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1. Don't pay taxes on your property, thus getting it foreclosed. 2. Buy it back at fire-sale prices at auction. 3. Escape tax debt (aka, profit) (external - login to view)

Last Updated: September 07. 2011 1:00AM
Owners escape tax debt by rebuying foreclosed homes

Christine MacDonald/ The Detroit News

Detroit Landlord Jeffrey Cusimano didn't pay property taxes on seven of his east-side rentals for three years, owing the city of Detroit more than $131,800.
Typically, that would mean losing the properties. But Cusimano not only got to keep them his debt, including interest, fees and unpaid water bills, was virtually wiped free.
Cusimano and a growing number of Detroit property owners are using a little-known loophole to erase tax debt by letting their properties go into foreclosure and then buying them back a month later at the Wayne County Treasurer's auction for pennies on the dollar.
It's legal. But that doesn't mean it's fair, said homeowner Marilynn Alexander, who lives on Fairmount next door to one of Cusimano's rentals. The landlord owed $26,200 in taxes and other fees on the bungalow, but bought it back in October for $1,051.

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Jeezus H. America, get a grip...fast.