Can you keep count of all the various mortgage-relief programs that the government has started? Have any of them really worked? Will the federal cavalry ever arrive to win the day?

Let’s put it this way: Even Gen. George Armstrong Custer had a better record of attacking problems than the government.

Here’s one reason: The banks largely don’t want the programs to work. Look how they’ve rigged and manipulated the process. Look how they’ve consistently outwitted the government, which, on its best day, resembles F Troop.

Not to bash banks too much. They simply don’t want to take the write-downs. They’re in business to make money, not to act as the altruistic arm of some government agency. Then again, one also gets the impression they’d settle for yet another government bailout, if one was offered. Otherwise, they’re going to keep mucking things up in their favor.

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Which leads to the question: How sane is the government if it keeps coming back with these seemingly doomed mortgage-relief programs? Not that we shouldn’t try to help people in trouble. But aren’t there other ideas out there?

File under: Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
“Charge for the guns!” he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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