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David Dayen: When You Find Out Your Neighbors Own Your House and They Try to Evict You

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http://www.vice.com/read/when-you-buy-a-house-but-dont-actually-own-it

Danny Shedd’s nightmare began with some cows.

When Shedd, a 12-year veteran with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, finished up his military service at Fort Benning, Georgia, he and his wife, Jacinda, wanted to move to the prairie. The house they settled on in Big Cabin, Oklahoma, was perfect: a 5,400 square-foot, four-bedroom spot built in 2006, which mortgage giant Fannie Mae purchased in a foreclosure auction and was selling for one-third of its appraised value.

After inspections and appraisals, the Shedds closed on the house in June 2015, paying $172,425 cash—the product of years of saving. “They said congratulations on your new home,” Shedd told me.

The vet’s honorable Army discharge didn’t come through until that August, so Shedd settled his wife and kids in the new digs before returning to Fort Benning. But Jacinda soon began complaining about the neighbors’ cows lurking around the place at…

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