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Hi, there, my name is Jerry Gerritsen from Tabea Law. Today we’re going to talk about green cards and how long that they’re valid for. So once you go through the process of getting a green card, of course, the official name is permanent residence or legal permanent residence LPR. And this allows you to stay in the country normally. Generally it’s for 10 years, so a green card will be valid for 10 years. There’s also a conditional green card that brings only valid for two years, and then you can renew same thing for the general green card. After 10 years, you can renew. And the issue comes in typically with renewals, is that people who wait too long and remember, especially with COVID 19 right now, the system’s back up and everything takes longer. You can expect, even for a renewal, nine to six to nine to 12 months. For a renewal so you don’t want to do is have your green card expire after 10 years and then have to apply. Yeah, it’s just not a good thing. And so I always recommend to my clients that go ahead and extend that green card at least a year, maybe even a year and a half prior to its expiration, maybe a couple of years. Right. So that there’s no issues, no problems at all. There is a grace period in there. Once you do, let’s just say you do it in the last three months, so you’re not going to get that green card. There is a grace period and they do look kindly. Have the USCIS officials look kindly on folks that did at least file for an extension before it expired? However, you can still run the issues. It’s always better to do it way ahead of time and have it keep that green card from expiring, of course. The alternative there to it to extending your green card is to just go ahead and get your citizenship and become an American citizen, and this is not an option for some. Some don’t want to do that for whatever reason, but for a lot of folks, they do. Of course, there’s a lot of privileges that come with being an American citizen opposed from just having a mere LPR status or green card status. Of course you, as an American citizen, you can vote, right? And there’s other benefits so that process can be done generally in the same amount of time as an extension. So you’re looking at either six, nine, 12 months, but instead of extending and then having to extend it again another 10 years, if you’re done, you’re getting your citizenship in your hair, you don’t have to worry about extensions anymore. So anyways, that’s it for today about green cards and citizenship. You guys have a great day. We’ll talk to you next hour. Thank you so much.

German Translation:

Hallo, mein Name ist Jerry Gerritsen von Tabea Law. Heute werden wir über Green Cards sprechen und wie lange sie gültig sind. Sobald Sie also eine Green Card erhalten haben, lautet der offizielle Name natürlich Dauerwohnsitz oder legaler ständiger Wohnsitz LPR. Und so können Sie normal im Land bleiben. Im Allgemeinen dauert es 10 Jahre, sodass eine Green Card 10 Jahre gültig ist. Es gibt auch eine bedingte Green Card, die nur zwei Jahre gültig ist, und dann können Sie dasselbe für die allgemeine Green Card erneuern. Nach 10 Jahren können Sie verlängern. Und das Problem tritt normalerweise bei Verlängerungen auf, dass Menschen, die zu lange warten und sich daran erinnern, insbesondere bei COVID 19 gerade, das System sichern und alles länger dauert. Selbst für eine Verlängerung können Sie mit neun bis sechs bis neun bis zwölf Monaten rechnen. Für eine Verlängerung, die Sie nicht möchten, läuft Ihre Green Card nach 10 Jahren ab und müssen dann einen Antrag stellen. Ja, es ist einfach keine gute Sache. Daher empfehle ich meinen Kunden immer, diese Green Card mindestens ein Jahr, vielleicht sogar anderthalb Jahre vor ihrem Ablauf, vielleicht ein paar Jahre, zu verlängern. Richtig. Damit es keine Probleme gibt, überhaupt keine Probleme. Es gibt eine Schonfrist. Wenn Sie dies getan haben, sagen wir einfach, dass Sie es in den letzten drei Monaten tun, damit Sie diese Green Card nicht erhalten. Es gibt eine Schonfrist und sie sehen freundlich aus. Haben die USCIS-Beamten freundlich Leute angeschaut, die zumindest eine Verlängerung angestellt haben, bevor sie abgelaufen ist? Sie können die Probleme jedoch weiterhin ausführen. Es ist immer besser, dies weit im Voraus zu tun und natürlich zu verhindern, dass die Green Card ausläuft. Die Alternative zur Verlängerung Ihrer Green Card besteht darin, einfach Ihre Staatsbürgerschaft zu erwerben und amerikanischer Staatsbürger zu werden, und dies ist für einige keine Option. Manche wollen das aus irgendeinem Grund nicht tun, aber für viele Leute tun sie es. Natürlich gibt es viele Privilegien, ein amerikanischer Staatsbürger zu sein, anstatt nur einen LPR-Status oder einen Green Card-Status zu haben. Natürlich können Sie als amerikanischer Staatsbürger wählen, oder? Und es gibt noch andere Vorteile, sodass der Prozess im Allgemeinen in derselben Zeit wie eine Verlängerung durchgeführt werden kann. Sie sehen sich also entweder sechs, neun, zwölf Monate an, aber anstatt sie zu verlängern und dann um weitere 10 Jahre zu verlängern, müssen Sie sich keine Sorgen mehr um Verlängerungen machen, wenn Sie fertig sind, Ihre Staatsbürgerschaft in Ihren Haaren haben. Wie auch immer, das ist es für heute um Green Cards und Staatsbürgerschaft. Ihr habt einen schönen Tag. Nächste Stunde sprechen wir mit dir. Ich danke dir sehr.

