Investing in Detroit No Matter Where You're From


By ElenaMo313   Follow   Thu, 10 Jan 2013, 11:18am   2,684 views   55 comments
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I have been lurking Patrick.net for quite some time, but felt compelled to actually join and post since coming across several articles about investing in Detroit housing.

There were a few good nuggets of advice, like telling people to really spend time in the areas they are interested in investing in. Personally, I am thinking of using Metro Property Group (http://mymetroproperty.com) to help me find a decent house in a decent neighborhood. And there are lots of services and realtors out there that can help you transition.

But to tell someone, whether from out of town, state or the country, not to invest in Detroit because of sensationalized news or “second-hand information” is ridiculous. There are many areas within the city where you can buy cheaply in clean, safe, tight-knit neighborhoods. I personally like the following:

West Village
Midtown (Cass Corridor and near the New Center Area)
Rosedale Park
Grandmont (very tight neighbors--I even know of a European couple who recently moved into the area and feel welcomed…they’re even new to the country, so they didn’t know what to expect)
Corktown (Bagley)

These areas may still be deemed “up-and-coming” but are pretty well established with active neighborhood block clubs. And most often, neighborhoods around these areas get better as well, once development rolls in. Many of the areas I named are clean, quiet and safe--just do your research (outside of sensationalized media outlets, of course).

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  1. unstoppable


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    16   11:09am Fri 11 Jan 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (4)   Dislike  

    Huh???
    The Hmong didn't come from a war zone?
    Are Detroit schools that crappy that you didn't study the Vietnam war or Laotian civil war? The Hmong were a proxy army for the CIA, and faced retribution after US forces left Southeast Asia. Out of belated loyalty they were allowed to settle in the united states.

    I agree there is opportunity in Detroit, but don't pretend that being a badass isn't part of the requirements to take advantage of them.

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    unstoppable says

    Huh???

    The Hmong didn't come from a war zone?

    Are Detroit schools that crappy that you didn't study the Vietnam war or Laotian civil war? The Hmong were a proxy army for the CIA, and faced retribution after US forces left Southeast Asia. Out of belated loyalty they were allowed to settle in the united states.

    I agree there is opportunity in Detroit, but don't pretend that being a badass isn't part of the requirements to take advantage of them.

    Just like all Latinos, Middle Easterners and others didn't all come from war zones, not everyone in the Hmong community did, either. Some people really came for opportunity--business opportunity is here. Unless you know the entire populations here personally, do not assume.

    I never said it was easy, just to do your homework and avoid certain areas for now.

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    ElenaMo313 says

    war zones, not everyone in the Hmong community did, either.

    Sure, you can't make a blanket statement that all the Hmong came here from war zones, but being that certainly most came from war zones they are a very poor example of immigrants to the US from non-war zones. They are a classic story of under appreciated US allies that were forced to immigrate after being hounded and abused after US military withdrawal.

    ElenaMo313 says

    just to do your homework

    Yes, please do.

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    19   12:33pm Fri 11 Jan 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike  

    On this note of shithole towns, has anybody ever been to Gary Indiana? I had to stop there once while driving through to fill up my gas tank. Most uncomfortable 5 minutes of my life. I thought I was going to get shot at or killed.

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    ElenaMo313 says

    unstoppable says

    Huh???

    The Hmong didn't come from a war zone?

    Are Detroit schools that crappy that you didn't study the Vietnam war or Laotian civil war? The Hmong were a proxy army for the CIA, and faced retribution after US forces left Southeast Asia. Out of belated loyalty they were allowed to settle in the united states.

    I agree there is opportunity in Detroit, but don't pretend that being a badass isn't part of the requirements to take advantage of them.

    Just like all Latinos, Middle Easterners and others didn't all come from war zones, not everyone in the Hmong community did, either. Some people really came for opportunity--business opportunity is here. Unless you know the entire populations here personally, do not assume.

    I never said it was easy, just to do your homework and avoid certain areas for now.

    I didn't claim that all Hmong came from war zones i just pointed out the initial impitus for hmong migration and the fact that they enjoy special immigration status. You stated that the Hmong community in your area didn't come from a war zone. Sure, some may not but many did or came from refuge camps in thailand.

