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BCFD Was Here: 1523 Hazel Street

Property Address: 1523 Hazel Street, Baltimore, MD 21226

Property Owner: ETS Maryland, LLC, 3604 Eastern Avenue, #300, Baltimore, MD 21224 (charter has been forfeited, company is not in good standing)

ETS Maryland is one of the tax-sale foreclosure bidders that was controlled by former attorneys Anthony DeLaurentis, John Reiff, and John Reid before they were caught bid-rigging at municipal auctions and disbarred as a result. We’ve detailed their property purchases and noncompliance with the law several times. An order foreclosing the right of redemption on this property was issued in 2011 (Circuit Court case 24C10001905). In the four years since, nothing has been done to it, and no permits are on file. The city fire department has declared the house too unsafe for firefighters to enter, and have placed a red X placard on the front.

City Council District and Contact:  District 10, Ed Reisinger

State Senator (District 46): William C. Ferguson IV

State Delegates (District 46): Luke H. Clippinger, Peter A. Hammen, Brooke E. Lierman

1523 Hazel Street

1523 Hazel Street

 

Interesting Items from the 2015 Baltimore Tax Sale List

Every year the city auctions off property (both lots and structures) when the property owner fails to pay municipal fees, like water bills and property taxes. Many of these parcels are owned by people who have no idea what to do, in order to save their homes. There is help available, for those who need it.

However, it’s always interesting to see how many investor-owned properties, many of which are blighted vacants, end up on the tax sale list. The 2015 list contains a total of 28,857 properties. The liens range from a low of $250 to a high of $1,814,710. Of these properties, 3,743 are owned by LLCs, many of them forfeited (The most notable LLC name has to be Bump Bump Wump of Gump, LLC. Catchy…but forfeited, and they owe $16,128 on a house on Springdale Avenue. Another chunk of properties are owned by corporations, trusts, and other entities — add those to the LLCs and it makes up about a quarter to one third of the list overall.

The usual suspects are on the list, too:  Holabird Investments, CE Realty (27 properties), Stanley Rochkind through his various shell companies (65 properties with liens on them), John Reiff, Anthony Delaurentis and John Reid — under their various shell companies, they have over 70 properties listed. Various Skyline entities own 176 properties on the list, and Rex Frost has a mere six. The Mayor and City Council are on the hook for 18 properties, one of which has a lien on it for over $104,000 — 2103 Hollins Street, which is a blighted vacant probably not worth much more than $5000.

Seeing all of these properties on the list gives me hope that perhaps they’ll be purchased by someone who will fix them up and do good things with them. I think two thirds of my neighborhood is on the list — at least half. Just one more piece of the fallout from the mortgage bust, and what happens when predatory buyers swoop in and purchase properties with the hopes of getting rich quick.

Here’s the full list, for those who might be interested in becoming responsible property owners. Good luck, and best of luck to those who are trying to save their homes — make sure you avail yourself of the workshops offering legal help — the first one is this coming Saturday!

1934 W Fairmount Avenue

Property Address:  1934 W Fairmount Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner:  2008 DRR-ETS, LLC, 3604 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224

Resident Agent for 2008 DRR-ETS, LLC: Anthony J Delaurentis, Delaurentis, Reiff and Reid, 3604 Eastern Avenue, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21224

City Council District and Contact:  District 9, “Pistol” Pete Welch

State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell

State Delegates:  Keith HaynesKeiffer Mitchell JrMelvin Stukes

1934 W Fairmount Avenue

1934 W Fairmount Avenue

 

Bad Data and Deed Transfers

One of the most difficult things to find when researching properties is the ownership information — sure, we have a wealth of databases available to us in Maryland, but when the data listed is incorrect, either due to a “clerical error” or a property owner not transferring the deed, things can get tricky.

Baltimore City is the only municipality in the state that self-reports its property transfer information to the State Department of Assessments and Taxation.  For this reason, it’s really important to look at many sources and do a lot more research than just looking in one or two places — particularly for mapping and writing about property ownership.

These properties were purchased in tax sales in Baltimore City, and the right of redemption was foreclosed on by the new owners. Because the new owners never transferred the property, as required by law, the ownership information in the state database is incorrect.  (Many thanks to RR for doing the research so I could illustrate this ongoing problem).

Property Addresses:

  • 5300 Maple Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215
  • 5332 Maple Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215
  • 3010 W Garrison Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

Property Owner (Actual):  ETS Maryland, 3604 Eastern Avenue, #400, Baltimore, MD 21224 (Charter has been forfeited, address is the same used by disbarred attorneys Delaurentis, Reiff, and Reid)

5300 Maple Avenue, Park Heights

5300 Maple Avenue

5332 Maple Avenue

5332 Maple Avenue

3010 W Garrison Avenue

3010 W Garrison Avenue

This property, 1819 W Fairmount, was also acquired in a tax sale by another shell company, this one controlled by John Reiff:

Property Owner (Actual):  Montego Bay Properties, LLC, 3604 Eastern Avenue, #400, Baltimore, MD 21224, John K Reiff, registered agent

1819 W Fairmount Avenue -- Note the lack of a roof and BCFD red x sign, indicating the property is not safe to enter.

1819 W Fairmount Avenue — Note the lack of a roof and BCFD red x sign, indicating the property is not safe to enter.

Rear of 1819 W Fairmount Avenue.  You can barely see the house, since the rear yard is so overgrown.

