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Mark Hanson: Organic CA sales down YOY (mhanson.com)
by corntrollio on 28 Jul 2014  1 comment, latest 5 years ago
http://mhanson.com/archives/16 This is somewhat the sequel to his 3/11 post: http://mhanson.com/archives/15 When it comes to defaults, foreclosures and short sales and how they really fit into the macro housing and...

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spending problem masquerading as an education debt problem (finance.yahoo.com)
by corntrollio on 22 Jul 2014  Posted 5 years ago
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ Paul and Joan Ostroff went into debt trying to give their son, Andrew, a shot at getting past a learning disability so that he might be able to go...

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How to Avoid Having a Buyer's Agent in California
by corntrollio on 20 Jul 2011  62 comments, latest 5 years ago
(I posted this in another thread and am reposting as a separate topic) [I'm adding this "assumptions" section because people who don't read this whole post are making misguided comments...

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In response to FortWayne's thread on pesticides
by corntrollio on 26 Jun 2014  14 comments, latest 5 years ago
Here's the original thread: http://patrick.net/?p=1244639 FortWayne says edvard2 says Again- where in that statement, or anywhere in that study does it mention anything about being gay? The above clipping doesn't...

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Gay Marriage is Permitted by the Bible (salon.com)
by corntrollio on 13 May 2014  75 comments, latest 5 years ago
http://www.salon.com/2014/05/1 From a theological perspective, marriage primarily involves a covenant-keeping relationship of mutual self-giving that reflects God’s love for us. The evidence we’ve considered here indicates that marriage is only...

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Walking Away from a Mortgage: Stuyvesant Town Reloaded (bloomberg.com)
by corntrollio on 14 May 2014  5 comments, latest 5 years ago
Now Fortress wants to buy it for $4.7B: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/ The New York-based private-equity firm is seeking financing for an offer valued at about $4.7 billion, said the person, who asked...

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Wyly Bastards (marketwatch.com)
by corntrollio on 14 May 2014  Posted 5 years ago
Glad the SEC caught these fraudsters -- the jury found them guilty on all counts, penalties TBD, and also a determination on insider trading TBD as well: http://www.marketwatch.com/sto Want to...

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Made in America now cheaper than Made in Brazil (finance.yahoo.com)
by corntrollio on 25 Apr 2014  18 comments, latest 5 years ago
http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs It is now cheaper to produce goods in Mexico than in China and about 25% more expensive to manufacture products in Brazil than in the U.S., according to a...

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25 Most Valuable Global Companies in 1989, 1999, 2009, and 2014 (cnbc.com)
by corntrollio on 29 Apr 2014  9 comments, latest 5 years ago
How awesome is this chart?: Most Valuable Global Companies in 1989 Company Country Full Market Cap (USD M) 1 Industrial Bank of Japan Japan 104,291.49 2 Sumitomo Bank Japan 73,304.65...

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835 San Pier Ct, Sunnyvale (redfin.com)
by corntrollio on 31 Mar 2014  16 comments, latest 5 years ago
http://www.redfin.com/CA/Sunny What is the deal with this place? It says short-sale. The recorder's office makes it appear that the 2008 sale at $580K was legit, and it's backed up by...

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A Nation of Takers (nytimes.com)
by corntrollio on 27 Mar 2014  Posted 5 years ago
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03 Great article by Mr. Kristof today. Here are five public welfare programs that are wasteful and turning us into a nation of “takers.” First, welfare subsidies for private planes....

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Hallelujah! (theguardian.com)
by corntrollio on 20 Mar 2014  10 comments, latest 5 years ago
http://www.theguardian.com/wor I'm pretty sure if there is a god, and god hates anyone, god hates Fred Phelps. Fuck Fred Phelps. Fuck him up his stupid ass. That douchebag has been...

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Why do ignorant people capitalize FED as if it were an acronym?
by corntrollio on 7 Feb 2014  12 comments, latest 5 years ago
On one hand, I like it because it has a 100% correlation to the comment being incoherent and nonsensical. I really do want to know the answer.

