Cities' debate: To mow or not to mow foreclosed homes' yards?

Across Central Florida, cities already strapped for cash face a new burden: keeping homes in foreclosure from dragging down their neighbors' property values. Full Story
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Frank

AOL

#1 Nov 11, 2008
How about using the criminals who are currently lounging and enjoying their prison time watching TV, exercising in gyms, and using law libraries to file their senseless lawsuits, to cut the lawns?
steve

Delray Beach, FL

#2 Nov 11, 2008
let the city go after the people that abandoned these homes, if the can find them. too many greedy people thought they would make a quick buck, or in this housing situation, they thought they would make a quick fortune. many of us have no sympathy for those of you greedy people that bit off more than you can chew. sure the banks have some responsibility in this issue for allowing such a farce. most homes were severly overvalues. prices rose unbelievably. overinflated property values made so many jump on the "im going to turn it over and make a fortune" bandwagon. well guess what. the rest of us dont want your falsly overpriced and run down property. find another sucker. when they ran out of suckers, they all went into forclosure. you cant have your cake and eat it too. not everyone got conned by the banks. you got a case of dollar signs in your eyes. too bad for you. now fix up the property you said you wanted to own and go cry in your oatmeal for this is a tough lesson in life to mater. greed gets you no where.
ORDINARY CITIZEN

United States

#3 Nov 11, 2008
if the house next door was abandoned, then i would mow the front yard myself to preserve value in my home and just because it would be better. why do people always expect the government to get involved? a crew of inmates that are being held for petty crimes with some weed wackers would be ok but there are still costs involved for transport, security, and equipment. it would be better if the neighbors took an initiative. a lien may be necessary if the resident has truly abandoned the property and it is held by the mortgage provider.
CHi CHi

Orlando, FL

#4 Nov 11, 2008
"many of us have no sympathy for those of you greedy people that bit off more than you can chew"

Yes, how dare you try to make a better life for yourself! You shouldn't do that. You should just be another one of Obama's drones instead
Winter

Mount Juliet, TN

#5 Nov 11, 2008
Winters comin'- Won't need to mow. Duh!
rrlarry

Cincinnati, OH

#6 Nov 11, 2008
Wow this is a very grave problem for neighbors, unattented lawns and possible lower property values. When you get to the pearly gates tell St. Peter how you suffered from this or just think of it as the Green Green Grass of Home. Remember a snake in the grass is better than two in the bush.
Osceola Resident

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#7 Nov 11, 2008
I feel that the banks that foreclose on the home should keep the property up until it is resold. Why do they think they can get more money out of the people who couldn't even pay for the house in the first place. As a second resort the homeowners assoc. should put pressure "somewhere" to make sure these yards are kept up. Its not fair to the people that live right next door to these foreclosed homes plus being an eyesore for the neighborhood. The banks should have to maintain the homes. After all, they own them!!!!

Since: Aug 07

South Central Virginia

#8 Nov 11, 2008
CHi CHi wrote:
"many of us have no sympathy for those of you greedy people that bit off more than you can chew"
Yes, how dare you try to make a better life for yourself! You shouldn't do that. You should just be another one of Obama's drones instead
There is a large divide between those who honestly and dilligently try to make a better life for themselves and their family and greedy blood suckers that get caught at their own game.
Nati Kid

Orlando, FL

#9 Nov 11, 2008
Frank wrote:
How about using the criminals who are currently lounging and enjoying their prison time watching TV, exercising in gyms, and using law libraries to file their senseless lawsuits, to cut the lawns?
Interesting view on this....GREAT idea!
REO Mows

United States

#10 Nov 11, 2008
Osceola Resident wrote:
I feel that the banks that foreclose on the home should keep the property up until it is resold. Why do they think they can get more money out of the people who couldn't even pay for the house in the first place. As a second resort the homeowners assoc. should put pressure "somewhere" to make sure these yards are kept up. Its not fair to the people that live right next door to these foreclosed homes plus being an eyesore for the neighborhood. The banks should have to maintain the homes. After all, they own them!!!!
Having worked for a mortgage lender/servicer several years ago, the REO department maintained the lawns for all the foreclosed properties. You're right. The bill should be sent to the bank because THEY own it.
Friend

Apopka, FL

#11 Nov 11, 2008
There is actually a problem that is much worse than no one is mowing the grass or taking care of the pool. Modern Florida homes were not designed to be left with the utilities turned off. A modern house is sealed as tightly as a refrigerator. As every one knows, if you have an unused refrigerator or refrigerator in your garage you have to leave the door cracked to keep it from becoming moldy inside the refrigerator or freezer. The mold spurs are everywhere. All they need is a place to start growing. The houses are becoming mold infested. This very expensive or impossible to fix. Once the mold gets behind the dry wall you are looking at gutting the entire inside of the house. No one should buy these houses without a complete house inspection. I know of one house that is a teardown because of mold problems because it was left to sit without utilities. The banks are broke and cannot take care of the properties. Since it looks like the taxpayers are going to end up the owners of these properties, I think it makes sense to restore the utilities and try to save some of our trillion dollar bailout money.
Mike

