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Vacants to Value program quietly cuts homeowner incentive and tells applicants to get in line

Vacants to Value program quietly cuts homeowner incentive and tells applicants to get in line

Jason Hill and Nic Thornton are planning to get married on Oct. 1. In December they plan to close the purchase of their first home, on the 300 block of E. Lanvale Street, a block north of the Copycat building. But now they're $10,000 short.

"We're going to have to either get a second mortgage, or go back to our families," says Hill, a federal employee and D.C. resident. "We put down $20,000 already, but the rule in real estate is, you have to pay your closing costs."

Hill and Thornton are two prospective buyers of Baltimore houses rehabbed under Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's vaunted Vacants to Value initiative who were shocked last month...

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