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Resentment Grows Over Paying for Others' Foreclosure Misery
FOXNews.com ^ | Friday, February 20, 2009 | By Gary Gentile

Posted on 02/20/2009 2:51:38 PM PST by metmom

Michelle Fry is a suburban Atlanta homeowner who has seen the value of her modest one-family home drop by more than half in the past year. She now sees a national mortgage bailout plan that appears to reward people who bought more house than they could afford and can't pay their bills. And she has a simple question for President Obama:

"Why am I paying for them?"

"We are very frustrated and scared," said Fry, 32, a newly expectant mother who works as a creative director for a public relations firm. Her husband Sam, 38, is a truck driver for a local printing company. Their combined household income is less than $100,000.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bailout; bho2009; bhoeconomy; cwii; economy; foreclosure; obama; porkulus; stimulus
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To: dandiegirl
I’d like to know what O pays for his Chicago “mansion”. I bet he doesn’t pay a dime. Someone has taken care of that for him.

It's not really even his house.,

51 posted on 02/20/2009 6:40:27 PM PST by Seven plus One
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To: Seven plus One

That’s what I thought, but don’t know much about the details.


52 posted on 02/20/2009 6:48:58 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

We’re having that problem where I live. Many bought condos here for investment purposes and now they’re going into foreclosure. They stopped paying HOA dues a long time ago. IT EFFECTS EVERYONE. We are in dire straits.


53 posted on 02/20/2009 6:50:13 PM PST by Hildy
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To: fightin bronco
fightin bronco wrote:
As long as people don’t have to move, shouldn’t they just continue to make payments. It’s funny how no one in the press asked why homeowners having their home values fall (when they don’t have to sell), is such a crisis.
Well, one problem is that it hurts the economy. A lot of our "economic activity" for the last few years came from people refinancing and "pulling cash out" of their homes to pay for cars, big screen TV's, cruises, or whatever they wanted.

Now, when they can't do that, demand for goods and services is down because they don't have the money to buy stuff.

54 posted on 02/20/2009 6:51:21 PM PST by cc2k (When less than half the voters pay taxes, it's called "taxation without representation.")
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To: Hildy

Why are you in dire straits? Because the HOA isn’t getting their money? How does that affect you other than maybe the grass isn’t cut as often? I’m not trying to be a hardass, I am just trying to figure out exactly what you mean by your post.


55 posted on 02/20/2009 7:06:53 PM PST by GnL
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To: GnL

Are you kidding me? Do you live in a condo? It’s not just grass..it’s INSURANCE..IT’S WATER..IT’S GARBAGE...IT’S DAILY MAINTANENCE. It’s property management. I live in a luxury condo...we pay $300 a month in HOA. And before you get all class envy on me...EVERYONE KNEW ABOUT IT WHEN THEY BOUGHT IN.


56 posted on 02/20/2009 7:13:23 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Hildy

Whoa, ease up there big feller. Like I said, I was just asking a question. No I own a house and there is no HOA here so I don’t know how it works. Thanks for enlightening me, though. And I wasn’t going to go class envy on you.


57 posted on 02/20/2009 7:17:56 PM PST by GnL
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To: colorado tanker
“The libs will instead keep saying it's all Bush's fault, just as they've been doing the last eight years.”

Interesting though, that one could call this spend-your-way-out-of-it plan the Bush-Obama plan. Obama is continuing exactly what Bush started last fall, only with a big dose of fear mongering thrown in. Can the country stand 4 more years of Bush-Obama? Bush was always a big spender, and shame on us conservatives for going along with it.

58 posted on 02/20/2009 7:26:06 PM PST by Jacob Morgan
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To: GnL

whew...;)

But seriously, it’s a problem. People were getting loans for things they absolutely should not have. There’s a couple downstairs who bought three units here. He’s a fireman, she’s a part time worker. They bought 1.5 million worth of condos that are now worth alot less. So, do the math..mortgage, HOA fees...insurance.. they will be walking away, I’m sure of it. Out of 79 units, 15 are in foreclosure, about 10 for sale...

Are we supposed to help them out? Everyone’s a genius when the market is going up.


59 posted on 02/20/2009 8:03:37 PM PST by Hildy
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To: GnL

BTW, I ain’t a feller..I’m a gal!


60 posted on 02/20/2009 8:04:00 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Doe Eyes
As I understand it, the plan is to restructure the loans into terms that they can afford.

For 5 years. Then the loans go back to what they are today...just like the ARM re-sets that caused the problem in the first place.

People get low terms in the beginning with higher terms later because they can afford the low teaser rate. They plan to sell or refinance before they have to pay the real rate. It was a gamble. They lost.

61 posted on 02/20/2009 8:11:23 PM PST by Dianna (Obama Barbie: Governing is hard.)
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To: colorado tanker
people will have no patience with vanishing retirement accounts and high unemployment.

Yep.

62 posted on 02/20/2009 8:11:32 PM PST by an amused spectator (Obama: Beware of geeks bearing grifts)
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To: longtermmemmory
DO NOT WANT TO ACCEPT THE LOSS ON THE BOOKS.

It's not just a question of banks not wanting to write down the value of their assets. The massive write-downs turn banks insolvent overnight. Under law, insolvent banks must close or merge. They are ALL insolvent because they have a mountain of assets that are now greatly devalued.

The entire banking system has been built upon predictable valuation of property securing loans. That valuation has collapsed.

63 posted on 02/20/2009 8:49:13 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: joma89

You paraphrase Cicero here and are completely correct.


64 posted on 02/20/2009 9:15:06 PM PST by festus (Politics makes for strange bedfellows)
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To: metmom
they were loaned "extra" money with these mortgages....that extra money bought big screen tv, atvs, lap tops, and hot tubs and suvs.......

they get to buy all the goodies and still get bailed out....

it does not pay to be honest and hardworking and tax paying....

65 posted on 02/20/2009 9:16:40 PM PST by cherry
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To: fightin bronco
It’s funny how no one in the press asked why homeowners having their home values fall (when they don’t have to sell), is such a crisis.

No, it's not - the press was told not to ask that question in the FAX from the White House. ;-)

66 posted on 02/20/2009 9:48:14 PM PST by an amused spectator (Obama: Beware of geeks bearing grifts)
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To: ex-snook
If a person has a modest home and lost their job some temporary relief should be considered.

Why? Who gets to decide what is "modest"? How long is "temporary"? How much "relief" should be considered? Does the manner in which the person lost their job have any bearing on your altruistic use of my money?

Any way you slice it, your proposed actions are the very definition of communism -- "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need", with the government elite deciding both the "ability" and the "need". If you forgot, this failed experiment was tried in the Soviet Union.

So many who would call themselves "conservative" don't even know the meaning of the word anymore.

67 posted on 02/21/2009 7:30:55 AM PST by been_lurking
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