Spanish Translation:

Hola, me llamo Jerry Gerritsen de Tabea Law. Hoy vamos a hablar sobre las tarjetas verdes y por cuánto tiempo son válidas. Así que una vez que pasa por el proceso de obtener una tarjeta verde, por supuesto, el nombre oficial es residencia permanente o residencia permanente legal LPR. Y esto te permite permanecer en el país con normalidad. Por lo general, es por 10 años, por lo que una tarjeta verde tendrá una validez de 10 años. También hay una tarjeta verde condicional que solo tiene una validez de dos años, y luego puede renovar lo mismo para la tarjeta verde general. Después de 10 años, puedes renovarlo. Y el problema suele surgido con las renovaciones, es que las personas que esperan demasiado y recuerdan, especialmente con COVID 19 en este momento, el sistema vuelve a estar funcionando y todo lleva más tiempo. Puede esperar, incluso para una renovación, de nueve a seis a nueve a 12 meses. Para una renovación que no desea hacer es hacer que su tarjeta de residencia caduque después de 10 años y luego tenga que solicitarla. Sí, simplemente no es algo bueno. Por lo tanto, siempre recomiendo a mis clientes que sigan adelante y extiendan esa tarjeta verde al menos un año, tal vez incluso un año y medio antes de su vencimiento, tal vez un par de años. ¿Correcto? Para que no haya problemas ni problemas en absoluto. Hay un período de gracia ahí dentro. Una vez que lo haga, digamos que lo hace en los últimos tres meses, para que no obtenga esa tarjeta verde. Hay un período de gracia y se ven amables. ¿Los funcionarios del USCIS han mirado amablemente a las personas que al menos presentaron una prórroga antes de que expirara? Sin embargo, aún puede ejecutar los problemas. Siempre es mejor hacerlo con anticipación y evitar que esa tarjeta verde venza, por supuesto. La alternativa a extender su tarjeta de residencia es simplemente seguir adelante y obtener su ciudadanía y convertirse en ciudadano estadounidense, y esta no es una opción para algunos. Algunos no quieren hacerlo por cualquier motivo, pero para mucha gente, sí. Por supuesto, hay muchos privilegios que vienen con ser un ciudadano estadounidense que se opone a tener un mero estatus de LPR o estatus de tarjeta verde. Por supuesto, usted, como ciudadano estadounidense, puede votar, ¿verdad? Y hay otros beneficios para que el proceso se pueda realizar generalmente en el mismo período de tiempo que una prórroga. Así que estás pensando en seis, nueve, 12 meses, pero en lugar de extenderlo y luego tener que extenderlo de nuevo otros 10 años, si terminas, te estás poniendo la ciudadanía en el pelo, ya no tienes que preocuparte por las extensiones. De todos modos, eso es todo por hoy en cuanto a las tarjetas verdes y la ciudadanía. Que paséis un buen día. Hablaremos la próxima hora. Muchísimas gracias.

The Impending Summer of Fear

Well, the Covid nightmare is coming to an end; however, the housing nightmare may just be starting. As an REO specialist, I speak with banks all of the time, and the word on the street is: once the moratoriums are lifted, a flood of foreclosures will hit the market, and artificially high home prices across the county will plummet.

So, people are fearful this summer. Homeowners who have not been paying their monthly mortgages and renters who have stopped paying rent, wonder when the hammer will come down. Others who are strategizing their home and investment options want to make the right decision and not get caught in a falling market.

