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  • On 25 Aug 2014 in Lawnmowers-what kind do you use?, TechGromit said:

    I have a John Deere X300 riding mower, it was worth it weight in gold a few years ago when I had 6 big snow over a two winters. If your going to get a riding mower, do yourself a favor and get one that costs at least $3,000+, those low end mowers from Lowe's or Home Depot are junk.

    This setup saved me in a pinch before I had a real plow, did my 150 Foot long driveway with it, I ended up getting a real plow for it a few snow storms later.

  • On 24 Aug 2014 in That was a big earthquake!, TechGromit said:

    cloud15 says

    We actually felt nothing here in San Jose

    Same here, felt nothing in New Jersey.

  • On 12 Aug 2014 in PatNet Special Story, TechGromit said:

    This story really means nothing. You could assume she's shop lifting because she's a down on her luck realtor, but the reality is some people just like to shoplift, some find it a thrill to get away with stealing, even if they can easily afford to buy the merchandise in question. Most of the time the people who shoplift and easily afford to purchase what they steal, but they get a high from shop lifting. And the odds are in there favor, the majority of shop lifters get away with it. Chances are this realtor has been shop lifting for years, but if you do something often enough, the law of averages will catch up to you.

  • On 21 Apr 2014 in Housing Bubble 2.0 Veers Toward Housing Bust 2.0, TechGromit said:

    This housing bubble has some fundamental differences than the last one. I don't know where all this money is coming from to buy these houses, but it's not from banks lending it to unqualified home buyers. So long as there are renters willing to rent the properties investors are buying, often at ever increasing rental rates, I guess the "end" or pop will be when rents are too high for renters to afford. Vacant properties equals loses to investors, which will force a end to rising prices. Not a collapse however, more of a market price stabilization. Once prices drop to a point investing makes economic sense again, investors will rush back into the market, which will prevent a housing market collapse like we had before.

  • On 21 Apr 2014 in Your gas dollars at work, building world's tallest building in Saudi Arabia, TechGromit said:

    I'm not sure how we got on the subject of cars from office space, but what the hey. $10,000 is a heck of a lot of gas. The average American drives 10,000 miles a year, at 35 mpg, that's 285 gallons of fuel a year. at $4 a gallon, that's around $1,100 a year. So your talking 9 years to pay for that premium in price of your natural gas car, and that's not even including the cost of Natural gas, at $2 a "gallon" of Natural gas, your car is going to have to last you 18 years, just to break even.

    It's a nice dream cheaper fuel, but it doesn't add up in the end. Of course if gasoline prices spike to $10 a gallon in the future and Natural gas prices hold steady, it might make economic sense, but with all the new oil wells in the United States producing oil, I don't see prices spiking anytime in the next 5 years.

  • On 21 Apr 2014 in Your gas dollars at work, building world's tallest building in Saudi Arabia, TechGromit said:

    I highly doubt there are sufficient tenants to occupy such a building in Saudi Arabia, the building of skyscrapers in cities like New York was a necessity due to space limitations, not because they look pretty. In Dubai, office building’s occupancy rates are less than 50%. There’s no good economic reason to be building more buildings in Dubai, and I’m sure the same holds true in Saudi Arabia. New York in contrast, office space occupancy rates are at least 90%, and residential apartments are even higher, at 99%. Sure they can build it, but I believe it’s economically irresponsible to do so. Building an excess of office space isn’t going to solve Saudi Arabia’s future economic stability when there oil runs out.

  • On 14 Jul 2013 in Fla. mom gets 20 years for firing warning shots - CBS News, TechGromit said:

    Isn't it obvious? She's Black and Zimmerman is white... well OK he's Hispanic, but he's pretty close to being white (his father is White), so he's OK in my book.

    From Zimmerman's trial, we learn apparently is perfectly acceptable to kill African Americans, Get yours today before there are none of them left.

  • On 11 Jul 2013 in Typically Felonious Scum-Sucking Santa Clarita Realtor Gets 5 Years for Ponzi, TechGromit said:

    She was ordered to pay $2.389 million in restitution, but those victims will never see that money. Hell it's not easy to earn 2.3 million when you have a successful business, and she going to with a conviction on her record, her business and credibility destroyed?

  • On 3 Jul 2013 in Snowden urges Americans to confront the "growing danger of tyranny", TechGromit said:

    Snowden was a fool. In the end he will end up in a federal prison for the rest of his life. No country wants to accept him, he's a liability, not an asset. He has no state secrets to bargain with, he already gave them all away. He doesn't have any money either. if he was independently wealthy, I'm sure some Country would accept him, but without money, who is going want to support his lazy ass once he arrives? Another state welfare case?

    I don't feel sorry for him, it's no great revelation to me that the NSA records Americans conversations without there knowledge. The NSA doesn't care whose cheating on who or what pretty crimes they committed, they are interested in terrorists and other threats to our country. When NSA recordings of American conversations without court orders are used to court as evidence for petty crimes people committed, THEN I would get very concerned.

