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Yet another scam targets Mecklenburg County’s many vacant properties

It was August, and Crest Properties had just bought a 3,100-square-foot house at 1614 Meadowlark Landing Drive in the Lawing Pond neighborhood in Charlotte. The subsidiary of Indianapolis-based Timberstone Homes had planned to renovate, and then sell, the 4-year-old home. ...

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Bad form? (access required)

This month, 61-year-old John Lee was out in the cold — or, rather, the August heat — when he was evicted from his south Charlotte rental home near the airport. Although he was behind on rent for June, which is ...

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Real estate agents don’t have to follow federal rule affecting short sales (access required)

When the Federal Trade Commission created the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services rules in December, it caused a stink in the real estate community. MARS was formed in response to mortgage scams, specifically those involving loan modifications. Real estate agents, in ...

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Officials struggle to wash hands 
of dirty deeds (access required)

When someone files a deed for a property they don’t actually own with the office of Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds David Granberry, there’s nothing Granberry can do to stop it. Granberry could know the deed is not legit, that ...

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Govt. officials battle ‘epidemic’ targeting Charlotte-area homes

On June 1, a real estate agent was showing a house to a couple in the Union County town of Weddington. While the couple checked out the basement of the house in the 1000 block of Antioch Woods Lane, two ...

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Foreclosure fallout (access required)

Cheryl Littlefield’s ideal home was pulled right out from under her. Located near Revolution Park just west of Uptown Charlotte, the 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom brick ranch-style home was just what Littlefield was looking for. And priced at $49,000, the foreclosed home was ...

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