What’s Your 2015 Housing Resolution?

Reposted from Housing Policy Watch: People make much of the idea of “two cities” in Baltimore — one, affluent and white, and the other is usually labeled as poor and black. This view leaves out the third group: the folks, black and white, who earn around the city’s median income of $40,000 or so, and […]

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A Block of Blight: 2206 to 2216 Kirk Avenue

Property Address:  2206 Kirk Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218 Property Owner:  Jeffrey Gerber, Same Address Property Address:  2208 Kirk Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218 Property Owner:  George V. Blankson, Same Address Property Address:  2210 Kirk Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218 Property Owner:  Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 5312 Bolsa Avenue, Suite 200, 3415 Vision Drive, Huntington Beach, […]

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Link Roundup

Did you know Maryland offers an income tax credit for low-income/elderly renters?  It follows the premise that renters pay property taxes as part of their rent, and therefore should be allowed an opportunity to recoup some of that money.  The deadline for filing each year is September 1. The past few years have seen an […]

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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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2771 W North Avenue

Property Address:  2771 W North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216 Property Owner:  Anthony Vernon Griffin, 5434 Montbel Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21207 City Council District and Contact: District 7, Belinda Conaway If you lived in one of the attractive renovated homes across the street, would you want to look at this every day? The property listed as […]

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Link Roundup

HUD awards Baltimore City Housing Authority $250,000 to address security, crime.  (Link opens a PDF).  Hopefully this will benefit not only the people who live in HABC housing, but also the residents in the surrounding neighborhoods. Fiscal Times writer Liz Peek says the Obama administration still has no policy to address the US housing bust.  […]

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Link Roundup: Prices, Hud, Lawsuits, and More.

Foreclosure maintenance penalties for banks and other entities who fail to maintain their foreclosed properties.  We happen to think this is a great idea. Another great idea — HUD NSP partnerships.  As long as the money doesn’t benefit slumlords, and as long as it doesn’t allow the City to acquire even more property that it […]

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Baltimore Housing Receives $5.8 Million of Foreclosure Aid

From Baltimore Housing: Baltimore, MD (December 10, 2009) – Baltimore Housing has received a total of $5.8 million from Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). As part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, Congress created […]

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Fraud, Bankruptcy….and HUD Certification?

Poor Vito Simone — he keeps trying to reinvent himself over and over again, but what he fails to realize is that you have to wait a period of time before making your “reformed and remorseful” debut. Realtor, broker, developer…disgraced president of a trade association…. And we have yet to see any remorse from him. […]

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