AOL

#12 Nov 11, 2008
CHi CHi wrote:
"many of us have no sympathy for those of you greedy people that bit off more than you can chew"
Yes, how dare you try to make a better life for yourself! You shouldn't do that. You should just be another one of Obama's drones instead
I believe the original poster was referring to house flippers. I think many flippers got caught in the housing decline. They buy al these houses on the cheap, in order to fix them up and then resell them for a significant profit. A great business when the housing market was boomking with over inflated prices, but what happened is when the market suddenly crashed, they were stuck with all these houses that were no longer worth what they bought them for, nevermind what they were worth after the repairs they put into them. That is part of the risk of that type of business, so I don't have much sympathy for those people.
According to Ralh Nadar, who I am not abig fan of, he said the poor people actually have the best payback record on their mortgages. You would never know it by the rhetroic we have heard over the past few months, with everyone blameing the poor for this mortgage crisis. If they have the best, then I suppose that leave sthese flippers as th eone who reneged on their mortgages on ALL their homes.
Mike

AOL

#13 Nov 11, 2008
Osceola Resident wrote:
I feel that the banks that foreclose on the home should keep the property up until it is resold. Why do they think they can get more money out of the people who couldn't even pay for the house in the first place. As a second resort the homeowners assoc. should put pressure "somewhere" to make sure these yards are kept up. Its not fair to the people that live right next door to these foreclosed homes plus being an eyesore for the neighborhood. The banks should have to maintain the homes. After all, they own them!!!!
Another solution is just have the Home Owners association cut the grass and then pass the cost to all the residents in the neighborhood.
New home owner

West Monroe, LA

#14 Nov 11, 2008
I just purchase a home that was in Pre-Foreclosure. The the county mowed the lawn in July and was a lien on the property for roughly 200 bucks which the bank took care of at closing. My problem is that when I moved in, we took a weed wacker to the front lawn to prevent the county from coming back. A few days later, we thought that one "nice neighbors" had cut our lawn for us front and back, only to find the county came out again. I've notice that Orange County states that they would only mow it if it's at least 18 inches, which clearly was not since we weed wacked it a few days earlier. I feel that I should not have to pay the county for this. And they should be happy I purchased this home and are willing to do improvements on it.
Mike

AOL

#15 Nov 11, 2008
okboston wrote:
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There is a large divide between those who honestly and dilligently try to make a better life for themselves and their family and greedy blood suckers that get caught at their own game.
Exactly. I do fele bad fo rthose who wer ehonestly tryin ot better themselves, and then to no fault fo their home, came across some difficult times, which caused them to lose their homes. I don't have much sympathy whose business it is to flip homes, trying to take advantage of a booming market, and then get caught holding the bags, when the market does, what it inevitably will always do, crash. They knew the risks when going in, and should accept the cost, when it does crash.
The same goes for people who buy homes outside their income range. Apparently, gone are the days when people save for a rainy day. I would never buy anything, unless I had A LOT of emergency funds left over in my paycheck, once all the bills are paid. If every available penny of your paycheck is going to bills, you're in over your head. People wold be much better off, if they ripped up their credit cards, which only encourages people to spend above their means.
Pooh Bah

United States

#17 Nov 11, 2008
Transitions are often difficult and this transition from an upmarket social structure to a third world economy is tough on everyone. Keep an eye out for snakes in the grass.
person Downtown

Great Barrington, MA

#18 Nov 11, 2008
This is not the Cities responsibility. If the neighbor`s our concerned, they should get out and mow the yard`s themselves.
Ridiculous to think in this very tight budget year, that part of that budget should go to people who feel it is the Cities responsibility to maintain yards. LUDICROUS.
Skippy

United States

#19 Nov 11, 2008
How about having inmates mow the lawns !
Mr T

United States

#20 Nov 11, 2008
If a house is foreclosed nad the banks takes over isnt it their responsibility, until they sell it ?
Also what about all those home owner association dues, that most people pay, and all the lawns gets mowed in various developments.
Lets some of these f - ing greedy developers, pay the price.
Cinda

Northbrook, IL

#22 Nov 11, 2008
The banks contract to real estate firms in some cases to sell these homes, the real estate people need to take care of it with the banks...how can you sell them if the grass is up to your neck?

Banks are not broke they just don't want to lend any money but they can certainly take responsibility for what they own.

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