A few months back, I bought a MacBook Pro. I’ had owned Apple computers in the past. In fact, that very first computer I owned was a Macintosh. I had to insert floppy disks in order to use Microsoft Word. Do you remember those days? About ten years ago, my friend convinced me to migrate to Windows. And, here I am back at Apple again.
It was a rocky change over this time around. Not because the computer is difficult to use, but more because of how the data migrated from the Dell to the Mac. I’ve also had my fair share of difficulties with our ability to access the local MLS via Mac.
But perhaps the thing that has frustrated me the most is the new Office for Mac 2011. When I purchased the computer, the promised a free upgrade to Office for Mac 2011 when it became available a few weeks back. I had to jump through about 67 hoops in order to get the upgrade (which I was pretty excited about because it comes with Outlook). Before this time, Outlook did not exist for the Mac.
So, I spent a whole afternoon downloading the Outlook program and configuring my email. It was only when I had completed that task that I realized that Outlook does not currently sync with the iPhone. What? Are they kidding? Maybe I need to press a magic button that I just do not see.
Unfortunately, after a bit of research, I was able to learn that an Outlook calendar sync with the iPhone is in the works with no specific release dates yet. Seems like adding that component would have been a no brainer and maybe something that should have been considered before offering this program for sale.
But then it also seems like a no brainer that the banks would prefer a short sale to a foreclosure. Yet the percentage of properties in foreclosure that actually go to auction in San Diego County has increased this year.
Why is that? Well, I think that there are lots of reasons. First, the folks who began attempting those HAMP loan modifications in 2009 are probably learning that they do not qualify just about now. Or perhaps the modification trial period is complete, and now the borrower does not like the banks permanent modification offer. Also, Fannie Mae recently announced that it is getting tired of servicers who languish too long and do not foreclose. So Fannie Mae servicers probably do not want to be penalized financially for non-compliance.
I wouldn’t want to be a mortgage servicer right now. Heck, I wouldn’t want to work for Microsoft right now either. Bill Gates is probably getting lots of complaints about the Outlook issue. But not from me, since I’ve reverted to Entourage until he works out the kinks. Hopefully, the Outlook debacle will be resolved before my next short sale closes escrow.Photo: Flickr cc by kyz