Friday, March 31st, 2017

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Uncle Sam Eats Cousins Fannie, Freddie (Cliff’s Notes)

So Uncle Sam just ate cousins Fannie and Freddie.

With that, the we enter a new and uncharted phase of the mortgage crisis, potentially saddling American taxpayers with billions of dollars in losses from home loans made by the private sector.

Bush and the gang argue that the cost of doing nothing would be far greater because of the toll on the economy of falling home prices and defaults in the $11 trillion U.S. mortgage market.

While others (see videos below) say we’re only making things worse, and that the big picture solution MUST include Fannie and Freddie going belly up first.

Whether it ends up helping or hurting, I honestly wonder how in the world our government can get away with doing something like this for a couple of private companies like Fannie and Freddie, while leaving other companies to their own end (think IndyMac, Bear Stearns, etc.)

Anyway I don’t pretend to be an expert on the economy or even how this will ultimately affect our real estate markets.  There are much smarter folks than I out there who’ll (also) get it dead wrong.

But as investors, we DO need to have our heads wrapped around this.

So to that end, here’s a handful of articles and videos I’d recommend to you as sort of a “Reader’s Digest” or “Cliff’s Notes” version of where we are now.  I think if you take just a few minutes to take this in, you’ll be up to speed and may even have (dare I say it) an…INFORMED OPINION! 🙂

I’ve also included a couple of other videos from the very near past (last couple of months) that will be particularly interesting to you in light of what just happened.

Enjoy…


Current Articles Worth A Dang…

Reuters: Fannie and Freddie Bailed Out (Video)…

Cory Boatright: Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Real Estate Bailout…Short Sale? (Video)

And now here’s a handful of videos from the very near past (think, last month or two) that are VERY interesting in light of this.  You should find them more than a little interesting…

Jim Rogers Speaks the Truth about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Jim Rogers : Should we let the Fannie and Freddie go bankrupt?

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac: Have we suddenly become socialist?

The Infamous Bail-out Of Fannie and Freddie

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JP Moses is a roughly-hewn man-child who first got into REI after reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad back in Y2K and went full time in 2002. He's tinkered in everything from landlording to short sales to rehabs to Realtoring to REOs to notes to owner financing, blah, blah, blah...Till he finally stuck his flag deep into wholesaling and has since flipped somewhere north of a couple hundred deals.

JP's not a “guru” but also doesn't think it's a bad word. Among his core values are authenticity, creativity, big honkin' value, general fun-ness and being unshaven. He's super proud to be chief blogger guy at REItips.com and host of the free REIology podcast. He also thoroughly enjoys sharing his 53 best real estate investing forms with anyone who wants them. You should totally check that out. :-)

  • Mark

    What if the Feds. take these homes, in foreclosure, off the market? Stopping the decrease in value, until the market picks up.
    In God all things are possible. Thanks, Mark

  • Mark

    What if the Feds. take these homes, in foreclosure, off the market? Stopping the decrease in value, until the market picks up.
    In God all things are possible. Thanks, Mark