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Luring Foreclosure Buyers on Detroit's 'Lonely Homes' Tour

On a recent Sunday afternoon, Joy Santiago, a real estate agent, stood atop the front steps of a vacant eight-bedroom Colonial-style mansion, bullhorn in hand. "All right, 10 minutes," she declared, ushering in the 50 or so people on the Lonely Homes Tour, an aggressive effort to sell foreclosed properties in one of Detroit's last solidly middle-class neighborhoods.
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  • 1


    Why don't you get out and see the city of Detroit.
    It is so easy to stay in the Indian Village area.
    Indian Village is not the last stately area of Detroit!

  • 3

    Wow detroitisstillcrap. Uneducated, yeah thats the right word for you. But Steven there are so many other great neighborhoods in Detroit. Check out Palmer Woods, Sherwood Forest, Boston Edison, East English Village, The Berry Sub, and theyre all residential so this doesent even count Downtown, Midtown, New Center etc. Please start telling the whole story TIME, that means a decent balance of good and bad stories.

    • 3.1

      Amen to that, ilovedetroit! And Steven, while you're exploring the areas mentioned by ilovedetroit, why not investigate my old stomping grounds: The homes sandwiched between 7 Mile and 8 Mile on Detroit's northwest side. Also check out the residential areas on West Outer Drive and Vassar. (ilovedetroit already mentioned Sherwood Forest; I grew up specifcally near 7 Mile and Schaefer.) Although some commercial parts that help comprise 7 Mile are a little worse for wear, the majority of the residential areas on Detroit's northwest side are still maintained and well-kept. A little over 40 years later, the home that my family purchased in 1968, (as well as the other homes on the block), still reflect pride in ownership.

      It is disconcerting and frustrating for many of us who grew up in Detroit to view only burnt-out homes and abandoned buildings in various photos that are supposed to depict our city. Frankly, this type of bias is extremely unsettling to me. Although I agree somewhat with some of the other bloggers that we natives sometimes do have a chip on our shoulder because of how we've been depicted in the past, believe me - native Detroiters who really love the city remove their rose-colored glasses every once in a while - we see the same decaying buildings that non-natives see; however we also know that there is so much more to our city, as cliched as that may sound. As mongoslade40 pointed out, Indian Village does not reflect the last bastion of salvation in Detroit.

      In my opinion, calling our city post-apocalyptic, (as I have read via some news articles), is not only insulting to me but it is also a tad melodramtic. While there are certainly areas of Detroit that are indeed battle-weary, there are plenty of other sections that are alive and thriving.

      I hope that over the next year, you will find the gold at the end of the rainbow along with other Native Detroiters who have already done just that.

      Welcome to Detroit!


  • 4

    Nice story Steven.....

    I am surprised our City has not driven you out yet with all the criticism of your stories, you must get tired of hearing that you don't report on "real" Detroit...

    ilovedetroit.......if you are going to promote a news site, not to mention call someone uneducated, your first priority should be spelling words right, you'll get more business, I GUARANTEE it......

  • 5

    Great story Steven...and welcome to Detroit so quick to judge and tell you how to do your job and that the job your doing is not up to par.

    Give 'em a brake people, TIME is just getting started and Detroit is a huge city. I realize we can be jaded because of past stories printed about Detroit from outsiders but TIME is living here and reporting. Patience.

    • 5.1

      No one's dissed what he's written, but since we can't grab him by the hand and show him around the city we love we're stuck here posting "You've gotta see this! You really need to check out that!"

      We who have been here understand how things can present to newcomers, but we also know how things USED to be, that there's actually been improvement in some areas - that's what stats don't tell and newbies can't see and possibly won't believe until they learn the whole backstory.

      ...and no one's even touched yet on manufacturing and foreign trade issues...

  • 6

    Beware of the title. Title companies are not issuing title insurance because they can get a clean and marketable title.

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