Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / NYC’s Continuing Fight Against Zombie Properties in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Subscribe New York City received $500,000 in funding for a new team that will focus on cracking down on zombie properties that have been abandoned and are in foreclosure, according to PIX11. New York City Neighborhoods CEO Christie Peale said zombie homes not only bring down property, but frustrate neighboring homeowners. “I want this to be affordable home ownership,” said Peale.Lelia Bozorg, deputy commissioner of housing preservation and development, said zombie homes are in “every neighborhood,” especially ones hit hard by the foreclosure crisis. She estimates the city has as many as 4,000 zombie properties. “What we are able to do is hold the banks accountable, maintaining these properties while they are in limbo during the foreclosure process,” said Bozorg.New York in 2016 was empowered by a zombie property law that requires financial institutions to inspect properties delinquent on foreclosures. The city’s first zombie team was created in 2017.Despite this new-found funding, Republican lawmakers from New York question the impact of a recent bill passed by the state’s senate and assembly. The Post-Journal reported the bill, which was sponsored by Assemblyman William Magnarelli, D-Syracuse, stipulates that if a property has been deemed vacant, a municipality can begin a legal proceeding to compel banks to begin foreclosure within three months and meet all deadlines to make sure the case is resolved within a year.The bill adds that if a foreclosure case on the abandoned property has begun, the bank must file the necessary motions and within three months file paperwork to move the case to judicial foreclosure or issue a certificate of discharge within three months and file a satisfaction of the mortgage with the appropriate local offices.Republicans also raised issues related to the Community Reinvestment Act and the state’s Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Act that would be impacted by the passage of this bill, according to The Post-Journal. The report quoted Assemblyman Andrew Raia, R-Northport asking if banks would be able to meet the timelines laid out for them in the Zombie Property Remediation Act while living up to the Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Act, especially given that New York has the longest foreclosure process in the country. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese August 12, 2019 1,561 Views Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago NYC’s Continuing Fight Against Zombie Properties Share Save Previous: HUD Invests in Small Distressed Communities Next: Why are Homeownership Rates Falling? The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Zombie Foreclosures Zombie Properties 2019-08-12 Mike Albanese Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post Tagged with: Zombie Foreclosures Zombie Properties
ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — In just 48 hours, parts of Mid-Michigan got hit with more than 8 inches of rain forcing local rivers to record levels, bursting dams and producing catastrophic flooding.Tittabawassee River rose so high that the Sanford and Edenville dams failed causing flooding to towns further downstream.Secord and Smallwood dams have high water flow and are also being watched closely Wednesday morning for possible overflow.Also, the Illinois River in Illinois is in major flooding at the moment and some parts of the river are continuing to rise.Finally, the same storm system also brought more than a half a foot of rain Tuesday to western North Carolina where flash flooding was reported.Take a look at all the red spots on the map above — these are all flood warnings on rivers and streams in the Midwest and parts of the South, from Arkansas to Michigan and down to the Carolinas.A Flood Watch continues from Ohio to the Carolinas Wednesday morning.The stubborn storm system that brought all the rain to the Great Lakes will slowly slide southeast over the next few days and heavy rain is expected for the Carolinas and Virginia where flash flooding is possible.Meanwhile, a new storm system is hitting the West and western Plains with severe weather and snow.On Wednesday, severe weather will stretch from Montana down to Texas with damaging winds and huge hail being the biggest threat and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.In addition, up to 14 inches of snow will be possible in the Rockies over the next 48 hours.Also, in parts of Idaho, Washington and Oregon, up to 2 inches of additional rain could fall and produce flooding. A Flood Watch has been issued for the area.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.