Timing is the key; the adage “buy low and sell high” will likely ring very loud in the impending months ahead. Most banks I talk to today believe the housing market will collapse after the peak Summer selling months are over; some think closer to the end of the year. All believe it depends on how long the moratoriums last and if their current policy of eternal moratoriums will finally end or not. I am telling all of my buyers to wait until the end of the year to buy after the crash. My sellers, I tell them that July will likely be the peak or the high mark of this current seller’s market. Don’t fear, do your homework, and time your decisions wisely!

Ten Things That REO Asset Managers Hate! 10. BOM’s


I said BOM, not bomb as in an explosion or a very long pass in football. Asset managers (AM’s) hate BOM’s or properties that fall out of escrow and are referred to in the industry as “back on the market.” Of course, it’s not just AM’s that hate BOM’s; everyone does. A lot of work and thought goes into the offer and acceptance process. When there is an acceptance, the parties are generally happy and have reasonable expectations that the deal will close. However, two major obstacles need to be overcome before the deal can be consummated.


The first obstacle is financing. Most deals are contingent on the buyer applying for and getting funding for the purchase. If the buyer cannot qualify for the deal, she can pay all cash and close. However, that seldom happens because most people lack the normally hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash; that is why they are getting a home loan in the first place.
The second obstacle is the home inspection contingency. Most deals allow the buyer to do a home inspection of the subject property. Some states have parties negotiate terms after the home inspection. In contrast, other states have a two-step process wherein the original contract, the parties pre-inspection determine an amount the seller will pay for any repairs needed, and then after the inspection, a new round of negotiations occur where the pre-inspection repair amount will be honored or increased based on the findings of the home inspection.


So you see that a lot can go wrong before the deal actually closes. This is why many REO companies or banks require all-cash and an “as is” clause in the contract. They are trying to lessen the chance for a deal to BOM by taking away two of the major reasons property falls out of escrow. However, these terms are not very practical for higher-end properties where the amount of people that can pay all cash is greatly diminished. Or in times where real estate values are down, and inventories are high, buyers may be scared away from “as is” deals, thinking the seller is trying to hide something and there are so many other properties on the market, they don’t need to fool with it.


Probably the best solution to keep your AM’s happy and not put them through an agonizing BOM is to make sure the buyer is well-qualified (pre-approved, not merely pre-qualified) for the loan and that any issues regarding the property are fully disclosed up front and known by the buyer. This should minimize buyers’ rejection of a loan in the middle of an escrow and an unfortunate surprise of discovery during the home inspection. Therefore, your deal will consistently close, and everybody is happy!

My 20-year odyssey, from on-line schools to Attorney!

Jeremiah 33:3“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Concord Law School Graduation, Los Angeles, California, 2009.

Born in Whittier, California, Jerry took over the family business (a small construction company) at a young age and successfully ran it for years before relocating to the Gulf Coast. During that same period, he sold real estate in the Los Angeles market by day and went to law school at night, graduating with Moot Court honors (JD).

He now lives in the Gulf Coast area, specializing in the luxury residential real estate market. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a Master’s degree in business administration (MBA), he launched a successful local boutique luxury real estate company to offer his expertise and unique skills to the local Gulf Coast community.

On a personal level, Jerry enjoys travel, the symphony, tennis, soccer, Church-related activities, and family events. He looks forward to serving his clients and making the Gulf Coast a better place to visit and live! 

Update: On January 8th, 2021, California released the results for the October 2020 California bar exam. Jerry’s name was on the pass list, which completed a 20-year odyssey that began with the University of Phoenix (UOP) and ended with the announcement of a passing score on one of the most difficult bar exams in the country.  

Growing up in California, working with his Dad in the family construction business, Jerry never imagined that he would be an attorney, practicing law one day. However, after taking over the family business and running it for a while, Jerry decided that he wanted to do something different. At first, he wanted to get an MBA from a major university and move ahead in some kind of career in business. But, running a business and supporting a family, he could not just drop everything and go to school. In August 2001, yes, just 2 weeks before 9-11, Jerry enrolled in an online school (UOP) to get his BS in Business Administration. This would be the first step in earning an MBA from a major university. 

