tax-foreclosed property
Michigan Public Land Auction site

Public auctions of more than 250 tax-foreclosed Michigan properties are getting underway.

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Quicken Loans Community Fund and the United Community Housing Coalition are working with city officials to expand a program that prevents home foreclosures in Detroit.

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The Michigan Supreme Court is being asked to look at windfalls enjoyed by counties when they sell a property because of unpaid taxes.

A room full of people in chairs at the auction.
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A crowd of people gathered in the Lansing Center Tuesday morning to participate in Ingham County’s tax auction.



A memorable edition of 60 minutes from 2011 reported that banks across the nation had used forged signatures to process foreclosure documents.  After that, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette launched an investigation and found that more than 1,000 unauthorized and improperly executed documents were filed with county registers of deeds throughout the state. Those documents were prepared by a company named DocX, which was identified in the 60 Minutes program.

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Last summer, Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. threw his support behind a proposal to reform Michigan’s foreclosure practices.  The measure is an effort to join 23 other states by enacting “judicial” foreclosure in Michigan. 

Under the approach, a judge is assigned to personally review the details of all home foreclosures.  Advocates say that exposes an often bewildering process to more scrutiny and reduces cases of wrongful foreclosure.

For Second Time, Ingham Officials Stop Home Auction

Jul 11, 2012
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For the second time, Ingham County officials have intervened in the public auction of a Meridian Township home they say has been wrongfully foreclosed.