A Dying Piece of Baltimore’s Industrial History: 611-661 S Monroe Street

If you’ve ever driven down Monroe Street to Washington Boulevard, you’ve seen this forlorn building next to the bridge: The brick wall is crumbing, and the building has been in disrepair for years.  On first glance, it appears to be just another one of Baltimore’s many vacant properties, left to rot over the decades.  However, […]

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Reader-Submitted Blight: 1118 N Milton Street

Reader Rusty is on a roll! Property Address:  1118 N Milton Street, Baltimore, MD 21205 Property Owner:  William Lewis, 4018 Balfern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213/PO Box 20819, Baltimore, MD 21239 City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch State Senator: Nathaniel McFadden State Delegates: Talmadge Branch, Cheryl Glenn, Hattie Harrison This property was foreclosed on by a Florida company, […]

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Metro Dream Homes Scammer Sentenced

We’ve been posting information on this group for a while — Metro Dream Homes owner and founder Andrew Hamilton Williams, Jr. from Hollywood Florida has been sentenced to 150 years in prison for his role in a $78 million mortgage fraud scheme that left some homeowners penniless. “This case exemplifies the egregious mortgage fraud schemes […]

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Support House Bill 1081

Bill Information: House Bill 1081 would ensure that property owners who have elected to take the Homestead Property Tax, and have later been found ineligible, would not only owe the back taxes — there would also be a financial penalty for claiming a tax credit they’re not entitled to. Why This Is Important:  Municipalities can […]

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Link Roundup

Owner of a Maryland title company pleads guilty to stealing almost $5 million from customers. Occupy Oakland takes the vacant house problem to a new level.  Please note, we DO NOT encourage this irresponsible and destructive behavior. Home prices are falling again — no surprises there. Baltimore City calls its “Vacants to Value” plan “baby […]

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Link Roundup

You’ve probably heard that Senator Charles Grassley (R, Iowa) has launched an investigation into the fraud and waste at Baltimore Housing — read a letter from Senator Grassley to Sean Donovan, HUD Secretary here.  Link opens a PDF. Property owners receiving the homestead tax credit — beware.  If you’re not actually living in the home, […]

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Link Roundup

Lots of links this evening — enjoy! US Conference of Mayors adopts resolution supporting Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (from the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning). Apparently someone out  there thinks the City’s “Vacants to Values” program is a good thing, because Mayor Rawlings-Blake was given an award.  We’re still searching for the “Value” […]

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Slumlord Pockets $12K from HABC

According to a WBAL I-Team investigation, slumlord Cephus Murrell pocketed $12,000 in HABC payments on a subsidized home, while his tenant was denied access to the home for over a year. Yet another flub from our scandal-plagued Housing Authority.

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Are Corruption and Incompetence the Norm at HABC?

Andy Green at the Baltimore Sun has a great editorial in today’s Second Opinion, detailing the firing of corrupt HABC housing inspector Algie Epps, and the circumstances that led up to his firing: When he was hired in 2005 as a housing inspector, the city does not appear to have conducted a “criminal history investigation” […]

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Link Roundup

Three conspirators were convicted in a $78 million mortgage scam, according to the FBI Baltimore Office. Information for victims of morgtage scams from the Maryland Mortgage Fraud Task Force and the US DOJ. Philadelphia’s City Paper details the decline of once-wealthy slumlord Robert Coyle, and how his “empire” of slummy homes were foreclosed on. Did […]

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