Just 3 years later, Jerry graduated early from UOP with honors. Now, he could go after the big prize he was seeking all along, an MBA from a major university. In 2004, he applied to both UCLA and USC and got onto the waitlist for UCLA. However, ultimately he did not get in either school. Jerry never took junior high and high school seriously, believing that he would never pursue education as he was slated to take over the family construction business and run it for the rest of his life. His grades from that period reflected this, and although he graduated from high school, the academics were lacking. Therefore, it wasn’t easy to get into a major university.

Not deterred, Jerry decided to reapply to both colleges the very next year, only to be denied again from both schools. Then, Jerry saw an ad from Concord law school, and the rest was history. He enrolled in the online law school in 2005 and graduated in 2009 with Moot court honors. Jerry never thought about being a lawyer, but when he hit a wall in 2005, the idea of practicing law intrigued him. Over the course of the 4-year online degree, Jerry absolutely fell in love with the law.

After graduating from law school, Jerry sat for his first bar exam (July- 2009). He did not get the results until November of that year, and by that time, the country’s financial and housing collapse was in free fall. Jerry’s family business was a causality of this crisis. The results in November were also negative; this gave rise to a new opportunity. Jerry’s wife is from Mobile, Alabama, and Jerry fell in love with the South, and from the time the two were married (Thanksgiving, 1999), they both wanted to relocate to the South. However, with Jerry’s family business in California, it did not seem that this dream of moving to the South would ever be fulfilled. Of course, when the business failed in 2009, nothing was keeping him in California anymore. Thus, on December 25, 2009, the family (now a family of 8-Mom and Dad with 6 kids) moved South.

It was a struggle for a few years in Alabama. One of Jerry’s bright lights was the privilege and opportunity to sit for the California bar exam (CBX) and finish what he started in law school, get his license to practice law. At this time (2011), they were living in Mississippi (right over the border from Alabama) when Jerry flew out to California to sit for the CBX for the second time. Although the experience and excitement of re-engaging the law were spectacular, the result was not, although the score did improve from the first try.

Later that year, Jerry was accepted into the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) for a roughly 2-year executive MBA program. Finally, he got into a major university and was poised to fulfill his original dream of getting an MBA from a major university. The difference between now and 2004 and 2005, applying to the California schools was a law degree. This likely pushed him over the finish line as far as getting into a big school. Jerry graduated in 2013 From Alabama and had fulfilled the dream!

But now, he still had unfinished business with his law aspirations, a license to practice law. Concord law school is not an ABA law school, which means the only bar exam Jerry qualified to take was in California. Thus, before he could sit for any other state’s bar exam, he first must pass the CBX. Therefore, in 2017, he flew out to California again to sit for the third time. Although the score was much improved, the results were again negative.

In 2019, Jerry and his family (now 9 kids) took a trip to California to see family and friends and sit for the CBX for the 4th time. Instead of flying to California with 9 kids, they took the family van (commercial grade 15 seaters) and drove over 3,000 miles to the Golden state. Well, although we had a blast seeing the family and friends again, I found out in May that again I was unsuccessful in taking the CBX, and the score was actually lower than my last attempt.

So, in 2020, I focused on building my current business (real estate) and was resigned to put the law dream on hold for a while. Then, in March of last year, COVID-19 hit, and everything change. Now, my new business (real estate instead of construction) was threatened, and the future was uncertain. But, not wanting another crisis to go to waste, the CBX again bounced up on my radar. So, I took 5 months and every free second, between running a real estate company and raising 9 kids, to study at finally fulfill my dream to become an attorney. Because of COVID-19, the exam, normally administered in July, was moved to September, then to October, gave examinees the option to take the exam online, at home if they choose to. Well, this was a boon to me because now I did not have to fly to California and sit in a room of 600 plus nervous test-takers to try for the 5th time to pass the CBX. Not only that, but they rearranged the format of the test and dropped the passing score by 50 points. I had a real wind at my back, and after taking the exam in October, I felt confident that I passed. But, again, the long wait (from October 5-6, 2020 to January 8, 2021), all the doubts and negativity set in, so by the time the results came in, I was convinced that I failed again and was not sure if I would ever try again. Then, at 8 PM (central time) last Friday, the results were out; I PASSED, and I was, of course, ecstatic. Finally, after 20 years, both the MBA and the law dream came true!   

Jerry ran a family business by day and went to law school at night, graduating with Moot Court honors (JD). He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) in 2013. In October 2020, Jerry sat and passed the California Bar Exam and will be sworn-in, January 2021 to practice law as an attorney.