6716 Hooper Ave
This Spacious home in the beautiful North West is bigger than most in its neighborhood. Sits on a large corner lot. Nicely kept formal living and dining areas. Boasts crown molding and two tone paint.Enjoy the sparkling pool & spa. Beautiful brick designed exterior stands out in neighborhood and it wont last long! Priced at 230,000. If interested contact Dana Gradowitz with Exchange Realty. Click the picture above to see the whole slideshow of this house! Photos shot and edited by Joseph Greer.

 
 
If you are thinking of moving to Bakersfield, or just have questions regarding the local real estate market here, contact a Realtor today!
 
 
Renovated with new carpet and paint! This beautiful 2-story is home walking distance to Riverlakes Golf Course. A spacious and open plan. Master bedroom is conveniently located on 1st floor. The master bath boasts 20 tile floors and garden tub. Kitchen has a walk-in pantry, 20'' Tile floors, double oven, built-in tech center-cabinets, and breakfast-bar area. Family room has recessed area for a TV. Maple cabinets throughout home. You'll adore your backyard complete with a pool and stunning rock waterfall. Built in BBQ for entertaining. Price just reduced $20,000! Seller will look at all offers! Hurry, this one will not last long! Asking $234,900.
Don't miss this wonderful home! Huge master bedroom and master bathroom (huge soaking tub, his and her closets and separate vanities). Large kitchen with double ovens. House includes custom built-in entertainment center, 2 fireplaces, lots of windows, mirrored closets in every room, 8 ft doors throughout, 10ft ceilings, big RV lot. Quiet gated neighborhood in the northwest. This is not a short sale or REO, this one is a regular sale. You can have all this for only $299,950!
Gorgeous 5 bedroom 2 3/4 bathroom 2722 sq ft home located in the Stockdale Villas in a quiet cul-de-sac with low maintenance back yard. Must see to appreciate this unbelievable value! This property has been offered at $199,950 and is currently pending.
This home is move in ready! It features 3 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms, new carpet, new paint, hardwood floors, granite, stainless steel appliances, fireplace insert with mantel, large backyard, covered patio, and RV parking. New landscaping in both front and backyard. Currently priced at $149,000.
 
 
Better than the model home! This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Patina 1 floor plan in the four seasons 55+ community is out of this world and has lots of upgrades. Dark hardwood floors, cedar lined closets, upgraded ceiling fans, office, and built in cabinets in the garage to house the washer and dryer. Split wing design with exquisite glass doors closing off two master suites. Features two patios one of which is off the kitchen. A must have at under $200k.
This beautiful new 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home has it all. Located in new Liberty Development at the Seasons! Awesome open 1656 sq ft floor plan with large rooms, fireplace, tile counter tops, open kitchen with large island, finished garage, patio covering, landscaped front and back, tile roof, plus more. Built in 2006 and features include new paint and carpet! Your dream home is waiting at just under $170k, so don't let this opportunity pass you by!
Newer built 1500 sq ft home with cozy 4 bed, 2 bath, split-wing floor plan that gives you privacy. Spacious galley style kitchen and dining area. Loads of storage space in hall linen closet, and beautiful tiled fireplace in living room with tile counter tops throughout. Large walk-in closet in master and both bathrooms complete with shower door enclosures. Includes indoor laundry and finished garage. Also has a huge backyard for entertaining, slab ready for patio cover and pad on side for possible RV parking! New paint and carpet, all for just $140k. Seller will look at all offers! Don't shy away, send your offer today!
 
 
This beautiful home boasts both charm and care all throughout. Features include island stove with grill in the kitchen, built-in cabinets in the formal dining room, cozy fireplace, custom tub and shower combo in the Master, and very lush well-maintained landscape in both front and back, just to name a few! This wonderful home is located in a great Northwest location and listed for only $169,990. Come see for yourself!
Cute condo looks just like new and is just waiting for that special family to move in. Washer and dryer along with fridge all included. Located close to Memorial hospital within a gated community with a pool too! All bedrooms are upstairs. 1 bedroom has a balcony. 1/2 bath is downstairs and has two baths upstairs. Great price at just $69,900!
 
 
This one is an APPROVED short sale! This wonderful Kyle Carter built home in Madison Grove. This 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house boasts over 1500 sq. ft. and is on a huge 9000 sq. ft. lot and includes a great room floor plan with a cozy fireplace with a raised hearth. Master bedroom has private entrance to large covered patio. A steal at only $149,000 and even has true RV parking outside with a nice metal gate.
Bring your picky buyers to this one! This 4 bedroom 2 bathroom with office home is located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Northwest Bakersfield. Tile entry opens into a very spacious great room with high ceilings new 2-tone paint and carpet. Kitchen overlooks the fireplace and also has an island. Recessed lighting and ceiling fans in all of the rooms. Tile counters with white on white appliances and cabinets. The back yard is on a pool sized lot with a patio running the entire length of the house. Listed at $186,900.
This well maintained home is ready for a new family. Located in the Northwest and built in 2006, this 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home has formal living, dining, and a separate family room. Kitchen has stainless steel appliances with lots of storage and an island. Vaulted ceilings within the home and recessed lighting in the kitchen. Split wing design. Master bathroom has a separate tub and shower. Large patio in the back yard is great for those fun BBQs. Asking only $174,900, so come take a look and you will surely want to call this one HOME!

