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The CFPB – Spawn of Frankendodd

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It is no secret that my regard for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“the CFPB”) is akin to my regard for Bubonic Plague; they both grow exponentially, can be difficult to eradicate – and they both come from rats.  For background about this regulatory Leviathon, see my rants posts here and here.

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2013 Short Sale FAQs [Part One]

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The local and national real estate markets have been on the ropes for five years. The third quarter of 2007 was the statistical peak for housing prices in the Portland-Metro area.  From that point forward, the real estate market went into a downward spiral from which it has never fully recovered.  However, the third quarter […]

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The Real Story Behind Justice’s Decision to Sue S&P

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Regrettably, I cannot disclose the source that provided me with this purloined post. ~ PCQ Lead Chief Counsel:  “OK, everyone, I think we’re ready to start.  You were emailed the agenda last week, so there should be no surprise what today’s topic is: How to convince the American public that we have the cajones to go […]

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JPMorgan Chase’s Venture Back Into The Private Label Secondary Market

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“Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.”  Adapted from quote by George Santayana (1863-1952) Well, well, well. According to a recent article in Bloomberg.com, it appears that JPMorgan Chase is going to try skating across the frozen private label pond once again.  For those with any recollection of what caused the collapse of the […]

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2013 Fiscal Cliff Legislation And Its Impact On The Real Estate Industry

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If  the politicians in Washington today were instead the CEOs of private industry, they’d all have been fired by now.”  Anonymous [sort of] Introduction. At the end of 2012 we all went over the Fiscal Cliff like Wile E. Coyote.  But unlike Wile E., we were able to grab a hold of a small scraggly branch on […]

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Big Banks: The Illusion of Strength

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“I don’t care about being strong; I just want to look strong.” [Heard in the gym from a steroid-infused bodybuilder]    This statement could have been quietly uttered by any number of CEOs and CFOs today when speaking privately about their Big Banks.  In an interesting Bloomberg article [“Breaking Up Banks Is Hard With Traders […]

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Portland Metro Housing Prices – The Last Five Years [Part Two]

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This is the second installment of my article looking back over the past five years at Portland housing statistics.  Part One examined the real reason for the housing crisis which officially commenced in 3Q 2007, and looked at the historic numbers for average and median (i.e. “mean”) sale prices according to the RMLS™. The link […]

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Ratings Agencies Get Their Comeuppance – They’ve Been Downgraded! [Part One]

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Even the most heinous of financial crimes are usually – if not always – the bi-product of willing participants.  Admittedly, there may be only one “evil genius” in the mold of Bernie Madoff, but invariably there are many willing enablers.  These are the peripheral players to whom we might contribute some degree of culpability or […]

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Belial Bank Discusses Principal Write-Downs

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Following the National Mortgage Settlement, B.L. Zebub, Belial Bank’s once fearless leader, is waffling on whether to jump into the fray, and start writing down the mortgage balances for his Beleaguered Borrowers.  Not that the milk of human kindness flows through his icy veins – he’s just trying to figure out an “angle” so he […]

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Citibank’s $158.3M Settlement With Feds…Just Banks Being Banks

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“This case demonstrates that the notion that the bailed-out banks have somehow found God and have reformed their ways in the aftermath of the financial crisis is pure myth,” Neil Barofsky, former special inspector general of the Troubled Asset Relief Program. There’s an interesting story on the May 30, 2012 Bloomberg website.  It involves Sherry […]

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