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For some reason, I put the links here each time I find an airplane on Google Maps that is flying, not on the ground. You may zoom in to have a better look.

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Voici pourquoi la Belgique sera en demi-finale de la coupe du monde 2014 au Brésil

Il n’y a qu’un seul ennemi face a l’équipe nationale Belge de football: sa propre mentalité. Je l’appelle le syndrome belge.

Il s’agit d’un état d’esprit typiquement belge qui fait en sorte que lorsque l’équipe nationale est menée au score, tout se qui reste a faire est de maintenir ce score pour ne pas prendre la raclée. Ca s’enclenche toujours au 1-0 pour l’adversaire. Le syndrome belge est le seul ennemi des Diables Rouges. Son antidote? Son entraineur Marc Wilmots!

Vous lisez bien. Marc Wilmots est exactement le contraire du Belge moyen et de sa mentalité. C’est un gagnant qui en veut. Il va construire son équipe pour attaquer, pour marquer et pour gagner. Tout le contraire de pas mal de ses prédécesseurs tels que Leekens ou autre.

Mais il y a bien d’autres raisons pour lesquelles je vois très clairement les Belges se qualifier pour les demi-finales de la coupe du monde en 2014 qui aura lieu au Brésil.

La premiere et la plus importante est que nous avons une vraie et solide colone vertébrale. Cet axe central composé de Kompany en défense, Fellaini dans l’entre jeu et Hazard devant est une ligne de joueur extremement talentueux avec une niveau de jeu supérieur a ce qui ce pratique en Belgique et possédant une maturité qui sera a son apogée en 2014.

Cette colone vertébrale de l’équipe pourra également s’appuyer sur des joueurs en pleine maturité et qui évoluent dans des clubs de prestiges, dans des championnats de haut niveau.

En défense, Kompany pourra compter sur Vermealen et Vertonghen. Au milieu, Fellaini pourra compter sur Mertens et Gillet avec un appui précieux de Hazard, qui meme étant un milieu offensif, apportera l’oxygene nécessaire entre le milieu et les avants. Devant, Mirallas et l’opportuniste et réaliste Lukaku devraient se placer en duo avec Hazard. Eden a envie de montrer ce dont il est capable et il voudra marquer. Mettons le en attaque. Et une  paire Lukaku-Benteke pourrait faire un malheur également. Une chose qu’il faudra faire, c’est laisser a la maison des joueurs qui  ralentissent l’équipe, tels que Witsel (Benfica), Defour, voire Pocognoli (Standard de Liege). Mais ce dernier n’a pas le niveau international.

Le véritable et seul probleme que nous avons aujourd’hui, soit 2 ans avant la coupe du monde, est le gardien de but. Nous n’avons pas un talent comme nous l’avions avec Pfaff, Munaron ou Preud’homme.

La deuxieme raison est vraiment de savoir quelles sont les autres équipes qui peuvent prétendre etre plus fortes que les Diables Rouges en 2014. Et la, je n’en vois pas beaucoup et surement pas une équipe africaine ou asiatique. Nomons les possibles prétendents:

Les Hollandais:

Bien qu’ils aient étés formidables en Afrique du Sud, les indivualités semblent ne plus avoir retrouver l’âme de leur équipe, ce qui s’est vu sur le terrain lors de l’Euro 2012. Mais l’Euro2012 n’est pas encore fini, donc, prudence. Roben (Bayern Munich) vieillit, Sneijder (Inter Milan) semble bien perdu et seul Van Persie (Arsenal), qui marque avec tout ce qui bouge, ne peut rien faire tout seul. Les Diables Rouges leurs sont supérieurs.

Les Francais:

Ils travaillent, ils essayent, ils ont de la volonté, mais ils n’ont plus des individualités pour faire une différence. Leur jeu est lourd, pesant, lent et imprécis. A un haut niveau tel qu’une coupe du monde, ca ne passe pas. Seul Benzema peut prétendre quelque chose mais c’est à peu près tout. Ils ne seront pas plus prêts en 2014, à moins qu’ils changent d’entraineur, un entraineur de charactère qui connait son football. Mais les Belges leurs sont supérieurs dans chaque ligne de jeu.

Les Anglais:

Bien qu’ils soient toujours dangereux, un ère prend fin. Les Terry (Chelsea), Lampard (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Gerrard (Liverpool) sont sur leurs fins. Seule l’attaque a encore une ossature plus que valable avec Rooney et les nouveaux Walcott (Arsenal) et Welbeck. D’ailleurs, Welbeck en appui sur Rooney (les deux de Manchester United) devrait être l’attaque la plus prolifique du Mondial. Mais je doute que se sera suffisant. L’équipe Belge sera plus forte.

