Friday, October 31, 2008

Barney Frank, Part II

Barney "I tawt I taw a putie tat" Frank, United States Rep, Mass (D)

Shameless posturing in preparation for the voting on Tuesday.

2008-10-31: Rep. Frank: bailout funds must be used for lending
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Companies receiving public money under a U.S. government financial rescue program must use it for lending or they will be violating the law, the powerful chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee said on Friday.

"I am deeply disappointed that a number of financial institutions are distorting the legislation that Congress passed at the president's request to respond to the credit crisis by making funds available for increased lending," Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, said in a statement.

"Any use of the these funds for any purpose other than lending -- for bonuses, for severance pay, for dividends, for acquisitions of other institutions, etc. -- is a violation of the terms of the Act," he added.

Rebuttal at Market Ticker: Heh Barney Fife!

: Herald readers put blame on Barney Frank

Vote this stupid son-of-a-bitch out of office.

Video of Barney Frank clearly stating that he sees no evidence of safety of soundness issues in a report on Freddie Mac HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM YOUTUBE!!!
If somebody has access to the video, let me know where it is.
This one is back up:
Democrats Covering up the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Economic Crisis

Here is an alternate video showingt the Democrat Coverup:
>>> Democrats Covering up the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac <<<

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

FDIC & Treasury

FDIC & US Treasury

Ok, so lets do some remedial math.
3,000,000 house debtors
Cost: $50 Billion

Cost per household : $50B / 3,000,000 = $16,000
So they are trying to say that bailing out 3 million households will only cost an average of $16K per household. Lets try some other calculations.

Lets assume 1/2 of these houses require principal reduction.
Lets also assume that the average reduction for these houses is $50,000.

Cost for House Debtor Bailout: $50,000 x 1,500,000 = $75,000,000,000

That is $75 Billion for a conservative estimate. In California, you'd need at least $100,000 per household to save house debtors. If all the household required $100K, that would bring the estimate to $150 Billion. And don't forget the additional 'moral hazard' this will introduce, but what the heck, we're not a capitalistic country anymore.

That number seems a bit more realistic than the $50B bullshit they're shoveling, below.

2008-10-29: Treasury, FDIC Crafting Plan to Rework Millions of Mortgages
Officials with the Treasury and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. are crafting a plan under which the government would guarantee the mortgages of as many as 3 million homeowners now struggling to avoid foreclosure, according to three sources familiar with the discussions.

Under the program being discussed, the lender would agree to reduce borrowers’ monthly payments, for example by lowering the interest rate or principal of a mortgage loan, based on the homeowner’s ability to pay. These reconfigured loans could help homeowners avert foreclosure.

It would cost between $40 billion and $50 billion, sources said. The program is being discussed as members of Congress are voicing frustrations that the $700 billion rescue program thusfar has been aimed at helping banks, but not homeowners.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

June Reyno, Protesting House Owner Debtor & Realtor
Hmmmmm... some information has surfaced regarding this individual. It's a shame the reporter didn't do his job.

What she may have omitted from her sob story:
- She possibly refinanced and used $300K for a failed business
- She is a realtor
- “Specialist in Mitigating Foreclosure Losses”

BTW, here is her website:

Video: Woman Chained To House To Prevent Eviction

2008-10-27: San Diego Woman Chains Herself to Foreclosed Home to Resist Eviction
SAN DIEGO,CA. A Mira Mesa woman and her husband are fighting their eviction from the place they’ve called home for the last twenty years on Priestley Street. Unable to afford the adjustable rate mortgage monthly payments of $5,800, the couple and their five dogs have been evicted, but June Reyno is fighting the eviction - which could be today the 27th or tomorrow - by chaining herself to her house. They expect the San Diego Sheriff’s Department to come out to the Reyno’s home any day. The Sheriffs delivered the eviction notice on October 8th.

From Comments OB Rag Blog:
I have no sympathy. Channel 8 reported a more complete story. She refinanced and used $300k+ in a business venture that failed. According to sources readily available online, the house was offered up for auction one year ago with an estimated default of over $633k, and the original sale price when she and her previous husband bought it was $198k. She styled herself a foreclosure and short sale specialist.

Housing Doom Story Coverage (be sure to watch the video)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ratings Agencies


IS THIS A SICK JOKE? Code of conduct?

Standard & Poor’s is a leading provider of financial market intelligence. The world’s foremost source of credit ratings, indices, investment research, risk evaluation and data, Standard & Poor’s provides financial decision-makers with the intelligence they need to feel confident about their decisions.

Well, it looks like the last few pieces of the Housing Bubble puzzle are coming together. I'm sure you've all read the articles and watched the congressional hearings on the ratings agencies. What is truly fascinating about their actions is that their sole purpose for existing is to ACCURATELY and ETHICALLY assess quality and risk of financial obligations.

