Boarded-up and falling down, hundreds of Baltimore's vacant and blighted rowhouses are scheduled for demolition in the coming months in a stepped-up effort to rid the city of its most visible sign of decades of urban decay.
The president's proposal to unwind Fannie May and Freddie Mac, similar to a bipartisan bill in the Senate, points the way toward meaningful reform in housing policy that doesn't eliminate the government's role in making homeownership possible for the middle class.
Last month's high foreclosure rate wasn't an anomaly. For about a year, Maryland's foreclosure numbers have been among the highest in the country. That's largely because the foreclosure process here requires judicial oversight, drawing out the time it takes for banks to claim a property.
Several unscrupulous companies are circulating materials in the Baltimore area that are aimed at taking advantage of homeowners, according to St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, a Baltimore charity that counsels home buyers and people facing foreclosure.
A mortgage lender based in Utah has agreed to pay a Baltimore woman $13,000 after the company denied her a loan because she was pregnant and on maternity leave, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday.
Several other pieces of legislation relevant to homeowners passed both chambers of the General Assembly during the most recent session, which ended earlier this month. O'Malley is expected to sign them provided they pass a constitutional review, according to spokeswoman Raquel Guillory.
A longtime Towson University professor has resigned his post as the head of the city school system's ethics panel amid allegations that his published academic articles contain content from dozens of sources without proper — or in some cases any — attribution.
While homes continue to be built around Harford County, the local market has a long way to go before it gets to the heights its sustained before the nationwide housing market crash which began in 2007.