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Distressed Housing : REO and Short Sales Are 47 Percent of All Home Sales

A new report today from Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance shows distressed sales, that is bank-owned properties (REO's) and short sales, where the home is sold for less than the value of the mortgage, made up 47 percent of all home sales in December. That's up from 44.5 percent in November. The National Association of Realtors put out a lower percentage last week (36 percent), but after speaking with the number crunchers at Campbell, I'm thinking the higher share is more accurate. We also just got numbers from DataQuick out West, showing 38 percent of California sales in December were REOs, and that doesn't include short sales, so you see the evidence. Where am I going with this? After talking with Thomas Popik over at Campbell, I was struck by how much the sales volume in December was skewed by this surge in distressed sales. The normal seasonal pattern should have home sales flat between November and December, but that certainly wasn't the case, with sales up 12.3 percent seasonally adjusted and up nearly 14 percent not seasonally adjusted, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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Comment by Ed Price
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It is time to get the picture here.

Paper has value in 2 areas:
1. The value of the item it represents or is officially tied to;
2. The literal value of the pulp paper itself.

When cash money was backed by gold and silver, there was value besides the value of the paper. Now that it is not formally backed by anything of value, how do you put your finger on what it is worth?

Furthermore, since the Federal reserve Bank simply prints or authorizes the printing of cash money, and since they then loan it to the Government, how is it that they actually loan anything of value, since you can't really put your finger on what backs the money?!

The truth is that NOTHING backs cash money. Nothing was loaned to the Government except some cloth paper that has printing on both sides. And maybe not even that.

No loan, no national debt. No national debt, no need for IRS taxes to repay it. Also, no loan in the form of mortgages.

This whole idea of looking for the paper and the paper trail behind the mortgages, is a clever piece of propaganda designed to take the eyes of the people off the fact that there never has been any LEGAL LENDING INSTITUTION LOAN made since the cash money was taken off the gold and silver standard. And, if you really look at it, you might find that there never was any loan made since the Federal Reserve Bank took over the money systems of the nation back in the '30s.

This whole thing is a HUMONGOUSLY HUGE GIGANTIC SCAM to steal the labor of the people from them. And it is working quite well. The people seem to love it this way.


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