Eye on Rockbridge

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Foreclosures hit one in every 51 Rockbridge homes since 2008

In a matter of hours, single mom Sonya Balser went from watching her daughter’s volleyball game, to learning her childhood home had been sold at a foreclosure auction. “It was gone,” … Continue reading

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Mapping the area’s foreclosures: 2008-2011

Explore the hundreds of foreclosures in Rockbridge County, Lexington, and Buena Vista from 2008-2011 using this interactive map.

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Fannie and Freddie selling foreclosed homes in Rockbridge at a fraction of their value: Taxpayers cover the loss

Government-run mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sold properties in Buena Vista and Rockbridge County for as little as 15 percent of their value, according to tax documents and … Continue reading

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Army veteran fights to keep her home in Lexington

Jackie Simmons nearly lost her home to foreclosure after she was laid off from her job. Simmons talks about what happened and what she’s doing to keep her home. Video … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Foreclosures make an impact on local real estate market

Every week, another house is auctioned off at the Rockbridge County or Buena Vista courthouse.  Most of these foreclosed homes go to lenders who are eager to sell them as … Continue reading

April 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Where do you go if you lose your home?

Jeri Schaff of the Maury River Senior Center says families who lose their homes to foreclosure may have to move back in with their parents. This may create extra pressure … Continue reading

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Foreclosures in Rockbridge

More than 300  property owners in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County have lost their homes and places of business since 2008.  By examining court records, constructing spreadsheets, analyzing data, … Continue reading

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