Helping homeowners

Helping homeowners

There are 21 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Sep 9, 2008, titled Helping homeowners. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Brad Gordon stood at the podium in the Pittsfield City Council chambers and unfurled a single-spaced, 6-foot-long list of Berkshire County foreclosures for the past 12 months.

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Twopoint Five

Greenfield, MA

#1 Sep 9, 2008
"Don't do the vice if you can't pay the price." Why should the rest of us (U.S.) have to pay for the mistakes of these less intelligent people. Nobody subsidized my mortgage. Nobody wokred my three jobs for me. SHame on the people and the lenders, but don't make those of us who understood the responsibility of debt pay for everyone else!
Wasted

Easthampton, MA

#2 Sep 9, 2008
Another $2,000,000 in state funds wasted.
above are correct

Adams, MA

#3 Sep 9, 2008
In the last six months, the United States of American has become more communistic than China.

Example 1) TAF and TSLF federal reserve bank loans.

Example 2) Hope Now Alliance

Example 3) SIV pool

Example 4)$100 billion of rebate checks to the "poor"

Example 5) Bear Stearns (not technically a bailout, but certainly a government subsidized backstop)

Example 6) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (a bailout).

Example 7) Brad Gordon
Dave Casey

Dalton, MA

#4 Sep 9, 2008
Funny i post a comment earlier on this and it was siped out ???? We (taxpayers) are paying for the "lenders" who were to lazy to do their "home work" for the sake of making a buck, to a buyer who had 5 $ in his/her pocket and went out and spent 10$. This practice snowballed until the buck ran out.It would be great if all could have their cake and eat it to but GREED cause the house of cards to crumble . Their should be rules to follow and bent.
Paul

Honolulu, HI

#5 Sep 9, 2008
I know Brad Gordon and he is a real good guy. But, some homeowners had no business buying something they could not afford and lenders should not have given the loans out in the first place. It's called common sense.
IDK

New York, NY

#6 Sep 10, 2008
Paul wrote:
I know Brad Gordon and he is a real good guy. But, some homeowners had no business buying something they could not afford and lenders should not have given the loans out in the first place. It's called common sense.
Can I please comment on what appears to be ignorance?? I don't think it's fair to think that people are taking out mortgages with the intent on not paying them?? I bought my house 8 years ago, at a young age, something I was very proud to accomplish. Unfortunately, 7 years and the loss of a job later has put me in an unfortunate position to ask for help. I too work 3 jobs, but with the price of everything right now on top of being a single parent to a teenage child have had to push my pride aside and ask for assistance so I don't lose what I worked so hard for, as well as something that would soon one day be my own childs. I am not looking for handouts and believe me, it's not easy to ask for assistance. The questions I have been asked and the way I was treated made me feel like I was nothing!! So please don't sit there and think that it is easy to ask anyone for help when you would much rather do it on your own!!!
Not Ignorrant

Adams, MA

#7 Sep 10, 2008
IDK wrote:
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Can I please comment on what appears to be ignorance?? I don't think it's fair to think that people are taking out mortgages with the intent on not paying them?? I bought my house 8 years ago, at a young age, something I was very proud to accomplish. Unfortunately, 7 years and the loss of a job later has put me in an unfortunate position to ask for help. I too work 3 jobs, but with the price of everything right now on top of being a single parent to a teenage child have had to push my pride aside and ask for assistance so I don't lose what I worked so hard for, as well as something that would soon one day be my own childs. I am not looking for handouts and believe me, it's not easy to ask for assistance. The questions I have been asked and the way I was treated made me feel like I was nothing!! So please don't sit there and think that it is easy to ask anyone for help when you would much rather do it on your own!!!
How dare you accuse us of being ignorant when you can't even properly budget your household income and maintain ownership of your house?

No one is saying that it is easy for an ignorant, stubborn, know-it-all to ask for help. I'm sure it is difficult.

But guess what - it's not my problem that you are ignorant and my money (in the form of taxes) should not be used to bail out your ignorant decisions.

To put it into perspective, while there are flaws in the system I support welfare and social security. However, you aren't the working-poor that needs welfare or a broken widow that needs social security.

You are a greedy, ignorant slob over-reaching what they could afford and now we taxpayers are being forced to give you money.

