We have been studying this for years. I can remember a time when there didn’t seem to be homelessness. At least it was so carefully hidden most of us were not aware of anything except the romantic tale of the hobo who couldn’t live in a house – did not want to be closed in, but spent his life riding the freight trains from one place to another. Little did we know that was real, except for the part about the hobo not wanting to live in a house and wanting to spend his life riding freight trains, cooking over fires he made from whatever he could gather that would burn, freezing to death along the railroad tracks, etc. He was pictured in movies and other media as a happy camper living this life. There was usually happy music in the background when talking about such.
That was and is an extremely painful way to live and not one lived that way by choice. What was also carefully hidden from John and Jane Q. Public was the fact that the hobo was the hobo he and some were the hobo she.
I have always asked – why would a seemingly wealthy society allow such within its borders? I have no answer.
Homelessness is caused by banks. Oh, Wow! I can hear the screams, objections and denials. You can hem and haw. You can object and protest. When you sit down, clear your head and do the work and the investigation you will discover HOMELESSNESS IS INDEED CAUSED BY BANKS.
Within the bank, accountants and others sit and get paid to figure out ways banks can make more money at the expense of the middle class. Sometimes banks hire consultants – usually outside accountants to do the same thing. “How can we charge for services we don’t render. How can we increase what we make on services we do render.”
Well lets take this one profit making pocket at a time. What is the number one way banks cause homelessness? House foreclosures. How does that make so much money for banks?
The fastest way banks cause homelessness and increase their profits exponentially in the process is through their ability to collect the real estate taxes (RET) levied on John and Jane Q. Public, by the government.
Cities and other governmental entities are supposed to levy and collect their own real estate taxes. In fact, that has been turned over to banks to do and it is done by banks in such a way that hundreds of billions of dollars flow into banks from this function. Bank charges to city entities; fees of all kind levied on home owners for many reasons, etc. It is one of the reasons we have such huge banks and why it is difficult to impossible for the smaller banks to grow at the rapid rate seen in the larger banks.
If you take out a mortgage with a bank – you most likely have to agree to paying your real estate taxes directly to them instead of to the city or other governmental entity. Those RET are kept within the bank for at least six months doing nothing except making money and being used by the bank. That is an amount of money the bank can “bank” on receiving and when and know it will be received with regularity and they know how long it will be in the bank. From that they can plan how to use that money to increase their profits exponentially because you can’t come to withdraw any of that money, it has to stay put for the requisite period of time and when it has to be turned over it will have been a work horse for the time it stayed. But – you should say – that money should be a work horse for the governmental entity to which the real estate taxes are owed.
Look at how much better that money would work for you and me instead of being used to work against you and me keeping us poor or with a glass money ceiling over our heads. How did this happen?
This is one answer to the question – “How did banks grow so big!” How come they have so much money! Why are they so arrogant, independent, can be ugly to their own customers and still grow and stay in business. How can they throw so much money around (not the least of which is throwing it around political campaigns to keep the politicians beholden to them). This is one of the ways banks have grown so very large and are awash in hundreds of billions of dollars and it is a biggie. It is also one of the ways banks promote foreclosure. – It is one of the ways they become the largest promoter of homelessness in this society.
Homelessness is not about mental institutions which put its patients out on the street for lack of money to sustain, treat and cure them where possible? That is the marketing/advertising campaigns that are out there to mislead us all. NO! Susie. It is not. That is and was a smoke screen. Homelessness can be traced directly back to banks as its beginnings and root cause. And, banks are a causer of homelessness dates back beyond the founding of these United States. Banks have had this role for eons of time.
There is no reason for banks to collect real estate taxes on houses. The taxes have work to do taking care of different needs of the people who pay the taxes. If your real estate taxes must sit for six months in a bank – having been paid some six months before they are due so the bank can have that bit of huge money inflow to help it grow ‘big time’, that is a ‘big time’ problem for the people for whom those funds should be working.
The money paid to banks far in advance of when the city says they are due should actually be working to gain more income for you or for the city – if indeed it is not obscene and a violation of your rights to make such a requirement. In fact, almost all of the real estate monies are collected in this country by banks; sit in the bank working very hard for the bank; and earning untold billions to help grow that banks strength and reach into the community.
Many games are played around real estate taxes and banks. We, the tax payer, assumes the present system is the way it should be and we go along with the program – much to our detriment. We make that assumption because we don’t think of ourselves and our rights. We accept what is, if it is dressed up in Patrician clothes and exhibits the mores of a Patrician class.
Banks collect RET (Real Estate Taxes) on a monthly basis from people who acquire mortgages from them. The people must then repay the mortgage, usually monthly, along with 1/12 of that years real estate taxes each and every month. The bank keeps that money and uses it because real estate taxes are usually only paid by the bank to the city every six months. The average mortgage holder much pay their real estate taxes monthly and six months in advance of their being due.
This is an inviolable thing. No one questions it – and it goes so unquestioned that banks can foreclose and they do foreclose on homes and families even if the mortgage is paid in full each month. If the real estate taxes are not paid six months in advance the foreclosure happens – not by the city because it does not see taxes owed by citizens and does not foreclose if a citizen misses one six month period of paying taxes, but the bank does this on a regular basis. Claiming a person is behind in their mortgage even though that is not true and even though the taxes – which they are behind in paying – are taxes, amounts of money, not due for another month or two.
To put that in its proper context. Banks make substantial sums of money on funds that stay in the bank overnight. And they maximize that in every way possible. These are funds that stay in the bank for six months, definite, not able to be withdrawn, tied up in the bank no matter what. Imagine the money made on that. The bank pays a very small amount of “interest” to the mortgage holder on their “escrowed real estate taxes” – minuscule to the amount it is making on those funds.
When that happens – add a little push to get the family headed into financial problems which results in the house being foreclosed, and banks have been known to do this frequently. Add a minority to whom the bank has given a mortgage; add a minority who has somehow skipped past the banks red-lining policy; add to that a property which has a very small mortgage compared to the large equity position of the property owner – no matter the race, color, class, ethnic origin, religion of the property owner and, in a bank with lousy ethics which is or is bordering on becoming a criminal enterprise, another game usually moves hand in glove with the real estate taxes game.
Banks have been known to target families where there is a large gap between the value of the house and the balance of the mortgage. When a person has a small mortgage and a large equity position they are sitting ducks for a bank to salivate over future profits.
That was out of control during the last recession and banks were so overcome running where their greed pushed them that our banking system almost collapsed. Their greed overcame their ability to function any other way. Many bankers and realtors became wealthy with such a scheme – one amongst many. Many individuals faced poverty, bankruptcy, homelessness – especially homelessness.
More on this story in another blog. Maybe even a few real life stories!
Project 1 – Estate Sales after the Sale
Project 2 – Wells Fargo Boycott
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