Susan Hilton College Station Real Estate

Realtor & Vice President of Sales of Bryan College Station Real Estate

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Susan Hilton College Station Real Estate

Realtor & Vice President of Sales of Bryan College Station Real Estate

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Real Estate Owned – REO – Foreclosures in Bryan College Station

REO stands for Real Estate Owned which is a property that is sent back to the mortgage company after foreclosure. Foreclosure results when an owner fails to make payments on a property. The lending institution is then allowed to put the home or property up for sale in an attempt to make back some of the money lost from the former owner’s failure to pay. Wells Fargo is one of the many lenders that owns foreclosures in Bryan and College Station. Wells Fargo offers a PAS (Premier Asset Services) division to help manage this complicated process.

There are a few steps in getting started. If you have been considering buying a REO home from Wells Fargo, there are a few helpful considerations you should make prior to buying the home.

Get prequalified by calling a Wells Fargo representative. You can find out how much you are able to purchase and will know what types of homes fit your budget. You may get a pre-qualification letter for free. This requires you to fill in your basic financial information and will map out for you how much you are able to spend. All foreclosures owned by Wells Fargo will require the buyer to be prequalified by a Wells Fargo representative even if the purchaser is borrowing money from another lender.

Your local home mortgage consultant should be able to provide you with a preapproval letter. This letter will allow you to bypass delays and other roadblocks to your financing and purchase offer letter. Preapproval letters indicate to buyers Read the rest of this entry »

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Demolition and Renewal: a History of the Plaza Hotel in College Station


Almost every Bryan/College Station resident would admit to driving past the abandoned Plaza Hotel occasionally in their weekly routine, if not daily. The seventeen story concrete shell stands at the intersection of Texas Avenue and University Drive, arguably the two busiest streets in the whole city. And after 6:30am on Thursday, May 24th 2012, this once pivotal structure will be reduced to nothing more than a pile of shattered concrete and useless rubble.

If you’ve driven through the city of College Station in the past few weeks, it’s likely that you’ve noticed the unusual vacancy of the Plaza Hotel. Not that you would be expected to notice a parking lot or diminished business: instead, it is the actual building itself which you would’ve noticed. The windows of various apartments and hotel rooms appear to almost open up to the sky behind the structure. I myself have viewed this spectacle on a few sunset evenings, when the sky behind the Plaza Hotel was painted with the various colors of sunset, the different tones of orange, pink, or Easter purple leaking through the hollowed frame of the seventeen story structure. It’s more than evident then, peering up through the cracks in the concrete frame, to understand how completely abandoned the Plaza Hotel had become. And to hear now that the building will be imploded this upcoming Thursday, you might not be entirely surprised.

But how did this pivotal structure, the hotel that has had such a powerful presence in the history of our growing city, come to such an abrupt end? In such instances as this, it is sometimes important to understand the buildings past in order to appreciate the present circumstances.

What we know today as the Plaza Hotel actually began as a Ramada Inn, the first foundations of which were laid in the late 1950s. Joe Ferreri, the constructor of the Ramada Inn, was approached in the 1950s by Earl Rudder of Texas A&M. Attracted to Ferreri’s success as a drive-inn restaurant owner, Rudder approached Joe with the proposition to construct a badly needed hotel on the Corner of Texas Avenue and University. After appearing hesitant about the project due to his lack of experience in the hotel industry, Rudder encouraged him forward, getting the young businessman to wonder how much different it could be than the food industry.

So Joe began to build. By 1960 the Ramada Inn opened, looking far different than the Plaza Hotel that we know today. The Ramada had been a quaint, two story Inn with an Olympic swimming pool, faculty club, banquet hall, and just over 150 rooms. But this quiet corner served as a focal point for the College Station and Texas A&M community.

The Ramada Inn had immediate success and was consistently pushed to over 90% of its overall capacity. In fact, the hotel had such great business that Ferreri was pressed to expand. In 1980 he began the construction of a new high-rise for his Hotel, and in just one year an additional seventeen story tower was built: making the shell of the structure that you see today.

But despite the initial success of Ferreri’s expanded hotel and the overall consistent business he was receiving from the community at large, only a few years after the construction of the Hotel’s new high-rise, Joe Ferreri was forced to sell the Ramada Inn. In the early 1980s there was a major economic recession, much like the most recent economic events of the late 21st Century. Rising interest rates on the debts incurred from Ferreri’s construction, along with the overall state of the economy and slowing business, forced Ferreri out of his prized construction. The result was a loss of over 32 million dollars in assets and personal funds. Ferreri was left only with his home, a single car, and his family.

Since then what began as the Ramada Inn has switched ownership several times, becoming most recently what it is known as today: the Plaza Hotel. And it would appear that a similar fate befell the success of the Plaza Hotel’s business, the inevitable slip to bankruptcy that caused the hotel to close its doors for the last time in 2010.

