September 26th, 2009

Well, heck. I don’t like this one bit.

Turns out Florida residents can be vaccinated by force. Even if you refuse, the state can vaccinate you by “any means necessary.” (Read the statute below the video.) One woman, Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Carmen Reynolds, has filed a lawsuit to stop the madness:

Here’s what the statute says:

“381.00315  Public health advisories; public health emergencies.–The State Health Officer is responsible for declaring public health emergencies and issuing public health advisories

. . . → Read More About Well, heck. I don’t like this one bit.

August 17th, 2009

Just What We Need: More Houses Built!

President shifts focus to renting, not owningUsing $4.25b to build affordable housing [like we can afford this]By Joseph WilliamsGlobe Staff / August 16, 2009

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration, in a major shift on housing policy, is abandoning George W. Bush’s vision of creating an “ownership society’’ and instead plans to pump $4.25 billion of economic stimulus money into creating tens of thousands of federally subsidized rental units in American cities.

The idea is to pay for the construction of low-rise rental apartment buildings and town houses, as well as the purchase of foreclosed homes that . . . → Read More About Just What We Need: More Houses Built!

July 27th, 2009

Big Bossy FEMA

From today's Miami Herald:

Florida Keys try to save downstairs rooms in stilt homesMonroe County is hoping a limited amnesty program will save downstairs enclosures from demolition and keep its federal flood insurance.


Debra and Rory Brown were applying in 2006 for an elevator permit to help their newly paralyzed son get around the Cudjoe Key stilt home they bought three years earlier when they made an upsetting discovery: . . . → Read More About Big Bossy FEMA

December 15th, 2008

Homes with No People, People with No Homes

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Activist Moving Homeless People Into Foreclosed Houses in Miami

by Tamara Lush

MIAMI – Max Rameau delivers his sales pitch like a pro. “All tile floor!” he says during a recent showing. “And the living room, wow! It has great blinds.”

Max … says he’s “matching homeless people with people-less homes.” But in nearly every other respect, he is unlike any real estate agent you’ve ever met. He is unshaven, drives a beat-up car and wears . . . → Read More About Homes with No People, People with No Homes

September 24th, 2008

That’s Entertainment

For a good laugh, turn on CNN in the morning. Those guys and gals are a riot! This morning, the financial genius over there, a pretty woman with shoulder length brown hair, was chatting and chuckling with John, the good-looking morning guy, about the $700,000,000,000 bail-out… I mean, that’s funny enough, right?

Somewhere in the middle, in passing, she said – and I so wish I could remember the exact words:

"The government bought all these mortgage-backed securities, even though nobody really knows how much they are worth*… I mean, the plan is to actually make money on . . . → Read More About That’s Entertainment

September 17th, 2008

News Flash From CNBC:

"We are in a bear market and will be for 2-3 more years."

Why are these "financial experts" always the last to know? It’d be funny if it weren’t such bad news.

But it’s for the same reason we all refuse to believe bad news: denial. The CNBC and MSNBC staffers depend on a robust market to keep their jobs alive. Like I did as a real estate salesperson: that robust market was fun!!! But denial doesn’t keep that market from doing what comes naturally, rising and falling like a tide. Only not at such regular . . . → Read More About News Flash From CNBC:

July 26th, 2008

Common Sense II

"It is neither morally right nor fiscally wise to socialize private losses in this way. The solution is for government to stop micromanaging the economy and let the market adjust, as painful as that will be for some.

"We should not force taxpayers, including renters and more frugal homeowners, to switch places with the speculators and take on those same risks that bankrupted them. It is a terrible idea to spread the financial crisis any wider or deeper than it already is, and to prolong the agony years into the future.

"Socializing the losses now will only create more unintended . . . → Read More About Common Sense II

June 20th, 2008

Stateside Squatters

Watch the video here. And the story goes…

Condo bust draws scams and squatters

MIAMI – June 19, 2008 – Someone had kicked the door in on the foreclosure on the 33rd floor at The Club at Brickell Bay. Last week, Lori Rice, the building’s property manager, pushed it open. Inside, she found the tell-tale signs of a squatter: a mattress on the floor, a few toiletries in the bathroom.

“Clearly, a man was staying in there,” Rice said, adding that she called the police.

When police arrived on Monday, they found the marble floors splashed . . . → Read More About Stateside Squatters

June 17th, 2008

I thought of this…

From The Wall Street Journal, Nick Timiraos (June 11, 2008; Page A3)

Some Buy a New Home to Bail on the OldFannie Plans Rules To Avoid Practice Described as Fraud [Really?]

Next month, Michelle Augustine plans to walk away from her four-bedroom house in a Sacramento, Calif., subdivision and let the property fall into foreclosure. But before doing so, she hopes to lock in the purchase of another home nearby.

"I can find the same exact house as what I live in right now for half the price," says Ms. Augustine, 44 years old, who . . . → Read More About I thought of this…

March 22nd, 2008

No Tickee, No Laundry.

Banks Lose to Deadbeat Homeowners as Loans Sold in Bonds Vanish

By Bob Ivry Bloomberg.com22 February 2008

Joe Lents hasn’t made a payment on his $1.5 million mortgage since 2002.

That’s when Washington Mutual Inc. first tried to foreclose on his home in Boca Raton, Florida. The Seattle-based lender failed to prove that it owned Lents’s mortgage note and dropped attempts to take his house. Subsequent efforts to foreclose have stalled because no one has produced the paperwork.

"If you’re going to take my house away from me, you better own the note,” . . . → Read More About No Tickee, No Laundry.