| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

People Are Making Big Money Kicking Detroit Residents Out Of Their Homes (HBO)

I have Nashville in green the rest are in red. You have two on Christy and two on Nashville, right? Yes. I like Nashville more than I like Christy. So, maybe both Nashvilles. Did you pull up the picture for this one 727



Dec 12, 2017, 3:57 pm Reply

VICE News followed this year’s tax foreclosure auction and investigated how the county financially benefits from the process.
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David Freeman

Jul 7, 2019, 7:37 am Reply

She makes 2k a month and lost her home that's paid off over a tax bill? That sucks. I'm thankful I'm exempt from property taxes because of veteran status. I feel for these people. That sucks


Jul 7, 2019, 9:44 am Reply

Don't let those white people get your homes!

Jeremy Howe

Jul 7, 2019, 9:52 am Reply

This is 100% fraud!! how could this still be going on?

Timothy Somerville

Jul 7, 2019, 2:34 pm Reply

These are the Americans who truely needed a mortgage bailout not Wall Street. President Obama and Congress rushed to pass TARP and QE, but willfully ignored middle America.

Revolutionary Socialist Media

Jul 7, 2019, 2:53 pm Reply

This shows why a capitalist state always works in the interests of those with money.

Shiny Charizard

Jul 7, 2019, 5:11 pm Reply

what does man bun even do with the houses he bought? does he rent them out or just keep collecting land?

Curtis J

Jul 7, 2019, 5:17 pm Reply

The state knows what they're doing. Its sad and will never change. We as a people just need to stay on top of our buisness and learn the game…it's the only way to win and actually get ahead. We have to take time out of our day to study the game. You'll never win a game if you don't even know the rules.

Odracir Zeravla

Jul 7, 2019, 7:28 pm Reply

people arent aware that if you dont pay your property taxes, some one else can go in and pay it off and becomes the new owner?
Go to your city hall and their will be a listing of homes that are behind on property taxes.


Jul 7, 2019, 8:01 pm Reply

This is Tyranny. The city is overrun by Pirates!

I’m Mikey

Jul 7, 2019, 9:07 pm Reply

It's not the man bun's fault, it's the city's fault


Jul 7, 2019, 9:47 pm Reply

Sue the state for property tax fraud

IonlyROBwhite DrugDealers

Jul 7, 2019, 12:21 am Reply

Damn he has black women working for him to ease his conscience ??? How much is your soul worth

Read Nigga, READ!

Jul 7, 2019, 12:41 am Reply

The cost of housing is ridiculous, If they kick me out my house im burning that shit down to the ground!


Jul 7, 2019, 1:44 am Reply

This is the future of California if Prop 13 is repealed

711 Hardcandy

Jul 7, 2019, 3:45 am Reply

The city and bank lender stealing home , they put liens to take your home to sell it for $500 dollars , and they doing it in the BLACK COMMUNITY .

Joe O

Jul 7, 2019, 4:54 am Reply

If Detroit charged fairly, they would loose their funding for Schools,Police, and Fire department. In Detroit, that would kill the city.

Erik Adams

Jul 7, 2019, 5:55 am Reply

Profiting off of people's misery.

Nilly Sigger

Jul 7, 2019, 6:35 am Reply

how did I guess it would be dumb blacks?

Caroline Siegel

Jul 7, 2019, 2:48 pm Reply

Vultures like these two parasites should not exist. Shame on america


Jul 7, 2019, 5:09 pm Reply

Leave the "Greedy" to KARMA!. "For the wrong you do to others will come back to you 10 fold.?

Robert balibrera

Jul 7, 2019, 5:11 pm Reply


Lost Aquarian

Jul 7, 2019, 6:56 pm Reply

Detroit been Democrat controlled for 50+yrs…maybe if yall give the Democrats another 50+yrs Eden will be achieved.

Mike Hawk

Jul 7, 2019, 7:07 pm Reply

Black people are hopeless.


Jul 7, 2019, 7:24 pm Reply

No wonder houses get burned down there. Scum.

afunny username

Jul 7, 2019, 6:54 am Reply

Welcome to the good ol' US of A – where the rich shit on the poor for fun and laugh.

will friar

Jul 7, 2019, 11:04 am Reply

poor disarmed Americans they can't do ship against a government bureaucracy. time for never demoncraps no more thieves in office.

Hannah M

Jul 7, 2019, 12:56 pm Reply

Ooof… Seeing that headline, and having watched a lot of onion videos recently, I was really hoping this was going to be another Onion article


Jul 7, 2019, 1:03 pm Reply

Sometimes I think it's just easier to be homeless

Valentin Arzola

Jul 7, 2019, 6:50 pm Reply

Approximately 1/3 of all mortgages are State and Local taxes. That has always been the case
After you finish paying the mortgage the taxes are still owed depending on the valuation of the structure. That is the key. If the city and or county is inflating the value of the homes that should be considered fraud. You can always fight the valuation of a home at least in Texas you can not sure about Michigan.


