Hello everyone I am so excited to be making my first post on here.
Before I jump into my current situation (I'll list it at the bottom in as much detail I can) I will tell a little bit about myself.
I am 26 years old from Baltimore Maryland, I currently reside in Dundalk. I work a pretty decent job I just started I roughly make 50k a year.
No kids not wife.
My bills are pretty non existent at this point in time.
I consider myself an aggressive investor that's not afraid of risk.
I have been working 7 days a week for the past 2 months to work myself out of debt.
I have roughly 5k in debt from capital one credit card, hospital bills, ect.
That is not including the 125k on the first house I just foreclosed, however it's not showing on my credit report.
I always had a vision/dream of financial freedom just never knew how to acheive it.
I started out reading the Cashflow quadrant and that book was able to put everything I have ever felt in my soul into words. A coworker gave me the book and after reading it the next book I bought randomly was the book that led me to Bigger Pockets which was the Rental Property income book by Brandon Turner.
From there I've been joining groups on Facebook reading posts on here, listening to the BiggerPockets podcast while at work,just trying to obtain all the knowledge I can.
I'm not sure about a lot however. So I guess I'll list my foreclosure story and then my questions on what I should do next.
About 3 years I closed on my first house. I was in a rush and paid the price after a year of looking I had to chose a house as my family was moving and was pushing me to get one. I found one that after I did the inspection they revealed that the roof was not new (the listing said it was a new roof that was a lie) and also that the structure beam under the house was severely molded and collapsing.
I had an FHA through NFM lending and I told my agent I can overlook everything except the roof and the beam and that the seller needed to fix it. She added an addendum and they claimed to have fix it however a second inspection revealed they didn't. Being young and dumb and also being rushed from where I was living, and I signed anyway.
I made the mistake of moving in friends who never paid their share of rent either so that was another stupid decision. After a year of making the payments I tried transitioning to a better paying job. Once I was over the road (CDL Trucking) the friends decided to stop paying rent I fell behind and had to leave the job for a family emergency and lost the job and all my bills consumed me. Car was repoed, house was foreclosed and off to auction and I was jobless.
I am just now picking up the pieces.
I had coworkers tell me to talk to homeowners insurance about the problems before the foreclosure but homeowners insurance told me I needed to know who did the repairs on the roof from my agent and never was able to get that. So then my co workers told me to get a real estate attorney an make a case that I've been living in a house with those problems and mold for years now. I tried but nobody wanted to take the case or even call me back. Being young an discouraged I just was frustrated and gave up. Which led me to reading these books and start learning as much as I can about the real estate realm.
So my questions would be , I am currently not paying any bills an they have not sent me anything to get out of the house. I am currently saving 99% of all my paychecks eating lunch meat sandwiches for breakfast lunch and dinner, cutting down absolutely as much spending as possible.
Should I file bankruptcy? I have had 50% of people that say I should right now the other half say I should wait until everything goes through to see what happens .
My original goal was to stacks much money as possible and wait until I got a chunk of change maybe 10-20k then go to a friend of mine who is a real estate agent and try to do a flip with him and see if he will mentor me. I figure after a couple of flips and saving the money from my job that eventually I can do my own flip and or buy and hold rental then maybe start my own LLC for real estate later down the road.
Does this seems realistic and doable?
What would be any advice you would give me?
Also for people in Maryland where are some events or places I can go to meet other real estate agents, investors , mentors and other people that actually live this life?
I am having trouble finding out where to go to surround myself with people not further along that have done stuff, I feel as it I have been reading too much and want to make a jump regardless of the risk. Restless feelings.
Is it worth saving money or should I file bankruptcy now and get it over with? I personally do not want to do it but I also want toget the ball rolling on a strong foundation this time. I already have the foreclosure on my record if I add bankruptcy that may effect my goals in the future to create a business in real estate.
Also should I get my real estate license to add as a tool to my arsenal belt ? If yes what are the requirements to keep it and what obligations do I have once I have it? Like I don't have to get a real estate job I can keep my currently just have that license kind of like how I got a CDL just another tool to utilize right?
Sorry for the massive-inexperienced-cluster-twilight-graphic-novel-Harry-Potter-book of a post lol.
Thank you for reading this and anyone who has any suggestions of advice I look forward to reading the replies.
