Archive for the 'Mortgage Crisis' Category

Oh, those charmers at seterus Mortgage

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Do you know who owns your mortgage? Wanna bet? In 2004, the nice New York couple who rented me my house decided to retire to San Diego instead of Las Vegas. They asked me if I wanted to buy. It sounded easier than moving. I asked the folks at my bank, then called Bank West […]

What’s his alternative?

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

In recent days, the federal government has stepped in to bail out mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while the Treasury Department took a contrasting decision to stand aside and let the Lehman Brothers investment bank seek bankruptcy protection. Another longtime Wall Street institution, Merrill Lynch, announced it will accept a discounted buyout from […]

Here Come De Tooth Fairy

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Hundreds of years ago, banks and insurance companies — the businesses are related; both need to quantify risk — went belly-up fairly often. Folks could be left in the lurch. Most consumers probably assume that can’t happen today because of government regulation. Indeed, regulatory standards may have helped. Though it could be argued a consumer […]