Jul 7, 2019, 8:02 pm Reply

I hope Judy found a nice home….


Jul 7, 2019, 8:03 pm Reply

Let Detroit become a ghost town….

Bill L

Jul 7, 2019, 1:13 am Reply

Hold on…She bought the house for $3000 and then it was assessed at $30,000. After that she couldn't pay the property tax and it got up to $23,000? How many years didn't she pay the taxes and what is the yearly tax on a $30k home in Detroit? And they can charge 18% interest?


Jul 7, 2019, 2:34 am Reply

Vice News is Fake News. The End.

Laura Ann

Jul 7, 2019, 8:46 am Reply

Stealing from black folks is the trade Capitol of USA

Chris Jackson

Jul 7, 2019, 8:52 am Reply

So-called black people arise this is not your rest AKA America..

Chris montgomery

Jul 7, 2019, 3:07 pm Reply

We killed kings for less. Taxes should be affordable and never more than what was paid for the home.

Too bad the TV keep stoking racism…..we could all get behind this cause.


Jul 7, 2019, 7:51 pm Reply

I understand people's anger but the lady they interviewed first, if she owed $23,000 from 2009 to 2017, when this video was made, that means she would have owed less than $3000 a year to pay taxes on the house. That is half of what the guy that will buy it for and charge you $500 a month to rent it…

carlos aguilar

Jul 7, 2019, 8:51 pm Reply

Another example on how Democrat run places are such wonderful places…….SMH.

Tyler Durden

Jul 7, 2019, 10:12 pm Reply

Tax assessment NEEDS to have a requirement… That at whatever the assessed value is, the taxing authority should be required to have a buyer at that price. The "homeowner" should be able to look at the assessment and go "OK, I'll sell for that price. Start the paperwork."
This requirement would keep assessments in a reasonable range where the assessors office becomes an authority on how much the homes are valued at because they get stuck with the property if they assess too high.

Tom Meyers

Jul 7, 2019, 3:15 am Reply

Detroit could be a wonderful first world city if you replaced every black person with a Korean or similar high IQ human.

John Seol

Jul 7, 2019, 10:55 am Reply

while the fed prints more money, inflating housing, equities, and healthcare, the purchasing power of the dollar continues to decline. And the worst part? Your property taxes rises with inflation, unlike your wages LOL.

Saffron Sea

Jul 7, 2019, 1:58 am Reply

what if they had the people who live in the homes to kick themselves out and get the money to move somewhere they wouldn't be kicked out

American Dad Life

Jul 7, 2019, 3:25 am Reply

This is what happens when you let Democrat’s and affirmative action cases run your city.

j h

Jul 7, 2019, 3:56 am Reply

For anyone that supports people or banks forclosing on others so they can make a profit. FCK you. Cities should just buy take over the land and give it to people. This country is already stolen land from indigenous people. Might as well steal it from banks and greedy people too.

Bryan Baier

Jul 7, 2019, 7:38 am Reply

Despicable! It’s legalized theft. Robbing the working people to feed the bloated profits of the wealthy.

Fish Sandwich

Jul 7, 2019, 8:17 am Reply

Now I have a very serious question for all watching. How long are you going to keep electing Democrats to run your cities? Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, the whole of California, Portland, Seattle, take your pick. All democratically-controlled and have been for decades and does anyone wonder why they're going in the toilet? Does anybody wonder why they're thoroughly and overly rampant with greed and Corruption? These have always been the ways of the Democrat Party.

Henry Hill

Jul 7, 2019, 2:28 pm Reply

Don't make a payment, you get EVICTED…. What is new? I'm all broke up…

Ric Rovey

Jul 7, 2019, 8:30 pm Reply

This is how. DemocRATs ? work they tax the poor. Too much is never enough

ThothHeart Maat

Jul 7, 2019, 12:32 am Reply

I feel like french revolution is coming in America..

ThothHeart Maat

Jul 7, 2019, 12:35 am Reply

They give a shit about you following their laws but as of this month in Illinois municipalities decided to "opt out" of paying the cook counties new minimum wage.. so they don't follow their own laws..

ThothHeart Maat

Jul 7, 2019, 12:40 am Reply

People got frauded out of their own house by their own government and now they get pushed around as homeless by the police who give them tickets and fine them for being homeless.. look out because these people are going to literally eat you… And you created them..