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Where do people who don't pay income tax live? (finance.yahoo.com)
by corntrollio on 21 Sep 2012  Posted 7 years ago
Mostly places that will vote for Romney, ironically, but not surprisingly: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ 1. Mississippi Total Returns: 1,283,495 Returns With Income Tax Liability: 712,035 Returns With No Income Tax Liability: 571,460...

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Congress to raise FHA loan limit, but not Freddie/Fannie limit? (washingtonpost.com)
by corntrollio on 17 Nov 2011  10 comments, latest 8 years ago
Looks like that's the current proposal on the table. The top FHA loan limit will go back to $729,750, but the Fannie/Freddie limit will stay at $625,500: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ http://online.wsj.com/article/ http://www.ajc.com/news/nation...

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Tax Rate History Since Reagan
by corntrollio on 18 Nov 2011  Posted 8 years ago
Thought I'd repost this from the Real Estate thread: Pre-1986 Reagan 0% 11% 12% 14% 16% 18% 22% 25% 28% 33% 38% 42% 45% 49% 50% Reagan 1986-1987 11% 15%...

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Why is there no shortage of engineers? (news.investors.com)
by corntrollio on 3 Nov 2011  65 comments, latest 8 years ago
I've noticed that a lot of Patnetters say that there is no shortage of engineers in the US. I never really hear this anywhere else except from people on these...

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threads not being unmarked as new properly?
by corntrollio on 7 Nov 2011  10 comments, latest 8 years ago
Is anyone else having this problem? Right now when I read a thread that's marked as new, it is not being unmarked after I read it.

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Brazilians think the US is a good business environment (economist.com)
by corntrollio on 4 Nov 2011  3 comments, latest 8 years ago
Actual quote by a businessman who deals in meat production: http://www.economist.com/node/ As it happens, the cost advantage is shifting towards the firm’s rich-world operations. The strong real makes it more...

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If only the Clinton Surplus had continued, we might be debt free next year (npr.org)
by corntrollio on 25 Oct 2011  10 comments, latest 8 years ago
I meant to post on this the other day when I heard about it, but catching up now. There was a report in the Clinton administration on what might happen...

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Alabama Economy Being Hurt by New Anti-Immigrant Law (npr.org)
by corntrollio on 24 Oct 2011  14 comments, latest 8 years ago
To crib a post I made on the housing forum, more and more we are hearing that Alabama's economy is being hurt by its new anti-immigration law. Yes, more undocumented...

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Nevada is a failed GOP Paradise (lvrj.com)
by corntrollio on 19 Oct 2011  49 comments, latest 8 years ago
This op-ed is brilliant and exactly what I've been telling people on occasion: http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/ne They were also discussing this on NPR this morning: http://www.npr.org/2011/10/19/ Summary: Nevada has very low taxes...

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Actual Demographics of Occupy Wall Street (occupywallst.org)
by corntrollio on 19 Oct 2011  5 comments, latest 8 years ago
A prof did a study. Here are some details: http://occupywallst.org/media/ Here is the executive summary from the author, which is currently posted on Occupy Wall Street's website: The Occupy Wall...

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This guy should have no trouble paying big money in Silicon Valley... (finance.yahoo.com)
by corntrollio on 20 Oct 2011  Posted 8 years ago
http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs eBay's Home Economics. To lure Thomson Reuters executive Devin Wenig to move across the country and take a post as President of eBay Marketplaces, the giant internet firm offered...

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hottest career in these economic times: change your name to Jeeves (economist.com)
by corntrollio on 17 Oct 2011  4 comments, latest 8 years ago
The Economist suggests that our "new economy" where the ultra-rich are doing well and everyone else is worse off means that more people should become butlers. http://www.economist.com/node/ What about the...

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New Yorkers Support Occupy Wall Street (finance.yahoo.com)
by corntrollio on 17 Oct 2011  4 comments, latest 8 years ago
Good news on this front -- 2/3 of New Yorkers support Occupy Wall Street. And why shouldn't they? Not nearly enough banksters have gone to jail, and too many of...

