Sunday, September 21, 2008

New Book Offers Distressed Homeowners Advice for Avoiding Foreclosure Scams

Veteran housing counselors offer consumers information about how to overcome foreclosure, work with lenders, avoid foreclosure scams and more in the new book The American Nightmare. Free downloadable excerpts are now available at http://www.nahrep.org/american_nightmare/foreclosure-options.html.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) September 17, 2008 -- The American Nightmare is a new book by veteran housing counselors Sylvia Alvarez and Walter Walker Jr. that offers distressed homeowners tips and strategies that can help them avoid, survive and overcome foreclosure. Published in partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), free downloadable excerpts of The American Nightmare are available in English and Spanish at www.NAHREP.org and include pointers that will help desperate homeowners from becoming the target of short sale and foreclosure scams.

A link is also provided to purchase the book for $14.95.

Too many panicked homeowners that are looking for ways to save their homes are falling prey to unscrupulous people and foreclosure scams

The American Nightmare Book: Strategies Preventing, Surviving and Overcoming Foreclosure
The American Nightmare Book: Strategies Preventing, Surviving and Overcoming Foreclosure

Unsuspecting homeowners that are frantic for a quick fix to avoid foreclosure are becoming the victims of foreclosure scams that promise to save them from the loss of their homes. Many are paying thousands to thieves disguised as well meaning professionals that offer to repay their mortgage in exchange for the transfer of their deeds. The authors were inspired to write the book after being deluged at the housing agency where they work by people who have fallen prey to these mortgage scams and others. In addition to practical advice about how to avoid foreclosure, negotiate loan modifications or short sales and more, the book educates readers about the clever ways predators are bilking consumers.

FREE downloadable excerpts of the book offer homeowners information about:

- Common predatory lending scams
- Short sale and "flip for profit" scams;
- Equity skimming scams that leave homeowners with more debt and no house;
- Phony counseling agencies;
- How to file a complaint and report mortgage fraud;
- Plus options that homeowners can pursue if they are already in mortgage default.

"Too many panicked homeowners that are looking for ways to save their homes are falling prey to unscrupulous people and foreclosure scams," said Rebecca Gallardo-Serrano, Chairman of NAHREP. "Knowledge is power. The American Nightmare offers homeowners important information about the types of scams out there and how they can protect themselves from predators."

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, a non-profit 501c6 trade association, is dedicated to increasing the homeownership rate among Latinos by educating and empowering the real estate professionals that serve them. Based in Washington D.C., NAHREP is the premier trade organization for Hispanics and has more than 15,500 members in 48 states and 62 affiliate chapters.

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