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

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Background – 3Q 2007.  Looking back, August 2007 was a memorable month, filled with good news and bad.  Based upon RMLS™ numbers, it was a statistically impressive month for closed residential transactions in the Portland Metro area.  The bad news was that it was the last such month we were to see. From that point […]

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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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Short Sale Realtors® – First Do The Numbers!

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As a follow-up to my last post on difficult short sales (here), it occurs to me that I should mention the small, but persistent complaint of some seller-clients, who are under the mistaken belief that their Realtor® can and will handle the entire transaction for them.  “Two liens? No problem!  We’ll negotiate everything!”  But in […]

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SB 1552 – Why Don’t The Big Banks Wanna Play? [Part Two]

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“Language and speech are the means by which people communicate with one another.  However, with the Big Banks, their silence conveys the loudest message.”  [Anonymous – sort of.] In Part One, I analyzed the recent Oregonian article, titled: “Lenders not engaging in Oregon foreclosure mediation program.”  The gist of my post addressed the process under […]

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SB 1552 – Why Don’t The Big Banks Wanna Play? [Part One]

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 “It’s one thing to be stubborn when relying on well-reasoned principle; it’s quite another to be stubborn relying on no principle.” Anonymous [Sort of.]    An interesting, though not surprising, article recently appeared in The Oregonian, titled: “Lenders not engaging in Oregon foreclosure mediation program.”  Before discussing what’s behind the banks’ decision, it is necessary […]

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