Speculators Named

“Housing roulette brings blight,” based on a Detroit Free Press investigation, details how tax foreclosure and the annual Wayne County auction leads to further instability throughout Detroit’s neighborhoods. Written by Allie Gross, the analysis of 23 Detroit homes, appearing in the August 19, 2018 issue, reveals how speculators buy upmore

Home “Buy-Back” Program Result of ACLU Lawsuit

Even before the recession, Detroit homeowners began to lose their homes through subprime deals and illegally and overassessed property taxes. By 2015 there were almost 25,000 tax foreclosures; this year it’s estimated that there are 4,700. Since it is estimated that one out of three is an occupied home thismore

Rebecca gets the deed to the home she saved

Escaping from a domestic violence relationship in 2013 and living in her van with her children, now ages 4 to 19, Rebecca found a home on the west side. As she explained to a Detroit News reporter: “We were literally on the verge of freezing to death in my van,” shemore

Hagerman Jailed!

Finally!!   Stephen Hagerman sent to Wayne County Jail for 60 days due to code violations https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/defenders/detroit-landlord-jailed-for-code-violations-including-apparent-black-mold-raw-sewage-at-home      

Donald Rencher promises to Brightmoor Homes residents…

During a meeting at Crowell Recreation Center on Monday April 9, 2018, Donald Rencher, Deputy Director of Housing and Revitalization for the City of Detroit made 5 promises to Brightmoor Homes residents about being able to purchase their homes. Click on the following links to view clips of that meeting….

Brightmoor Homes – Lease to Own or Bait and Switch?

Rent a poorly maintained apartment, with nothing to show for it years later, or have the opportunity to own one’s own home. That was the draw to 200-300 families who moved into Brightmoor Homes. Over a five-year period, three- and four-bedroom homes were constructed in the Brightmoor Neighborhood. The taxmore

A Stacked Deck: A visual look at discriminatory lending in the U.S.

The Center for Investigative Reporting’s website, Reveal, has created a visual look at lending discrimination in U.S. housing. It has published a series of articles based on a year-long study of mortgage applications for Black applicants and compared them to white applicants across the country. In studying 31 million records, itsmore

The Hagermans: Featured Vultures

Steve and Stephen Hagerman: Featured Vultures           Stephen, the father, is CEO of Brick Home Management; Steve, the son, is manager. They were featured in the recent Vice News video that showed them in their West Bloomfield home bidding on line in the 2017 Detroit tax foreclosuremore

How Is Puerto Rico Like Detroit?

Here is an article from The Intercept by David Deyen, “Puerto Rico Braces for Another Disaster: Foreclosure,” that has many similarities to Detroit foreclosures. It was published on December 22, 2017.

People are making money kicking Detroit residents out of their homes

This nearly 11-minute video demonstrates how Steve and Stevie Hagerman of Brick Homes Management bought up 300 homes in Detroit, adding to the 500 they have already purchased. This video was produces by Vice News Tonght and aired on HBO December 7, 2017. The story is investigating Detroit homes thatmore

Support Daniel Murray in Suing the Land Bank

DANIEL MURRAY’S HOME WAS DESTROYED BY THE DETROIT LAND BANK WHILE HE LIVED THERE. Daniel Murray lived at 15745 Quincy in Detroit for decades. He grew up in the home. The Detroit Land Bank gained control of the property in 2014 after tax foreclosure but never notified Daniel, who continuedmore

Owe Taxes? Wayne County Will Sell Your House!

Bridge Magazine – Wayne County doesn’t always enforce a law that forbids tax delinquents from buying properties at its tax foreclosure auctions, contributing to a cycle of speculation that perpetuates blight, a Bridge Magazine investigation has found. The county’s failure to do simple due diligence on the 3,000-plus buyers atmore

Persistent evictions threaten Detroit neighborhoods

“Families in one out of five Detroit rentals face eviction every year, a persistent churn that uproots thousands, destabilizes neighborhoods and schools and even threatens the health and safety of residents, a Detroit News investigation has found. The News analyzed nearly 285,000 eviction cases since 2009 — the first timemore

Flagstar Bank Settles with Barbara Campbell!

As Barbara Campell fought to survive one medical disaster after another — cancer, heart surgery, loss of kidney function and 3 strokes — Flagstar Bank tried to evict her from her Detroit home. Despite many promises that it wouldn’t do so, the bank moved to evict Ms. Campbell, who’s a formermore

Tonya Won Her Home!

