reply to post by Silcone Synapse
No! Im in the area now. Long distance...youre only getting one picture. There ARE cheap, beautiful homes dirt cheap...but on a map...you dont see that
across the street, on the next block, around you, behind you....are complete streets with boarded up houses, burnt out houses and lowlifes walking the
middle of the unlit streets with zero cops and slow fire and er response times...if they come at all.
Am I painting the correct picture? Am I over exaggerating? Yes and no. There are whole blocks of emptiness and that "great house and deal you saw
online"..is maybe one of three or two or ten in a row. You dont see the rest of the "hood".
There is a map of all the boarded up-burned out houses in the city and the ones scheduled for demolition. You can get it by searching on line. Find a
house, then ck the map. And realize this. The 1st grocery chain store recently opened in Detroit! Can you imagine?
Night time gas stations and stores are ways out from your neighborhood. Very few actual neighborhoods exist anymore. Not like with stores, churches,
schools (oh god, forget the schools who need everything including toilet paper and have nothing)...where yoy know all your neighbors and its a safe
and pleasant place to bring up your kids.
No wonder why Detroit is the way it is. Everyone gets out, scrappers strip the house...new buyers like you start fixing it up and before you can do
anything...the scrappers come back in and take off all the aluminum siding, water tank and copper they can. Its a never ending battle.
There ARE a few neighborhoods were they are trying hard. By with slow or no police/fire/ambulance response, delapidated or outdated schools, no chain
stores unless you head to the suburbs...why buy something because to you...AND IN THE UK NO LESS...see a "deal" online?
Search online for everything Ive said. Seek statistics and maps and city planning ideas. 2 neighborhoods really trying are Brightmoor and the Blight
Busters fixing it up...and Grandmont with their beautiful Tudor type homes (but still surrounded by all of the above).
I sadly consider myself from Detroit but live 6 miles away in one of the nicer suburbs. I had sold a home in Detroit 7 years ago that needed
everything done to it...everything. Took $35000 for it, and it was surrounded by burned out lights, crackheads and hookers on the streets at night,
burned out and boarded up houses everywhere around my "nice property-what a deal".
The house is now online...after selling for 35 g's, all fixed up, roofing, interior, landscaping etc...its for sale....for $5,000 dolllars. I could
buy back my own house, all fixed up, for $30,000 LESS than I sold it for.
Dont be fooled by newstories and pretty ads and pictures online. Search out everything about the NEIGBORHOOD these houses are in. Ask questions. And
dont invest in anything...until you take a trip here to see in person. Just dont stay here.
Because of where youre writing from, your thread here made me worried for you, hence my long reply. But, it is all true. We have a new mayor coming,
so maybe things will start to change.
Our old mayor is in prison and took all our money.
edit on 09-22-2013 by mysterioustranger because: spelling