Les Brésiliens:

Ils sont dans le trou de la vague de leur cycle. Plus aucune individualité à part, peut-etre, Neymar qui est jeune et inexperimenté sur le plan mondial. Quand son transfert en Europe sera fait, on verra les vraies limites de ce joueur. Je ne les vois pas arriver en demi-finale, même chez eux, durant cette coupe du monde 2014.

Les Russes:

Pas d’équipe cohérente, un ou deux jeunes talentueux et c’est tout. Advocaat aura dur a faire avec cette equipe de Russie. Sauf s’il se fait virer par manque de résultats évidement. Les Belges n’ont pas a avoir peur.

Les Croates:

Betes noires des Belges, toujours tres techniques mais manquant de coordination. Avec les Serbes, les Croates donnent toujours du fil a retordre aux Belges. Mais cette fois, le talent a changé de camp. Les Belges peuvent les battre.

Les Portuguais:

Le Portugal n’a plus les qualités connues il y a 10 ans. Et même à ce moment la, avec les vedettes qu’ils avaient, ils ont décus. Aujourd’hui, seuls Nani (Manchester United) et F. Coentrão (Real Madrid) peuvent prétendre faire circuler le ballon. Quant à Ronaldo (Real Madrid), il est très sur-estimé. Il ne sait pas travailler le ballon – il perd 80% de ses actions ballon au pied – et attend que ses coéquipiers lui déposent le cuir sur les pieds pour marquer. Il me fait penser à Romario, mais en moins rapide et en moins rusé. Les Belges pourraient prendre un goal des Portuguais mais peuvent leurs en mettre 3.

Les Scandinaves:

Les Danois sont physiques mais c’est tout. Les Suédois ne sont nulle part et leur fer de lance Ibrahimovic se fait vieux et lent. Finlandais et Norvégiens ne se trouvent pas depuis pas mal de temps. Les Belges sont supérieurs.

Reste à mon sens 4 pays susceptibles d’etre supérieur à la Belgique. J’ai nommé:

L’Argentine:

Ils ont la chance de posséder dans leur rang le meilleur joueur du monde du moment et probablement de tout les temps,  à savoir Lionel Messi. De plus, leur entraineur copie le travail de Bilardo, c’est à dire non pas de former une équipe avec Messi mais autour de Messi, comme en 86 avec Maradona. Bien que leur défense vieilli et semble lourde, le milieu de terrain et surtout l’attaque devrait faire mal. Je les vois supérieurs aux Belges.

L’Allemagne:

Je le dis tout de suite, c’est l’Allemagne qui gagnera cette coupe du monde, en finale contre les Argentins. Très solides aujourd’hui, elle acquerera complètement les automatismes et la maturité lors de cette coupe du monde 2014.

L’Espagne:

Toujours dans le coup, très fort, excellentes individualités qui transpirent le talent, un des meilleurs milieus de terrain au monde avec Xavi et Inesta (Barcelona), solide défense, meilleur gardien au monde avec Casillas (Real Madrid) et une attaque clairevoyante. Et avec ces ballons venant constament en profondeur du milieu de terrain, voire meme de la défense, écartent n’importe quelle défense adverse. Quand ca passe, c’est goal. Mais leur cycle prend fin. Je les vois néanmoins en demi au Brésil2014 et certainement en finale a l’Euro2012 pour la gagner. Je vois difficilement les Belges rivaliser avec cette génération Espagnole.

L’Italie:

L’equipe Italienne est le  gros point d’interrogation. Pas de super individualité, pas d’esprit d’équipe formée, mais les Italiens sont connus pour devenir meilleurs avec le temps. Ils sont insignifiants en début de tournoi pour finir par le gagner. Si les Belges doivent affronter les Italiens, c’est mieux de le faire lors du premier tour qu’en demi-finale. L’Italie entre dans les coupes du monde avec des inconnus et en resort avec des vedettes. Personnes de connaissait Paolo Rossi, Tardelli ou Schillaci avant leur coupe du monde respective. Mais la génération actuelle n’a pas un niveau extraordinaire. De plus, les 3 fers de lance de cette équipe, j’ai nommé Buffon, Pirlo et Di Natale, vieillissent et ne seront probablement pas présents au Brésil, laissant une jeune équipe trop immature pour faire quelques chose de valable. Et s’ils y sont, ce sera pour ralentir l’équipe. Et Balotelli n’est pas un Van Persie ou un Rooney. Mais prudence, l’Italie reste l’Italie. Il est fort probable que cette génération de joueurs de l’équipe nationale Belge soit capable de battre cette Italie-ci due, a mon sens, au talent individuel d’un niveau supérieur aux joueurs Italiens.