  • On 17 Jun 2013 in Government waste is stealing from the poor, TechGromit said:

    CaptainShuddup says

    Government waste is stealing from the poor

    Huh? The poor are stealing from the middle class. Me and my wife have the child of an unemployed prostitute drug addict. We are the foster parents for the child and would like to adopt her. The deadbeat mother got a free apartment from the state, free drug treatment program and free medical care, and she still doesn't work! At least nothing reportable/taxable. And your telling me THEY are being ripped off? Give me a break.

    I know someone that was unemployed for two years. He couldn't afford medical insurance and was told that if your an illegal immigrate, you can get medicare, But if your a American citizen, tough luck. This country is doomed to collapse under the weight of it's social programs to the undeserving.

  • On 4 Jun 2013 in Paying $3,000 rent per month is slavery, TechGromit said:

    Goran_K says

    Mortgage owners: You pay for 30 years, pay taxes, HOA, fix everything, and after all that you own an old box. Better make sure your job is stable.

    The difference here is that old box can be worth quite a bit of money. Some of those old boxes in Redwood City, CA are worth over 600k for a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1,000 sq ft house. When you rent you end up with NOTHING after 30 years. Rents are $2,500 in Redwood a month, but property taxes are under $800 a year for property owners. It true owner get shafted compared to renters the first years of ownership, but in the end it's the owners that are Far better off.

  • On 20 May 2013 in Makers And Stars Of Porn Being Turned Away By Some Banks, TechGromit said:

    Looks like there money to be made here. Just open a bank and charge a higher interest rate for loans to questionable industries (porn, legalized pot, strip clubs, gun shops, drug dealers, distributors of low yield nuclear weapons, etc). If there's money to be made someone will fill the gap. Hell I would if I had the resources to do so.

    Gromit's Bank, the Immoral Bank.

  • On 30 Apr 2013 in Error claims cast doubt on Bank of America foreclosures in Bay Area, TechGromit said:

    Patrick says

    Bank of America foreclosed on the house after the bank lost a $27,777.85 cashier’s check Thomas had sent in an effort to save the home.

    I can't help to wonder if there isn't a certain amount of fraud here to. Let's say your a realtor investor looking for places to buy, if you get yourself a friend in management that works in a bank could give you a heads up what owners are behind on there payments, well before it listed on a pre-foreclosure website. You take a good look at the properties and decide what are the most desirable to make you the most profit. Now you tell your friend do everything in there power to help the owner get foreclosed on. "lose" paperwork, lose "payments", refuse to help the owner work out a deal with the bank, etc. After the bank foreclosures, you buy the property at a steep discount, re-sell it for top dollar, give your friend a taste and it's on to the next score.

    "He took out a $411,200 loan in 2009 to buy his San Ramon house. He was making regular monthly payments of $1,796.40 a month. But in January 2012, Thomas realized the payment on his fixed-rate mortgage had jumped to $3,197.70. The bank gave him no explanation."

    Actually I don't understand how the court could have allowed the foreclosure to proceed. You can't change one side of a contract and claim database errors, screw the 27k missing check, any contract law lawyer should be able to make a case to sue Bank of America for loses and damages.

  • On 29 Apr 2013 in The Pension Loan scam, TechGromit said:

    "... he agreed to sign over $353 a month of his $1,033 monthly disability pension for five years in exchange for $10,000 in cash up front. Those terms, including fees and finance charges, work out to an effective annual interest rate of more than 36 percent. After Mr. Govan belatedly did the math, he was shocked."

    Same Shit, Different day. Don't people have the forethought to do the math BEFORE they sign? I really can't feel sorry for someone too stupid to protect themselves.

  • On 29 Apr 2013 in How to Fix the Great Real Estate After-Bubble, TechGromit said:

    thomaswong.1986 says

    Rental income ................................. $ 3,584

    Other income .................................. 32

    Total revenue .................................. 3,616

    Expenses:

    Property operating and maintenance....1,971

    Real estate taxes.......................................1,273

    Homeowner’s association fees................391

    Property management ..............................459

    Total expenses ............................................ 4,049

    Net loss......................................................... (443)

    Subtracting the three BS fees, you still are running a loss, just not as big loss.

    Depreciation and amortization.................2,003

    Advisory management fee - affiliates .....2,159

    General and administrative....................... 881

    Actually looking at the number, Property operating and maintenance seems really high as well. I wager that a lot of these expenses are one time costs when setting up the fund, next year costs should go way down and they should be able to turn a profit.

  • On 27 Apr 2013 in Fuck CFL, LEDs are the way to go, TechGromit said:

    Frankly the offerings of LED lights have been somewhat pathetic so far. The brightest LED lights are 1780 Lumens (a measure of brightness), CFL's on the other hand go as high as 11,000 Lumens. I have a couple of lights in my garage that are 8,500 Lumens, really brighten up my workshop, they are equivalent to 500w incandescent bulbs. (but only use 100 watts) LED's might have a place in replacing common 60 watt bulbs, but they are not a serious choice if you really want some bight lighting.

  • On 27 Apr 2013 in How to Fix the Great Real Estate After-Bubble, TechGromit said:

    iwog says

    I'll repeat what I said in the other thread. Do not underestimate the extreme power of the billions on Wall Street applied to SFR rental properties.

