Who's greener than bankers?
Freddie Mac executive Anthony Renzi, who ran GMAC Mortgage into the ground before hiding out with his federal friends for two years has now left Freddie for a new job with his private sector banking pals. With a proven track record of failure, why shouldn’t he be rewarded?
Before joining Freddie, Mr. Renzi served as the operating chief of GMAC Residential Capital, a unit of Ally Financial Inc. He was initially hired by Freddie to oversee the company’s mortgage-servicing operations.
Mr. Haldeman said in an interview that Mr. Renzi’s departure shows that Freddie Mac employees remain “sought after” in the broader housing-finance industry. “I very much appreciate the contribution he’s made, and I’m delighted for him,” he said.
Before her conversion
Shocker! She knew terrorists were being water-boarded all along.
Even though everyone knew the Speaker of the House was lying, or more precisely, because everyone knew she was lying, House Democrats blocked a Congressional inquiry into the matter in 2009.
Good thing for her she isn’t Dick Cheney (but too bad for our country).
Saw this house in 2003, 2004 when it sold in the $4 million range, now it’s asking $8. According to the listing, the new owners performed extensive renovations in 2004 and I’m sure they must have since they want to double what they paid. Two acres of great lawn, a fantastic old charmer and Lauder is close to town, so you’ve got location, property and the house all going for you. The town assessor calculates its market value as $3.898 million but what does he know?
We’ll find out, sooner or later.
Better'n new, you betcha!
It’s spring, and long dormant homes are reappearing as “new” listings. Well, ya gotta try, I suppose, but retreads usually sell at a discount.
One Birchwood Road, a spec job over at Will Merry and (extremely) close to transportation via the Merritt Parkway, tried a price of $6.495 in 2006 and by doing so missed that market and followed the rest of the housing stock into the in the abyss that began in late 2007. It’s been on and off the market since then and now it’s back with a Westchester broker and a new price, $5.695 million. Had they started there six years ago the builders might have made out but now they have an old house at the price of a new one and probably above that level, too. Fours, maybe? I remember it as not a bad house but a pretty standard spec and then there’s the Merritt to consider. Not horrible, but a factor.
And 82 Glenville Road (scroll), built new in 2002 and sold then for $3 million, $5,000 above asking, started at $3.875 a year ago and like Birchwood, is back as new, asking $3.250. Sounds as though the sellers will have to settle for that 2002 price or a tad lower. Good back yard, Glenville Road in front, NTTAWWT (!)
Blue Danube waltz?
Libya’s former Prime Minister and, later, Oil Minister falls into the Danube and drowns. Police rule out murder but it’s a little cold to be swimming in the Danube right now and this sure sounds a lot like any one of dozens of espionage/political thrillers out there. Besides, if the Russians can assassinate someone in London with a poisoned umbrella, how difficult would this be?
EPA official who spoke candidly about his agency’s desire and goal to “crucify” the oil industry is fired. His boss, Obummer himself, promised to bankrupt the coal industry and he got elected. Hardly seems fair to toss overboard a flunky who was just following orders.
5 Gilliam Lane reports an accepted offer (as I reported Friday). Asking $3.395, word I have is that it’s going for $3.250. Good builder, nice house, no yard and busy road (Riverside Avenue curve) out front. Speaks to the dearth of new construction in Riverside, I guess.
19 Angus Lane, 1.9 acres in the RA-1 zone. $5.295 million, which doesn’t seem out of line with recent new construction sales.
10 Lake Drive South in Riverside, $1.6 million. Asked $1.795 in September and I’m a little surprised it sat so long on the market. Nice house, good location and compared to others on the market right now, a relative bargain.
22 Cherry Tree Lane, also in Riverside, in Harbor Point, has cut its price to $5.295 from $5.495. It asked $6.995 million last June which was obviously too high but i think it’s pretty well priced now. Beautiful house, absolutely top-quality construction and water views from the (back) porch. unfortunately, my current clients can’t afford it.
21 Mimosa, one acre, has an accepted offer. Last asking price was $925,000, down from its 2009 price of $1.275. It sat for 842 days but that may have more to do with the dearth of builders from 2009 – to date than anything else. I’d guess it will actually sell in the mid-eights, but who knows? An acre of good land is rare.
UAW Government Motors stay open, non-union shops were shut down and workers refused the right to transfer.
Even General Motors Co.’s Lordstown, Ohio, complex, long known for its money-losing small cars and its bad labor climate, is running 24 hours a day, with more than 4,000 workers churning out hot-selling Chevy Cruze compacts.
But here in Moraine, the GM assembly plant closed for good. Despite being one of GM’s most productive and cooperative factories, Moraine was closed following the company’s 2007 labor pact with the United Auto Workers union. Under a deal struck by the UAW during GM’s bankruptcy two years later, Moraine’s 2,500 laid-off workers were barred from transferring to other plants, locking them out of the industry’s rebound.
The trouble with Moraine: Its workers weren’t in the UAW.
“We did everything we could to keep that plant open and keep our jobs,” said Mitchell Wood, a 44-year-old father of two who used to attach tailgates onto sport-utility vehicles at Moraine. “But in the end, we didn’t have a chance, not being in the UAW.”
Majority of British doctors favor withholding medical services to smokers and fat people. The battle for a single payer medical system is not about providing medical care, it’s about control, just as warming alarmists aren’t really worried about polar bears.
But it is easier to promote behaviour desired by the state when a population lives on state handouts. And for states that might want to influence the behaviour of their citizens — their resource consumption, their carbon footprint, their moral and ethical beliefs, or their attitude toward the state — this could be an attractive proposition. It might cost a lot to run a welfare system, but it brings a lot of power to influence citizens.
And increasingly throughout the Western world, citizens are becoming dependent on the state for their standard of living. In the UK, 92% of people are dependent on the socialist NHS for healthcare. 46 million Americans receive food stamps. That gives states a lot of leverage to influence behaviour. First it may be used in a (relatively sensible) attempt to curtail smoking and obesity. Beyond that, the sky is the limit. Perhaps doctors or bureaucrats may someday suggest withholding treatment or dole money from those who exceed their personal carbon or meat consumption quota? A tyrant could even withhold welfare from those who do not pledge their undying allegiance or military service to a regime or ideology (it happened many times last century). An underclass of rough and hungry welfare recipients is a fertile recruiting ground for military and paramilitary organisations (like the TSA).
With the wide expansion of welfare comes a lot of power, and the potential for the abuse of power. Citizens looking for a free lunch or an easier world should be careful what they wish for. Welfare recipients take note: you depend on government for your standard of living, you open yourself up to losing your liberty.
Doesn't do it for me, your taste may differ
Jack Nicholson has placed his weekend cottage in Aspen up for sale: 12,000 sq.ft. lot, 5,600 sq. ft. house, and not at all impressive or even attractive. It does carry a price tag sure to appeal to his fellow movie stars and friends of ‘Bama: $15 million. I’m not familiar with property values in the Democratic enclave at Aspen but money is as water to these people, so perhaps he’ll get it.
Too small to host the Princess and her entourage but maybe she can use it to put up some Secret Servicemen and their prostitutes. Just as Joe Biden makes a tidy profit renting out his own guest cottage to the Secret Servicemen assigned to guard him, this could be a mini-profit center for the First Family, should book sales drop.