Mes 4 équipes de demi-finale de la coupe du monde 2014 au Brésil sont L’Allemagne (vainqueur), l’Argentine (finaliste), L’espagne (3eme) et la Belgique (4eme), sauf s’il venait qu’elles se rencontrent plus tot du au tirage au sort évidemment.

Quelques jours avant le début de la coupe du monde 2010, j’avais prédit une victoire de l’Espagne face à la Hollande sur un score de 3 buts à 2. J’étais quand même pas loin 🙂

MISE A JOUR: Aujourd’hui, 6 Decembre, a eu lieu le tirage au sort de la coupe du monde. Helas, je ne pense pas que nous passerons les Argentins en quart de finale…
Pour le groupe lui-meme, le match piege est celui contre l’Algerie. Heureusement, c’est notre premiere rencontre. Si nous allions jouer conter la Russie ou la Coree en premier et gagner par un 3-1 par exemple, nous aurions perdu contre l’Algerie. Si on prend 3 Pts contre l’Algerie, nous passerons facilement en etant premier du groupe. En huitieme, il y aura 3 equipes pour la deuxieme place, loin derriere l’Allemagne. La logique dit les Portuguais, contre lesquels on peut passer facilement avec un 2-1 ou un 3-1. Ce qui nous donne l’Argentine en quart et la fin du reve…

Creationary game : a board game by Lego

Creationary Game
Lego is not a new name for a game freak.  Lego games have been popular among in the gaming world for a long time. They are still adored in today’s era of highly advanced games and ever enhancing technolgies used to devise them.  Creationary game is a recently introduced game, in which you the player has to create something from the Legos he has. Whosoever among the opponents guess, what the player is creating in the shortest period of time wins. It is a fun and leisure activity, in which age is no bar. Youngsters, children and even adults can adore this game.
Interaction is the basic thread that holds the people together. In a family, friend circle or even neighbours, if you don’t spend quality time, you tend to loose the grip on the relation. Creationary game is just the right way to start a whole new interaction, and have an enjoyable time at the same moment. If we talk about other games, creationary lego game gives a stiff competition in terms of popularity, ease of playing and level of recreation involved. It may not be possible for you to go outside everytime you feel low. In such a scenario, creationary game could be your good indoor partner. Nevertheless, the level of fun and excitement is no lesser than that in the outdoor games.
The popularity of creationary game is due to more than a single reason. Spending time with your family outdoor could be expensive enough to empty your pockets in restaurants, shopping and movies. Creationary game is an economical way of spending quality time with your near and dear ones, while at the same time does not involve any undue expenses. It is a game of short duration of around 1 hour or less. Thus, it gets completed in a short period of time, leaving you with time to do more activities. Even if you are doing a job or a business, a few minutes of this game will relax your  mind and prepare you again for the long working hours. You can nicely exercise your mind, and become more intellectual with the help of this game.
Although there are many building games in the market, creationary is perhaps the most intersting due to its esae of plalying, dynamic design and level of excitement. One can buy the game in any of the four categories in which the game is available. These are nature, buildings, things and vechiles. All depends upon your interest, which category you go for. The procedure of playing the game is quite simple. Roll the dice and choose a category. Build the blocks according to the category chosen, and let your rivals guess what are you building. Then roll the Lego dice once more and choose another category. Continue doing so until all the four categories are finished. It’s really a fun playing this game, owing to the level of suspense and uncertainity involved in it.
The game has a lot to offer for beginners as well as pro players, as there are various levels that could be chosen to play creationary. These are easy, medium and hard. Double option is the key feature of this process. It offers you to choose between the categories, and double the points on the dice. You are provided with 96 cards in total, which constitute the above discussed four categories. These are to be arranged in different decks according to specific categories. Players draw top cards generally after rolling and getting any number on the lego dice in the game of creationary. Different players can choose different levels of difficulties according to the level of their expertise, and enjoy the game to the maximum.
Playing the creationary game is not limited to one way. There are various ways in which it can be played, and everything is written in the manual that comes with the game. Children, young and adults can adjust the level of difficulty according to their age and furthermore, the level of their skill and intellect. Drawing a card and rolling the dice is the commom task that has to be performed by every player playing the game. Three to eight players can altogether play and adore the game. One needs to be atleast seven years of age to start playing this game, as recommended by the developers of this game. The small parts of the game should be kept away from the children, as they may cause undue harm to them.
Exercising the brain regularly not only makes it sharper but also improves your presence of mind, which is very important. Creationary does exactly the same. It is a marvellous way to entertain and rejuvenate yourself, while at the same time explore your creative skills and imagining power. Tips and techniques mentioned in the manual should be read thoroughly before proceeding with the game, as they will make sure that you don’t faulter while playing the game and are able to enjoy to the top most level.
People often misplace the pieces of the game after they play the game. This poses problem when the game is being played next time due to absence of some of the pieces. Keep the parts properly arranged, and avoid any neglect. Even the absence of a single piece can make the game uninteresting, as the player will not be able to build a complete category and proceed with the next ones. Keep the parts in a separate box for better experience next time.
Any family can enjoy the game at any point of time. Start with easy level and give your younger ones the chance to start the game. This way, they will feel good, and their creativity will expand. Creationary game is surely one of the best family games, and it should be played with complete family to strengthen your interaction and make living a happy experience. It will certainly help you ease out all the stress of the whole day on less than half an hour.