    The new REITs and ETFs will use scale to be more efficient and earn more money than traditional small landlords. Substantial tax benefits will also be passed to investors and because they are dealing in cash, the new class of Wall Street landlord will not have any interest cost.

    This isn't an after-bubble. This IS the main bubble with the 2006 peak being a foreshock. I believe my bubble model will apply here and we'll see a peak in about 4-5 years.

    The problem with Wall Street is they can't get enough of a good thing. The original idea of combining mortgages into lots to spread the risk and selling them off to investors really wasn't a bad one. It was when wall street continued to demand more of these investment funds, that someone was more than happy to package up crappy mortgages sell them to hungry investors. I see the same thing happening here. Investors will hear about the good returns this type of real estate investment fund yields, they will demand more funds created, to meet demand someone will just throw them together, AAA rated, poorly planned and investors will happily buy the funds, only later realizing they were sold crap that will lose them money.

    Later rating companies will make excuses that did not have enough experience rating this new type of investment, that why everything was AAA++ rated.

  • On 26 Apr 2013 in How to Fix the Great Real Estate After-Bubble, TechGromit said:

    Really depends on where the houses are located. A lot of houses clustered in one small area makes property management far easier. They can hire someone to keep an eye on the vacate houses, handle renter complaints, lean on slow / non-payer renters. But if they are spread all over the place, then logistics become a lot more of a problem, possibly a money losing venture.

  • On 20 Apr 2013 in Boston Lockdown, TechGromit said:

    Personally I think the police FAILED in there search. They searched house to house, but failed to look in a boat in someone backyard less then a mile from the shootout. I guess they were surprised he wasn't in the middle of the street waving his arms to get there attention, as they drove fruitless around the town in there armored vehicles. If the 19 year old wasn't shot, with an obvious blood trail to the boat, I can't help to wonder if they wouldn't have found him if he hid in a shed and slipped out of town that night after the "intensive manhunt'.

    So the lesson is, if you ever on the run for a thousand police, don't hide in a house, hide in a covered boat, they will never dream of looking there.

  • On 18 Mar 2013 in David Siegel went from bankruptcy to his most profitable year ever, TechGromit said:

    Vicente says

    Rich people with dog shit everywhere, dead pets,the old man hanging out in his den shirtless with stacks of papers like a hoarder....

    I hope his children don't reproduce.

    I downloaded it from Piratebay. I recently had a debate on another forum about wealth determines your social class. After seeing this, I think I want to change my opinion. What a bunch of low life's with money. They are trail park trash with a mansion.

  • On 4 Mar 2013 in China's real estate bubble, TechGromit said:

    Goran_K says

    Did anyone die in that toppled over building? I've had nightmares over things like that.

    One death, no details, but the building was still under contraction and unoccupied. I would think it was someone working around the outside of the building with earth moving equipment. So he probably got crushed by the falling building. If they were finishing the inside there would have been a lot more people working inside at the time. You don't send in one guy to sheet rock a 12 story building.

  • On 4 Mar 2013 in China's real estate bubble, TechGromit said:

    Reality says

    That particular toppled over building actually held up really well after the fall, without crumbling into pieces or breaking up at all as one would expect for such a high rise falling on its side.

    I read some more details on the building collapse, they were digging under the building to install an underground garage. Now I'm no expert in building construction, but I would think you would want to build the garage first when your building the foundation, then build the building on top, not the other way around.

    Also the fountain was just hollow cement pilings into the ground, even if it didn't collapse, I'd be someone concerned parking under the building when a good part of the earth holding the piling in place was removed.

  • On 4 Mar 2013 in China's real estate bubble, TechGromit said:

    Well I'll have to say this much, the Chinese really know how to make a proper real estate bubble. We are rank amateurs compared to these guys. The process has been vastly improved, when this thing pops the repercussions will be far larger and farther reaching. This could very well delay claiming the number one spot in the world's largest economies, perhaps even lose the #2 spot.

  • On 3 Mar 2013 in David Siegel went from bankruptcy to his most profitable year ever, TechGromit said:

    How long before it's insured to the hilt and tragically swallowed by a very mysterious yet financially convenient sinkhole?

    I wonder if he has Sinkhole insurance. Houses are not typically covered for sinkholes, that's an additional to your standard policy.

  • On 3 Mar 2013 in 16 signs that the middle class is running out of money, TechGromit said:

    #6 "In the United States today, a new car has become out of reach for most middle class Americans..."

    I've seen this this article he's quoted on discussed other forums as pure propaganda. The article says the average vehicle cost is 0ver 30k, it's a fact there are plenty of choices of cars between 15k to 20k, also he used a 4 year car loan to boost the car payments and make the payment level unaffordable to most middle class people to support his argument.

    #16 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the middle class is currently taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.

    The last US census was only a few years after the housing market collapsed, the huge housing bubble had a lot to do with the figures the U.S. Census Bureau recorded. i wager the 2020 census will see a reversal in this trend. This will be enough time for all of the foreclosures to work there way through the market and the housing market stabilize to a more historical normal level.

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