So, to be clear. The house was foreclosured on by the lender and sold at Auction? The first thing is to find out if the bank bought it back or a 3rd party bought it. Mostly likely was the bank if no one has contacted you yet. You should stay in the house as long as you can.. The bank will probably contact you and offer you a "Cash for keys" to leave. The process to ratify the foreclosure auction can take several months or longer depending on the county. Why are you thinking of delcaring bankrputcy? If you only have $5k in debt and make $50k a year with no bills that should be paid off in a month or so.
As long as your home is your primary residence the foreclosure will not have any addition impact on your debt.. The bank doesn't have a right to come after you for the deficiency unless it was an investment property.
If I was you I would stay in the house and save your money.. You will not be able to get another goverment insured loan for a couple of years after the foreclosure if ratified.
With regard to flipping houses. It's not something you can just jump into because you have a friend in Real Estate and $20k in cash. It's not as easy as they show on HGTV. Most people lose money on their first flip. I would recommend saving your money for the next couple of years and then buy a house and house hack it.
@Ray Slack Okay this is great news! And yes the house foreclosed and supposedly went to an auction however a few people keep pulling up to the house as investors at first looking to buy it so I told them the issues, then they stopped. The last person to come through to check it out was a real estate agent trying to short sale it I told him I don't know much but my plan was to stay in it as long a possible and save my money I believe he wanted to do a short sale but I just took his card and he left.
This is good news because I have been planning on doing just that and it's just good to hear it from someone. My coworkers want me to file bankruptcy but they don't know what their talking about. The main thing I wanted to know was if they would garnish my wages over a foreclosure on my first FHa loan/house.
It's also good to know that I should just stack my money and wait until I can pay cash for like a duplex and house hack.
So I should continue paying off my debt except the house and then start saving again.
Thank you for the advice and reply really appreciate it!
Talk to the bank and find out if the house was sold at auction or if a short sale is possible. I know you are not risk averse, but you need to do some more research before jumping into things and be patient. Closing on the house despite the repairs not being done is a good example of how this can get you into trouble.
Renting rooms in a house is a great way to get ahead, but don't rent to 'friends'. If they didn't pay their rent, they are not friends, they were freeloaders. You need to say no and stand up for yourself or people will take advantage of you. The seller's did this and your 'friends'. Your agent should never have let you sign off when the repairs weren't done.
Ok - I did some research for you.. The house was sold but the bank is having a problem getting the sale ratified by the judge. The Judge denied the motion to ratify the sale in May. This could mean they did something wrong in the sale process. There is a memo response in the file entered on 6/18/19 that may explain the problem with ratifying the foreclosure sale.
I would suggest you go to the courthouse and pull the file and make copies of the last 2 pages filed in the case.. they will explain the problem with the sale. This may buy you some more time in the house. This is your case number 03C18011884
Oh and just FYI. You had court on 6/4/19 for when you got pulled over for having expired Tags on your Honda Oddessy , and since you didn't show up they suspended your driver's license on 6/6/19.. You should get that cleared up ASAP because if you get pulled over again when your license if suspended they will arrest you.
Wow!!!! Thank you so much for all the information I have no idea how you even did this haha I am shook as well as very very VERY thankful you found this out! I am so amazed Its still taking me a moment to process this , that's the most information I've gotten that was useful Al year!! I can't even begin express how
thankful I am.
First thing Monday I will go to MVA and get my license cleared up even though I am not even driving but still need to get that taken care of!
While I'm out I will stop by the courthouse and see if I can talk to someone about obtaining this documents aswell! I'll get back to you on here and post my findings!
Anytime you need some coffee or lunch it's on me Ray I appreciate everything!!!
Thank you so much for the reply !
You are absolutely right I need to stand up for myself it's one of my weaknesses but your right none of this would have happened if I was more assertive.
I will definitely find out what's going on especially now thanks to Ray for helping me find out what's going on. As soon a I get those documents I should know more. Thank you for the advice!
If you can make copies of the motion to ratify and the judge's order denying it.. Those would be the last 2 papers filed.. if they won't let you make copies take a picture with your cell phone.. Send them (The pictures ) to me as a private message on here and I"ll tell you what it means.
Okay awesome! Thank you so much I am going to go up Monday and make sure I obtain those last 2 pages and get back to you !
Hey Ray I believe I got the documents you requested. I was unsure of how to send pictures messages on here. I also got my license taken care of while at the court house. Again I appreciate all of this information truly!
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