No wonder you’re losing your home, your an idiot!

A few years ago I was driving home and heard a commercial on the radio guaranteeing home loans with zero down, for those with zero or bad credit. Assuming that a VA loan was still my best option, and that this was obviously some shady deal I called to find out the details. At the time I didn’t understand finances the way I do now, so when the voice on the other line mentioned things like double ARMs, 20/80s, and interest only loans, I was at a loss. When I got home I quickly looked these things up using only google and wikipedia. It took me all of ten minutes to realize that these options were not a good idea. I didn’t have to follow the economy intensely to know that a few years back interest rates were at incredible all time lows, and were then starting to creep up. Knowing this, I also knew that they would inevitable keep rising.

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So when I heard that homeowners were rallying against the governor of Massachusetts I was a little upset. I understand their frustration and pity their plight; however their obvious mistakes were there own and I feel that the government has no responsibility to fix their errors. This is difficult for me to say, because I feel that major corporations and especially financial institutions have been given too many rights in the last 150 years, and I do feel that the government should regulate predatory lending and possibly even interest rates on loans. But your mistakes are your own, and if the government will back you up every time you act stupid, then you will never learn.

How can we expect the government to get their act together to help us when we cant even help ourselves.

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2 Responses to No wonder you’re losing your home, your an idiot!

  1. Shauna says:

    Ironically, you wrote “…your an idiot.” …(you’re)

    Feel free to delete this. Great post. I wrote about something similar, here: http://shauna26.wordpress.com/2008/01/03/family-man-will-work-for-food-3-ways-to-not-be-that-man/

    …people are silly.

  2. Corey says:

    I caught that at the very last possible second as I hit submit. I was too lazy to delete the post and re submit it under the correct title. Good eye! People are silly. Isn’t that what this is all about!

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