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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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HAMP, HARP, and Harpster

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My fondness for alliterations compels the title.  I could not resist.  The purpose of this post is to welcome Lake Oswego attorney extraordinaire, Kelly Harpster, to the blogosphere – that vast otherworld known as the Internet, where one can accomplish two respectable goals:  (a) Sharing important information on self-selected topics, and (b) doing so through […]

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Belial Bank’s 2012 Holiday Planning Meeting

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Following a rough and tumble year in the banking industry, Belial Bank’s feckless fearless leader, B.L. Zebub, believes it is high time to bring some levity and loyalty to the lowly troops who have been tirelessly foreclosing all the Beleaguered Borrowers they may have missed the first and second time around.  Mostly, however, B.L. is […]

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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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Will The Mortgage Forgiveness Law Be Extended?

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Background. In 2007 Congress passed the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act.  The gist of the law is that for those taxpayers who have had debt cancelled as the result of a principal write-down, short sale, deed-in-lieu, or foreclosure, the ordinary income tax that would normally be assessed is forgiven. There are two primary qualifications: (a) […]

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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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Real Estate Brokerage Claims Evaluation – Part One

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[Note: These are my opinions alone and are not meant to supersede or replace any company’s existing policy, which may differ for various reasons.  Nor are they intended to act as a substitute for prompt consultation with the company’s own legal counsel for instruction, advice and direction.  In all cases, managing principal brokers[1] are encouraged […]

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Realtor Alert – Short Sale Fraud

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Introduction. Recently there have been some anecdotal reports that real estate licensees, presumably with the knowledge and consent of sellers and buyers, have engaged in some practices that could be regarded, at best, as “sketchy.” Here is the issue: In some short sale transactions, there have been apparent instances of brokers not submitting repair addenda […]

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Strategic Default – Five Years Later

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“Some borrowers default because they no longer possess the ability to repay their mortgage loans. However, there is a group of borrowers who may continue to possess the ability to repay but who elect to default for strategic reasons. These borrowers are commonly referred to as “strategic defaulters.” For purposes of this report, strategic defaulters […]

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Big Bank Money Clients: Drug Dealers and Terrorists?

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Federal Reserve: “Bank Secrecy Act and Money Laundering – Money Laundering involves transactions intended to disguise the true source of funds; disguise the ultimate disposition of the funds; eliminate any audit trail and make it appear as though the funds came through legitimate sources; and evade income taxes. Money laundering erodes the integrity of a nation’s financial […]

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