| Jan 3, 2011
| 4:27 PM
Apartment complexes in the Baltimore region are raising rents as a muted economic recovery and a foreclosure crisis have discouraged homeownership — and added to the ranks of renters.
Rental costs rose more than 6 percent to about $1,120 in the...
| Nov 7, 2010
| 3:59 PM
Second of two parts; read the first part
For much of his adult life he'd been a slave to cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills and alcohol. Twice he had gone through weeks of intensive psychiatric and drug treatment at Baltimore Behavioral Health Inc.,...
| Feb 18, 2011
| 2:14 PM
Gauging the trajectory of the real estate market in the Baltimore region has become a hyper-local exercise — it depends on precisely where you live.
While a handful of communities roared back so much last year that the number of home sales actually...
| Aug 23, 2011
| 7:16 PM
Baltimore officials moved Tuesday to take back undeserved tax breaks from owners of vacant properties who are profiting from a program intended for primary residences.
The effort followed a Baltimore Sun report that the owners of 465 empty homes —...
| Dec 17, 2011
| 5:24 PM
Since 2009 Patrick Tong has received "homestead" property tax breaks worth $18,000 on three rowhouses he owns in East Baltimore.
He's quick to agree that he hasn't been entitled to a penny of it.
Homeowners qualify for the break only on their...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 11:48 AM
A decade ago, it was wildly popular for real estate experts, elected government officials and professional opinionists to claim that homeownership was patriotic. Today, post-housing bubble, claims that renting a place to live is the smarter value have...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 4:56 PM
Another challenge by ground rent holders to Maryland's 2007 reform laws has been revived, with lease holders claiming that a state law unconstitutionally diminished the value of their property by making collection of payments costly and difficult to...
| Sep 18, 2011
A couple of years ago, Joe and Marlene Everett were 50-something empty nesters with a daughter out on her own and a son away at college.
Now, thanks to the weak economy, the Everetts are once again all living under the same roof in Woodbine.
| Sep 20, 2011
| 6:12 PM
Lead poisoning, once widespread, appears on the way to becoming a rarity among children living in old rental housing in Baltimore and the rest of Maryland. But the problem is growing among youngsters who live in owner-occupied and newer rental homes,...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 3:00 PM
Like a real-life episode of "Sesame Street," the lesson at The Ark preschool on a recent day was sponsored by the letter "S." Eight friends, as the teachers call the 3- and 4-year-old children, were buzzing like a hive of bees as they sounded out words...
| Jul 31, 2011
Walid Hajj is happy he followed his instincts and bought an incomplete condo redevelopment in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood last fall.
Within three days of advertising the building's 13 newly redeveloped apartments this month, Hajj had rented all...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 4:09 PM
For Eddie Germino, being unemployed for a time last year worked to his advantage in a dispute with his Maryland landlord.
Germino, 27, had moved out of the house where he had lived with other students. Now he was trying to get his security deposit back....