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PLP-048 Foreclosure Journal: Part 2

PLP 48 | Foreclosure

PLP 48 | Foreclosure


In this second part of the Foreclosure Journal, Keith gives a sneak peak of his private lender academy that is slated to go live in January – what the latest situation is and what steps that must be taken to improve it are. He also gives some updates on the foreclosure process with his house in Port Arthur, offering insights and highlighting what is great about foreclosure.

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PLP-048 Foreclosure Journal: Part 2

I’m going to tease you a little as I have a small announcement I’d like to make about the Private Lender Academy. This episode will be part two of the Foreclosure Journal where I’m going to give you updates on what’s going on in the foreclosure process that I have in a house out in Port Arthur. Unfortunately, I’m running behind schedule. That’s the announcement. The Private Lender Academy does not look like it’s going to be ready to launch in January. I’m still busting my tail to make it happen. I realized that I needed to do a little more research and so I’ve been reaching out to you, the audience and those who have signed up and provided me with your email address. By now, you should have received at least one email from me and I don’t email very much. I hate unnecessary emailing, but I am asking for your help and input to help me shape and create the Private Lender Academy. I want to take my time and deliver a good product. I don’t want to rush something out just because I put a flag in the sand and said I’ll do it by January. That’s the announcement and please stay tuned. You can go to and get on the list so that you’ll be alerted and informed when everything starts to roll out. That’s the grand announcement.

This is going to be part two of the Foreclosure Journal. I’m going to bring everybody up to speed to where we’re at in this. If you’re following along, this isn’t quite in real time, but it’s enough in real time that you’ll notice that several weeks have gone by since I’ve given any updates and what’s happening. On this particular house, we sold it with a first position lien for the purchased price. We’re seller financing it to the end buyer and then he asked if we could roll over his closing costs into the note. I wish I could remember why we didn’t do it all in one, but we did a first lien and second lien. The title company wanted us to do it that way to keep things cleaner. When we go to the attorney to get the letter of default and the intent to accelerate the loan, I and my partner, Landon, cannot find an executed copy of the second lien and deed of trust. First, we went to the title company. However, our escrow agent was no longer at the title company where we closed. In fact, they pretty much shut down after that. We were unable to get the second lien. I liaise with the attorney and asked if we could foreclose on the first lien. It’s the bigger one anyway and it still could get the buyer out and get the property back over into our hands. That’s what we did and we’ve also started to advertise the house again for seller financing.

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The buyer got the hint because now after not paying anything for almost a year, all of a sudden, he says he has money and he’s returning phone calls. This is a positive thing because my goal isn’t to foreclose on people and resell the house even though that is an option for me and my partner. I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to be predatory. I’d rather have somebody stay in the property. We’ve said that we’re willing to negotiate what’s owed if he can come up with a substantial chunk of money. He said he could, the arrears are $6,000 right now. That includes the county taxes, the property taxes that have not been paid and late payments and everything that he still owed us in the first and second liens. We gave the payment instructions and said, “Until we received the money, we’re not going to stop the foreclosure process.” That’s the beautiful thing about it. Once you start the foreclosure, you can stop it anytime. You can stop the steps of the county courthouse, so to speak up until that moment. You can cancel it. That’s our plan of action right now is we’re going to give the 21 days. The letter has gone out. A signed return receipt and also regular mail. Our attorney had process served. There was a signature, we know the borrower got the letter to accelerate notice of default. As of right now, we’re about ready to go to the first Tuesday in December, which is when all Texas property auctions occur. We’re all lined up. If he can pay, great, we’re more than happy.

PLP 48 | Foreclosure

Foreclosure: The beautiful thing about the foreclosure process is that once you start foreclosure, you can stop at anytime.


If he can come up with even half of it, we were willing to extend an olive branch and modify the loan for him and allow him to stay. That’s the decent thing to do. However, if things don’t work out, then we do have the remedies available to us and that remedy is foreclosure. We will continue to go through with it. It is what it is and I used to wrestle with this kind of stuff, but at the end of the day, we held up our end of the contract, the other side didn’t. We’re going to do what the contract allows and we’re going to go get the house and try to go resell it with owner finance again. First, we’re going to try and see if we can get this guy to turn around. That brings us up to speed where we’re at. We’re still in the holding pattern. We’re going to go to the foreclosure auction. We’ll let you know how it goes. I’ll let you know how it goes. That’s going to do it. That’s going to be a pretty short episode. I’d like to ask you to please continue to email your questions to me at Please rate and review. It helps people just like you find this podcast. It spreads the word. Word of mouth is the best advertising. If you could please, I will greatly appreciate it and promote yourself, promote your business and I’ll read it off on the air. If I can help you in any way possible, I’d like to be able to. If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.

Continue to spread the word. Please connect with me on social media. I’m on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, BiggerPockets or I want to say thank you to a listener who left their rating and review. They said the title was fantastic. Expert advice delivered in an entertaining and easy to understand format. Keep up the great work, Keith. Thank you very much. I do appreciate that. Please go over to and sign up for alerts and get on the waiting list. Unfortunately, as you know now, everyone’s going to have to wait a little while longer, but it’ll come out. We’ll get it there. Everyone who has been providing their input and their support and email me. What would you like to see? What type of training would you like to have? I’m looking for Beta testers. I’m more than willing to share training for your input and your time to help me create a good course or membership site or whatever is going to be. I appreciate your input and I want to say thank you again and I wish everybody happy and prosperous lending and investing. I’ll see you in the next episode.

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About the author, Keith Baker

My ultimate goal is to create an economy for Real Estate (and other) Investors where banks are no longer needed. An economy where every day people look to each other for leverage and support. During the day I am an insurance adjuster for the oil field, where I handle millions of dollars of other people's money (OPM), and by night I invest in Real Estate and host this podcast. I hope you have an excellent experience and find real value within this website and the Private Lender Podcast. Please leave comments or submit your questions on the Contact Page.

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