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Monday, April 28, 2008

Housing/Subprime/Credit Roundup — April 28, 2008

Items of Interest:

Chicago Sun-Times:
Obama's subprime pal -- White House hopeful Barack Obama talks a lot on the campaign trail about how failing banks have used subprime loans to victimize customers....

One of the banks that went under after making a lot of subprime loans -- leaving 1,400 of its customers without part of their savings -- was Chicago's Superior Bank.

At the helm of Superior Bank at least some of the time was Obama's national finance chairwoman, Penny Pritzker, an heiress to the Pritzker fortune...

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Wall Street Journal:
Forget the Teardown, The 'Unbuild' -- Is Eco-Friendly But More Costly

When people think about someone tearing down a house, they probably imagine a dramatic scene beginning with a wrecking ball and ending with a pile of debris.

But times have changed. It's now possible to carefully disassemble a home, piece by piece, and use the parts for a new house and/or donate them for reuse elsewhere. Whatever is donated can be deducted from income tax. That's the route we chose for our teardown, which began last week...
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David C Nelson / Minyanville:
Is Tony Soprano Running American Express? -- Like most I have an Amex Blue card and recently I failed to pay my bill on time. I got a little busy so don’t spread the word or the credit card police will be knocking on my door. I noticed on my bill that the interest payment seemed a little higher than normal so I did the calculation. YIKES! To my horror I found that the rate had jumped to 27.99%. I thought I borrowed money from American Express not Tony Soprano.

I called customer service whose reps were very polite but told me that you jump to the “default” rate when late on a payment...
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