I guess you win this round. Here's my money...
Paul

Honolulu, HI

#8 Sep 10, 2008
IDK wrote:
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Can I please comment on what appears to be ignorance?? I don't think it's fair to think that people are taking out mortgages with the intent on not paying them?? I bought my house 8 years ago, at a young age, something I was very proud to accomplish. Unfortunately, 7 years and the loss of a job later has put me in an unfortunate position to ask for help. I too work 3 jobs, but with the price of everything right now on top of being a single parent to a teenage child have had to push my pride aside and ask for assistance so I don't lose what I worked so hard for, as well as something that would soon one day be my own childs. I am not looking for handouts and believe me, it's not easy to ask for assistance. The questions I have been asked and the way I was treated made me feel like I was nothing!! So please don't sit there and think that it is easy to ask anyone for help when you would much rather do it on your own!!!
IDK you obviously are not one of the people who fall into the catagory I was referring to. You made payments for several years and due to the lose of a job could not make the payments. That is a common occurance and I to at one time had to sell my house due to a lay-off and had to buy a duplex so as to have income to pay for my mortgage. I am referring to people buying houses way above their means. For example, if you make $65,000 a years and go and purchase a home for $400,000 and take out a no interest loan for 1 year, what would one think would eventually happen. Lenders are suppose to guide and help people by not giving someone a loan they know they will not be able to pay. If you took my post personally I am sorry. I was not referring to someone like yourself.
IDK

New York, NY

#9 Sep 10, 2008
Not Ignorrant wrote:
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How dare you accuse us of being ignorant when you can't even properly budget your household income and maintain ownership of your house?
No one is saying that it is easy for an ignorant, stubborn, know-it-all to ask for help. I'm sure it is difficult.
But guess what - it's not my problem that you are ignorant and my money (in the form of taxes) should not be used to bail out your ignorant decisions.
To put it into perspective, while there are flaws in the system I support welfare and social security. However, you aren't the working-poor that needs welfare or a broken widow that needs social security.
You are a greedy, ignorant slob over-reaching what they could afford and now we taxpayers are being forced to give you money.
I guess you win this round. Here's my money...
Let me say that I am far from ignorant and stubborn.

I too have been working and busting my a** persay to pay for everything that I have and never once have I accepted or even asked for a handout!!! You don't know the situation so for you to be so quick to judge someone ignorance, is based on nothing but the ignorance you have on your own!!!

I am not asking you as a taxpayer for help, I too have paid taxes and unfortunately not everything is paved in stone with life. How dare you call me a greedy, ignorant slob!!!

I get up everyday and work just like everyone else does!! and then when I leave one job, most of the time I go to another.. Who the hell gave you the authority to speak ill of people the way you do??!! Let me guess, your perfect..

Ding... you can take this round, I don't need any handouts from pathetic scum like you!!!!
Cry Me A River

Adams, MA

#10 Sep 10, 2008
IDK wrote:
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Let me say that I am far from ignorant and stubborn.
I too have been working and busting my **** persay to pay for everything that I have and never once have I accepted or even asked for a handout!!! You don't know the situation so for you to be so quick to judge someone ignorance, is based on nothing but the ignorance you have on your own!!!
I am not asking you as a taxpayer for help, I too have paid taxes and unfortunately not everything is paved in stone with life. How dare you call me a greedy, ignorant slob!!!
I get up everyday and work just like everyone else does!! and then when I leave one job, most of the time I go to another.. Who the hell gave you the authority to speak ill of people the way you do??!! Let me guess, your perfect..
Ding... you can take this round, I don't need any handouts from pathetic scum like you!!!!
Wha! Wha! Wha! I don't care about your two jobs. Either get one good one or get another one as a fluffer at your family reunion.

If I want to hear from you again, I'll go to the welfare line and look for you.
Paul

Honolulu, HI

#11 Sep 10, 2008
Cry Me A River wrote:
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Wha! Wha! Wha! I don't care about your two jobs. Either get one good one or get another one as a fluffer at your family reunion.
If I want to hear from you again, I'll go to the welfare line and look for you.
Boy, tough crowd!
IDK

Queensbury, NY

#12 Sep 10, 2008
Cry Me A River wrote:
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Wha! Wha! Wha! I don't care about your two jobs. Either get one good one or get another one as a fluffer at your family reunion.
If I want to hear from you again, I'll go to the welfare line and look for you.
Funny.. I got one good job.. thank you, actually a very good one. Welfare? That's a good one, but I would probably be the one handing you your check. I'm not asking for sympathy nor am I asking for snide remarks. Just stating my opinion about an issue that a lot of people are facing. That's life. It's easy to stand on the outside looking in from your "glass house" and best believe that your little "humor" doesn't offend me in the least bit. You got a sense of humor, that's good.. That's probably about all you have...
IDK

