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IHB News 7-10-2010

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 03:30 AM PDT

For your weekend viewing pleasure, we have a bank owned property where the borrowers invested $200 and pulled out $145,500. No wonder houses are so popular in California.


Irvine Home Address ... 49 BAMBOO Irvine, CA 92620
Resale Home Price ...... $699,900

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IHB News

We have been operating the brokerage, Ideal Home Brokers for nearly a year now. I have tried to keep references to the brokerage business to a minimum on the blog because none of us wanted the blog to change, particularly a change into an overt commercial enterprise. However, on the weekend open thread, I reserve this place to talk about the business.

Here is what our clients have been saying about us so far:

“Shevy, Thanks for your work on Eastview. I've worked with a lot of agents and you are the best. ”
John B. (Orange County) - June 24th, 2010
“Hi Shevy,

Thanks for sticking with us for a long time. As you know I almost gave up finding a house due to lack of selections.

Both Rick and I enjoyed working with you through out the process and appreciate all you have done for us.

Chiaki R. (Irvine) - June 22nd, 2010
“Shevy & Rana are the best! We could not have hoped for better agents to work with!”
Ed H. (Crystal Cove) - May 21st, 2010
“As my wife and I decided to buy our first home in Orange County, we quickly learned it’s a jungle out there. Irrational pricing, agents who care more about themselves than their clients, and the list goes on. In the jungle of Orange County real estate, Shevy Akason is Tarzan. He’s a trusted guide who strives to represent your best interests while maintaining the highest standards of integrity. But he’s not naïve. He has the experience, intellect and intuition to understand the laws of the jungle. And he always sees the forest in the trees by maintaining a strategic perspective on each potential transaction. After 6+ months of searching, we just purchased a home in Irvine. Whether buying or selling in Orange County, I can’t imagine working with any other realtor.”
Gerard B. (Irvine) - April 13th, 2010
“IR, by the way…wanted to let you know that I recently used IHB’s services to lease a home to move into right after the new year. I’m very happy with the service provided by Shevy and his partner George Ross. He negotiated a $100/mo discount off of the offer price as well as making the move a smooth transition while i’m out of town during xmas by coordinating w/the cleaning crew, pool fence installation (for the safety of my young children), checking to ensure everything is in working order and when i get back, the mover just have to transfer my belongings to the new place. ”
MRExpert (Tustin) - December 17th, 2009
“As an immigrant from South Africa in 2001 my dream was to purchase a home. In 2008, with a dip in the market and rates still low I saw a good time and opportunity to purchase. After working with an agent for a couple of months that didn't have a great understanding of the area and my price range I met Shevy at an open house. He asked me what my budget was, what areas I liked, and what my goals were. He assisted me by arranging for Ameri-dream down payment assistance and seller assistance for closing costs which allowed me to purchase the home I was looking for in Irvine. Without his assistance and his understanding of what my needs and goals were, I'm not sure that I could have purchased such a great home.”
Beverly K. (Irvine) - September 29th, 2009
“Dear Brother,

I thank you. I consider my self being lucky to have known you not only because you found me this awesome house that everyone is envying me about but also because I know now that I have a new brother in OC. You are a wonderful person and an excellent Realtor whose professionalism shows in every aspect. I hope I can make more money so I can buy more houses through you. I hope and I know this one is not far fetched to see you running your own agency one day. You make me proud to say that you are a dear friend/brother and I can tell you that you will have enormous success in your future. The qualities personal and professional that you have are genuine and a rare currency in today's world. so keep up the good work and God speed.

