Lauer Asks if Foreclosure Buyers Tempting 'Bad Karma'
NBC wants to help you find the âsilver lining in the economic cloud.â Just donât listen to âTodayâ host Matt Lauer.
The Sept. 26 show brought on three financial experts to help viewers make the best of a downbeat economy. But Lauer confused the subject by raising superstitious concerns against buying foreclosed homes.
After real estate agent Barbara Corcoran said the increase in foreclosures was good for buyers, Lauer chimed in, cautioning viewers against tempting fate.
âYou are a business person what do you say to the person out there who says what about the karma of taking advantage of the misery of someone else and the misfortune of someone else, because that is really what you are doing?â
Corcoran acknowledged that some people have concerns about buying foreclosures, but she added âthereâs something about a 30- to- 50 percent discount that gets people over it.â
Dictionary.com defines karma as âthe cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that personâs deeds in the previous incarnation.â
Corcoran went on to warn that some foreclosures are âclunkersâ because the previous owners have wrecked the property. âMost importantly, very often, people when they leave, theyâre angry and they destroy the house on the way out,â she said.
Earlier, Corcoran had also said that âthe best person to buy from is the bankâ because banks arenât emotionally invested in the asset.
The segment included Farnoosh Torabi from www.Thestreet.com, âTodayâ financial editor Jean Chatzky and Corcoran. Each delivered her best silver linings on the current economic situation. Aside from Lauerâs âkarmaâ interlude, the experts offered plenty of advice:
Cash is king and can get you a discount from smaller businesses.
With retail sales down, itâs an ideal time to buy for the holidays.
Homeowners might be able to refinance if they act fast with their lenders.
New developments pose strong buying opportunities â including incentives like granite countertops and vacations.
A down market offers a chance to buy stocks in sectors that âwill do wellâ like healthcare and consumer staples.
The segment also included positives about an improving savings rate and urged viewers to take advantage of their 401(k) match from employers.