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Americans Are the Victims? Really?

March 4th, 2008 at 12:16 am

In this whole “Mortgage Meltdown,” and “Sub prime Crisis” I am getting a little tired of Americans playing the victims. Right off the bat, I don’t want to offend anyone, but when are we as adults going to start taking responsibilities for our actions? Every time I open a newspaper or magazine I read an article about how someone was tricked by their loan officer or how some Countywide Rep forced me into this loan program. And although I am sure that there was some deceit out there, I do not think it’s as bad as the media makes it out to be. What I mean is that homebuyers were doing some lying on their end too. These Real Estate Speculators were all trying to get rich quick. And who can blame them; it appeared to be the going trend for a year or two. I live in Arizona and I can recall home auctions that you needed to pay $1000 just to get in the drawing.

Over the past week I have listened in to what I call, “the interrogation of Ben Bernanke.” For two days Congress “peppered” the FED Chairman with questions of inflation, banking laws and recession. It seemed as a large number of those questions referenced that homeowners were the victims in all this. If you are someone who is not familiar with the home buying process the media would have you thinking that loan officers nationwide were lying and cheating to make money. Whenever you are dealing with an individual and their services rendered is how they earn a living; you are always going to come across people who lack integrity and may not be looking out for your best interest. It’s our job as Americans to raise our awareness and educate ourselves; so that we know exactly what we are signing and what the terms are. That is also why you should be referred to a loan officer. Or one comes highly recommended and someone vouches for their character.

What are the other opinions out there?
Does everyone really think that all these homeowners were tricked and lied too?
Does everyone think that these Adjustable Rate Mortgages are really the problem?

I would love to know some other opinions, because I think it’s a classic case of people stripping equity from their home and the cash pot ran out. Another thing to keep in mind is two-three years ago 30 year fixed interest rates did not look that appealing. 2/28 and 3/27 loan programs just made sense at the time and people needed band aid loans or they were already being suffocated with debt.

8 Responses to “Americans Are the Victims? Really?”

  1. aevans1206 Says:

    I agree with you. Perhaps the mortgage industry offered poor products to people, but is it the mortgage industry's job to police what people do with their money? We also need to be held accountable for our inability to judge what we can afford and living within our means rather than living outside of our means.

  2. Amber Says:

    It annoys me as well, grant it I am sure there are some who was honestly fooled but then there are those who played the game as well. And I agree people should live with in their means. When I buy place yes I would love a 3 bedroom 2 bath but it is only me and I can not afford that so I will go with one less room and maybe one less bath since it is just me

  3. baselle Says:

    I'll give you the vulture opinion.

    It gives me a certain perverse pleasure watching all sides pointing fingers. After all, all three parties - brokers (and by extension lenders), buyers, and sellers all need each other to make a market. No shoving - there's enough blame for everyone to take a big slice.

    Time to sit back, eat popcorn, and enjoy the spectacle.

    It hasn't gotten bad yet, BTW. Wait 2-3 years and you'll see how bad it will really get.

    Oh yes: you should never get an ARM when interest rates are low. If rates are low they only adjust up, never down.

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Yeah, I'm tired of this mentality as well.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    The mortgage brokers are NOT the only ones to blame. There is ignorance on the part of some homebuyers as well as not seeing the realities clearly. The buyers are only focused on how to get in a home...not the cost or long term responsibilities of the contract they have signed.

    I have a sister in law who was very naive...even after getting advice from several family members who knew better than to get an ARM.

  6. scottmcg Says:

    Finally!!!! Someone agrees with me!!! The guy on CNBC just said in response to Bernanke's speech that he thinks it was NOT the mortgage brokers or fraud that is the cause for this mess. It was the homeowners themselves who over extended and knew what they were getting into.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    I agree that homeowners over extended, but I don't agree that they all knew what they were getting into. Some home buyers are quite naive on the home purchase as well as their overall spending and saving issues. It is nice to have someone that agrees with me, too!!

  8. scottmcg Says:

    I agree with you too creditcardfree :-) Homeowners can be naive, but to me being naive is a choice. You can choose to be naive the same way you can choose to be well informed. If I fill uninformed about something than I make sure to do my research and due diligence.

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