Best Regards,”
Tamer K (Laguna Niguel) - May 21st, 2009
“I was relocated from Australia and my wife, daugther, and I were unfamiliar with many areas of Southern California. We wanted a large home and we preferred to have a pool. Working for Kone elevators I'm responsible for the western region of the United States including Hawaii. As a result I can live anywhere in Southern California. After spending some time with an agent that did not understand our needs we found Shevy through internet advertising he was doing for a home in Huntington Beach. We spent the next few months looking at different areas and finally found the exact home we were looking for. It was over 4000 square feet, with a pool, spa, rock waterfall, and gorgeous views. It had previously been in escrow for $675,000 and we negotiated the final price down to $600,000. We highly recommend Shevy for his ability to listen to needs, his patience, and his real estate knowledge.”
Andrew P. (Corona) - October 15th, 2008
“We would like to thank you for helping us to sell our home. Your knowledge of the short sale process was comforting. We would recommend you to anyone.”
Hong (Corona) - September 15th, 2008
“Erik and I found Shevy when looking for a lease or purchase for my parents who were relocating from Arizona. He was extremely helpful and a valuable resource. We had recently sold our home in Coto De Caza and were looking to purchase in Ladera Ranch. However, Shevy advised us that there would be much better deals in Ladera Ranch in 12-18 months. That was almost 6 months ago and we are glad that we have waited. We are still leasing and waiting until we find the right time to buy. We have saved so much money. It's rare and refreshing to work with an agent like Shevy, we would recommend him to anyone. In fact, since we first met him he assisted my parents to purchase in Coto De Caza for over $100,000 under market value and assisted my sister and husband on a purchase in Fullerton.”
Jill and Erik (Ladera Ranch) - August 1st, 2008

Writer's Corner

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Typical Irvine equity robber 

The owners of today's featured property took a free ride on their lenders in typical Irvine style.

  • They purchased the property on 8/5/2004 for $720,000 using a $575,900 first mortgage, a $143,900 second mortgage, and a $200 down payment.
  • On 7/29/2005 they refinanced with a $739,500 first mortgage.
  • On 3/20/2007 they refinanced with a the second mortgage for $117,000.
  • Total property debt is $865,500.
  • Total mortgage equity withdrawal is $145,500.
  • Total squatting time is at least 18 months.

Foreclosure Record
Recording Date: 08/06/2009 
Document Type: Notice of Sale

Foreclosure Record
Recording Date: 04/23/2009 
Document Type: Notice of Default 


Irvine Home Address ... 49 BAMBOO Irvine, CA 92620

Resale Home Price ... $699,900

Home Purchase Price … $720,000
Home Purchase Date .... 8/5/2004

Net Gain (Loss) .......... $(62,094)
Percent Change .......... -8.6%
Annual Appreciation … -0.5%

Cost of Ownership
$699,900 .......... Asking Price
$139,980 .......... 20% Down Conventional
4.61% ............... Mortgage Interest Rate
$559,920 .......... 30-Year Mortgage
$138,556 .......... Income Requirement

$2,874 .......... Monthly Mortgage Payment

$607 .......... Property Tax
$200 .......... Special Taxes and Levies (Mello Roos)
$58 .......... Homeowners Insurance
$291 .......... Homeowners Association Fees
$4,030 .......... Monthly Cash Outlays

-$689 .......... Tax Savings (% of Interest and Property Tax)
-$723 .......... Equity Hidden in Payment
$242 .......... Lost Income to Down Payment (net of taxes)
$87 .......... Maintenance and Replacement Reserves
$2,947 .......... Monthly Cost of Ownership

Cash Acquisition Demands
$6,999 .......... Furnishing and Move In @1%
$6,999 .......... Closing Costs @1%
$5,599 ............ Interest Points @1% of Loan
$139,980 .......... Down Payment
$159,577 .......... Total Cash Costs
$45,100 ............ Emergency Cash Reserves
$204,677 .......... Total Savings Needed

Property Details for 49 BAMBOO Irvine, CA 92620
Beds: 4
Baths: 4 baths
Home size: 2,492 sq ft
($281 / sq ft)
Lot Size: n/a
Year Built: 2004
Days on Market: 18
Listing Updated: 40361
MLS Number: P740526
Property Type: Condominium, Residential
Community: Northwood
Tract: Seri
According to the listing agent, this listing is a bank owned (foreclosed) property.

Popular Northwood II Gated Community Upgraded Unit; Gourmet kitchen with a center island, granite counters; stainless steel applinaces;recessed lighting. Open to Spacious family room combo dining area. Downstair Master Bedroom with full bathroom double vanity; Separate guest bedroom downstairs with common bathroom; full size laundry room; Upstair open to great loft/retreat area. Upstaris with a Master Suite and Upgraded master bedroom with a walk-in closet; roman oval bathtub; double vanities; Plus a 2nd bedroom upstairs with a private bathroom. Assoication Pool and Spa. Centrally located to shopping center, schools and freeway access. Propety is Being sold As IS conditions, no warranties, express or implied. Agents: See remarks

This property went back to the bank at auction on 4/14/2010 for $725,000. They will likely unload it this summer for whatever they can get. 

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