Bank Foreclosure Moratorium Lifted. Frank Calls CNBC & Jim Cramer.

A couple of weeks ago Fannie Mae and Freddic Mac (backing most home loans) lifted a Bank Foreclosure Moratorium. I was concerned that the recent 80% drop in bank foreclosure inventory might be a temporary blip with an oncoming tsunami of bank foreclosures.

After hours of dead end research. I decided to call my buddy… Jim Cramer from CNBC’s Mad Money (more…)
  • 21
  • April
  • 2009
Posted in Buying Advice, Press, Virginia Foreclosures | 13 Comments »

Admin Fees, MSNBC & 515+ Comments.

In case you missed it, MSNBC’s front page linked to their RedTape blog which ran a little piece on bogus Admin fees. My 2007 admin fee post fueled part of the article. So far there are 515 comments over there, and 5,000 unique visitors over here.

I hate admin fees. Never charged them, never (more…)

  • 12
  • July
  • 2008
Posted in Press, Shady Agent Tricks | 11 Comments »

My Quote in Washington Post Elaborated: Pitfalls of Mortgage Cancellation Tax Relief Act, H.R.3648

Below is my quote in today’s Dec 7th 07 The Washington Post story, “Those Who Avoided Risk Call Plan a Raw Deal

  • [Lead up to quote; red emphasis added]… The aggravation has been building for a while and stretches beyond the agreement announced yesterday. For instance, under one congressional proposal, there would also be a break for short sales — that is, when owners sell a home for less than is owed on the mortgage and the lender forgives the (more…)
  • 7
  • December
  • 2007
Posted in Press, Short Sales, Virginia Foreclosures | 20 Comments »

"An American Hero?"- Gosh, Thanks.

(photo disclaimer: I borrowed that jacket, since I don’t have one, and I was wearing shorts)
Ok, I know this is a little overkill, even for me. Maybe give me some humility points for holding off on reposting this for a week? Sorry, ultimately I just couldn’t contain myself. What is Frank shy about? Well, I was called “An American Hero” by a reporter who felt mislead into a real estate transaction and is sick of Realtors constantly using propaganda saying how the market is always flawless. So his blog was titled “An American Hero” for being a Realtor that tells it like it is, even if it is ugly (most of the blog highlights the ugly, I figure you can get the positive balance elsewhere).

J0NATHAN V. LAST the Online editor at The Weekly Standard (also writes for the Post, WSJ, Washington Times)

  • An American Hero

    Some Galley Friends are aware of my slight misgivings about Realtors. But now I’ve found Frank Borges Llosa–a D.C. area anti-Realtor.

    How great is Frank? If you go by his blog, he seems to know his stuff. And his mission statement seems to be along the lines of Are you sure you really want to buy that place?

    But it gets even hotter–like this long post taking on the National Association of Realtors for their “It’s a great time to buy or sell a home” campaign. (Only Realtors could figure out how to work the square root of -1 into market economics.)

    Here’s Frank on why not to trust the NAR. Here he is on how leverage increases the buyer’s risks. Here he is on how Realtors fudge MLS data.

    Go read it all.

Thanks Jonathan!

Sometimes I wonder if anybody is out there reading this. This will help motivate me. And if you all like the message, make sure to post comments (50 so far) and sign up using Feedblitz (right-hand side of screen) to get daily email summarizes of my postings. No spam, just blogs.

Also, Dear Billy (my best friend, a marine who has been to Iraq twice)
Thanks for your service, I appreciate it. You really are An American Hero (I’m just a dumb Realtor after all).

– Written by Frank Borges LL0SA– Broker/Owner

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Keywords: Housing bubble? Arlington, Alexandria, mls, homes, Real estate, Virginia, DC Realty, Realtor

  • 17
  • January
  • 2007
Posted in Humor, Press | 5 Comments »

Shady Realtor Bonuses? 10%!! Free Cruise? Be Aware.

CNBC STREET SIGNS: Homebuyer Beware

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Do you know what your Realtor is making? You should.

Now that the market is slowing down, the incentives offered Buyer agents has
increased. Not across the board, but occasionally. I have recently seen incentives as high as 10% in Miami! And I saw one ad where they are offering a vacation to the Realtor. But the WORST I have seen is “$5,000 bonus for a full price offer.” This should be banned (it might be). The Buyer agent (even though paid by the seller) is supposed to be working for the buyer, not the seller. An agent that takes a $5,000 bribe instead of working to get their client, $5k or $10k is an embarrassment.

Buyers should know exactly what their Realtor is making?

How do you do this? You can start with an “Exclusive Buyer Agency Agreement.” I know what some of you are thinking “Oh, I don’t sign those, I would rather work 4 agents to help me find a home.” Ok, I can see how that initially would sound reasonable. But put yourself in the shoes of the agents. How likely is that agent going to be to help you try and fight for an extra $5,000 or $10,000 off? Human nature would kick in and say “why should I be aggressive on this offer if they might just go elsewhere if this deal doesn’t happen.”

Watch CNBC interview Frank Borges LLosa from on the issue of extra bonuses. This interview pulled from the article “Do Real-Estate Agents Have a Secret Agenda?” in the And in article: “Home Buyer, Beware”.

At we don’t believe in bribes and kickbacks. We agree up front for what we will be paid and anything extra is given back to you at closing. That way you know we aren’t showing you something just because of a bonus.

– Written by Frank Borges LL0SA- Broker/Owner

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Keywords: Housing bubble? Arlington, Alexandria,
Homes, Real estate, Virginia, Alexandria, 22201, 22314, Fairfax Va, DC Realty, Realtor

  • 14
  • December
  • 2006
Posted in Press, Shady Agent Tricks | 3 Comments »