Lori Macakanja, a former housing counselor in Dunkirk, N.Y., pleaded guilty this week to mail fraud and theft of government money meant for modifying delinquent mortgages.
Some 136 clients of her company, HomeFront Inc., gave Macakanja a combined $300,000 for promised modifications. She used the money for her own use, including gambling trips. She also used $4,000 worth of Troubled Asset Relief Program grants to the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency to pay her own mortgage.
Only in Detroit can you get so much for so little. This manor looms over a tree-dotted boulevard and features interior flourishes, including hand-painted ceilings, hand-carved marble and hardwood floors.
Location: Little Rock, Ariz.
Sq. Ft.: 1,394
This brick single-story is running further below the national median home price, which hovers around $200,000, than other homes in our gallery. But it's a notable mention: The home offers a big living area, wood-burning stove and large eat-in kitchen.
It's not often you get a pool and lakefront property for just $225,000, but this charming home delivers you just that, along with five bedrooms (three with walk-in closets), three bathrooms and a multi-faceted kitchen.