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2017 Maryland Legislation to Watch

HB0172 – Home Act of 2017 Stating that the Act seeks to deconcentrate poverty by providing additional opportunities for tenants utilizing public subsidies to live in neighborhoods other than the neighborhoods in which those individuals are currently and disproportionately residing; expanding the housing policy of the State regarding the provision of fair housing to include Read more about 2017 Maryland Legislation to Watch[…]

HB0508/SB0330: Residential Property – Foreclosure Sale – Recordation of Instrument of Writing: SUPPORT

Maryland House Bill 0508 is a bill that’s been sorely needed for far too long. This bill (and Senate Bill 0330) would go a long way towards cleaning up our property records by requiring a deed to be filed no later than 30 days after a foreclosure sale is ratified by the court — this Read more about HB0508/SB0330: Residential Property – Foreclosure Sale – Recordation of Instrument of Writing: SUPPORT[…]

2015 Foreclosure Statistics

Maryland continues to be one of five states with the highest bank foreclosure rates — 95% over the national average, with 11,990 foreclosures in Q1 and 12,089 in Q2. Baltimore City and Prince George’s County also continue to see the highest rates in the state. Baltimore City saw a 12.6% increase in the second quarter, Read more about 2015 Foreclosure Statistics[…]

Free Legal Clinic: Pro Boo-no Day!

Pro Boo-no Day 9:00 AM to noon, Saturday October 31 Maryland Legal Aid, 500 E Lexington Street. Attorneys from Maryland Legal Aid, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, and the Pro Bono Resource Center will be on hand to provide brief consultations on a variety of topics: Landlord-tenant Foreclosure Child Custody Bankruptcy …and more! Don’t let your Read more about Free Legal Clinic: Pro Boo-no Day![…]

Are You Past Due on Your Property Taxes or Water Bill?

Don’t let your home go to auction — there is legal help available! The Pro-Bono Resource Center of Maryland, along with MVLS, is holding three community workshops where lawyers will discuss both foreclosure and tax sales. If you’re behind on your water bill or property tax, don’t wait until it’s too late — find out Read more about Are You Past Due on Your Property Taxes or Water Bill?[…]

When Properties Go Into Foreclosure, Who Pays?

Using Q3 2014 foreclosure data reported by the state DHCD, Maryland has held steady as the number-two state for foreclosure filings in 2014, just behind Florida. In fact, foreclosure filings in Maryland have increased since Q2 2014. To put this into context, foreclosure activity has declined nationwide by 15.9% since 2013, yet in Maryland, it Read more about When Properties Go Into Foreclosure, Who Pays?[…]

Last Link Roundup of 2012!

A recap of all the newsworthy links in 2012. January Early in 2012, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was grilled by the MD Legislature about the status of the city’s lead paint judgements.  The city was refusing to pay, saying the judgement would bankrupt the city — a shame they didn’t think about that before allowing children Read more about Last Link Roundup of 2012![…]

Link Roundup

As you can imagine, folks in Cleveland are tired of slumlords, too.  And they had some words for an absentee slumlord who lives in Florida. In New York, an attorney was convicted on multiple counts of mortgage fraud, but the NY Attorney General lost a few counts, despite testimony from the attorney’s employees. An office Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Link Roundup

San Diego may soon join Chicago in its quest to fine banks that allow foreclosed homes to deteriorate. S&P says it will take 46 months to clear out all of the “shadow inventory” that continues to plague the US housing market. Frederic Alan Gladle, of Austin, Texas, was sentenced earlier this month to 61 months Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Link Roundup

Oh boo hoo!  Maryland property managers think it’s too much to pay what amounts to $4 a month for lead paint insurance.  Seems to me it’s cheaper than a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Ohio’s Attorney General designated part of the mortgage lawsuit settlement towards demolishing vacants.  Some say this money should go to homeowners — what Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Link Roundup

It will be interesting to see how much money is earned on the auction of Baltimore Housing Authority property.  Glad to see someone is fighting to make the agency pay its lead paint settlements. It’s always fun to read posts or letters in the Baltimore Sun from bad property owners who feel the laws and Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Link Roundup

Camden Crossing development lots go into foreclosure, hit the auction block in December, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. Backstory on Camden Crossing — the environmental issues are truly frightening. (Link opens a PDF) Also in the BBJ, Baltimore City median home prices fell in 2011 to $82,000. Houses are selling faster, but they’re selling cheaper Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Link Roundup

Baltimore landlord pleads guilty in lead paint case.  Called a “habitual offender” by Ruth Ann Norton, Executive Director of the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, we hope this slumlord receives jail time — and other slumlords take notice.  We’d also like to point out — this slumlord has received money from HABC, and has Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Link Roundup

Lots of lawsuit links this week! A Federal judge has given the go-ahead for a couple of lawsuits against Wells Fargo, including Baltimore City’s.  As you may recall, Baltimore City had a hard time getting its act together, and their initial lawsuit was dismissed by Judge Motz.  Then another one was denied.I would say maybe Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Upcoming Workshop for Tenants in Foreclosure

The Public Justice Center in Baltimore will be holding a workshop on December 14th for tenants who live in properties that are in foreclosure.  You can get more details here. (Link opens a PDF flier). They also have a brochure and other links pertaining to tenants in foreclosure here.  You do have rights — make Read more about Upcoming Workshop for Tenants in Foreclosure[…]

Link Roundup

More on the mayor’s “Vacants to Values” plan. The National Dialogue on Green and Healthy Homes is open for comments.  Log in and make sure your voice and great idea is heard! There are two more workshops open to renters in foreclosure, at the Public Justice Center on Charles Street — November 16th and December Read more about Link Roundup[…]

What Part of “No” Do You Not Understand?

In the hopes that the third time is a charm, Charm City has sued Wells Fargo for the third time, according to the Baltimore Sun. The latest complaint, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, contains 14 new paragraphs that purport to address concerns that led Judge J. Frederick Motz to dismiss the case twice before Read more about What Part of “No” Do You Not Understand?[…]

Fraud, Foreclosure, and Fires: Link Roundup

Lots of people have been filling out phony mortgage forms — here’s the most recent mortgage scam artist in Maryland…and it didn’t work well for her. Being a property flipper and tax cheat…that didn’t work well for this couple. Who knew abandoned homes would be a burden on the fire department? (As an aside, there Read more about Fraud, Foreclosure, and Fires: Link Roundup[…]

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.  Read more about Link Roundup[…]

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 Read more about Link Roundup: Prices, Hud, Lawsuits, and More.[…]