Afternoon People. My name is Stephanie Diana Wilson- Gast and I am the author of this Blog, “Condo Land”. It was created to help the gambit of people in the real estate industry specifically regarding Condos the management, investment, and underwriting of such. However, from time to time there will be articles just on business related items and real estate focused items. Much of the quotes from Fannie Mae (FNMA) were from the guidelines at the time the article was written. As our CYOB (Cover Your Own Bum), please if you have questions speak to your real estate professional or underwriter.
I got my start in the Real Estate industry doing affordable housing property management. From there during the 2008 financial crash my family and I started a Volunteer program called TW housing, (Which is short for Torres- Wilson Housing). The volunteer program ended in 2014 but the accomplishments it made to the Oakland community deserve to be put to paper. Or more to the internet pen. How it started was in 2008 while I was working doing Property Management in Contra Costa County I did on site Property Management. One of my good friends Teresa came to see me at work (since I had to live where I worked) and she brought to me and my husband an issue she found with her step mother. Her step mother claimed she was a victim of ID theft and now her home was about to be foreclosed on. Since, she could no longer afford the mortgage and the foreclosure would kill her financially she needed help badly.
So, the first problem she needed to file with the police department and her creditors that she was a victim of ID theft. This is becoming a more and more common crime in the US so I advise all to watch their credit reports, bank statements and how you dispose of all documentation accordingly. Also this crime is being seen more and more done to seniors and often as in this case it was a family member who stole her info. I know this makes trusting even family hard but it is a harsh truth.
Second we needed to get her onto a wait list for affordable housing. Just in case we were not able to fight in court or make a plan to save her home she needed a place to live. Since there was so much confusion industry wide regarding the MHA process there was so much stone walling to the home owners making many just get up and walk away from their homes. This not only hurt the homeowner but the economy as well. For fear that her home would be taken back in foreclosure or that she would also choose to wipe her hands and walk away she needed a place to live that was affordable for her fixed income. When there is a bad situation it is best to plan ahead so that it all works out in the end. Using connections I had to get her quickly onto wait lists and she got into housing. The place she got into is centrally located to grocery, shopping and restaurants. It also had a meal plan for her since she “didn’t do cooking”. So, she was very happy for all that.
Now what we did for her house… while fighting to get an MHA loan which is a Making Homes Affordable and mortgage adjustment through the Oboma Housing Program to help people stay in their homes we came up with a plan. What we did was reset her home loan as it being her investment property, did the same with her home owners insurance. We also fixed it up with volunteers who donated materials and services. Thus making it ready for a HUD inspection. We got it inspected, approved and rented within a month. Which was a feat in it of itself. Now she has her home working for her, so she can afford to take care of her home and stay above water and live in a safe comfortable affordable housing program.
After helping her various other Oakland residents asked for help because they were in similar issues especially with their home in pre-foreclosure. So, I helped those people convert properties of theirs into rental properties and taught them how to manage their own properties. And for others who wanted to stay in their properties we helped facilitate the MHA process and assisted in job coaching, and budget/ financial training. Also I helped them get training through the local housing authority as property managers and property owners.
Since then I have gone into Mortgage Compliance as a career field specializing in Condo Project Review/ Condo Compliance. After noticing how many people across the board have so many questions on investing and underwriting Condos I started this blog and called it, “Condo Land”. I am currently finishing my Masters in Operations Management at Southern New Hampshire University and preparing to start a Doctoral Program in Fall of 2017 in Business Administration. Feel free to check out more info on me via LinkedIn at Public Profilehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-diana-gast-wilson-590b3757.
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