Queensbury, NY

#13 Sep 10, 2008
Paul wrote:
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IDK you obviously are not one of the people who fall into the catagory I was referring to. You made payments for several years and due to the lose of a job could not make the payments. That is a common occurance and I to at one time had to sell my house due to a lay-off and had to buy a duplex so as to have income to pay for my mortgage. I am referring to people buying houses way above their means. For example, if you make $65,000 a years and go and purchase a home for $400,000 and take out a no interest loan for 1 year, what would one think would eventually happen. Lenders are suppose to guide and help people by not giving someone a loan they know they will not be able to pay. If you took my post personally I am sorry. I was not referring to someone like yourself.
I thank you very much, very much..
Unbelievable

Adams, MA

#14 Sep 10, 2008
IDK wrote:
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I get up everyday and work just like everyone else does!! and then when I leave one job, most of the time I go to another
IDK wrote:
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Funny.. I got one good job.. thank you, actually a very good one.
Unbelievable. You can't even keep your story straight. You just lost any shred of credibility you might have thought that you had.

I hope that you get kicked out of your mom's house so that I can move back in.
Joan Greer

Plano, TX

#15 Sep 10, 2008
If the area would get some affordable housing maybe this kind of stuff wouldn't be happening.It's a wonder the Berkshires aren't half homeless. The average person cannot afford an apartment there let alone buy a house.
Do Not Need No Education

Easthampton, MA

#16 Sep 10, 2008
I bought an SUV when gas was cheaper and now that gas is expensive, I can't sell it to get a more economical car. I can't pay my gas bill. Will the government come and bail me out? Oh, please save me from myself. Next, I may buy a house I can't afford.

Oh, I forgot. The government will bail me out for that.
IDK

New York, NY

#17 Sep 11, 2008
Unbelievable wrote:
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Unbelievable. You can't even keep your story straight. You just lost any shred of credibility you might have thought that you had.
I hope that you get kicked out of your mom's house so that I can move back in.
I don't need to prove my credibility to anyone. As you would have read my FIRST entry.. I said that due to losing a job months ago, I was having a hard time trying to get caught up on my bills. I didn't say anything about not having a good job now.

I'm a grown woman, with a child and I have my own house, I don't depend on others to take care of me, nor have I ever, because I make it one way or another. I'm not asking for handouts and I am definitely not asking for help. I was clearly stating a case that "s**t happens in life" and it's nice to know that when it does happen people have options so they DON'T lose their homes. Get a grip. People are so judgemental and quick to knock someone down with their rude comments and statements.. I work two jobs by CHOICE I don't have to, and I don't ever buy anything that I don't think I can't afford.
Club Chubby

Adams, MA

#18 Sep 11, 2008
IDK wrote:
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I don't need to prove my credibility to anyone. As you would have read my FIRST entry.. I said that due to losing a job months ago, I was having a hard time trying to get caught up on my bills. I didn't say anything about not having a good job now.
I'm a grown woman, with a child and I have my own house, I don't depend on others to take care of me, nor have I ever, because I make it one way or another. I'm not asking for handouts and I am definitely not asking for help. I was clearly stating a case that "s**t happens in life" and it's nice to know that when it does happen people have options so they DON'T lose their homes. Get a grip. People are so judgemental and quick to knock someone down with their rude comments and statements.. I work two jobs by CHOICE I don't have to, and I don't ever buy anything that I don't think I can't afford.
I support single moms. Here's a dollar. Now shake it for me.
IDK

New York, NY

#19 Sep 11, 2008
Club Chubby wrote:
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I support single moms. Here's a dollar. Now shake it for me.
Thanks, but no thanks. I didn't go to college to shake my a** for you there "Club Chubby".. Thanks for the offer anyway. I'm not asking you to support single moms. We don't need to support of people such as yourself. It's not even worth reposting on this blog anymore, because it's obvious that there's nothing but ignorance in Berkshire County.. It's been that way forever, that's how it will always be...
CONCERNED CITIZEN

Springfield, MA

#20 Sep 11, 2008
IDK wrote:
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Thanks, but no thanks. I didn't go to college to shake my **** for you there "Club Chubby".. Thanks for the offer anyway. I'm not asking you to support single moms. We don't need to support of people such as yourself. It's not even worth reposting on this blog anymore, because it's obvious that there's nothing but ignorance in Berkshire County.. It's been that way forever, that's how it will always be...
Naww, it's that way all over the place, maybe seems worse here because there's so many idle bums that have nothing better to do than post their scat on topix. It can only get excrementally worse...(ożo)

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