It has become a comedy watching the news lately.
"If Ron Paul wins Iowa it means nothing"
"Ron Paul is good in Iowa, but thats about it"
Guess what guys...He is second in NH, and is surging. He will be the nominee if he wins Iowa.
I am predicting shenanigans in the MSNBC/Marist Poll tomorrow. The hosts are talking about "how excited" they are for this next poll so my guess is they have it rigged to show a drop for Ron Paul in Iowa to try and claim he is losing support and sway public opinion. Even though every other poll has him winning.
I really do detest the mainstream media.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Posted by Chris at 6:26 AM
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I went into the office yesterday and my mortgage guy was not there. A lady was there and tried to argue with me that she had heard nothing about the new Harp 2.0 being an unlimited loan to value ratio. That what she had heard was the new Harp 2.0 would be a 125% limit.
I basically politely told her to put down the crack rock she was smoking, because the whole point of harp 2.0 was to refinance people who were deeply underwater, and even the paper work from fannie mae I read online says there is no limit on the loan.
She then pretends to make a phone call...and after talking with a guy agrees that there will not be a limit. But says she has no idea when the program will be ready.
How can they offer something like this in October, get everyone excited, and then 3 months later have idiots in their office not even know the basic premise of the program. Maybe she thought I would be dumb enough to apply for the harp 1.0 if she could trick me, I have no idea.
Just think that this whole thing is turning into a joke.
Posted by Chris at 4:23 AM
Monday, December 26, 2011
Well...I qualify for everything to get the loan. The problem is that Wells Fargo has still not implemented the Harp 2.0 program. I think it is ridiculous that they recieved all the regulations on Nov 15th, and six weeks later they are still not able to take applications on it. My guess is that they are not in a big hurry to refinance people to a lower rate.
So I am still ready and waiting to lower my loan payment, and shorten the term of my mortgage. I just have to wait for Wells Fargo to get their act together.
Posted by Chris at 8:03 AM
Monday, November 7, 2011
Spoke with two mortgage brokers about the new Harp Program. Both said I qualify. The rate for a 15 year mortgage would be about 3.75% and the payment would be almost exactly what I am paying now with my 6.5% 30 year mortgage.
Yea...Thats correct...A 15 year mortgage payment would be the same as my 30 year payment because interest rates are roughly half of what I am paying now.
A 30 year mortgage would be about 4.25% which would cut my payment almost in half, but would add 5 years onto my mortgage and would cost me a ton more in interest.
I think I am leaning toward a 20 year refinance which will take 5 years off my mortgage and also lower my payment. Kind of a best of both worlds scenario. The final regulations should get to the bank soon, and then they will process the rules. I am hoping sometime in December I can get the ball rolling on this refinance!
Posted by Chris at 11:12 AM
Monday, October 24, 2011
Reuters) - A leading U.S. housing regulator on Monday announced changes to a government refinancing program that could help up to one million homeowners whose homes are worth less than their mortgage.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, said it was easing the terms of the two-year-old Home Affordable Refinance Program, which helps borrowers who have been making mortgage payments on time but have not been able to refinance as home values have dropped.
To help underwater borrowers, or those whose loans are worth more than their homes, FHFA said it will scrap a cap that prohibits any homeowners whose mortgage exceeds 125 percent of the property's value from participating in HARP, which is targeted at loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The plan, targeted at borrowers who hold loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is the latest government effort to deal with a problem at the center of the economy's weak recovery -- a crippled housing market.
"Our goal in pursuing these changes is to create refinancing opportunities for these borrowers, while reducing risk for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and bringing a measure of stability to housing markets," FHFA's acting director, Edward DeMarco, said in a statement.
After meeting with DeMarco earlier this month, one lawmaker said the expanded program could help as many as 600,000 to one million borrowers. But that is only a fraction of the estimated 11 million homeowners who are underwater.
President Barack Obama will showcase the changes at a stop on Monday in Nevada, the first leg of a campaign-style swing through western states that may be crucial to his re-election in 2012.
To encourage banks to participate in the program, FHFA is revamping it to protect lenders from having to buy back HARP loans if underwriting problems are later found. Banks will only have to verify that borrowers have made at least six of their last mortgage payments and the new rules eliminate the need for appraisals in most cases.