    Although I may not know every member of the Hmong community in your area, I did grow up with and go to school with allot of the Hmong in my community. I also have read enough about Hmong history and the history of the US military's involvement in southeast Asia, to confidently refute your previous blanket statement.

    Now my question is who are you shilling for? What is your skin in the game? You seem more vociferous than a regular citizen of Detroit repping their home town.

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    unstoppable says

    Now my question is who are you shilling for? What is your skin in the game? You seem more vociferous than a regular citizen of Detroit repping their home town.

    I am beginning to suspect this as well.

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    epitaph says

    On this note of shithole towns, has anybody ever been to Gary Indiana? I had to stop there once while driving through to fill up my gas tank. Most uncomfortable 5 minutes of my life. I thought I was going to get shot at or killed.

    I haven't been to Gary Indiana, but I drove through Cairo Illinois, holy shit fuck batman, what a trip.

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    23   12:57pm Fri 11 Jan 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike (1)  

    CaptainShuddup says

    Patrick says

    It's not really the loss of manufacturing base that killed Detroit. It's the exceptionally high probability of being a victim of violent crime. There's a huge racial component to that as well, which is simply not spoken about in polite society or the mainstream press because it so politically incorrect to talk about which race normally attacks which other race and how it's pretty much never the other way around.

    All you have to do is watch just 5 minutes of "Hardcore Pawn" to know Detroit is no where any civilized human being should live.

    If those customers were to make those threats in a business in South Florida it wouldn't be Lester's big black bouncer escorting them out the door, but about 10 Broward County Sheriff officers escorting them to jail.

    Those people are mentally deranged, and nobody gives them a second look.

    Hardcore Pawn is hardly a reflection of the individuals who live in the city. And often times, suburbanites are featured on the show as well.

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    I've been hearing for years of how Detroit is supposedly a burgeoning re-birth city with boat-loads of potential. After my visit I don't see that really happening anytime soon. Yes- it does have somewhat of a bohemian underground art scene. Not enough to make me want to move there.

    As already mentioned, a MAJOR problem is that the city has lost 50% of its population from its peak. There are now so many abandoned houses that there is a new term used to describe them: " urban prairies" where entire neighborhoods are abandoned.

    Lastly- if you want to invest in something, probably be better off starting a 401k, a coupl'a mutual funds, and even a few CDs and this goes not only for investing in Detroit, but anywhere for that matter. Houses don't make great investments anyway.

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    Detroit is a place only AF could love.

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    Buying the entire state of Detroit for 1 bar of gold-plated plastic and turning it into a hunting preserve for the banker scumfucks is a wise investment and good entertainment for the bored wealthy aristocrats as they roam the entire state of Detriot in private helicopters looking for devastated impoverished peasants to shoot extravagantly at with AK-47s as if AMMO is no object for a rich scum.

    A few of the slaves are captured and tied from the legs to the helicopter to be tortured as their body slams into the masses of abandoned homes.

    Copies of Sheeple Magazine will be sold to the peasants to be fair that they also have something of entertainment. 1 kidney will be removed from a indentured slave serf for every issue they purchase. If they run out of kidneys, we will take it from their little kids and infants.

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    If someone is interested in investing in rental property in a large city like Detroit, you should check out the demographic data at CityData.com .
    Median family income is very low in Detroit, the unemployment rate is very high, and the crime rate is very high. If you plan on going all section 8, maybe things might work out, who knows, but that isn't for everybody.
    A better bet might be a city like Indianapolis, which has housing that isn't as cheap but still very affordable, and much, much better demographics. Keep in mind that inner city landlording involves evictions (for non-payment, drug dealing, damages, moving in relatives, etc), repairs due to age of properties (old plumbing and other systems), typically higher crime, etc. You can make a lot of money in inner-city landlording or die trying, it takes a will of iron to overcome some of the problems you can be faced with. To top it off, you can be assaulted by people you show properties to, acquaintances of your tenants, etc. I speak from several decades of experience.

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    unstoppable says

    Now my question is who are you shilling for? What is your skin in the game? You seem more vociferous than a regular citizen of Detroit repping their home town.

