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Flipping Houses

Land Bank Helping To Clean Up Neighborhoods

August 27, 2013

If there is one thing most communities can agree on, it’s that abandoned, derelict buildings are an eyesore and a black mark on a neighborhood....

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Aug-27-13 10:32 AM

I'd like to see programs that help WORKING people become homeowners. I have an ok job but by the time I pay for insurance & taxes are taken out, I barely have enough to pay my rent, car pymt, insurance, groceries and gas. I have very little left after all of that. At this rate I'll never be a homeowner and be at my landlord's mercy - dreading the day rent gets raised again which is inevitable. I don't know how people survive. I make "too much money" to be eligible for any kind of assistance because they go by what you earn BEFORE anything is taken out which is stupid. But I know I am a stronger person for it, just more stressed out and "the American dream" is way beyond my reach unless I move somewhere else.

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Aug-27-13 10:21 AM

Why are these being financed by the taxpayer? FHA has a loan called a 203K that does the same thing and loans the money at current rates! This is beyond stupid!

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Aug-27-13 9:58 AM

The poor taxpayer does it all. There are many once nice homes that people had to leave. With obama and his rob the rich to give to the poor plans it will only get worse. No work is no money. What is the matter with officials. No brains.

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Aug-27-13 9:45 AM

You'd have to be absolutely nuts to do business in NY. This state and especially Jamestown is an horrible nightmare to even think about wanting to buy a property there. We sold all our property in NY, and am now doing very well in PA, Our properties here are nice and the laws give us the time and means to get it done. And not ONE PENNY comes from the tax payers, that city is horrible, millions spent, just to rent them to a bunch free loading "i can't work" people. I know 16 persons personally who have received SSI and still works under the table, what a horrible Government this country has become.

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Aug-27-13 8:39 AM

Whatever happened to individual property owners being held accountable for their properties? Whatever happened to city zoning and code enforcement officers enforcing the laws?? Why does county government have to take on problems which can be solved by individual municipalities simply by enforcing their zoning and code laws???

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Aug-27-13 6:26 AM

*Whew* I thought it was going to be about landlords who do this - I know a few in Jamestown who do this for a quick buck

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Aug-27-13 5:14 AM

The county should not be in this business. This should be watched very closely. We need to know exactly how much money the county or IDA has invested and how much of a loss we are taking. "We are pleased with our progress" is a nice comment but does not constitute a report. What a mess!

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