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Squatters' Rights: Difference Between Adverse Possession, Trespassing

MortenMyksvoll/Flickr By Christine DiGangi Technically, you could walk into a home that isn't yours and declare ownership without paying a cent. There are a lot more details that would need to play out in just the right way, but theoretically, it's possible through a process called adverse possession. It's the concept... Continue Reading »

What the Chase Settlement Could Mean for Consumers

AP The Justice Department and JPMorgan Chase & Co. reportedly could sign a $13 billion agreement today that would be the largest ever reached between the U.S. government and a corporation, several news sources are reporting. The final issue in the settlement was said by persons familiar with the talks (but not... Continue Reading »

Abandoned New Orleans House Falls on Neighbor's Home

The collapse of an abandoned house next door onto her home has left a New Orleans mother concerned about the safety of her children and damage to her property. But after being notified of the situation two weeks ago, complained the woman, city officials still hadn't acted to clean up the mess or reduce the threat. "Kids... Continue Reading »

New Detroit-Area Homes Demolished as Housing Project Goes Awry

The Detroit area remains one of the top 10 metros for foreclosed and vacated homes. Its abandoned residences often become hideouts for drug users and prostitutes, and occasionally scenes of murder. So it's no wonder that government officials want to simply tear down many of these homes. But in the community of Highland... Continue Reading »

Where Cities Are Practically Giving Away Abandoned Homes

Andrea Salcedo was displaced to Long Island by Hurricane Sandy, but prefers to live in Binghamton, N.Y., near her family. Salcedo's dream of getting a home there came closer to a reality when she was selected as one of eight winners in a city redevelopment project. The "One Dollar Healthy Homes" initiative sold vacant and... Continue Reading »

Where Neighbors Can Buy Abandoned Homes for $1

#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-508599{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-508599, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-508599{width:570px;height:411px;display:block;} Abandoned homes and empty plots in neighborhoods can become nuisances for neighbors. They aren't only... Continue Reading »

Re-Use Hawaii Recycles Home Demolition Waste for New Homes

You'd think that once a home is demolished, it's gone for good, right? Wrong. In Honolulu, a nonprofit organization called Re-Use Hawaii tears down old, abandoned homes and gives them new life -- by providing the leftover materials to residents to build new houses. The organization collects building materials from home... Continue Reading »

U.S. Cities With the Most Vacant Homes

There may be plenty of signs that the housing market is recovering, but that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of towns that are still hurting. Rising home prices and increasing sales aside, many cities are still overrun with vacant homes. Though nationally the number of unoccupied homes decreased by 5 percent this... Continue Reading »

Vacant Homes Plague Neighbors as Lenders Drag Feet

The vacant home next to Deborah Jackson's house (pictured at left) has been an eyesore and magnet of blight for much longer than the Chicago homeowner would care to remember. The roof of the empty townhouse, which is connected to Jackson's, is shredded and caved in, causing water to leak through Jackson's walls. Overgrown... Continue Reading »

Abandoned Home in Queens, N.Y., a 'Den of Violence,' Neighbors Say

An abandoned home in the Queens borough of New York City has become a house of horrors for neighbors who claim that gang members have taken over the property and turned it into a "den of violence," the Daily News reported. "It's been a disaster for the past few years," said one neighbor, who declined to be named.... Continue Reading »

Bank of America Branch in San Diego Gets 'Trash Deposit' in Protest Over Blighted Vacant Home

What do you do when the bank-owned house next door is a vacant and blighted mess? If you're these San Diego residents, you remove the garbage piled out front and take it to its rightful owner: the bank itself. The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, a homeowner advocacy group, gathered dirty rugs,... Continue Reading »

Newest Squatters in Empty Homes: Rats and Coyotes

Lynn McGee is mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore. That's why she posted a banner saying "House Full of RATS & Bank Don't Care" across the front of the townhouse that adjoins hers in Greenacres, Florida. The derelict and abandoned unit next door has been in foreclosure since September 2009, according to a... Continue Reading »

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