Another Black Woman in Detroit fought to keep her home – and won! HUD oversees Freddie Mac, who bought Tonya’s house for $300. Freddie Mac was trying to evict Tonya, but Detroit Eviction Defense joined with her to say she is here to stay. We organized a rally in frontmore

DED Newsletter #2

click here for newsletter #2! DED NEWSLETTER 7.6.17 PDF In This Issue! -No New Wayne Co Jail -Urealdene’s Story -Detroit Property Exchange: Slumlord Watch! -RIP Kenny -O’Hair Park -Land Contract Scams

REVERSE MORTGAGE PITFALLS

If It Sounds Too Good to be True……It Is! You’ve seen the TV commercials starring Tom Selleck, Fred Thompson or Henry Winkler (the Fonz), targeting seniors with a message painting a rosy of reverse mortgages. Download printable flyer here: page-1 & page-2 What Tom Selleck and the others don’t tell youmore

So You’re Thinking of Buying a Home on Land Contract

Questions to ask, tips to follow, and pitfalls to avoid If you’d like to become a homeowner but are unable to obtain a mortgage or pay cash for a home, you’re probably going to have to decide whether or not a land contract is right for you. Land contract buyersmore

End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures!

Detroit Eviction Defense endorses the demands of the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosure, which are: Stop unconstitutional property tax assessments. Compensate Detroit residents who have already lost their homes through illegal tax foreclosures. Suspend pending property tax foreclosures until we have confirmation that delinquent taxpayers have not been unconstitutionallymore

Words from a long-time Detroit Eviction Defense fighter:

Jerry, who fought and stayed in his home, “When faced with the possibility of losing your home, here is something to be open to. First, we blame ourselves. Don’t. When you have been paying your mortgage and you are current and the banks the mortgage companies find a way tomore

The Land Bank Is A Land Grab

The Land Bank is: Taking People’s Homes Illegally Demolishing Homes That Can Be Saved, To Drive Up Property Values Using $20,000 a house of Step Forward Money to Destroy homes – when that money should be used to keep people in them Under Federal Investigation for Corruption & Incompetence Themore

We Stopped the Eviction of Bertha & William Garrett

The Garrett family fell behind on their mortgage when the daughter was laid off and the father suffered a stroke. The Bank of New York Mellon Trust foreclosed and the eviction moved ahead. This was one of the very first actions of Detroit Eviction Defense. We, in coalition with amore

Detroit’s Homeowners Deserve Better

Detroit News article here – By Bernadette Atuahene Mayor Mike Duggan last week announced that the city’s three-year effort to assess properties based on their market values was, at long last, complete. Standing with the mayor, Detroit’s assessor, Alvin Horhn, said that “for the very first time since I havemore

Land Bank Gets Raided

“The incident came amid an aggressive effort by federal authorities to get information about how the city and demolition contractors tore down thousands of dilapidated homes since 2014 with millions in federal dollars. The investigation began earlier this year after demolition prices spiked 60% under a new management structure Mayor Mike Duggan put intomore

Hines family wins chance to buy back their home

Fannie Mae responds to pressure, backs off eviction attempt Samuel Hines, a 59-year-old Detroiter suffering from stage four cancer, was threatened with eviction from his family home of thirty-five years. Fannie Mae, the federally-run mortgage company, was planning to evict him by April 5, 2016. Samuel had lived in themore

Pat Hale-Green and daughter win back their home

When Pat Hale came to Eviction Defense,she had been trying for two years to get CitiMortgage to modify her mortgage. Ms. Hale-Green had paid off her original mortgage, but fell behind on a second mortgage after she suffered a major pay cut and divorce. Then she discovered her house hadmore

Stephens family regains home in 7-year battle

Kept bank from evicting 93-year-old Mom Denise and Bernard Stephens were determined to fight the unfair eviction case against her 93-year old mother and win back the family home lost to a bank’s unjust foreclosure action. Now the bank has finally sold them back their home at a price theymore

Angela Crockett gets to buy back her home

Fannie Mae stops eviction process Long-time Detroit resident Angela Crockett and her son were foreclosed on by Citibank while participating in the Home Affordable Unemployment Program (HAUP), in violation of the rules. After years of fighting eviction in the courts with DED support, Angela finally got Fannie Mae to agreemore

Lela Whitfield wins tough battle

After a grueling two-year legal battle and Eviction Defense support campaign, Lela Whitfield’s fight for her home was down to the wire — Fannie Mae asked the court for an eviction order in November 2015. But Fannie Mae’s request struck Judge Cylenthia LaToye Miller as so unreasonable that she delayedmore

2014 Tax foreclosure victims get back their homes

Four courageous homeowners refused to be evicted by investors When four homeowners–Urealdene Henderson, Mr. and Mrs. Cruz Valdez, and Kyley Givens — found out their homes had been bought out from under them at tax foreclosure, they courageously resisted being evicted by the investors who took over their homes. Detroitmore

Gail Herhold and her toddler got their home back

Thanks to pressure, Fannie Mae finally changed course In May, 2015, Fannie Mae and Green Tree Servicing were trying to throw Gail Herhold and her three-year old son out of the home she’s lived in for fifteen years. Because she had money problems back in 2012 Gail was late withmore