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Jurisdiction, courts, and filings






Searching for trustee filings is not a quick-and-easy process. The idea is that the filings would show which houses will be coming up on the market in foreclosure sales; this is the kind of tip passed along in online conversation threads for would-be investors who want to dabble in real estate. In Maryland, however, getting such information is easier said than done. I just spoke… Read More

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“Important Notice about Eviction”






Imagine coming home and finding a notice posted on your front door: A person who claims the right to possess this property believes that this property is abandoned. You just got home–from work, errands, visits. You’ve lived in the house for years; it’s your home. You and your relatives know the house well; so do your near neighbors. “Abandoned?” Potted plants on the front porch,… Read More

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Why is a P. G. County official (or his family) buying up foreclosed homes?






On October 14, 2016, my neighbor received a two-page letter from the bank holding her mortgage note, M&T Bank. As foreclosure letters go, it could have been worse, on paper. M&T told her that it was “reviewing” her “workout package.” “It is possible,” the bankers informed her, that “we may determine that additional information is needed.” “If we determine that additional information is needed,” they… Read More

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The Middle Class Needs Legal Aid, Too






Middle class needs legal aid too In a sad, terrifying piece titled “Foreclosure’s Final Act,” today’s Washington Post reports a rare glimpse of our courtrooms from the perspective of the ordinary citizen: “The court clerk calls his name, and Harry Rexrode, not entirely sure what to do, steps to the defendant’s table. He is dressed in jeans, a flannel shirt with dried paint spattered on… Read More

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