Hunting having a Crossbow: The Real Thrill

Many people say that hunting with crossbows is a quite simple task but they really should not forget when you encounter it, you might be going to get a genuine shock about what it actually feels like. Hunting with crossbows has grow to be a well-known sport nowadays on account of the relaxations in the laws and permissions related to this very activity.
Hunting with rifles is not that pleasurable as it really is with crossbows. Although hunting with rifles, you just have to fix up your vision and shoot using the gun. No doubt, it’s intriguing but the feeling to bag an animal by producing some efforts which comes even though hunting with crossbows is missing somewhere. Hunting with crossbows is not that straightforward. 1 has to fix up the string at a specific central spot after which fix up the vision and then shoot with the bolt by releasing the string. The feeling is just great if you are productive in hunting a deer or a moose.
On account of this increasing popularity of hunting with TenPoint crossbows, the market place for top quality crossbows is flourishing like anything. For becoming a great hunter, it is needed that the crossbow chosen is of good top quality. What a crossbow can do really should not be overestimated. Even though it can shoot as much as 100 yards but that’s not worth it. It’ll not be that potent. Should you shoot up to 40-50 yards using the crossbows, it looks much more realistic. The farther you go, the shot looses its power and accuracy.
Crossbows have specific positive aspects more than classic bows which make your hunting expertise pain free of charge and enjoyable. In crossbows, you can cock the bow which holds the string drawn and ready, whilst in other compound and conventional bows, you may get muscle pain and shakes although holding the bow drawn and prepared. The arrow is rested on the barrel using the feather in vane-guide and also the only thing which a hunter wants to do is fix up the sight and pull the trigger. So, the benefit using the hunting crossbow is which you can wait and sit using the bow already cocked and ready to shoot, which is undoubtedly missing in a classic bow.
You will find certain restrictions imposed by the state on employing crossbows concerning its speed which is measured in Feet per Second (FPS). So, one needs to be cautious about these and go by means of the State details regarding the crossbows even though 1. It also affects the option of crossbows for kids. They ought to be lighter and a lot more solid.
Then, prior to going to hunt with the crossbows, one should be sure that it really is of top quality. Some essential factors that should be taken care of, although buying a crossbow are:
Ø    Design
Crossbows normally come in two styles: Re curve and compact. Each are almost comparable but ‘Compact’ has smaller limbs which permit it to be transported and shooting in smaller locations turn out to be less complicated.
Ø    Material
Crossbows come in molded plastic stocks or else in resin coated plywood or laminates. Plastic ones are comparatively lighter.
Ø    Security
Like all other equipments, safety is ought to in crossbows. One really should ensure that hunting for the sake of fun does not result in any mishap. Some high finish crossbows come having a dual safety. Make certain how much loud does it make if you switch off or on. Louder voice can provoke the animal. Also, a feature named anti-dry fire is offered that is extremely useful in stopping the blowing off of a finger or any damage towards the bow.
Ø    Cockers
It is one of the critical aspects that should be taken care of. Cockers come in two styles: Rope cocker and Crank cocker. They may possibly expense you from $25 to $200. Rope cocker reduces the draw weight to half whilst the Crank cocker does most of the function as ratchet device, producing loud noise.
Ø    Cases
It depends upon your option that you need to have a difficult case or soft one. They’re for protecting, carrying and sustaining your crossbows.
Ø    Slings
The slings are the valuable accessory of crossbows. They help you carry your crossbow on your back whilst you’re walking to your location or just climbing up a tree.
Ø    Price
In case you are a beginner using the crossbows, its not essential to purchase an high-priced model, you’ll be able to start having a low priced, much less upgraded model. Once you get to know how it works, you are able to have a much better model which may possibly expense just a little greater and so on it is possible to add up to your stock.
Ø    Packages
A package price often includes sights, quiver, crossbow and possibly some arrows to obtain you began. By bundling some accessories in a pre package deal, it is possible to save some dollars.
These are certain capabilities which can assist you to to obtain a great good quality crossbow for enjoying the hunting to its maximum.
Hunting with crossbows needs encounter. The a lot more you do it, the a lot more you get to know about it. For improving your abilities and accuracy in hunting with crossbows, it is possible to look at these basic suggestions:
·    Cock Appropriately: It’s crucial that you cock the bow properly to shoot up the animal in a perfect manner. The bow has to be cocked in central position.
·    Use a stand: Making use of a stand even though hunting with crossbows is very valuable in enhancing your ability also as enhancing the accuracy. It isn’t a bad option to make use of a rest as it makes your skills cleaner, specifically for people who are new to crossbows.
·    Distance: It’s also an important aspect to take care of simply because it becomes difficult to shoot your target more the distance increases. It may be easy for those who are professionals to shoot a deer or moose from 60-70 yards but otherwise, it is not feasible. The bolt looses its height. The farther it travels. So, it’s required to get as close to the animal as probable, say up to 30 or 40 yards to get your target hunted.
Hence, hunting with crossbows is a little tough but exciting and thrilling sport. 1 ought to not miss it if he/she is fond of hunting.