    The same can be said for all of the anti-Detroit posts, including yours. I started this thread because 1) people are spreading misinformation 2) the city's residents (like myself) need a break from the negativity. You all complain about how bad the city is but when people like myself try to show the city in a more positive light, that, too, is a problem. Make up your mind, but you can't be on both sides.

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    Robber Baron Elite Scum says

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    Please stop spamming this thread, thanks.

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    Brentok3 says

    If someone is interested in investing in rental property in a large city like Detroit, you should check out the demographic data at CityData.com.

    This is good advice, and decent, affordable housing is in high demand in the city. In fact, people are on wait lists for such properties.

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    edvard2 says

    IHouses don't make great investments anyway.

    Depends on what you plan to do with them. Most people purchase property that is not in their price range, or they do not research the neighborhood and demographics first. These factors can make any good investment in property go sour.

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    leo707 says

    unstoppable says

    Now my question is who are you shilling for? What is your skin in the game? You seem more vociferous than a regular citizen of Detroit repping their home town.

    I am beginning to suspect this as well.

    Because any positive press about Detroit is vehemently wrong *rolls eyes*

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    unstoppable says

    I also have read enough about Hmong history and the history of the US military's involvement in southeast Asia, to confidently refute your previous blanket statement.

    While reading is fundamental, it often doesn't tell the whole story. You cannot base your facts just off of what you read.

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    ElenaMo313 says

    Please stop spamming this thread, thanks.

    Please learn the definition of "spam", thanks.

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    Detroit reminds me of Buffalo NY; they both have a lot of history and a lot of potential but there is not enough people want to move and invest there.

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    Patrick says

    No one wants to live where they don't feel safe.

    You are correct. The bad guys in Detroit are some seriously scary badassed motherf*ckers who make Victorville look like a middle school lunchroom.

    Check out this footage of one of the scarier Detroit badasses taking on an entire Police precinct. Warning: gun violence.

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    ElenaMo313 says

    unstoppable says

    I also have read enough about Hmong history and the history of the US military's involvement in southeast Asia, to confidently refute your previous blanket statement.

    While reading is fundamental, it often doesn't tell the whole story. You cannot base your facts just off of what you read.

    Wow
    Really you're going to quote me but cut out the first sentence where I mentioned that I grew up with a whole bunch of Hmong kids.

    When you're done shilling for your crap investment scheme I'm sure you'll be qualified to work at the out of context quote department, at either msnbc or fox.

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    ElenaMo313 says

    unstoppable says

    Now my question is who are you shilling for? What is your skin in the game? You seem more vociferous than a regular citizen of Detroit repping their home town.

    The same can be said for all of the anti-Detroit posts, including yours. I started this thread because 1) people are spreading misinformation 2) the city's residents (like myself) need a break from the negativity. You all complain about how bad the city is but when people like myself try to show the city in a more positive light, that, too, is a problem. Make up your mind, but you can't be on both sides.

    Damn you got me, I admit it. I'm still bent out of shape about the Pistons bribing the refs and stealing the 1990 NBA finals. I have sworn vengeance on Bill Laimbeer and the city he played for. My insidious plan to crush the Detroit property market by exporting 50% of its manufacturing jobs to China has been a resounding succes. Now all I must do is go on the Internet and punch holes in some anonymous persons incorrect statements about the Hmong diaspora.

    Hahaha
    Detroit is doomed my evil plot will destroy the motor city and canibal anarchy will reign!

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    Read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_Detroit

    And um, the "scary" people here are often misguided youth who if they had jobs, would not be pulling these stupid stunts. It is wrong to commit crimes, but people in the city are desperate--there is more to the story than what you all are portraying.

    JodyChunder says

    Patrick says

    No one wants to live where they don't feel safe.

    You are correct. The bad guys in Detroit are some seriously scary badassed motherf*ckers who make Victorville look like a middle school lunchroom.

    Check out this footage of one of the scarier Detroit badasses taking on an entire Police precinct. Warning: gun violence.

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    Downtown Detroit and surrounding areas are some of the safest places in the nation, actually. Read this: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2012/07/10/a-shocking-sight-in-downtown-detroit/

    And no city survives without a strong downtown core. By some people seriously investing in Detroit and having this foresight, it will be the right decision in the future. You have to strengthen Detroit's core for the Motor City to have a fighting chance.

