(More) Market Manipulation?

In my last post, “Banks Price Low to Elicit Multiple Offers,” I discussed the increasingly popular tactic of foreclosure Sellers pricing low to precipitate bidding wars.

What I left out was the identity of the banks who appear to be behind many of them: notorious, sub-prime lenders such as Countrywide and Indymac.

Just to refresh your memory, these are the same folks at the epicenter of the real estate market melt-down in places like Southern California and Florida.

While credit was free-flowing, they handed out such exotic fare as option-ARM’s (the borrower decides how much to pay, with any interest shortfall added to the principal); mortgages with initial teaser rates on loans that later “explode”; and various other, negative amortizing products.

When people refer to “Liar Loans” (no documentation of any kind required), these are the lenders who handed them out. Big surprise: such lenders made their money originating such loans and re-selling them.

So nice to see how far we’ve come . . . not.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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