The Collected Works of Author and Blogger Larry Roberts

Archive for April, 2010

Lenders are pressuring owners to repay their underwater loans by appealing to morality. As people strategically default and their lives improve, they tell their friends which triggers the next wave of strategic defaults. The pressure of morality gets less and less effective, particularly when borrowers realize the false morality to lenders is superseding their real moral obligations to their families.   Homeowners Who 'Strategically Default' Are Under Moral Pressure By Charlotte Cuthbertson Walking away from a mortgage seemed like a crazy idea to Chris Schreur, a financial adviser, and his wife Valerie thought he had gone mad when he mentioned it. It wasn’t just the financial hit, but the shame of defaulting. “I think it is the number one reason, by far, that more people aren’t doing…[READ MORE]

Peace of mind is an underrated and undervalued emotional state. Most people choose lives of speculation, competition, and make believe. They erroneously believe if they arrive at some destination known as "being rich," they will have everything they ever wanted, and that will make them happy. It won't. There is a peace of mind that comes with wealth, but this emanates not from the pile of money, but the cashflow that pile of money gives off. The size of the pile may get bigger or smaller depending on the market winds, but if the cashflow is stable, the size of the money pile is irrelevant. The real wealth is in the income stream. I last wrote about this subject in Real Estate, Cashflow Investment and Retirement, but…[READ MORE]

The show Extreme Makeover Home Edition helps families coming from difficult circumstances have a new life. The extreme examples they choose make for interesting drama, and I have found myself watching this show and rejoicing with the happy families. Watching the show makes you feel good; it leaves you believing that good people can come together and make a real difference for those who would otherwise struggle mightily. There is a fine line between extreme joy and extreme anger and sadness. When you see people who have been given so much waste it irresponsibly, the intense joy becomes something very different. I find it difficult to contain my anger when I read stories like these. How do people who were given so much do something so stupid? Like the stories…[READ MORE]

Did those people who lost their homes during the Great Housing Bubble learn any important lessons? Did people learn that certain financial management techniques don't work very well? Or did people learn that building a Ponzi Scheme is a great way to manage their finances except during those unexpected economic downturns? People can learn very valuable life's lessons from the mistakes of others. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't keep writing. However, this blog is not likely to change the way millions of California borrowers live. As long as lenders enable foolishness, we will have fools who will step forward. Best Protection Against Another Housing Bubble May be a Generation's Painful Lessons By Robert X Cringely Mar 29th 2010 @ 2:30PM…[READ MORE]

At the core of every con is a dream. A con artist tempts a victim with dreams of riches or power to come in order to get them to do something today. It wasn't long ago it was only realtors and mortgage brokers who sold the dream. Now, our own government is joining the choir. Over two years ago, I expressed by deep cynicism over the endless parade of Bailouts and False Hopes. As the bailouts continued, grew in number, and failed miserably, others have come to share my view. The Permanent Mortgage Crisis One more housing bailout to prolong the market agony. Last Friday the White House announced its latest plan to prevent mortgage foreclosures, and earlier this week the…[READ MORE]

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