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14th May 2008

8:35pm: 2007 Mortgage Fraud Report from the FBI.
From http://www.fbi.gov/publications/fraud/mortgage_fraud07.htm:

'The above photos are from condos that were involved in a mortgage fraud. The appraisal described “recently renovated condominiums” to include Brazilian hardwood, granite countertops, and a value of $275,000.'

According to Tanta at http://calculatedrisk.blogspot.com/2008/05/fbi-2007-mortgage-fraud-report.html:
Back when Tanta was young and dinosaurs ruled the earth, if you wanted to refi based on "as improved" value of the property, you coughed up contractor invoices, materials receipts, etc., and you let the appraiser in to photograph all the claimed "improvements." It was, of course, a big "hassle." And we're so committed to fantastic customer service that we of course eliminated such unnecessary "hassle."

It does make you wonder whether some of these reports of pre-foreclosure "trash outs" don't involve a few properties that were trashed from the get-go.
Thanks to http://calculatedrisk.blogspot.com/ for the pointer.
8:44pm: Pandora update.
So it seems from that unscientific query of my friends list that the targeting of ads on Pandora Radio really is extremely gendered. Men get liquor and cars, women get chick shows and lip gloss.

I guess I'm not surprised but I was hoping for something slightly less crudely directed. And I haven't gotten lip gloss ads...yet.
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