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Scary Signs

While driving around today I passed 3 signs that made me pause and do a doubletake.

The first one was a hand-lettered sign that explained that someone was selling their house to the highest bidder on Sunday. The bidding was to start at $242,000, and the house was appraised at $400,000. I’d heard of things like that before but was still surprised to see a sign like that. The sign got me into the “thinking about the housing market” frame of mind. This is probably why the next two signs caught my eye:

Sign #2 said, “Get out of A.R.M’s. 40-50-60 year loans available”.

#3 said “100% financing with FICO score of at least 500”.

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Is it just me, or does that sound like predatory lending to anyone else?

Those two signs were out in a newly developed area (an area where an enormous number of houses had been built in the last 3-4 years, and where new construction sales were going like crazy a little over a year ago). To give you an idea of how things stand now in that area, while driving down 3 blocks I saw approximately 9 houses for sale, many of which said “reduced” and at least one that was empty.

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