Unfortunately, the story does not end there. After the abandonment of the Plaza Hotel, the twelve acre site of prime real-estate has become a hot-spot for crime, vandalism, and drug use. Criminals have been simply unable to avoid the alluring pull of an abandoned, seventeen story shelter full of furniture, walls, and glass. Security has been gradually increasing over the past few months, but authorities have become hard-pressed for the funds to support the coverage of such a broad area when the use of civil authorities is generally looked for elsewhere. So what is the result? Demolition.

The demolition project has been delegated to the local Civil Engineering Company, Mitchell and Morgan. Veronica Morgan is the lead Civil Engineer in charge of the implosion, which is currently set to occur around 6:30am this Thursday, the 24th of May. The event will be free and open to the public. Veronica Morgan herself hopes the implosion “will be an event for the community.” Many are certainly looking forward to the removal of the towering Plaza Hotel, which has been described by as an ‘eyesore’ to the community at large.

While future construction in the Plaza Hotel area is still unclear (there has been speculation about student housing, shopping/eating centers, night clubs, etc.), it is obvious and in popular demand that the archaic, outdated shell of the 1960s Ramada Inn be destroyed and replaced with a more aesthetically appealing structure. While the overall value of the land has decreased 28.7% from 2008 to 2010, it is still located in a prime location with an excellent promise of prosperous business. The city allegedly has had multiple propositions processed over the past several months, and the entire community is excited to find out what the future will hold.

PS – Susan Hilton is Bryan College Station, Texas’ real estate specialist in foreclosure sales and real estate agent career building so if you need help – CALL! 979-219-3970

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Using HomePath to Purchase Foreclosed Real Estate

There is no great wonder regarding the effects of the nation’s latest mortgage crisis both in Bryan College Station, Texas and the nation as a whole. Loans were left unpaid, and homes were abandoned as banks and the government foreclosed on them. The question is: what became of all those homes that various banks confiscated? With all the lost finances and the economic downturn, there has got to be a stockpile of these homes just waiting to enter the market at steal prices. Fortunately enough for Realtors and home-buyers, even those in the Brazos Valley, there is such a stockpile. And, through a new program instigated by the great mortgage giant Fannie Mae, these homes are now available for inspection and purchase online.
That’s right. As if the web wasn’t growing fast enough, now prospective home-buyers can evaluate and even place offers on homes via the world wide web (through a licensed Realtor, of course). But first, let’s consider Fannie Mae and how this program came to be.

Fannie Mae is in fact the largest lender throughout the United States. And the current exponential growth of their real estate ownership is primarily due to the incredible number of recent foreclosures. It is a reality of the market that when a bank forecloses on a house, businesses like Fannie Mae stoop in to relieve the Bank of their loss, while turning a small profit of their own in return. However, with the drastic quantity Read the rest of this entry »

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Short Sales – What Kind Of Affect Will It Have On Me Now And In The Future

Short SaleIf you are living in an area that has many “Short Sale” home sales occurring (and foreclosures) this is certainly affecting the value of your Real Estate. When there is a “Short Sale” the lien holders allow the owners to sell their home for less than what is owed and in many cases for less than current market value. As you can imagine this lowers the market value. During this process the market value will be driven lower. This will continue until the Foreclosure Sales  and Short Sales taper off.

If you own a home and have made a decision to go through with a “Short Sale” there are some important things you need to know.

These are all questions that can be answered by me or I will direct you on.

Another issue is the credit that is affected during a “Short Sale”. If a “Short Sale” is negotiated but a delinquency is reported, the credit would be affected approximately 50-140 points. The score will also depend on the amount of late or non-payments made before the close of escrow. When a home is foreclosed on the credit would be affected approximately 150-300 points and this will stay on the public record for 7 years or more.  To find more information on Foreclosure vs. Short Sale in regards to future loan potential, credit history, credit score, current employment, security clearances and future employment visit the Certified Distressed Property Expert at

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After a Foreclosure How Long Do I Have to Wait to Purchase Again?

After a foreclosure in Bryan/College Station, Tx how long do you have to wait before you buy another home using Fannie Mae’s money?  Wait…. did you ever borrow money from Fannie Mae in the beginning? Who is this Fannie Mae?

After a foreclosure Fannie Mae is telling us that you will normally have to wait 7 years before you can purchase another home using money from Fannie Mae. (See chart) Of course if there are extenuating circumstances (who knows what those could be) you could possibly get another loan in 3 years with additional requirements.

With a Short Sale the wait is substantially shorter!

Fannie Mae is a private institution that is federally backed. (seems kind of screwed up doesn’t it!)  They are the LARGEST originator of home loans in the country so you really don’t want to rule them out as potential lenders.

If you have questions about which is better for you – Short Sale or Foreclosure or if you are behind in your house payments or just need to sell – CALL ME!




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