Subprime mortgage blues result in new laws

We finally came full circle relative to subprime, mortgage blues, and the subsequent recession. What we could not see in 2006 are new laws enacted today. Under sweeping financial overhauls that have now passed the House and Senate, home buyers won’t be able to get a mortgage without producing pay stubs or other evidence they can make their monthly payments.

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A Kernel of Truth at the Country Store

We went to the Country Store in our town. The people shopping inside were either men with lists or the wives of the men sitting outside on the bench in the sun. The conversation outside went around to the recession being over and the amount of stimulus money spent. It is strange that the men in the country are treated with disdain, but can provide such insight into the day to day problems. The following are snatches of various conversations:

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Economic crisis still looms as winter looms nearby

This is the quote of the week at Mortgage Blues: “”People have been celebrating that we’re through the financial crisis, but the underlying issues are all still there,” said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “We’ve lost trillions of dollars in housing wealth, and consumption’s going to be weak. It’s not the ’30s, but there’s really nothing to boost the economy.””

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