FHFA said government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will waive certain fees for borrowers that refinance into loans with a shorter term, such as 15 years, aiming to spur homeowners to pay down the amount they owe at a faster rate.
HARP, one of the Obama administration's anti-foreclosure efforts, was unveiled in March 2009 and was expected to help as many as 5 million borrowers. So far, however, only about 894,000 borrowers have refinanced their loans through the program.
FHFA said it will extend the effort until December 31, 2013. The program is limited to loans that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guaranteed before June 2009.
Posted by Chris at 8:28 AM
Thursday, October 20, 2011
In an interview published Tuesday ahead of presidential debate, Romney told Las Vegas Review Journal's editorial board that solving the foreclosure crisis would require letting banks proceed against homeowners who have defaulted on their mortgages. New investors could then rent out the homes until markets adjusted.
"As to what to do for the housing industry specifically and are there things that you can do to encourage housing: One is, don't try to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom," Romney said.
Romney elaborated during the presidential debate Tuesday night. "The idea of the federal government running around and saying, We're going to give you some money for trading in your old car...or we're going to keep banks from foreclosing if you can't make your payments...", Romney said, "The right course is to let markets work."
I can't agree more with Romney. I have been saying this since 2008!
The best thing the government can do to help the housing market is to do nothing. Things will get very bad, people will get foreclosed on...but then...like magic...the free market will take effect when prices get low enough to encourage people to buy. Then the price of housing will rise again as the housing market begins to feed on itself in an upward trend.
Ron Paul has my vote for 2012. However, Romney has the right idea on housing.
Posted by Chris at 8:11 AM
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I would be wrong to say that the housing bubble and crash was the only cause of my failed marriage. However, I would say that it definitely was a contributing factor to it. My now ex-wife hated my condo. I really believe that when she was faced with the prospect of having to move back into it this spring, she decided to "explore her other options".
Now after helping her study, and pay her way through school, she has an education, a higher paying job, and no condo debt. She is now able to purchase the house she wants and live happily ever after.
I am stuck with a condo that is worth about $30,000....and I owe around $63,000 on the mortgage. I also have an additional 24,000 of "equity" into it (I payed $87,000 for the property in 2006) so there is no way I can just walk away since I have so much of my actual money invested into the property. On the bright side, I am graduating this December, Unfortunately, I still have another year of an unpaid internship to go before I too can make use of my degree and earn a higher salary.
My wife was not who I thought she was, and I am glad she is gone. But I must admit it is depressing that my financial situation now seems very hopeless while she gets a fresh start. I know what goes around comes around, and someday she will have done to her what she did to me...until then...
...I guess that is just the way life works out...
Posted by Chris at 8:11 AM
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I posted a Poll in the sidebar.
I had originally predicted back when I started writing this blog in 2007 that the Housing Market would recover in 2012. However, I warned that if the government tried to get involved they would simply make matters worse.
This is exactly what happened with failed policy's like the first time home buyers credit that simply pushed all the demand into a small window and dried up demand for the next year. This also upset people who were not technically first time buyers, but chose to delay a house purchase because the credit was an unfair playing field that they did not have access too and had to compete against.
To make matters worse the government is now talking about selling off foreclosed homes to private investors in bulk, and letting them make a fortune on it. (I will write an article on this later). Once again the government is in the business of picking winners and losers. They need to learn to stay out of the way of the free market, let prices drop, and then let a natural recover occur.
Of course...That would make to much sense.
Posted by Chris at 7:25 PM
Friday, September 2, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
There is a lot of unrest and anger in a lot of third world nations right now in the middle east. The problem is that the governments that are being thrown, Egypt for example, were friendly with the United States.
Its laughable to watch the media cover this like it is a great victory for America's war on terror. When in reality most of the rebels are AL-Qaeda extremists. I think time will show that this uprising is a direct result of Americas flawed foreign policy, and the result will not be what the media portrayed it to be. I would not be surprised if the new government of Libya is much worse then Gaddafi himself.
Posted by Chris at 7:40 PM