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Examples from Occupy SF that Occupy Wall Street isn't far from the Tea Party (huffingtonpost.com)
by corntrollio on 17 Oct 2011  1 comment, latest 8 years ago
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ The most prominent signs are "End the Fed" and also a complaint about our "war economy." Both sound like things mentioned by Teabaggers. There is a lot of common...

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GE to build largest US solar factory (finance.yahoo.com)
by corntrollio on 13 Oct 2011  7 comments, latest 8 years ago
Funny how whenever GE or another big companies moves a portion of their business abroad, particularly manufacturing, someone feels the need to point it out here ASAP as fitting their...

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Counterpoint: Criticizing Loan Guarantees to Solyndra is Missing the Boat (kqed.org)
by corntrollio on 11 Oct 2011  3 comments, latest 8 years ago
http://www.kqed.org/a/perspect Executive Summary: It's just talking points. TeabaggersOpponents rarely complain about oil and gas subsidies, which are 13X those for renewables. [changed from Teabaggers to Opponents, since Vicente pointed out...

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Insane Union Rule in France (economist.com)
by corntrollio on 15 Sep 2011  46 comments, latest 8 years ago
http://www.economist.com/node/ WHEN the managers of Le Monde introduced computers to the paper’s print works in the early 1990s, they hoped for greater efficiency and lower costs. But this was not...

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Pace of BofA foreclosures to increase? (cnbc.com)
by corntrollio on 13 Sep 2011  6 comments, latest 8 years ago
http://www.cnbc.com/id/4450393 Bank of America is ramping up its foreclosure processing, sending out far more notices of default to borrowers in August than in previous months, well over 200 percent more...

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Realtors still fighting prudent lending (finance.yahoo.com)
by corntrollio on 29 Jul 2011  7 comments, latest 8 years ago
These used house salesmen never give up, although this article is somewhat poorly written: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ Among the potential outcomes is that homebuyers could be required to front a higher down...

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The Myth of Mainland China Buyers in Vancouver (theglobeandmail.com)
by corntrollio on 7 Jul 2011  35 comments, latest 8 years ago
This is more than a week old so I'm surprised no one wrote about it. The Globe and Mail called BS on the claim of mainland Chinese buyers in Vancouver,...

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Realtor association gives bad market data -- miscalculated medians (chicagotribune.com)
by corntrollio on 21 Jul 2011  2 comments, latest 8 years ago
The media depends on realtor association data and often quotes it to the public. To people who don't follow housing prices as closely as those on Patrick.net, these press releases...

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Lindsay Lohan tweeting about hyperinflation must mean... (theatlantic.com)
by corntrollio on 28 Jun 2011  13 comments, latest 8 years ago
...that there is little threat of hyperinflation: http://www.theatlantic.com/bus This is like taxi drivers giving you tech stock tips in 1999, and cashiers telling you to buy houses in 2006. Now...

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FatWallet Investment Property Thread (fatwallet.coms)
by corntrollio on 14 Jun 2011  18 comments, latest 8 years ago
Has anyone ever read through it? It's a great historical study on boom mentality. It starts out somewhat sedately in 2002 with people who at least had some experience explaining...

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Corelogic HPI ex Distressed Sales (corelogic.com)
by corntrollio on 7 Jun 2011  2 comments, latest 8 years ago
Did anyone check out the Corelogic numbers: http://www.corelogic.com/uploa One thing that's interesting is that they include numbers both including "distressed housing" and excluding "distressed housing." For the Bay Area, it...

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Variable Universal Life -- how it works
by corntrollio on 14 Jun 2011  14 comments, latest 8 years ago
[cribbed from a Patrick.net post I made recently in the Housing forum] Typically it works like this: You pay in money as investment, and while your downside is often capped,...

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Inflation-Adjusted Prestige Index for the Bay Area is back to 2000 (firstrepublic.com)
by corntrollio on 2 Jun 2011  37 comments, latest 8 years ago
Here's what I wrote in another thread, but I thought it was worth starting a new thread: What's interesting to note is that certain indices are back to 2000 with...
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