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Detroit Demolitions Leave Blank Page for City's Next Chapter

Paul Sancya/The Associated PressDemolition of a vacant home has left this empty lot in Detroit's Brightmoor area, an area plagued by scavengers. By Jeff Karoub DETROIT -- The families of Detroit's Brightmoor area are delighted that the day is finally approaching when bulldozers will arrive to level more of their... Continue Reading »

Partying Youths Loot, Vandalize 'Private Paradise' Mansion

KTLA The groups of youths entering vacant homes and turning them into destructive party scenes might be choosing bigger targets, but they don't seem to be getting any smarter about it. In the latest such case to make a splash in the news, 16 teenagers were arrested after allegedly breaking into a multimillion-dollar... Continue Reading »

Chicago Acts to Soften Impact of Foreclosure on Renters

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Former NFL Star's Home Takes a Big Hit From Partying Vandals (Video)

#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-368085{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-368085, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-368085{width:570px;height:411px;display:block;} By Chris Carola ALBANY, N.Y. -- Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway initially thought the... Continue Reading »

City Discovers It Accidentally Demolished Yet Another Home

A Texas city that made headlines last month when a contractor that it hired mistakenly demolished the wrong house says that the same thing happened recently, though for a slightly different reason. The city of Fort Worth got some unwelcome notoriety in July when a wrecking crew looking to knock down an abandoned and... 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 »

Oops! City Demolishes Wrong Vacant House

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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 »

New Orleans No Longer Most Blighted U.S. City: Detroit and Flint, Mich., Come Out on Top

Ever since Hurricane Katrina ravaged most of its homes seven years ago, New Orleans has been considered the most blighted city in America -- until now. Detroit and Flint, Mich., also long known as troubled towns filled with abandoned properties, have overtaken the Big Easy as the most blighted in the U.S.,... Continue Reading »

Neighbor Nabs 'Contractors' Breaking Into Vacant House

It's bad enough to be spotted by the nextdoor neighbor when you're trying to break into a house. It's even worse when the next-door neighbor is a cop. That's what happened to a pair of purported contractors in Dacula, Ga. An off-duty police officer noticed the couple trying to jimmy open the front door of the vacant... Continue Reading »

'Project X' Copycat Revelers Allegedly Wreck $500,000 Home

It didn't take long before the carnage in the hit house-party movie "Project X" spilled onto the real real estate market. Thirteen teenagers are being questioned for their possible involvement in a wild house party that will cost the builder nearly $100,000 in repairs, reports KHOU in Houston, Texas. "It's devastating.... Continue Reading »

Home Staging Magic: Vacant Home Gets Major Makeover

By Roslyn Ashford, Zillow Blog Contributor Plenty of home stagers will tell you that the best time to hire one is every time a home is listed for sale. But as a stager, I have found some homes need more staging assistance than others. My experience has found that the strongest cases for home staging are either: •... Continue Reading »

Up in Smoke: House Fire Reveals Huge Marijuana Operation

In a scene straight out of the stoner flick "Pineapple Express," firefighters in California's Riverside County discovered a massive pot-grow operation in a burning, vacant home on Friday. Located in the unincorporated area of Reche Canyon, the large rural home lit up soon after midnight and took firefighters three hours... Continue Reading »

Budding Trend: Foreclosed Homes Converted to Pot Gardens

The housing market isn't the only thing that's gone to pot in Las Vegas. With the foreclosure crisis in high gear, some enterprising residents are converting vacant homes into marijuana grow sites, the Los Angeles Times reports. Continue Reading »

Foreclosed Home Squatters Chased Out by SWAT Team

The Naples, Fla., police department doesn't fool around when it comes to ridding a foreclosed home of illegal squatters. A SWAT team, called to a foreclosed home last month due to a so-called disturbance, gassed the place in an effort to force out a possible squatter who allegedly was hiding in the attic. In the end, three... Continue Reading »

Men Arrested for Living in Vacant Home for Sale

Two men who trespassed at a $1.1 million Huntington Beach, Calif., investor's vacant home for sale and claimed to be tenants were arrested after the real estate agent notified police that someone had changed the locks and taken down the for sale sign, reported the Orange County Register. Realtor Dave Macleod told AOL Real... Continue Reading »

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