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Mitigating Your Loss Could Boost Your Career!

Mitigating Your Loss Could Boost Your Career!
Foreclosures are currently at an all time high and with the trend looking set to continue it offers an opportunity to get involved at a business level in the real estate market. There are two aspects of the market that you can realistically get involved in. The first option is the Short Sale Market, where a borrower has a mortgage that is worth more than the value of their property and need to sell to cut their losses. This market is mainly for investors and is extremely difficult to enter into unless you have some previous experience in the real estate or mortgage business. The second more appealing business option is Loss Mitigation. This is aimed at helping homeowners save their homes from foreclosure while still being able to stay in the property.

Loss Mitigation is a process where a third party will work with the homeowner and lender and negotiate a more affordable deal than the homeowner would be able to attain on their own. There are a couple of reasons why this service works so well. Firstly the negotiator works only on a professional basis and doesn’t let emotion cloud his judgment. He can concentrate wholly on the facts and figures and on that basis alone can achieve a better deal than the average homeowner would. The other reason is the knowledge and information they can provide of all the lenders various programs and rules which a normal homeowner just wouldn’t have.

There are some things worth considering if you are thinking about starting a Loss Mitigation as a business. You should form an affiliation with a company that can provide this type of service for your clients. In effect you’d be looking for something similar to an outsourcing company. Although Loss Mitigation is very rewarding it also carries a high burden of uncertainty as well as liability. By using an already established company that can provide a reliable, responsible level of service will be beneficial to you and your clients.

It will be beneficial firstly, because an established company will already have a network of connections to lenders in place. It will also have knowledge of the ever changing rules and programs each individual lender has to offer. In a fast changing marketplace this information is invaluable to you and your clients, especially when your business is still in its infancy. Remember you are working with clients who are facing foreclosure and are at risk of losing their homes. You would be taking on a huge responsibility if you did not have any prior knowledge or experience, so forming an association with an outsourcing company makes sense.

Credibility is also another reason for using an outsourcing company. Using a company that has been in the marketplace for a number of years and has a good reputation makes good business sense. Since the number of foreclosures increased dramatically a couple of years ago, many new companies sprung up to cash in on the surge in the market. You should carefully research the background of any company you intend to become involved with and choose one that’s been around prior to the upturn in the market in 2005. This should give you and your client’s piece of mind that you are dealing with a credible company.

You should also look for a company that has a history of getting the deals done in the best interest of the clients. Look for a company that has recorded testimonials from satisfied clients. It costs a lot more money to produce an audio testimonial than just a few written words on a website. While this is still no guarantee that the testimonials are indeed real, it does give more credibility to the testimonials as even false ones are very costly to produce.

You should also take into consideration the matter of liability. Not all companies work in the same way, so research this aspect thoroughly before committing to any association. Some companies may ask you to set up escrow or trust accounts, some may even ask you to set up an LCC. The reason for this is they will want you to collect client’s fees.     If you wan to avoid having any liability then you want to find a company that will collect the fees directly from the client. You will also have to make sure the clients are signing contracts with the company as the main service provider. If you ensure these two points are being followed, then you will only be an independent contractor for that company and they will be liable as the contracted service provider if anything were to go wrong.

Other things to consider are the support structures the company has in place. Do they provide training? Will they provide the marketing and tools you may need to initially establish your business? Most credible companies will have all these support structures in place. To get you started a legitimate company will charge you a fee of around $1500-$3500, a fee well worth paying if you get the right company for you and your clients.

Let’s go over once more all the points we’ve covered so far if you’re thinking about a career in Loss Mitigation. You will need to find an outsourcing company that will provide a quality service at an affordable price for your clients. The company should provide you with training, and support and services for both you and your clients. They should take care of all the contracts, handle the appropriate paperwork and collect all fees. They should also have a proven track record in the business. These are all important features to look out for as they will be beneficial in helping you in your new business as well as helping your clients.

This can be a very profitable business, but you should research the options available to you thoroughly before making any decisions. Doing so will be in your best interest and will also benefit the families you are helping.

I have researched many of the companies that are out there offering Loss Mitigation services and the only one I have so far found that meets all the requirements outlined in this article is Freedom Foreclosure Prevention Services. You can learn more about this vibrant, expanding company at their corporate website ffpswebinar dot biz.

Trying Not To Get Above Your Business

Trying Not To Get Above Your Business

Young men after they get through their business training, or apprenticeship, instead of pursuing their avocation and rising in their business, will often lie about doing nothing. They say; “I have learned my business, but I am not going to be a hireling; what is the object of learning my trade or profession, unless I establish myself?'”

“Have you capital to start with?”

“No, but I am going to have it.”

“How are you going to get it?”

“I will tell you confidentially; I have a wealthy old aunt, and she will die pretty soon; but if she does not, I expect to find some rich old man who will lend me a few thousands to give me a start. If I only get the money to start with I will do well.”

There is no greater mistake than when a young man believes he will succeed with borrowed money. Why? Because every man’s experience coincides with that of Mr. Astor, who said, “it was more difficult for him to accumulate his first thousand dollars, than all the succeeding millions that made up his colossal fortune.” Money is good for nothing unless you know the value of it by experience. Give a boy twenty thousand dollars and put him in business, and the chances are that he will lose every dollar of it before he is a year older. Like buying a ticket in the lottery; and drawing a prize, it is “easy come, easy go.”

