Subpoenas, Crazy Talk, & Vanishing Offers
In case you haven't seen this graphic over at Marinite's place... (ps. Thanks Reskeptic)
In other news
"Beazer Homes USA Inc. on Thursday said it has received a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. Justice Department for documents related to the company's mortgage origination business."
"Earlier this week, a representative at the FBI office in Charlotte said the agency was "conducting a potential fraud investigation" into Beazer, which builds houses for many first-time buyers."
'"We believe many buyers entered into aggressive mortgages due to the stretched affordability in many markets, but we think it may be difficult to prove fraud," Bank of America Securities analyst Daniel Oppenheim wrote in a note."
"According to an article earlier this week by BusinessWeek, the probe into Beazer stems from a series of articles that appeared in the Charlotte Observer earlier this month. Those stories described questionable lending practices and high foreclosure rates among some Beazer customers."
"Home builders with large mortgage businesses, such as Centex Corp. and high exposure to entry-level buyers, are most at risk for spillover from allegations of aggressive lending at Beazer, Oppenheim said."
On a more local note:
"Now that sales volumes are down, re-fi fever has cooled and some markets have softened, mortgage brokers and even lenders try to set their target value in advance of hiring their appraiser." 'Real estate will have to go back to 2000 levels. And a lot of people who just bought a home will find that instead of having an asset, they have a liability.'"
"'Internet-based mortgage companies call all the time,' says Curt Thor, a Marin appraiser for more than 20 years. 'They're fishing for appraisers. They tell me what the number is and ask me if I can match it.'"
Rubberstamp appraisers in God's country? Say it isn't so! (ps. thanks marinite!)
And this... said like it's a good thing? (found on Craig's list Sonoma)
Buy in the Neighborhood that Realtors do!
Date: 2007-03-20, 11:49AM
Realtors know where the appreciation is. More than 15 properties in this neighborhood are owned by local Realtors. That is because they know that this neighborhood, equidistant to the Plaza as much more expensive "East Side" homes, is going to increase in value probably more than any other within a mile of the Plaza.
We will likely be seeing many more of these kind of posts too... hold on tight... (also found on Craig's list Sonoma)
back on market offer not qualified
Date: 2007-03-18, 4:50PM
beutiful 3 bd 21/2 bath all the bells and whistles must see low maintanace yard beutiful solid marbal fountain this is nice naighborhood and guest unit or office
(ps. yes, this is the same guy we have featured here before) ;-)