Rates are increasing

Fixed mortgage rates edged up this week from their lowest levels in decades. But couple of have been in a position to capitalize on them.

The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rose to four.22 percent, Freddie Mac said Thursday. That’s up from 4.15 percent last week, the lowest level on records dating to 1971.

The typical rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage, a well-known refinancing option, rose to 3.44 percent. Last week it fell to three.36 percent,

Mortgage rates normally track the yield on the 10-year Treasury note. Yields rose this week as investors shifted cash back into stocks. The stock markets had been much more stable following a turbulent stretch. Bond yields rise as their costs fall.

Still, low rates have not been adequate to revive the weak housing marketplace. Mortgage applications to acquire a residence fell last week to a 15-year low, based on the Mortgage Bankers Association.

High unemployment and fear that the nation might be on the verge of an additional recession have left a lot of people hesitant to purchase a home in Cape Coral.

Other people cannot qualify for the low rates. Their credit is too weak to meet banks’ tighter lending standards. Numerous banks are requiring bigger down payments. Some potential homebuyers are stuck in properties which are worth much less than the existing mortgage.

More than the past year, the average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage has been below 5 percent for all but two weeks. Yet sales stay unhealthy.

Sales of new houses are on pace to finish the year as the lowest on records dating back to 1963. The pace of re-sales is shaping up to be the worst in 14 years.

Residence prices haven’t fared much much better. Considering that the peak with the housing boom in 2007, homes have lost almost a third of their value.

The weak housing market has been a drag on the economy. And with out much more jobs, the housing market is unlikely to recover any time soon.

To calculate typical mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the nation Monday through Wednesday of each and every week.

The typical rate on a five-year adjustable-rate mortgage fell to three.07 percent. That is the lowest rate on records dating to January 2005. It was the fourth straight week of record lows for this kind of loan.

The average rate for the one-year adjustable-rate mortgage rose to 2.93 from 2.86 percent. Last week’s typical was the lowest on records going back to 1984.

The rates do not consist of added fees called points. 1 point is equal to 1 percent with the total loan amount.

The average fees for the 30-year, 15-year and 5-year loans held steady at 0.7 point, 0.6 point and 0.five point, respectively. The average fee on the one-year adjustable mortgage fell to 0.5 point from 0.7 point.

White House weighs mass refinancing plan

The White Home is thinking about a housing proposal that would enable millions of Cape Coral homeowners with government-backed mortgages to refinance into lower interest rates, The New York Times reports.

“A wave of refinancing could be a powerful stimulus towards the economy, because it would lower consumers’ mortgage bills appropriate away and enable them to spend elsewhere,” an post within the New York Times notes.

A lot of homeowners have been unable to take advantage of today’s low interest rates – that are averaging around four percent – simply because they do not qualify for refinancing at the very best rates considering that they owe far more on their residence than it truly is at present worth or because of poor credit. The refinancing program is nonetheless under discussion of how it would work, The New York Times stated.

“This could be the very best stimulus on the market due to the fact it does not increase the deficit, it accomplishes monetary policy, and it reduces defaults in housing,” Christopher J. Mayer, an economist in the Columbia Business School, told The New York Times.

The White House is also considering other choices to attempt to stimulate the housing industry or save homeowners from foreclosure. Such possibilities include more adjustments to its refinancing programs so much more homeowners can participate or a property rental program to that would rent out foreclosures as opposed to putting them for sale so foreclosures would stop weighing down overall residence costs.

Diluted real estate values by Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are selling hundreds – possibly thousands – of foreclosed properties in metro Detroit for far less than they seem to be worth, a practice that leaders say is driving down neighborhood property values and weakening neighborhoods. But this could happen anywhere, even in the Cape Coral Real Estate market.

In some instances, properties listed by the government-financed mortgage giants are becoming snapped up by private investors, then re-sold within days or weeks for far much more dollars.

