Detroit Land Bank: Improved website makes it easier to find a home

Detroit Land Bank: Improved website makes it easier to find a home

The Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) has launched a new, improved website, buildingdetroit.org.  The site is the main platform used by the Detroit Land Bank to sell properties since it started in May of 2014. New features on the site include: Improved property search options, including drawable maps, zip code, street, district, and neighborhood search […]

Seven properties deeded from Michigan Land Bank will help Mama Shu revitalize Highland Park neighborhood

Seven properties deeded from Michigan Land Bank will help Mama Shu revitalize Highland Park neighborhood

Ten years ago Shamayim (Mama Shu) Harris lost her two-year-old son, Jakobi, when he was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Rhode Island Ave. in Highland Park. She decided the best way to create a memorial to Jakobi was to help turn some of that city’s most blighted blocks into an eco-village. She started out […]

Midtown’s Sugar Hill District to Gain $32 Million Housing Development with Affordable Housing

Midtown’s Sugar Hill District to Gain $32 Million Housing Development with Affordable Housing

Straight off of his widely lauded speech at the Mackinac Policy Conference in which he highlighted the need for affordable housing, Mayor Mike Duggan, Midtown Detroit representatives and local architects came together to announced a new housing project in the city with 25 percent affordable units. On Friday, Mayor Duggan announced the developers and design […]

City of Detroit program to require landlords bring all rental properties into compliance within two years

City of Detroit program to require landlords bring all rental properties into compliance within two years

People who rent apartments, condos and other housing inside the city of Detroit will have additional protections and faster inspections thanks to a revised ordinance and other changes coming to how the city handles rental properties. The City of Detroit on Wednesday announced a tougher proposed rental ordinance as part of a sweeping citywide effort […]

Uptick in Detroit home sales in 2016, even bigger gains coming

Uptick in Detroit home sales in 2016, even bigger gains coming

Real estate brokers like Austin Black II are happily working near 24/7 these days. The owner of City Living Detroit, a full-service real estate brokerage, reports that his biggest challenge is meeting ever increasing demand for housing stock in the city. “The properties continue to get scarcer, even as prices rise to stratospheric levels in some […]

Expert panel discusses affordable housing in Detroit [Video]

Expert panel discusses affordable housing in Detroit [Video]

Home on Detroit’s east side during a college break, Maggie DeSantis’ daughter made an announcement. Her community had begun to feel like it was a foreign place. “I’m not living here,” she said, “because the neighborhood is changing in a way I’m not comfortable with.” DeSantis, former head of the Eastside Community Network, immediately knew […]

With Millennials an infusion of investment could be just around the corner for some Detroit neighborhoods

With Millennials an infusion of investment could be just around the corner for some Detroit neighborhoods

They’re a generation on the move. Whether in their professional or private lives, millennials, adults born in the 1980s and ‘90s, have become known for exploring and adventure-seeking. In urban communities nationwide millennials are a valued and highly sought-after commodity by city and suburban housing agents and developers in need of occupants. Around Detroit and […]

City seniors: Will the legions of the newly retired represent Detroit’s next population boom?

City seniors: Will the legions of the newly retired represent Detroit’s next population boom?

As part of the activity and excitement surrounding Detroit’s reformation, policymakers and planners would be wise to consider transforming Detroit into a world-class “age-friendly” community. The prospect of putting Detroit on course to be repopulated with a rich mix of young, middle age and older residents – coexisting and prospering – is nothing short of […]