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    unstoppable says

    ElenaMo313 says

    unstoppable says

    I also have read enough about Hmong history and the history of the US military's involvement in southeast Asia, to confidently refute your previous blanket statement.

    While reading is fundamental, it often doesn't tell the whole story. You cannot base your facts just off of what you read.

    Wow

    Really you're going to quote me but cut out the first sentence where I mentioned that I grew up with a whole bunch of Hmong kids.

    When you're done shilling for your crap investment scheme I'm sure you'll be qualified to work at the out of context quote department, at either msnbc or fox.

    I'm done with you. I actually agree with many posters in this thread that Detroit has its share of problems. But any positive press about Detroit is immediately a "scheme" or "scam"--no wonder this city can't come back. And the thing that irritates me most is that most of you posters live nowhere near Detroit. I don't care if you lived here 20 years or even 2 years ago, you're not here today.

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    ElenaMo313 says

    Depends on what you plan to do with them. Most people purchase property that is not in their price range, or they do not research the neighborhood and demographics first. These factors can make any good investment in property go sour.

    Housing in general is not the best investment you can make. All anyone has to do is look up basic performance and returns comparing real estate to stocks. Over the past 100 years stocks have returned around 7-8% per year and real estate 3-4%. Simple.

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    edvard2 says

    ElenaMo313 says

    Depends on what you plan to do with them. Most people purchase property that is not in their price range, or they do not research the neighborhood and demographics first. These factors can make any good investment in property go sour.

    Housing in general is not the best investment you can make. All anyone has to do is look up basic performance and returns comparing real estate to stocks. Over the past 100 years stocks have returned around 7-8% per year and real estate 3-4%. Simple.

    True, and the housing market in general is volatile. I know that there is a demand for quality, affordable housing in Detroit, at least where I am. If you know where to buy, it can turn a good profit for you. But many people are buying without doing their research or knowing what it takes to be a good landlord in Detroit. It's not easy, and it's usually best to consult with a reputable company in the beginning.

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    Issues of crime aside, I would have a problem buying a house in Detroit because the houses themselves would be so high maintenance. Detroit went through two huge house building eras - the twenties and the fifties. The houses built in the twenties are the tightly packed, multi-story red brick houses that are now tilting and buckling from their own weight - these neighborhoods stretch out for miles from the city center. Most of these neighborhoods are filled with poor people because only poor people would buy them. The houses built in the fifties are the small ranch style homes built for the troops returning from WWII - these homes were, for the most part, not well built, and are now falling apart (although, to be fair, they were probably built better than most of the McMansions of the last decade). There are some very nice neighborhoods with beautiful houses that deserve to be saved, and I think they will survive any massive urban "renewal" plan that will be necessary to rid the city of the crumbling hulks and burned out shells that bring the entire city down.

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    JodyChunder says

    Patrick says

    No one wants to live where they don't feel safe.

    You are correct. The bad guys in Detroit are some seriously scary badassed motherf*ckers who make Victorville look like a middle school lunchroom.

    Check out this footage of one of the scarier Detroit badasses taking on an entire Police precinct. Warning: gun violence.

    This is what America is all about! What a great city. You can step out of your front door in the morning with the safety off, and step into a free fire fight rocking and rolling on full auto. Cops won't bother you because this is as normal to them as snow in Buffalo. Shoot your way to the liquor store and get breakfast. Who can't call this a great city.

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    I've thought about buying properties in Detroit. Even discussed with a buddy of mine who was from Grosse Pointe. We both decided no thanks. Spent 4 years of my life in school in Ann Arbor and went into D Town for Wings and Tigers games, Coney Island, and Windsor. Ann Arbor is a great town, but has some of the most gloomy and depressing weather anywhere. I enjoyed Minneapolis 10x Michigan. No one wants to relocate to a place with bad weather and even worse job prospects. While I enjoyed college, and love the school, Detroit is last on my list of places I would relocate. Sorry...