Neighborhood officials blame the federal government – which took control of Fannie and Freddie in 2008 at a price to taxpayers of at the very least $141 billion – for performing little to quit the fire sales.

“It’s an unconscionable practice,” said Oakland County, Mich., Treasurer Andy Meisner. “It’s fiscally irresponsible from their perspective because they’re finding pennies on the dollar, and it’s fiscally reckless from our perspective” simply because Fannie and Freddie “are nearly single-handedly … killing our property values.”

Meg Burns, chief of policy in the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie and Freddie, acknowledged the two businesses are eager to sell foreclosed homes as quickly as probable. But she said the aim is always to stop vacant homes and neighborhood deterioration, not to destroy property values.

A Detroit Totally free Press investigation, including an analysis of more than 700 genuine estate transactions within the past year, finds that Fannie and Freddie are selling foreclosed homes, on typical, for one-third much less than the homes’ already-deflated market value in some places, and at much less than half of marketplace value in other neighborhoods.

Critics say the low list costs are part with the companies’ rush to get foreclosed houses off their books even though U.S. taxpayers are still covering the mortgage giants’ losses, three years soon after the federal government bailout.

In February and March, 34 Fannie and Freddie properties in Southfield, Mich., had been sold by the mortgage giants for 55 percent of their marketplace value, on average, property records show.

In Farmington, Mich., and Farmington Hills, Mich., 30 houses sold at 66 percent of their industry value.

And 75 Fannie and Freddie homes in Warren, Mich., sold for an typical of 45 percent of their marketplace value.

The cost tags on some home sales were equally jaw-dropping. Take these examples in Oakland County:

• A foreclosed Ferndale house having a industry value of much more than $70,000 was sold by Fannie for $11,100 in February.

• A Waterford residence valued at $73,000 was sold by Fannie for $8,619 in January.

• Freddie sold a Milford Township home on five acres for $101,000 in 16 days. Its marketplace value was practically twice that: $194,300.

Oakland County Deputy Executive Bob Daddow known as the sales a “travesty” which have helped house values fall by a third given that 2007, costing local governments tax revenues.

“It crushes our budgets. … We’re totally revamping government as we once knew it,” Daddow mentioned.

Critics say Fannie and Freddie can sell properties far below their value simply because, under the terms of the companies’ 2008 taxpayer bailout, taxpayers cover the price of their losses.

Moreover, since the mortgage giants dominate the nearby industry of distressed property sales, ordinary homeowners and other sellers of foreclosed properties are forced to compete with their prices, further driving down property values and neighborhood tax revenues.

The situation is particularly acute inside the region’s poorest cities. In Detroit, 49 Fannie properties sold this summer at 22 percent of marketplace value, on average.

And across Wayne County, Fannie Mae properties went at fire-sale rates, records show:

• $2,500 for an Ecorse house that is valued at $60,000

• $45,000 for a Livonia residence valued at nearly $100,000

• $11,000 for a home in Westland valued at $56,400.

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano mentioned the U.S. Treasury Department, which is bailing out Fannie and Freddie, ought to investigate the sales and “hold individuals accountable for things that just don’t make widespread sense.”

Similar complaints echoed from Macomb County, Mich.

“It’s fundamentally clear to me that the federal government is … dumping them in the marketplace,” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts mentioned with the residence sales and also the blight that follows. “It’s developing some unacceptable troubles for cities like Warren,” which is situated in Macomb County.

Across Macomb County, Fannie Mae appears to be selling on the cheap: $29,000 for a Fannie property in Harrison Township valued at $152,240; $18,000 for a Fannie property in Eastpointe valued at $64,120.

Burns, the official at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, disputes that the mortgage giants are dumping properties, arguing they’re merely attempting to stabilize neighborhoods by keeping properties from sitting empty.

“Our overarching concern is vacant properties sitting in the marketplace for too lengthy.”

An FHFA spokeswoman, Corinne Russell, added that Fannie and Freddie have procedures to ensure that sales of foreclosed homes are “sound and that each and every effort is made to preserve the assets, helping to defend the community from destabilization and decline.”

Fannie Mae spokesman Andrew Wilson stated the firm usually bases its listing price on an appraisal and the recommendation of a broker.

“Once a value has been established … our advertising efforts are mainly focused on finding buyers for our properties at a cost that promotes neighborhood stabilization,” he stated. “Our No. 1 goal is to sell to owner-occupants who will move into the neighborhood and help to stabilize the community.”

Wilson declined to answer other questions about Fannie’s practices or address the metro Detroit residence sale data compiled by the Detroit Free Press.

Freddie spokesman Brad German mentioned he rejected “assertions that we’re selling at uncompetitive rates.”

Nationally, during the very first quarter of 2011, German said Freddie Mac properties sold at 92 percent of industry value, as determined by market sales.