Michael House

Jul 7, 2019, 9:04 pm Reply

Yes this is where greedy politicians come in most of the time it's your neighbor


Jul 7, 2019, 10:44 am Reply

A prime example of the rich crushing the poor

Roy Vowels

Jul 7, 2019, 5:42 pm Reply

Disgusting pieces of shit…. Making money of of people's misfortunes and lives….

Roy Vowels

Jul 7, 2019, 5:44 pm Reply

Our government is a piece of shit…. They are literally enabling the rich to get richer.

Wisdom Understanding

Jul 7, 2019, 7:01 pm Reply

If the hagerman's were Christians they would gift the house back to the lady, greed makes me sad

Ken Johnson

Jul 7, 2019, 7:05 am Reply

This happened to my mom, but I was/am so done with Detroit, I simply moved her out of the state. In theory you could make a lot of money buy and renovating home in Detroit, but property crime there is so bad, that as you are fixing the place, the criminals are taking everything and if you move in and renovate and get it done, mostly the neighborhoods are so disgusting, what do you have? A nice house surrounded by urban blight. Nope. You can have the Motor City.

OG Message Show

Jul 7, 2019, 10:14 pm Reply

This is how it's done in the 313


Jul 7, 2019, 5:29 pm Reply

Gotta love those Democrats

Jimmy K

Jul 7, 2019, 6:02 pm Reply

That's Democrats, always looking out for the little guy! Sad, local governments are even more corrupt.


Jul 7, 2019, 10:27 pm Reply

This is what capitalism brings

Tekia Lytle

Jul 7, 2019, 2:40 pm Reply

This shows that the rich gets richer off poor people's oppression…

ProsperityThe Great1

Jul 7, 2019, 3:02 pm Reply

Wow this is sad gentrification at its finest …

Harold Gatlin

Jul 7, 2019, 4:20 am Reply

Keep voting Democrats an you end up homeless. This is the trend in s every Democrat city in America.

Matt THX

Jul 7, 2019, 6:35 am Reply

There was once a time when Americans had a back bone and stood up against such corruption those days are gone it's saddening

Sharon Johnson

Jul 7, 2019, 8:29 am Reply

It's all part of the overall Gentrification of all cities and this is yet another way to move poor people out so that wealthier people can move in and take over!

I Love The Way U lie

Jul 7, 2019, 1:41 pm Reply

Losing home is so difficult. I feel her.

Liberty Springs

Jul 7, 2019, 4:36 am Reply

If the property cost 3500 originally and sold again for that just now(shows that 3500 value was correct) taxes for the 10 yr period should be about 20% of the 3500. (2% per year). So if she already paid 1000 in tax that is plenty more than she shoukd have paid. They owe her a refund if anything and she should keep the house. She should sue them. Find a law company that helps the poor.


Jul 7, 2019, 5:55 pm Reply

what a fraud? so sad..


Jul 7, 2019, 9:56 am Reply

Detroit is failed city, just leave that shit hole.

Mike M

Jul 7, 2019, 11:27 pm Reply

this why the rich people will spend as much money possible to keep the average American in the Dark about America and who America takes care of.


Jul 7, 2019, 4:18 pm Reply

This is by design. The pseudoZionist New World Order sociopaths that control this system believe they have a right to control the population through government. They're scaling this monstrosity. Be ready.

Colorado Topshelf

Jul 7, 2019, 2:46 am Reply

Explain to me how you lose a house that cost less than $4,000?(2 months wages) I live in Colorado and paid $45,000 for a manufactured home. (Basically a trailer, but nice one). My property taxes are less than $200 per year. Houses like the ones in this video don't sell for less than $250,000.000 here.


Jul 7, 2019, 1:57 pm Reply

holy crap less 4000$ for a house, across the bridge houses cost 100x -500x more.

sidney Grosshar

Aug 8, 2019, 10:02 pm Reply

Elect more democrats. They’ll solve it. Oh wait. This just started in New Orleans. Everyone got HUGE reappraisals last week. They blamed gentrification. In truth it’s just to push out ‘undesirables’. New Orleans was built on it quirky neighborhoods. That’s going to be gone. Democrats did that. Corruption.


Aug 8, 2019, 4:05 pm Reply


Overtaxed in MN.

Aug 8, 2019, 10:31 pm Reply

How much a month/ year are property taxes on a home like the one in this story?

My own Idenity

Aug 8, 2019, 1:42 pm Reply

Keep on voting for those Dems Detroit. Yeah they are helping you out.

joel diaz

Aug 8, 2019, 3:21 pm Reply

Do the buyer also assumes the unpaid property taxes?

letus hear

Aug 8, 2019, 6:45 pm Reply

I am happy to say as I read the post in the comments: I am not hearing a bunch of talk of division or whatever. This is ashamed that Detroit or anyone allows this to happen. If some investor can come up with $500.00 or even $5000.00 I am sure the city could work with the homeowners to reasonably collect that same money. This is a travesty on all levels. In fact this country has and is pricing poor people right out of everything. In fact I am even going to say our fellow leadership and more well off citizens seem to rather see immigrants succeed, bad landlords or corporate land lords starve the lower class, instead of helping the lower class.Got to close your eyes to see the American dream.