2008-10-22: Moody's, S&P Employees Doubted Ratings
"Let's hope we are all wealthy and retired by the time this house of cards falters,'' one e-mail from an S&P employee said.

"It seems to me that we had blinders on and never questioned the information we were given.. Combined, these errors make us look either incompetent at credit analysis, or like we sold our soul to the devil for revenue.''

Monday, October 20, 2008

Mark Schniepp

Mark Schniepp, Director of the California Economic Forecast
I saved the link to this article because I thought this guy was quite comical. And Trulia says the median Ventura County sales price is $370K.

2008-02-08: Mixed outlook on Ventura economy
Despite a sinking real estate market and job losses at two major employers, Ventura County could still dodge a much feared recession if interest rates continue to fall and Congress passes an emergency stimulus package, a local economist said Thursday.

Recession is likely to be avoided in Southern California, but we’ll be close,” said Mark Schniepp, director of the California Economic Forecast, which released its county projections for 2008. “It’s a slowdown, not a recession.”

But the county still faces a tough road ahead. Sales of existing homes hit bottom in the fall, Schniepp said. The number of mortgage defaults and foreclosures reached record levels in 2007, and the trend will continue through the new year.

“It’s pretty bleak,” he said during a conference in Thousand Oaks. “We’ve got retail sales going down. We’ve got the apartment market that’s softened. We’ve got the Amgen and Countrywide fallout. We have got a housing market that is absolutely at rock bottom… . I think 2008 will be the transition year; 2009 will be a lot better.”

Schniepp said it’s not all bad news.
Bank of America announced last month that it would buy Countrywide for $4 billion. He said there is little duplication between Countrywide and BofA operations and that further job cuts would probably occur gradually.

Sales of existing homes last year were down nearly 30% to less than 4,100 homes, the lowest level in 25 years, Schniepp said. Further pressuring the market were default notices – warnings from mortgage companies about nonpayment – which more than doubled to 5,022 last year.

But the median price for existing homes only slipped about 2%, to $673,786, in Ventura County, according to the California Assn. of Realtors. The median price is the point at which half the homes sold for more and half for less.

There is a limit to how far a home can go down. It’s time for buyers to realize they are about as low as they’ll go,” Schniepp said.

Schniepp said he expects home prices to remain steady if a provision in President Bush’s stimulus package survives – raising mortgage loan limits from $417,000 to $729,750 to assist high-cost states – and interest rates remain low.

“It you don’t have to sell, then hold on until 2010. If you do have to sell, sell right now, immediately,” Schniepp said. “And if you’re a buyer, buy new – these are the best deals you’re going to get.”

Among the forecast’s bright spots is commercial real estate. Retail vacancies remain at record lows, and construction is set to begin this year on about 1 million square feet of office space.

And then...

2008-10-17: Ventura's investments in trouble
Ventura stands to lose up to $10 million of taxpayer money from soured investments in the banking industry — the only city in Ventura County facing such risks.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Chris 'Save the Consumer' Dodd

Chris Dodd, Part II (Part I), Senator D-Connecticut

You know, the idea of taking my money (gold and silver, not US junk dollars) and moving to Canada or some other country sounds more and more attractive every day.

What happened to CITIZENS of the UNITED STATES?!!

2008-10-14: Dodd Planning Credit Crisis Aid Package for Consumers
Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd said he will offer legislation to help consumers weather the credit crunch, including a 90-day foreclosure freeze and credit-card lending protections.

``These are areas where I think the American consumer can benefit,'' Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat, told reporters in Washington today after a meeting with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Dodd wants to include his proposals in economic-stimulus legislation he said may be taken up during a lame-duck session of Congress. He aims to build on the Treasury Department's plan to use $250 billion of taxpayer funds to purchase stakes in financial companies to shore up a banking system roiled by the biggest housing slump since the Great Depression.

The measure would also include provisions to curb predatory lending and allow bankruptcy judges to modify mortgages for struggling borrowers, Dodd said.

``It seems to me appropriate that we take steps to provide some relief for the consumer,'' given how much assistance the government is providing to companies, Dodd said.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fannie Mae & Family

Fannie Mae & Family
I'm sorry, but it doesn't matter if you're black or white; if you can't tote the note, you shouldn't have a mortgage. These criminal congressman must be voted out.

Frank Raines, ex-CEO Fannie Mae
Supposedly cooked the books to line his pockets.
"These assets are so riskless..."

Daniel Mudd, ex-CEO Fannie Mae
Fannie and La Famiglia (Democrats, Congressional Black Caucus)

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California
"Under the outstanding leadership of Frank Raines, everything in the 1992 act has worked just fine."

Rep Gregory Meeks, D-New York
"The GSEs have done a tremendous job."

Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Missouri
"This hearing is about political lynching of Franklin Raines."
(interesting word choice)

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Massechusetts
"I don't see anything in this report that raises safety and soundness problems."

Sen. Barrack Obama, D-Illinois
Friend of Fannie Mae that received $126K in donations--2nd highest amount.

Rep. Artur Davis, D-Alabama

Late '04:

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Linda Minnifield

Linda Minnifield, Average Alt-A Debtor
I added Linda as an example of the upcoming Alt-A debacle. Watch the video. She is so underwater that the only logical action for her is to walk away. What do you think?

1343 7th St, Rodeo, CA
Zestimate: $306K
Sale History 12/02/2004: $455,000

Here are nearby houses for sale:
507 Sonoma; Price: $250K
438 Vallejo; Price: $214K

Mortgage Meltdown Fears Persist
Her 'good credit' allowed her to buy the house for $455K. I wonder if she had 'good income'.
$455K/3 = $152K (I think Dr. Housing Bubble would love this case.)

Thursday, October 9, 2008


American International Group, Inc, (AIG)
It's not enought that the taxpayer has to pay for their bailout. Now we have to pay for their lavish parties at exclusive ('expensive') resorts.
2008-10-09: AIG, party on!

Billion Dollar Bailout Used For Parties at The Ritz Carlton

Thank You Housing Bubble

You've destroyed housing, the stock market, the bond market, the economy, and any confidence in anything, with, perhaps, one or two exceptions, ...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Agelakis Yippy-Dog Family

George Agelakis Clan, House Buyers/Flippers

Ok, back to accused fraudsters.

2008-10-01: Shell Game
Seven Neighbors, 11 Foreclosures, and More Than a Million Dollars' Profit in One Baltimore Neighborhood

The dogs yipped nightly. The neighbors petitioned. One neighbor says he at first tried to reason with Agelakis, who operates a hair salon three blocks away, but he "was an asshole," the man, who asked that his name not be revealed, says.

According to land records, the small group of people who bought, traded and sold each other houses here before defaulting on their loans are more than just neighbors, lovers and/or housemates.

According to land records George Agelakis, for example, is step brother to both Bayardo Alvarez
(who gave him 223 S. Madiera St.) and Kenneth C. Wallace (from whom Agelakis bought 211 S. Madeira St.)

Other than sharing a step brother (or two—George's brother, Emmanuel, also bought property here) the relationship between Wallace and Alvarez is unknown. Wallace is the domestic partner of Kenneth Koehler, at 2215 Gough St., while Alvarez resides (or at least did until recently) a few steps away, at 2225 Gough, with Joshua Goldberg, a mortgage broker who facilitated the property transfers and also notarized the claims of familial relations.
Alvarez, meanwhile, is also the step-son of Janet Praid
, who lives a few doors south at 320 S. Madiera, and formerly owned 2225 Gough.

So—assuming their claims land records are true—Praid is Alvarez's step-mother, Alvarez is George Agelakis's step-brother, Agelakis is Wallace's step-brother, and Wallace is (according to Koehler) Koehler's domestic partner.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Barney Frank

Barney Frank, United States House of Representatives, Mass (D)
The articles detailing this guys plan(s) to bail out house debtors are too numerous list, but here are a few. Lets keep an eye on this kook.

By the way,... Frank, the problem is PRICE; gimmicky legislation ain't gonna cut it.

2008-05-15: Barney Frank's bailout would mainly benefit banks
A new bill sponsored by Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, directs the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) to buy up loans that are facing foreclosure. If the bill passes, the FHA will guarantee new mortgages at a price 15 percent below the current appraised value of the house. This would require the current lender to take a hit, since it will not get back the full value of the home, but even 85 percent of the full value of the home is likely more than the lender would get by foreclosing. In principle, homeowners will also benefit, since they get to stay in their home with a new lower-interest mortgage.

2008-05-13: FHA Chief Criticizes Rescue Plan
The House of Representatives last week passed a bill championed by House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank that would enable struggling borrowers to refinance into more affordable loans guaranteed by the government. The legislation would require a significant expansion of the FHA—an idea recently endorsed by Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke.

Paper Economy had an e-mail dialogue going with this nut. Search 'Barney Frank' to find the articles at Paper Economy.

2008-09-24: Barney Franks -- Asstard of the Year
Is this guy making it up as he goes along?? He need to be behind bars.

2008-10-02: O'Reilly vs Frank
Barney, GO AWAY!!!!!

2008-10-04: Who else gave Barney big money?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Smack-Down: Peter Schiff - Lawrence Yun

The failed bailout vote is called "unecessary uncertainty" by L. Yun.

Schiff counters with high house prices and hyper-inflation.

Match over, monkey-boy, Yun.

Schiff 10, Realtors/Analysts 0