Can it be that the “homeownership for everyone” army of dreamers has finally been defeated? Let’s hope so. Read more
Mrs. ToughMoneyLove and I spent about 30 minutes at a local office of our new bank. Today was closing day on our mortgage refinance. The number of papers that need signing seems to be increasing exponentially. Read more
Freddie Mac announced that, come this September, it will no longer back interest-only mortgage loans. This is good news but raises two questions. First, what took Freddie took so long to pull the switch? Second, when is Fannie Mae going to follow suit? Read more
Mr. and Mrs. ToughMoneyLove do not like car payments so we don’t have any. I don’t understand the logic in borrowing money to purchase a depreciating asset. Read more
Long time readers know that Mr. ToughMoneyLove has been a harsh critic of government intervention into the homeownership business, particularly its cheerleading of unqualified buyers into sub-prime mortgages. I’ve written several posts on the topic including: Homeowner Bailouts Destined to Fail, Sub-Prime Memories are Short on Capitol Hill, and Taxpayers Crushed by the Destructive Push for Home Ownership. If you think I’m wrong about the failure of government involvement, read the data cited in those posts. Read more
I have a suggestion for how you can benefit in residential real estate from the approaching inflation.
When writing about inflation, most personal finance writers (including Mr. ToughMoneyLove) spend most of their energy on damage control. We talk about investing in gold, commodities in general, or inflation protected securities such as I-Bonds and TIPS. There is a lot more of that going on now because of current government fiscal and monetary policies. Most experts just can’t see a way for our economy to avoid the ravages of escalating inflation in the very near future.
I have never used a mortgage broker, preferring to be more personally involved in loan investigation and due diligence. Lots of others have used them and I wonder how much that has contributed to our recent financial meltdown. Read more
The federal government has been subsidizing student loans made by private lenders since 1965. This must end and, to his credit, that is what President Obama wants to do. Read more
The Obama economic team is so desperate to implement its rescue agenda that it is relying on fantasy and myth about our economy and about the laws limiting its authority. Read more
We’ve all been avoiding the scary task of checking on the current market value of our home. We have read that the median price on sales of existing homes fell 13.2% in one year, the biggest drop in 40 years. We also know that new housing starts in November were 624,000 units, down from 1,178,000 units a year ago. (Source: Barron’s) All of the housing news is bad except for mortgage rates which have fallen.
Mr. ToughMoneyLove thinks it’s time for all homeowners to face the music and find out what has happened to our own home valuations. The numbers won’t get any better if you avoid looking at them. I promise. Read more