Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Derek Slocum will pay just $190,000 for a home valued at $250,000.
The winner of a housing lottery run by the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development had a chance to tour his new home in Lanham on Tuesday, WJLA reports. Derek Slocum, currently a District resident, will pay just $190,000 for a rehabbed house valued at $250,000. The housing department purchased the foreclosed home with the help of federal funds after it had sat vacant for a year. Following renovations, the deed was entered as the prize for the county's first-ever housing lottery. "It is simply beautiful," Slocum told county officials and members of the press gathered for the event. Read the full story from WJLA.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Several of Prince George's County's housing operations shifted to new departmental oversight, County Executive Rushern Baker announced this week.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker announced Monday that several county housing operations will be under new leadership. The housing operations were previously overseen by Carla Reid, deputy chief administrative officer (DCAO) for Economic Development and Public Infrastructure, and will now be overseen by Thomas Himler, the DCAO for Budget, Finance and Administration, according to the county. “Carla Reid and her team have done a tremendous job overseeing our housing related operations,” Baker said in a statement. “However, I have decided, due to the high volume of finance and budget related coordination and oversight that is needed with our Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Housing Authority (HA), …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Cost of housing, daycare and taxes drove the figure up more than 40 percent over 10 years.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
By Catherine Irwin Capital News Service Families with young children in Prince George's County need to make more than $50,000 a year to cover just their basic living expenses, according to a new report. That figure is up more than 40 percent over the past 10 years, driven largely by the cost of housing, daycare and taxes. While Prince George's is the wealthiest majority black county in the country, the report says families with modest incomes living well above the official poverty line are struggling to make ends meet. People are increasingly turning to the government and social service organizations for help. The monthly average of food stamp applications has increased by 53 percent since 2007, and there was an increase of about 23 …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Here are some tips for dodging foreclosure and selling/buying a home.
Editor's Note: This is the final part in a five-part series on vacant homes in Hyattsville. After seeing dozens of "For Sale" signs and indications of uninhabited homes, Patch decided to give a general overview of how these vacancies are affecting Hyattsville. Hyattsville doesn’t keep a list of vacant houses, so there is no way to determine how many of them have been cited, said city spokeswoman Abby Sandel. “I know that [crime related to vacant houses has] been an issue in other communities,” she said. “There may be a few isolated incidents, but it isn’t widespread enough to be a concern here. “I don’t know how Hyattsville is faring compared to comparable communities, but some of what we’re hearing suggests that Hyattsville’s transit …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Reports show that vacant houses are affecting the entire nation, especially over the past decade.
Editor's Note: This is part 4 in a series on vacant homes in Hyattsville. After seeing dozens of "For Sale" signs and indications of uninhabited homes, Patch decided to give a general overview of how these vacancies are affecting Hyattsville. In January 2011, the home of Marcos and Ena Zelaya burned, taking the lives of two of their children—Kimberly and Kelli. Since then, the charred remains of the family house at 4709 40th Avenue has sat empty after the family moved to Langley Park and later to Texas. City code reports indicate that the property hasn’t been cited in the year since. According to Maryland real property data, the property was valued at $266,500 before and after the fire. Marcos Zelaya is still listed as the property owner. …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Hyattsville might not be able to keep people from walking away and leaving their houses vacant. But one councilwoman said it can work on bringing residents in.
Editor's Note: This is part 3 in a series on vacant homes in Hyattsville. After seeing dozens of "For Sale" signs and indications of uninhabited homes, Patch decided to give a general overview of how these vacancies are affecting Hyattsville. A house at 3107 Kelliher Road, just down from the vacant Jamestown Road house, is empty because its owner died and the family has been caught up in the probate process, which began in March. State real estate property data shows that the house is owned by Raymond and Dorothy Burch, and is their principal residence. Dorothy Burch, the home’s most recent inhabitant, died in February. The 792-square-foot house sits on 6,904 square feet of land and was assessed in July at $163,000. Its base value was $…
Monday, January 9, 2012
Some say homes are unkept and pose danger to Hyattsville's neighborhoods.
Editor's Note: This is part one of a series on vacant homes in Hyattsville. After seeing dozens of "For Sale" signs and indications of uninhabited homes, Patch decided to give a general overview of how these vacancies are affecting Hyattsville. When you travel down the streets of Hyattsville, you pass all kinds of residences from war era and Victorian stand-alones, to modern row houses and apartments. But, between the tailored front yards and bustling front porches of some blocks, stand the vacant structures, slowly falling victim to the elements and abuse. Although the city has no official tally of homes without occupants, it’s clear that empty houses along with their overgrown properties and abandoned structures are a problem in need of …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Garth Rockcastle is developing two buildings on Farragut Street in Hyattsville into art/living space.
Hyattsville architect Garth Rockcastle is transforming two of the city’s historic buildings into an eclectic mix of artistry and Rockcastle is crafting the original Hyattsville municipal building and old fire station into art/commercial space and trendy lofts, according to the Hyattsville Life & Times. Check out photos of exposed brick inside the buildings and read more about Rockcastle’s plans in the October HL&T.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Residents are concerned about the negative effects than an abandoned house at 4000 Oliver St. may have on the neighborhood.
Neighbors of an abandoned house at 4000 Oliver Street say the property is an eyesore and an easy target for vandals and they want the Hyattsville City Council to do something about it. “There’s never any lights on. Until recently, the front steps were covered in what looked like rubble and gravel and trash. Somebody showed up to shovel it last week, but we’re worried that there will be vandalism or graffiti or people squatting there,” said Thomas Wright, one of the spearheads of a petition received by Ward 3 councilmen Tim Hunt and Matthew McKnight on Sept. 26. Both councilmen said they’ve heard complaints from residents about the vacant property on the corner of Oliver Street and 40th Avenue over the years, but according to Hunt, this was…