During the hot real estate market a few years ago banks, federal government and people committing fraud caused property values to artificially jump. Today the same banks and the same government are causing the those property values to drop all over the country. I spoke about how lenders are causing property values to decrease by their incompetence in a previous post: Lenders Are Causing Property Values to Drop.
Now they want us to be grateful to them for saving us with our own money (massive amounts of it). I for one am not grateful, I am fed up.
Congress made laws requiring banks to give bad loans and then took kick backs from them (campaign donations and sweet heart loans). Those in congress knew Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in trouble 4 years ago and did nothing about it covered it up and protected them; so they could continue to write even more bad loans.
Since that time members of congress continued to take money from Fannie, Freddie and the lending industry. Executives from Fannie and Freddie left with giant bonuses after riding those institutions into the ground and cooked their books. Instead of prosecuting them, many found golden parachutes. A few of them are now financial advisors for the presidential candidate who was the second highest collector of donations from Freddie and Fannie. I wonder what advice he is getting. Are they planning the next crash and burn cycle? I definitely will not be saying thank you to congress. I have no Aloha for them.
Lenders and government sat back while massive amounts of mortgage fraud went on around the country and did very little. In some cases they were active participants. Mortgage fraud caused property values to climb artificially in communities across the country. Consumers buying homes at that time paid more.
Now the very same lenders are driving down prices in those communities. They are causing consumers to lose money and their homes in some cases.
So again I say, NO ALOHA for Congress and the Lending Industry.