Orange County California Real Estate, Laguna Beach: Barney Frank Plays with YOUR Home

Orange County California Real Estate, Laguna Beach: Barney Frank Plays with YOUR Home

Barney Frank Plays with YOUR Home

Barney's New Play House
copyright Caroline Gerardo
APRIL Fools You thought the Dodd Frank Bill was going to improve the mortgage business, no way.

As of tomorrow new regulations are enacted which have lenders spinning to force employees to sign new employment agreements.

Let me review a few points that will forever harm the consumer further when applying for a home loan.

A. Commission are regulated to not allow any “overage” and pay is capped. Sounds like structurally good ideas but the logic is all foul. Overage was a tool that a private mortgage broker, the individual loan shark used to hedge on several factors. A loan lock is a commodity with a set expiration date. If for some unforeseen reason the loan goes over the date, someone has to pay.

In today’s mountain of paperwork review it is not uncommon= for Underwriters to ask for: a child’s birth certificate, verification of every deposit you made into your accounts in the past three months and standard for lenders to double check everything with the IRS, your employer, and your landlord. If one piece of paper stalls the process, the cost to extend can be huge. If rates

The days of the part time bartender loan guy who can charge you five points hidden in the rate have been gone for two years. Customers can easily walk to the next bank with their pdf files and relock on a better day.

Here is another one of the Dodd Frank Mouse traps: underage. This sneaky tidbit was misunderstood by Senator Dodd. Lenders sometimes price a loan so skinny to beat the competition on minor costs. The savings was passed to a borrower who usually had a clean easy file. This is no longer allowed. Every American is now guaranteed a deal priced the same, even when the bank makes an error –the sales person will not be paid and the chance of your loan closing now declined to .1%

The problem with this theory is each family is not the same. A family with boulders of ghosts in their proverbial closet, cannot be delivered the same piece of cake as a cookie cutter wage earner.

Americans have been holding their fists up at the greedy banks, forgetting that they signed the promissory note and were all too happy to get $ 45000 cash out to buy a boat.

Oh and wait until I tell you about the banks program to charge you for using your DEBIT card, all because of another brilliant Bill by Dodd and Frank.
If you are wondering why your lender is now scrambling to close, call Congressman Barney Frank and complain. His number is (202) 225-5931


Bank Robbers Hate Penny Pinchers

How to avoid the pin skimmers and bank robbers.

How to get around the new bank plan to charge you for using a debit card

Organized crime actually will set up cameras to see you manually punch the numbers and steal the information code. Although most banks cover the loss, it is a nightmare to have your account tapped and defrauded.

Today's skimmer is a small piece of plastic that is crazy-glued on the outside of a gas station or retail store credit card slider. The slider should not protrude from the machine. Wiggle it and see if it will come loose. Cover your hand over the hand typing in the security code. Change your codes frequently on line or in the bank.

The next person in your pocket is going to be the banks themselves. I use debit rather than credit cards, as have many Americans in this Third Great Depression. Some Senator and a man named Barney Frank / Dodd decided they should limit what banks may charge vendors for debit transactions. The new law goes into place in weeks. Banks will be charging you for number of debit transactions. The law limits the amount a bank may charge to 12 cents. In the past banks, credit unions and financial institutions charged 44 on average. Since banks are not operating on charity and income is squeezed for them they will pass the charge to you.

If you have a checking account at any big box bank, take a look at your statement very carefully. Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo are no longer free checking. If you overdraft a check, the pain of fees on top of more costs is going to bite. I plan to get rid of the many duplicate accounts, but you have to go into a branch in person and check that no more direct deposit or auto drafts will be forgotten.

Be diligent in your penny pinching. Ask the banker for waiver of fees in the meanwhile.


Just a little spring color from Bill's garden.
Fortunately we did not have the giant wave here at seven thirty this morning.


Swallows Come Back to Capistrano March 19th

swallow cecropis duarica
March 19th the Mission in San Juan Capistrano is celebrating St. Joseph’s Day and the date the Swallows are to return. It is an old fashioned family party. Come join the live music and bring your camera. You ask what does St. Joseph have to do with the swallows?

They are celebrating the feast day of St. Joseph, the husband of Mary. Joseph was a humble carpenter. St Joseph is the kind of man you might choose for a Dad. We know when he took Jesus to be circumcised at the temple to be purified he offered of two turtledoves or a pair of pigeons, allowed only for those who could not afford a lamb (Luke 2:24).

 An angel came to Joe in a dream and told him Mary was pregnant with God’s child, without question he married Mary. This was during a time when adultery was punishable by death. A real man.

Enough of my side line catechism, what is the connection? The old padres at the mission knew on the feast day of St. Joseph the birds return. Some say it is to honor the Saint. Others might tell you it is the bells that bring the the martins home. I just hope the increasing flocks of crows here don’t scare them away.

Enjoy looking for their mud nests under the 5 Freeway, and come out for the fun.