Rear of 1819 W Fairmount Avenue. You can barely see the house, since the rear yard is so overgrown.

2837 W North Avenue

Property Address:  2837 W North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216

Property Owner:  2008 DRR-ETS, LLC, 3604 Eastern Avenue, #400, Baltimore, MD 21224

Registered Agent for 2008 DRR-ETS, LLC:  Anthony J Delaurentis, Delaurentis, Reiff, and Reid, LLC, same address

City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

State Delegates:  Barbara RobinsonShawn TarrantFrank Conaway, Jr.

2837 W North Avenue

2837 W North Avenue

 

 

 

A Trio of Blight: 915, 913-1/2, and 913 N Gilmor Street

Property Address:  915, 913-1/2, and 913 N Gilmor Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner (915):  Mayor and City Council, 417 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Property Owner (913-1/2): Lienlogic REO F1, LLC, 1720 Jet Stream Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

(Interesting to note, this property has been flipped by two other DeLaurentis, Reiff, and Reid shell companies:  Kona Properties, LLC and 2005/2006 DRR-ETS, LLC.)

Property Owner (913):  George Nwachuku, 14403 Danuebe Lane, Bowie, MD 20721

City Council District and Contact:  District 9, “Pistol” Pete Welch

State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell

State Delegates:  Keith HaynesKeiffer Mitchell JrMelvin Stukes

915, 913-1/2, and 913 N Gilmor Street

915, 913-1/2, and 913 N Gilmor Street

 

 

3100 Sumter Avenue

Property Address:  3100 Sumter Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

Property Owner:  408 Swale Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21225

City Council District and Contact:  District 6, Sharon Green Middleton

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

State Delegates:  Barbara RobinsonShawn TarrantFrank Conaway, Jr.

This is yet another DeLaurentis, Reiff, and Reid foreclosed property, yet they never recorded ownership.  Foreclosure was granted in 2010, and this is what the property looks like today:

3100 Sumter Avenue

3100 Sumter Avenue

3105 Oakley Avenue

Property Address:  3105 Oakley Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

Property Owner:  Alvin T Smith, 1818 New York Avenue, NE, Suite 207, Washington, DC 20002

City Council District and Contact:  District 6, Sharon Green Middleton

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

State Delegates:  Barbara RobinsonShawn TarrantFrank Conaway, Jr.

3105 Oakley Avenue

3105 Oakley Avenue

It appears that DeLaurentis, Reiff, and Reid, the disbarred attorneys/bid riggers foreclosed on this property in 2008-2010.  Not sure why, four years later, it still looks like this.

There’s a sign posted that gives a clue as to what the owner’s intention was — but…well, obviously his plan never came to fruition, and the lonely permit posted in the window expired in 2009.

Sign posted on 3105 Oakley Avenue

Sign posted on 3105 Oakley Avenue

 

2536 and 2538 E Eager Street

Property Address:  2536 and 2538 E Eager Street, Baltimore, MD 21205

Property Owner (2536): Charles R. Douglass, same address (Foreclosure right of redemption was granted to Goldin BMD, LLC on November 19, 2009. Resident agent for Goldin BMD, LLC is Jack Kessler, 3304 Shelburne Rd, Baltimore, MD 21208. DeLaurentis, Reiff, & Turer LLC served as attorneys for Goldin BMD, LLC).

Property Owner (2538): Antwane Johnson, 610 N Potomac St, Baltimore, MD 21205

City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch

State Senator: Nathaniel McFadden

State Delegates: Talmadge Branch, Nina R. Harper, Cheryl Glenn

2536 and 2538 E Eager Street

2536 and 2538 E Eager Street

2042 E Preston Street

Property Address: 2042 E Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21213

Property Owner: Paulette Marshall & Phillip Campbell, same address (foreclosure right of redemption was granted to 2008 DRR-ETS, LLC on October 14, 2010)

Resident Agent for 2008 DRR-ETS, LLC:  Anthony J De Laurentis, De Laurentis, Reiff, and Reid, LLC, 3604 Eastern Avenue, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21224

City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch

State Senator: Nathaniel McFadden

State Delegates: Talmadge Branch, Nina R. Harper, Cheryl Glenn

2042 E Preston Street

2042 E Preston Street

Closeup of upper right window, showing missing roof/rear wall.

Closeup of upper right window, showing missing roof/rear wall.