“We stand by our pricing and advertising strategy, which is helping us reduce losses while becoming excellent stewards of taxpayer resources and supporting the housing market,” German mentioned.

German also took concern using the Totally free Press analysis, arguing that the assessed value of a property does not usually capture elements that may lower the price the house is ultimately sold for, such as the existing condition with the property as well as the industry.

But Dearborn, Mich., appraiser Jumana Judeh stated assessed value – used in component to figure property taxes – remains “an superb reflection of the market.”

Wayne State University law professor John Mogk, an professional in actual estate and urban development, also referred to as assessed values a valid benchmark and “a reasonable normal to utilize.”

In Michigan, the assessed value is supposed to be half the market value of a property. Independence Township, Mich., appraiser Louise Braun used twice a home’s assessed value as her benchmark to compare Fannie and Freddie sales of foreclosed homes against the sale of other single-family houses in many Oakland County communities.

• In June, as an example, Fannie and Freddie foreclosures sold at 67 percent of the marketplace value in Berkley, on typical. Non-foreclosed houses in Berkley sold at 96 percent of market value, on typical.

• Fannie and Freddie homes in Orion Township and Lake Orion sold, on typical, for 70 percent of their value. Non-foreclosures sold at 114 percent of industry value.

• And in Independence Township and Clarkston, the Fannie and Freddie homes sold, on typical, for 76 percent of marketplace value, compared with the non-foreclosures that sold for 108 percent of industry value, on typical.

Georgia Institute of Technologies accounting professor Charles Mulford, who research how companies report their finances, said Fannie and Freddie really feel no compulsion to maximize profits now that they are controlled – and subsidized – by the government. The organizations, he mentioned, are a lot more thinking about getting troubled mortgages, such as foreclosed homes, “off the books so they are able to start anew, making new loans, loans which are much more profitable.”

Dwayne McLachlan, president of the Michigan Assessors Association as well as the Pittsfield Township assessor, mentioned the impact of depressed home sales on communities might be devastating.

“All it takes is 1 low sale in a neighborhood to corrupt that industry for that (subdivision) or website condo complicated,” stated Braun, the Independence Township appraiser.

Time and once more, location property records show, investors are snapping up low-ball listings by Fannie and Freddie and turning a speedy and sizable profit, an indication that the mortgage giants are listing the properties for far too little, actual estate experts stated.

Ted Phillips, executive director with the United Community Housing Coalition, a Detroit advocacy group for low-income housing, stated he has seen Fannie Mae refuse to allow homeowners to remain in a property for less than what they owe on a mortgage – only to sell the property to an investor for far less than what the struggling homeowner had offered to pay.

“Then you’ve got another slum rental property in the community. If they’re using tax dollars, why aren’t they employing tax dollars efficiently?” he mentioned.

“Even the worst slum landlord understands that standard concept. Why wouldn’t you take the $10,000 from the homeowner? But they are going to take $2,000 or $3,000 from an investor?”

Freddie Mac sold a Warren property on March 15 for $31,000. The home resold 10 days later for $45,500. The city says no creating permits were pulled, indicating that it was unlikely the buyer produced any large improvements before reselling the house at a 47 percent profit.

Fannie Mae sold an Auburn Hills, Mich., residence in June 2010 for $45,000. It was resold for $129,900 in January. No permits were pulled on that home, either.

That property was among 38 Fannie and Freddie properties that were resold, or “flipped,” in Oakland County throughout the very first four months of 2011. The houses fetched, on average, twice what Fannie and Freddie received for the houses.

While resales by investors may help stabilize housing prices, critics say the U.S. taxpayers who bailed out Fannie and Freddie are the ones being shortchanged when these houses are listed for much less than what they may possibly fetch.

“It’s another indicator the selling cost just isn’t representative with the market,” mentioned Philip Mastin, director of assessments and equalization for Wayne County, who mentioned Fannie and Freddie homes are getting resold at practically double the original cost in his county.

Listings of Fannie and Freddie properties show that the mortgage giants were ready to sell some houses for much less than what comparable properties in the identical neighborhood fetched, records show.

For instance, Fannie listed a four-bedroom property in Troy, Mich., at $141,000 in March, despite the fact that 4 comparable or smaller properties nearby sold for roughly $160,000. The Fannie house was available on the market for three days ahead of it had a buyer for $170,000 – practically $30,000 above its list price.

Freddie Mac was willing to take $153,900 for a property in South Lyon, Mich., last spring, although there was a almost identically sized home in that subdivision listed at the exact same time for $193,000 and a smaller residence for $164,900. Freddie got $155,000 for its property; the other sellers got $179,000 and $165,500.

