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Beware the “sovereign citizen” selling a vacant house.  It’s probably not his to sell. Thieves in Cleveland have been targeting vacant homes — stealing appliances, copper wire — basically anything of value. The Detroit Free Press did an excellent series on keeping schoolchildren safe on their route to school — something most people take for […]

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Columbus mayor:  City will spend money to demolish unsafe vacant homes. In Chicago, a young girl was raped at gunpoint between two vacant homes in the West Englewood neighborhood.  Neighbors say the vacants are more than just a threat to property values, and they want action. Instead of paying lead paint lawsuit judgments, the city’s […]

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Whether you agree with Jimmy Carter’s politics or not, you can’t dispute the fact that he’s done some amazing humanitarian work — especially with Habitat for Humanity.  He’ll be coming to Baltimore in October to work on some HFH homes, according to Jamie Smith-Hopkins in the Baltimore Sun. And in the “Cry Me a River” […]

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City Amends Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo

Baltimore City has amended its lawsuit against Wells Fargo, citing property tax loss and a drain on city services like police and fire.  The suit was originally dismissed in January by Judge J. Frederick Motz, who cited the City’s criminal culture and lack of accountability as part of the vacant housing problem. Yesterday’s Maryland Daily […]

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A Creative Response to Vacant Houses: Detroit

From The Economist: Object Orange had plenty of houses to choose from: nearly one-third of the city’s housing stock—more than 100,000 homes—is vacant. In 2003 the average price of a home in Detroit was almost $98,000; this October it was $15,000. Many of the remaining homes sit in swathes of prairie created by untended empty […]

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Maryland Homestead Tax Fraud and Other News

We often wondered how many of our city’s non-resident property owners were taking the Maryland Homestead Tax Credit and claiming their property as “owner-occupied”.  We figured there had to be a few tax cheats out there, right? There were more than a few.  One of our readers found 384 of them, in fact.  Out of […]

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Mayor’s Conversation Update

A report from the Mayor’s Conversation on Vacant Homes: “You will probably not be surprised to know that the meeting last night was a bit disappointing. The heads of all the housing-related departments were there, and gave their spiels. Paul Graziano, Michael Braverman, Jackie Cornish, etc. It was interesting for a little bit, and then […]

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