation, or to help someone you know. Don't let your path to a stable financial future get derailed by a myth.


Feel free to contact me to learn more about this or just to talk ... either way it would be great to hear from you.


Sincerely yours,


Jerry Pilgrim

Professional Realty Associates

Pilgrim Team

Learn the Truth about Short Sales

by The Pilgrim Team

Short Sale Myths

A Short Sale can be an excellent solution for homeowners who must sell and owe more on their Homes for sale in york pa than they are worth. Unfortunately, a number of myths about short sales have developed, and it is important to understand the reality of this process should you find it meets your current needs. 

Myth #I - The Bank Would Rather Foreclose than Bother with a Short Sale

The qualifications for a short sale include:This is one of the most common misconceptions. The reality is that banks do not want to foreclose on your property because the Foreclosure process is incredibly costly. Banks, investors, and even the federal government have all publicly stated that if a person is qualified for a short sale, the deal needs to be considered. Overwhelmingly, banks receive more on their Real Estate Investment through a short sale than a foreclosure.

1. Financial  hardship- There is a situation causing you to have trouble affording your Home Financing.

2.Monthly Income Shortfall - "You have more month than money." A lender will want to see thatyou cannot afford, or soon will not be able to afford your Home Financing.

3. Insolvency - The lender will want to see that you do not have significant liquid assets that would allow you to pay down your Home Financing.

Myth #2 -You Must Be Behind on Your Home Financing to Negotiate a Short Sale

While this may have previously been the case, today lenders are looking for verifiable hardship, monthly cash flow shortfall, or pending shortfall and insolvency.

If you meet these three requirements and believe that you soon may be unable to afford your Home Financing, act immediately. Any delay could limit your options. Do not wait until the countdown clock to foreclosure has started and you have even less time left.

Myth #3 - There,is Not Enough Time to Negotiate a Short Sale Before My Foreclosure

This is a myth that probably hurts homeowners the most. Many do not realize that foreclosure is a process, and that there is time to make decisions that may result in better outcomes.

The foreclosing party-in most cases a lender--can stall a foreclosure up to the final day of the process. Today, many lenders will stall a foreclosure with as little as a phone call from you explaining that you are trying to sell, and almost all lenders will stall a foreclosure with a legitimate contract. For real estate professionals who understand foreclosures and short sales, there is time available until the foreclosure process is complete.

Myth #4 - Listing My Home as a Short Sale is an Embarrassment

It is understandable to have reservations about letting the world know that you owe more on your home than it is worth. However, according to recent estimates, one out of five homeowners in theU.S. is in the same situation. You are to be congratulated for admitting you need help, taking action, and finding a professional who can work with you toward a solution.

With recent estimates showing 40-60% of U.S. sales will be short sales or foreclosures, you are not alone.

Myth #5 - Short Sales are Impossible and Never Get Approved

This is a complete falsehood. Are short sales more difficult to execute? Yes. Do you, as a homeowner, need to learn about a new process? Yes. Are they impossible? Absolutely not.

For example, agents with the Certified Distressed Property Expert(CDPE) Designation receive thousands of short sale approvals on a monthly basis. These professionals have undergone extensive training in methods to help homeowners in distress and process short sales. While there are no guarantees in any transaction, more and more short sales are being approved regularly. This is far from an impossible process.

Myth #6 - Banks are Waiting on a Bailout and Not Accepting Short Sales

You may have heard this, but the reality is that banks (and the U.S. government) are trying to do anything they can, within reason, to avoid foreclosing on properties. It is preposterous to believe they would deny a short sale in hopes that some future legislation would pass and pay them for losses.

Today, more banks are aggressively pursuing short sales and working with agents who understand how how to process them. Freddie Mac recently hosted a national training webinar for real estate agents where they expressly stated the organizational goal of "eliminating distressed assets through loan modifications or short sales"

Myth #7  - Buyers are Not Interested in Short Sale Properties

This is a myth that potential sellers hear all the time. Thankfully, this is just not true. In fact, many agents are getting calls from buyers who say they only want to look at foreclosure and short sales.

For buyers, short sales and foreclosures have become synonymous with "good deals." More specifically, international buyers are targeting these properties. Listing with an experienced agent who is educated in the short sale process will provide you with a great chance of quickly seeing a contract on your property.

In conclusion, Agents with the CDPE Designation have been trained in all aspects of the short sale process, and know how to deal with the parties involved in foreclosures. Finding a CDPE can explain what options you have, and get you on the path to recovery.

More Homes Going into Foreclosure in 2009

by JoAnn Peters

Tips for homeowners in distress to avoid Foreclosure.
Most people have options when it comes to foreclosure,
Very few people know exactly what to do or where to go!
Whether is be refinance options, modifying your loan, or Short Sale,
Seak advice from someone who has the training, knowledge, and tools to help you in a time of financial hardship (free of charge). An agent who has earned CDPE© Certified Distressed Property Expert© designation has dedicated their time and effort to understanding the issues distressed homeowners are dealing with.
So if you or anyone you know is considering bankruptcy or in fear of going into forclosure, now is the time to learn your options. Feel free to call Jerry Pilgrim today! 717-757-5955 or visit
He is available to explain the options and paths in front of you, to help you choose the best solution for you and your family.

Shortsale Financing

by The Pilgrim Team

There is a rumor floating around in the Useful Information about York PA area that "FHA, VA finacing is not acceptable for shortsales". This is the furthest from the truth. The Lender who makes the decision regarding the shortsale approval's want to see a Home Financing pre-approval and then the mortgage commitment prior to the settlement. As long as the Buyer finds a lender who will provide the financing for the shortsale they could care less what financing ultimately helps pay for the property. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

Foreclosures on the Rise

by Jerry

According to the publication "Residential Specialist" one million foreclosures were filed in the first 5 months of 2009 and could reach 2.4 million by the end of the year. The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), a nonprofit policy group, CRL estimates that these foreclosures could affect as many as 70 million nearby households and contribute to lost property values totaling $502 billion, or about $7,200 per family.

My goal as a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) is to help people to avoid Foreclosure either by Loan Modification or a Short Sale. If you know someone who may have a reduction of income or job loss or may have experienced time off work due to health issues or possibly some other valid reason for not being able to make a payment please contact me for a confidential meeting. I am here to help.

Local Realtor Helps Families Dodge Foreclosure Bullet.

by Professional Realty Associates

Local Realtor, Jerry Pilgrim, earns Harris Real Estate University Diploma as a Certified REO Specialist, making him an expert at selling forclosed properties. He has also earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert Designation (CDPE) through the Distresssed Property Institute. As a CDPE agent I have the tools and information homeowners need to avoid Foreclosure and move forward with their lives.

A national epidemic is looming. Are you ready? We are in the most challenging real estate market since the Great Depression with no end in site for the immediate future. The government can only do so much to help victums of this situation. That is where specially educated and trained Real Estate Brokers like Jerry Pilgrim are here to help. The key is to take the corrective measures as soon as a Home Financing payment can not be made on time. Our Goal is to help homeowners in distress avoid foreclosure and sell their properties. Jerry is a PA broker/owner and York County Native serving customers since 1984.


Jerry Pilgrim
Professional Realty Associates
"Pilgrim Team"
[email protected]

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Professional Realty Associates
2002 S Queen St, Suite 3
York PA 17403
Office: 717-757-5955
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