German, the Freddie spokesman, stated the mortgage giant’s properties sell in an average of 110 days nationally. But in metro Detroit, Freddie’s own numbers show that its properties are selling far far more swiftly – in roughly 50 days. Property specialists say that indicates the houses are listed too low.

With the 72 houses that Freddie contracted for sale in Oakland County in April, 58 had been available on the market for less than a month prior to buyers signed contracts, based on information compiled by Braun.

One with the Freddie foreclosures, in Springfield Township, Mich., was supplied in the Multiple Listing Service at 9:19 a.m. on April 11 for $38,900 – despite the fact that its industry value was $123,000. Within 24 hours, somebody had a contract to purchase it for $42,500.

Judeh, the Dearborn appraiser, mentioned homes normally require three to six months of marketing and advertising. “And if you do not marketplace them effectively, it becomes dumping, not selling, and there’s an enormous difference,” Judeh stated.

Through Might, house rates in metro Detroit have fallen 38 percent because 2000, based on the S&P/Case-Shiller property cost index. As Fannie and Freddie contribute towards the downward spiral in property values, tax revenues fall, too.

In Eastpointe, property values have dropped 54 percent because 2008, and Linda Weishaupt, assessor and deputy city clerk, blames foreclosures for much of that decline.

Because 2009, property values have dropped 21 percent in Rochester Hills, Mich., and the city expects yet another 10 percent reduction over the next two years, said Keith Sawdon, city finance director.

Erik Ambrozaitis, a Rochester Hills Realtor and mayoral candidate, said the decline in revenues is “the crisis. The roads in front of my house are starting to crumble. As a Realtor, I’m deeply concerned. As a homeowner, I’m really concerned. As a former council member, it is a disaster.”

Mastin, the Wayne County official, said even if home costs recover, communities won’t recoup lost revenues quickly.

“We will never be able to recover what’s been lost,” Mastin said. “What’s been taken away has been taken away.”

You home doesn’t sell? Here is 5 reasons why!

If there has been no interest on your property that is for sale, chances are it is because of 1 or all the reasons we have listed below. If the Realtor you’ve hired has not gone over these guidelines, perhaps it’s time to reevaluate why your home isn’t selling.

Overpriced!

This is the most common reason for a home not selling. Unrealistic home owner expectations could certainly cause this even using the greatest of Agents guidance. A Seller that doesn’t listen to their Real estate agent, are wasting each their times if your residence is valued greater than the competition. The 1 factor you Do not need to do is overprice your house!

The Condition

When there are many homes in the marketplace for sale, buyers will keep seeking until they locate that excellent move-in prepared property. If your home is the very same price as the competition, but they’ve new kitchen/baths/carpet or hardwood floors, they are going to get the action. If your price will be the same, but the competition has far more bedrooms, far more baths, or a finished basement, you are giving the buyers the benefit of seeing yours after which acquiring the one that they’ll get much more for the same funds. You desire to create the greatest impact on any buyer viewing your home.

Showing Times

In case you have limited times when a purchaser can view your home, you’re doing a dis-service to yourself, the buyer and also the Realtor who wants to get your residence sold. We know it might be difficult to show at a moments notice, but you never ever know when the correct buyer will seem. Should you cannot show it because of function schedules, you may wish to supply your Realtor using a key so that no appointment will probably be missed. Other Agents will tend to show houses when you’ll find not too a lot of restrictions and they know they can acquire access to effortless.

Internet, World wide web, Internet

That is proper, if your Realtor doesn’t market your property online, you could not be acquiring the best marketing value. Though all listings ought to be on your nearby MLS, your Realtor really should also have their own web sites as well as other approaches to promote your home on the net. This is the top type of advertising your property for sale.

Location Is Still Important

It’s still true, as far as Real Estate is concerned ~ the best locations, top schools, and curb appeal of the neighborhood is nonetheless critical. Even so, not every property can be Mid-Block location, or convenient to all points, and have the very best of everything. You’ll be able to make your property stand out from the crowd by enhancing your personal curb appeal, producing improvements towards the interior and by pricing it lower then the rivals. We recently had a listing where the backyard faced a huge commerical building. By pricing it proper and making some minimal interior upgrades, ours sold as well as the one across the street is nonetheless out there. Make your house outshine the other people.

Also, feel about Staging your house. Your home will stand out among the competition as a Stager will showcase your house to its best advantage and this can re-force the buyers choice that your residence may be the correct choice.

Don’t forget, the longer an over-priced house remains out there, the lower it’s final selling price will most likely be. Step into the buyers shoes and you may see that you wouldn’t want to invest far more funds on a similar property and you can’t anticipate other people to be any various.

Most essential ~ pay attention to your Real estate professional. They sell homes everyday and have the encounter to lead you within the correct direction for a closed sale!