The much anticipated rebate checks start going out today. In fact, over the next few weeks $110 billion will be sent out to the American public. This week, only electronic deposits will occur with paper checks being sent out later. There seems to be a contingency of people who believe that this is enough to [...]
I’ve been reading many articles talking about those that are currently “walking away” from their homes. It is now common knowledge that some people are intentionally walking away from their mortgage commitments. When we talk about walking away, we are talking about a very specific group that can pay but is choosing not to do [...]
Someone sent me an e-mail with a graph of the difference between past and current mortgage lending. I decided to spruce up the diagram to give you a better idea of how many additional layers have been added to the current mortgage lending process. What you’ll notice is the detachment from the actual real estate [...]
Retire Extremely Early: Dollar Cost Averaging and Maintaining a Positive Attitude in Tough Economic Times.
During trying times I think it is very easy for many to get pessimistic with all the negative news and let their ultimate goals slip away. Simple rules to live by include keeping debt to the lowest level possible and having clear cut goals of where you want to be in 5, 10, and even [...]
California Median Home Price, $373,000: Maximum federal government loan limit of $729,500. Does that Make Sense?
One of the flip sides of the major reversal in housing fortune is how quickly the market deteriorated. As many of you know, the new federal government loan limit enacted in March of this year raising loan caps to a new $729,500 ceiling was designed to help jolt the market in higher priced areas including [...]
California Mortgage Rates Still High: Examining Actual Mortgage Products in Today’s Market and the Family Budget Impact.
As the housing market continues to slump forward, there are many unintended consequences cropping up all over the country. For one, the intent of the Federal Reserve to inject liquidity into the markets was to bring back confidence in an environment that is cautious about credit. As we are approaching another 1 percent interest rate [...]
Money Markets, CDs, 401ks, and Savings Accounts that Lose Against Inflation: A Society that Punishes Savers.
One of the unintended consequences of this housing market is the punishment conservative savers are taking. Last month we had the rather astonishing release of data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics telling us for the month, that inflation was at 0 percent. As disconnected as this is from reality, there is a reason [...]
Yesterday UBS AG said it would write down a staggering $19 billion on assets connected to mortgage assets. The figure is staggering yet the market rallied nearly 400 points on this news. Have we reached a turning point where writedowns simply do not matter? This figure was the largest since the writedowns started last year. [...]