On Monday November 7, 2011, Louis Cammarosano, General Manager of HomeGain, was a guest on the Real Estate Radio show on The Big Talker 1580 AM, hosted by Ryan Sloper.
Listen to the show.
Part 1 (13:55)
Ryan notes that there is a city near Detroit, Hyland Park that has turned off the city’s electricity and pulled out the street lights because they can not pay the electric bills. Louis notes that this is considered “austerity”. Louis notes that local governments should be able to provide the necessities(fire, police, water and lighting) if the money was managed properly.
Instead local governments rely on bond issues and getting money from Washington to pay for government services. Louis notes the irony of hiring local politicians to get money sent to Washington back to the local municipality. Louis also notes that governments generally don’t threatened to cut the non essentials and when they are short on cash, but rather threaten the essential services in order to extract more money. Ryan and Louis discuss the raising of bank fees on consumers and the backlash that it has created, leading to the Bank of America has retracted their intention to charge consumers to use their bank cards.
Louis notes that the entire episode was the unintended consequence of government intervention. Ryan discusses the best way to shop for a mortgage. Ryan discusses factors that impact mortgage interest rates. Ryan notes that the treasury will sell $72 billion of bonds. Ryan notes the change of government in Greece and that the contagion has spread to Italy. Louis notes the the Greek crisis has been lingering because the central bank has been propping them up.
Louis also notes that if more municipalities can not provide services, the Fed may provide a bail out. This would lead to higher interest rates and inflation. Louis predicts that the dollar will out last the Euro in that it can probably print more money and that eventually, entities including sovereigns, must be allowed to fail. Louis notes that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation creates a moral hazard. Louis and Ryan discuss fractional reserve banking and its role in creating the potential for bank runs.