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    I've thought about buying properties in Detroit. Even discussed with a buddy of mine who was from Grosse Pointe. We both decided no thanks. Spent 4 years of my life in school in Ann Arbor and went into D Town for Wings and Tigers games, Coney Island, and Windsor. Ann Arbor is a great town, but has some of the most gloomy and depressing weather anywhere. I enjoyed Minneapolis 10x Michigan. No one wants to relocate to a place with bad weather and even worse job prospects. While I enjoyed college, and love the school, Detroit is last on my list of places I would relocate. Sorry...

    This is a joke, right? With temperatures in Minnesota regularly in the single digits? And the car companies on a hiring spree? Detroit is no different from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and any other city with a bad part of town - people who can afford it live in the suburbs, and as suburbs go, Detroit's are better than most.

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    Joe_Mumau says

    Detroit is no different from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and any other city with a bad part of town - people who can afford it live in the suburbs, and as suburbs go, Detroit's are better than most.

    Detroit is very different from those other cities, because the bad part of Detroit is Detroit.

    Sure, there are nice, leafy green safe suburbs outside of Detroit proper. But the city itself is pretty much dead.

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    ElenaMo313 says

    And um, the "scary" people here are often misguided youth who if they had jobs, would not be pulling these stupid stunts.

    It was a 64 year old man who pulled that scary stunt. I would hate to see what the "misguided youth" are up to.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/12/police-station-shooting-southfield-michigan-shootout_n_2116162.html

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    ElenaMo313 says

    But any positive press about Detroit is immediately a "scheme" or "scam"--no wonder this city can't come back.

    It is not so much Detroit as it is a poster who titles their thread, "Investing Wisely in Detroit No Matter Where You're From."

    When you start off with such a blatantly too good to be true blatant shill statement almost anything that comes out of your mouth next is going to sound like a scheme or scam.

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    I spent a fair bit of time around the Detroit area for work, and never in my life have I seen so many bowling alleys and liquor stores. Horrid roads and dead cars everywhere. Only been to downtown a few times and it was mostly a boarded up ghost town.

    Have to get out to at least Farmington, or preferably Ann Arbor before it got 'livable'.

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    gbenson says

    I spent a fair bit of time around the Detroit area for work, and never in my life have I seen so many bowling alleys and liquor stores. Horrid roads and dead cars everywhere. Only been to downtown a few times and it was mostly a boarded up ghost town.

    Have to get out to at least Farmington, or preferably Ann Arbor before it got 'livable'.

    I am sorry to break this to you buddy but all the suburbs the surround Detroit's borders are MORE than "livable", by your standard. Actually some of them are way nicer and pricier than Farmington or Ann Arbor. Gross Pointe Shores (where houses reach $6 Million) , Gross Pointe Woods, Ferndale, Oak Park, Warren, Royal Oak (a very expensive suburb) Southfield, Redford, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn.. All great areas to stay in that are extremely safe, I live in those suburbs and I don't even lock my door at night. Additionally, I spend my weekends in Detroit, 3 major Casino's, Greektown, Midtown, Wayne State University, where 18 year old girls walk around (including my sister, who comes home safe and sound everyday). I agree that there are some dangerous areas in particular, but you can't say the whole city is scum.

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    Going to have to agree somewhat with sirmajdalot. When I took a trip to Detroit, indeed the city itself is probably the biggest ghost town on the planet. What's really clear is that all the money left decades ago to the burbs. I actually traveled to the burbs and some of the areas are actually fairly well-off. The areas outside of Detroit are actually quite pretty. In fact I recall reading somewhere that some of the suburban areas outside of Detroit are home to some of the richest people in the country. That said, I spent my fair share in the Northeast dealing with winter and for me- no thanks. I didn't enjoy freezing my ass off for 4-5 months out of the year.

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    Make your own conclusion, but I still believe that Detroit is a good investment and won't back down from that.

    leo707 says

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    But any positive press about Detroit is immediately a "scheme" or "scam"--no wonder this city can't come back.

    It is not so much Detroit as it is a poster who titles their thread, "Investing Wisely in Detroit No Matter Where You're From."

    When you start off with such a blatantly too good to be true blatant shill statement almost anything that comes out of your mouth next is going to sound like a scheme or scam.

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