Edgard Agosto

Aug 8, 2019, 1:38 am Reply

Crooks state country,local. government foreclosure of people,s homes

Jared Roussel

Aug 8, 2019, 5:59 am Reply

Why the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor. Detroits kick all the non-payers out of their obviously overassessed homes and then files for bankruptcy anyway. This is when a city government ought to realize that it's not a given that a past guarantees a future. They'd have been better off reincorporating and inviting the residents to collect around a new city identity rather than selling it out to the highest bidding white Audi-driving power brokers. By "we'll fix your roof", he simply means, "we'll do the minimum to bring it up to code so we can evict you if you don't pay us for a property we bought at a fire sale. Greed fails everyone miserably except real estate leaches. Make America Dangerous Again.

Calvin Tipton

Aug 8, 2019, 9:26 am Reply

Tax liens and foreclosures isn't a cruel process. Ppl who can't afford property taxes over at least 3 years time still have the option to pay the day of auction. Yet the mortgage company can come in, get even with taxes and refinance the property. The problem is the Detroit economy like many other cities with bad economies. Tax sales has been going on for hundreds of years. It's helps pay for your roads, schools, hospitals, etc etc. Yes politicians can bee corrupt, it's up to the ppl to hold them accountable.

Michael Wilson

Aug 8, 2019, 11:56 am Reply

Boy boy boy, karma going to have fun the next 20 years


Aug 8, 2019, 1:27 am Reply

By virtue of having property taxes, the USA is communist. No one owns property.

Adri C

Aug 8, 2019, 3:18 am Reply

Gosh even when you own a home the state is so greedy that they’ll steal it from people by over charging taxes

Adri C

Aug 8, 2019, 3:19 am Reply

The county should be sued for this

Jason Patrick

Aug 8, 2019, 2:08 pm Reply

I buy your house you live in for 500 and fix everything and charge you 500 a month…… After that profit?


Aug 8, 2019, 3:41 am Reply

Don't the winners of the auction have to pay off the $20k+ taxes in addition to the bid amount? That fact seems to be ommitted on purpose to make it look like the bidders are getting the house for a steal price of $3,000…


Aug 8, 2019, 3:45 am Reply

Want welfare and public education? Property taxes pay for it. Can't afford to pay tax? Your property will go to someone who can pay property taxes. Don't like it? Demand an end to public education, welfare, and property tax. I will be right there with you.

Patrick Quenga

Aug 8, 2019, 11:45 am Reply

Wow, this is simply amazing, and thanks for bringing this story to light Vice. I'm just seeing this now, and can't believe Detroit local government is basically bending their citizens over and giving it to them.

Simply amazing…some politicians and people that are working in the local government need to pay for this.

Daniel Karlsson

Aug 8, 2019, 1:11 pm Reply

The land of the '"free"… more like land of the oppressed.


Aug 8, 2019, 4:07 pm Reply

Properties get foreclosed on because people don't pay their mortgages or taxes. It's the same way for everyone in the entire country. Pay your mortgage and your property taxes. Have your home appraised if you don't agree with the current evaluation. Consider how much your home will increase in value prior to remodeling it. Don't neglect paying your property taxes, especially considering you will lose your home. The property tax rate is 1.5% per year based on the value of your home, why not mention that? This story should be titled "People making big money because others don't pay their property taxes". C'mon now vice. You give the impression these people are doing the right thing and just getting their homes taken away. Very manipulative and misleading. Shame on you.

Bay Area West Vallejo

Aug 8, 2019, 2:41 am Reply

Americas a SCAM!

Bay Area West Vallejo

Aug 8, 2019, 2:53 am Reply

Property taxes MEAN u NEVER REALLY own the home✌

Michael Bacon

Aug 8, 2019, 8:43 pm Reply

Extortion and buzzards. That's Detroit! Govt should NOT have the power to take your property, unless you have been CONVICTED of a felony, and your property was involved. This is police state in action.

Official F.B.I

Aug 8, 2019, 12:19 pm Reply

So if the house ur living in suddently starts going up in price cause of high demand or anything like that, ur gonna have to pay more and more???? wtf is that

Zac Mo

Aug 8, 2019, 12:57 pm Reply

so main issue is taxes or government


Aug 8, 2019, 10:20 pm Reply

@VICE News. Did your staff investigate into whether Detroit allows property owners to collect excess tax sale proceeds?

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