2012-03-05zerohedge.com

The Ritters, who bought their house for $1.29 million with almost no money down, are hardly representative of the vast majority of Maryland's distressed homeowners.

During the boom, they set out to become mini real estate moguls, buying properties and flipping them for a profit. In the process, Keith Ritter, 54, went from being on probation for bankruptcy fraud and making minimum wage to being a successful real estate investor and landlord with a six-figure income. Then, when the housing market tanked five years ago, the couple found themselves facing multiple foreclosures.


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