Hard to find large Northwest home at 2500+ sq. ft. 4 bedroom 2.5 bathrooms with a 3 car garage. Large family room with built in entertainment center and stunning fireplace overlooking the sparkling pool with waterfall and large backyard, great for entertaining! Gorgeous kitchen with amazing cabinets, large pantry, gas stove, wine cabinet, trash compactor, and dish washer. Travertine tile floors throughout, and crown molding in family, master, and formal dining rooms. Spacious master bedroom suite with tons of storage in master bathroom and separate master tub and shower, dual vanities, and tile flooring. All these $320,000.
Great Rosedale 3 bedroom 1.75 bathroom home with a den and formal living room. This beautiful home boasts newer carpet, kitchen counters, appliances, paint. Includes a covered patio, nice landscaping, dual AC and master cooler. This one is NOT a REO or Short Sale. Clean as can be, for just $135,000.
Need extra room? This house is for you! Over 2,000 sq. ft. home on a large 11,190 sq. ft. lot with RV parking. Close to Riverwalk, Bakersfield Christian High School, Liberty High School, and CSUB. Includes an office with a beautiful desk and book shelves. Comes with washer, dryer & fridge. Hurry, this ones going fast at $189,500!
Great home located in a desirable area. Includes a formal living room, a den with a fireplace, and a split wing design. Wonderful wood flooring, Berber carpet, pool, and covered patio. This short sale needs a little bit of TLC. Seller is ready to accept offers, so make one today!
 
 
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Throughout Kern County, a person can find dozens, if not hundreds, of houses that are vacant with unkempt lawns or worse.

But behind each of those empty homes is a story. The stories are all different but are filled with drama, hope, pain and they all end the same way.

It's the story of foreclosure.

The process started simply enough. They went to their bank for a modification. Some, such as Rick and Ruth DeAmicis, said they were told to stop making mortgage payments to show hardship. The DeAmicis' spoke to their loan servicing company about their modification. The couple said the company told them to disregard any "default" or "intent to foreclose" letters, because they were computer generated.

Meanwhile, Bakersfield resident Brent Hamaker wasn't told to stop making mortgage payments, but to make reduced payments during a trial period.

However, he got suspicious when a default notice came in the mail encouraging him to make his normal monthly payment to help avoid foreclosure. "So this new discounted price, you could pay that," he said, "But you're taking a risk of being foreclosed, because you're making partial payments."

Hamaker went on to make his full mortgage payments. However the DeAmicis' followed the instructions their lender had given and didn't. Eventually, they got a phone call telling them they didn't qualify for the modification.
"We're like, 'Oh wow!,'" recalled Ruth. "I said, 'What about the missed payments?' and the guy said, 'Well you're in serious default now.'"

Turns out, the bank had already started the foreclosure process. When the DeAmicis' offered to pay the money back they were told it was too late.

"I can understand why many people walk away," said Ruth. "If they're upside down in their loan. It's easier just to do cash for keys, just give it up. Who would want to do this (paperwork)? I wouldn't choose to do this."

It's a complex process that many people will just give up, and our homeowners think that's what the banks are banking on.

"This is the American dream to own your home," said Hamaker, "But you reach a point with all this nonsense you have to go through and you really question yourself, is it really worth it?"

To find out about the modification process, Eyewitness News called several major lenders. When the banks were asked why the foreclosure process started when homeowners were making reduced payments, like they were told, each bank said it wasn't up to them and that it was state guidelines or the investor that determined when foreclosure proceedings began.

"The ultimate thing is they want their money," said Oildale resident Sherry Aal. Ruth said, "I do believe they purposely lead people into default."

Hamaker explained why it's better for the banks to foreclose instead of giving a modification. "We're forced to pay a PMI (Personal Mortgage Insurance), what that does is if I ever default on my loan, the bank files claim with insurance, the bank gets all this money for my loan. Then they auction my house off and they get that money on top of that," he said. "They make more money on foreclosures than they do keeping someone in the home."

Eyewitness News asked the banks about that scenario; all said it wasn't true.

"We look at the trend what's going on," said Ruth. "We'll probably be swept out of our home like everyone else."

To avoid a similar situation, the banks advise homeowners to continue working with their lenders, but caution that foreclosure could be the end result.

 
 
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