A place for residents of Marin County, CA and others to express their views regarding the real estate bubble and in particular the Marin real estate market
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Rubber-Stamping in Merry 'Ol Marin
"Internet-based mortgage companies call all the time," says Curt Thor, a Marin appraiser for more than 20 years. "They're fishing for appraisers. They tell me what the number is and ask me if I can match it." [Thanks Athena]
This cannot be right. Nope. No way. We all know how "special" Marin is. Improprieties like this just don't happen here. We're too damn special for these sorts of shenanigans. We don't need to play games like this because, well, you know, everyone wants to live here and all. And so Marin real estate agents and realtors, unlike those everywhere else, are honest because they have no reason to play dirty games and of course they only have your best interests in mind.
John Philipp, an appraiser based in Sonoma County, says that he's experienced similar "dialing for appraisals" when mortgage brokers routinely call and ask him to complete a "comp check" before offering the appraisal assignment.
Sonoma too? But, but... they're special too. That's wine country! We're in God's country and God goes to Sonoma to drink the wine, pisses over in...where...I don't know...anywhere else. We all know this; it's accepted dogma. But the point is that Sonoma is special too (just not as special as us).
But seriously folks... do you know of any "questionable" activities by the professional RE crowd here in Marin or in its surrounding vassal states? If so, please share. And please, no names.
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