He does not know the value of it; nothing is worth anything, unless it costs effort. Without self-denial and economy; patience and perseverance, and commencing with capital which you have not earned, you are not sure to succeed in accumulating. Young men, instead of “waiting for dead men’s shoes,” should be up and doing, for there is no class of persons who are so unaccommodating in regard to dying as these rich old people, and it is fortunate for the expectant heirs that it is so.

Nine out of ten of the rich men of our country to-day, started out in life as poor boys, with determined wills, industry, perseverance, economy and good habits. They went on gradually, made their own money and saved it; and this is the best way to acquire a fortune. Stephen Girard started life as a poor cabin boy, and died worth nine million dollars. A.T.

Stewart was a poor Irish boy; and he paid taxes on a million and a half dollars of income, per year. John Jacob Astor was a poor farmer boy, and died worth twenty millions. Cornelius Vanderbilt began life rowing a boat from Staten Island to New York; he presented our government with a steamship worth a million of dollars, and died worth fifty million.
“There is no royal road to learning,” says the proverb, and I may say it is equally true, “there is no royal road to wealth.” But I think there is a royal road to both. The road to learning is a royal one; the road that enables the student to expand his intellect and add every day to his stock of knowledge, until, in the pleasant process of intellectual growth, he is able to solve the most profound problems, to count the stars, to analyze every atom of the globe, and to measure the firmament this is a regal highway, and it is the only road worth traveling.

So in regard to wealth. Go on in confidence, study the rules, and above all things, study human nature; for “the proper study of mankind is man,” and you will find that while expanding the intellect and the muscles, your enlarged experience will enable you every day to accumulate more and more principal, which will increase itself by interest and otherwise, until you arrive at a state of independence. You will find, as a general thing, that the poor boys get rich and the rich boys get poor. For instance, a rich man at his decease, leaves a large estate to his family. His eldest sons, who have helped him earn his
fortune, know by experience the value of money; and they take their inheritance and add to it. The separate portions of the young children are placed at interest, and the little fellows are patted on the head, and told a dozen times a day, “you are rich; you will never have to work, you can always have whatever you wish, for you were born with a golden spoon in your mouth.”

The young heir soon finds out what that means; he has the finest dresses and playthings; he is crammed with sugar candies and almost “killed with kindness,” and he passes from school to school, petted and flattered. He becomes arrogant and self-conceited, abuses his teachers, and carries everything with a high hand. He knows nothing of the real value of money, having never earned any; but he knows all about the “golden spoon” business.
At college, he invites his poor fellow-students to his room, where he “wines and dines” them. He is cajoled and caressed, and called a glorious good follow, because he is so lavish of his money. He gives his game suppers, drives his fast horses, invites his chums to fetes and parties, determined to
have lots of “good times.” He spends the night in frolics and debauchery, and leads off his companions with the familiar song, “we won’t go home till morning.” He gets them to join him in pulling down signs, taking gates from their hinges and throwing them into back yards and horse-ponds. If the police arrest them, he knocks them down, is taken to the lockup, and joyfully foots the bills.

“Ah! my boys,” he cries, “what is the use of being rich, if you can’t enjoy yourself?”

He might more truly say, “if you can’t make a fool of yourself;” but he is “fast,” hates slow things, and doesn’t “see it.” Young men loaded down with other people’s money are almost sure to lose all they inherit, and they acquire all sorts of bad habits which, in the majority of cases, ruin them in health, purse and character. In this country, one generation follows another, and the poor of to-day are rich in the next generation, or the third. Their experience leads them on, and they become rich, and they leave vast riches to their young children. These children, having been reared in luxury, are inexperienced and get poor; and after long experience another generation comes on and gathers up riches again in turn. And thus “history repeats itself,” and happy is he who by listening to the experience of others avoids the rocks and shoals on which so many have been wrecked.

“In England, the business makes the man.” If a man in that country is a mechanic or working-man, he is not recognized as a gentleman. On the occasion of my first appearance before Queen Victoria, the Duke of Wellington asked me what sphere in life General Tom Thumb’s parents were in.

“His father is a carpenter,” I replied.

“Oh! I had heard he was a gentleman,” was the response of His Grace.

In this Republican country, the man makes the business. No matter whether he is a blacksmith, a shoemaker, a farmer, banker or lawyer, so long as his business is legitimate, he may be a gentleman. So any “legitimate” business is a double blessing it helps the man engaged in it, and also helps others. The Farmer supports his own family, but he also benefits the merchant or mechanic who needs the products of his farm. The tailor not only makes a living by his trade, but he also benefits the farmer, the clergyman and others who cannot make their own clothing. But all these classes often may be gentlemen.

The great ambition should be to excel all others engaged in the same occupation.

The college-student who was about graduating, said to an old lawyer:

“I have not yet decided which profession I will follow. Is your profession full?”

“The basement is much crowded, but there is plenty of room up-stairs,” was the witty and truthful reply.

No profession, trade, or calling, is overcrowded in the upper story. Wherever you find the most honest and intelligent merchant or banker, or the best lawyer, the best doctor, the best clergyman, the best shoemaker, carpenter, or anything else, that man is most sought for, and has always enough to do. As a nation, Americans are too superficial– they are striving to get rich quickly, and do not generally do their business as substantially and thoroughly as they should, but whoever excels all others in his own line, if his habits are good and his integrity undoubted, cannot fail to secure abundant patronage, and the wealth that naturally follows. Let your motto then always be “Excelsior,” for by living up to it there is no such word as fail.