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0% Interest Home Repair Loans

The Detroit 0% Home Repair Loans Program offers 0% interest loans from $5,000 to $25,000 to help Detroit homeowners invest in and repair their homes – promoting public health and safety, increasing property values and helping residents secure and maintain homeowner’s insurance.

AARP Livable Communities

Free publications to help community leaders and residents make where they live more livable for people of all ages

Accounting Aid Society

Free tax preparation provider

Find rental comparables to determine how much rent you can charge


Loan calculators with amortization schedules

Bigger Pockets

Online community with real estate investing education & tools

Bridge Detroit

a non-profit news and engagement organization that is laser focused on lifting up the issues that Detroiters themselves identify as important to their lives.

Capital Impact Partners

Lending institution


Create concentric circles that can be imported into mapping programs like Google Maps

City of Detroit - Crime Viewer

Interactive map that shows where crime occurs in the city by infraction type and provides detailed reporting

City of Detroit - Department List

List of departments within the City of Detroit, including contact information

City of Detroit - Historic Vacant School Property Study

A comparative study of 63 vacant historic-age school properties & recommendations regarding their redevelopment potential

City of Detroit - Open Data Portal

Database providing free data related to Detroit city government across all departments

City of Detroit - Property Site

Database of commercial and residential properties being marketed by the City of Detroit or Detroit Land Bank Authority

City of Detroit - Quick Property Search

Look up property information on the City's homepage.

City of Detroit - Rental Property FAQ

Information regarding obligations for Detroit landlords, including registration requirements

Data Driven Detroit - Housing Info Portal

Parcel records & census data by census tract

Detroit Development Fund

Lending institution

Detroit Future City - Working w. Lots Field Guide

The Working with Lots Program encourages Detroiters to install one of 38 lot designs to activate community spaces, beautify neighborhoods and address increased rainfall through green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) practices.

Detroit Land Bank Authority

The Detroit Land Bank Authority's mission is to return the city's blighted and vacant properties to productive use

Detroit Training Center

Home improvement workshops and workforce development training related to construction, heavy equipment, and residential builder licensing

Dominion Financial

Loans for real estate investors, qualify based on DSCR, not personal income

Finance of America Commercial - RE Investor Loans

Rental loans, fix and flip loans, bridge loans

First Independence Bank

Lending institution

Flagstar Bank

Lending institution

GreenPath Financial Wellness

A national nonprofit whose counselors provide options to manage credit card debt, student loans and homeownership.

Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Information and explanations regarding historic preservation tax credits


Resource to estimate material, installation, and maintenance costs

Invest Detroit

Lending institution

Land Contract Buyers Guide

This guide includes information, do-it-yourself checklists, and guidance on risks for whichever part of the land contract process a buyer is in.

Lima One Capital - RE Investor Loans

Construction & bridge loans, new construction, rehab, single rental or portfolio loans, multifamily

MI Property Tax Estimator

Property tax estimation for properties in the State of Michigan

Making Detroit Lead Safe

Guidance from the City of Detroit regarding lead laws, regulations, and testing resources

Michigan Business Entity Search (LARA)

Database of business entities (e.g., corporations or LLCs) registered with the State of Michigan through the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs ("LARA")

Michigan Land Bank Authority

The State Land Bank Authority has more than 2,600 properties available for purchase statewide

Motor City Match

Grant program for Detroit entrepreneurs and property owners

New Economy Initiative

Grant program for Detroit-area entrepreneurs

PM Environmental

Environmental consulting firm, which provides phase I and phase II services

Property Tax Estimator

Estimates on property taxes by local unit and school district, using 2021 millage rates.


Mapping and data platform that provides background information on properties, including property owner, tax status, and parcel size data

Tax Foreclosure Timeline (Michigan)

Timeline prepared by the State of Michigan regarding the foreclosure process

Tenant Screening Services

A Rentspree review of seven of the best tenants screening services available to help landlords determine which one is the right fit

Towne Mortgage

Lending institution

Universal Design

Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.


Find walk score, bike score, transit score of a certain property/neighborhood

Wayne County Tax Search

Property tax database for properties located in Wayne County, Michigan

313 Realty - Real Estate Photography & Videography

Real estate photography & videography

ASTI Environmental

Environmental consulting firm, which provides phase I and phase II services

Affordable Housing: Does it Pencil Out?

A tool that demonstrates the economic challenges of developing affordable housing

BS&A Online

BS&A Online is a collection of municipal services providing instant and convenient access to various kinds of important information held at your local government

Bench - Online Small Biz Bookkeeping

Online bookkeeping & tax preparation services designed for small business

Brick + Beam

A community for property owners, tradespeople, and building rehabbers of all levels

Buydown: A Way to Reduce Interest Rates

Rocket Mortgage article explaining how to buydown interest rates and save money as a borrower


Census data

City of Detroit - Council District Map

Map of City of Detroit's seven council districts

City of Detroit - Demolition Program + Detroit Neighborhood Improvement Tracker

Overview of City of Detroit demolition program and Detroit Neighborhood Improvement Tracker, which includes building permit tracking information

City of Detroit - Detroit Development

Detailed tool for official RFPs issued by the City of Detroit, maps of city-owned property and zoning information, financing opportunities, and examples of development success stories

City of Detroit - Office of the Assessor

Determines the current market value & taxes of all real estate in the City of Detroit

City of Detroit - Open Data Portal

Overview of the repository of City data.

City of Detroit - Property Taxes FAQ

Guidance from the City of Detroit regarding property taxes

City of Detroit - Rental Ordinance Guide

Guide on how to operate rental property in Detroit

Community Development Advocates of Detroit (D(Community) Map)

Information regarding Detroit-based community development organizations and an interactive map called "D(Community)" which shows where organizations are located within the city

Design Guide for Real Estate Development

A practical workbook helping developers address each part of the real estate development process and integrate local culture into projects authentically.

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation - Neighborhood Retail Information

Study conducted on behalf of the DEGC, offering neighborhood snapshots, retail construction prototypes, and additional information for commercial corridor opportunities in Detroit

Detroit Home Mortgage

Multi-bank program to obtain financing for Detroit residential properties

Detroit Land Bank Authority (+ Discount Rules)

Database of properties for sale by the Detroit Land Bank Authority


Database of Detroit maps

Enterprise Community Partners

Lending institution

First American Title Company

Title insurance company


Resource to estimate material, installation, and maintenance costs

Google My Maps

Create and save multiple maps, including personalized data and information

Habitat for Humanity ReStores

Nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, and building materials at a fraction of the retail price

Home Repair Resource Guide

Comprehensive guide with funding, programs & other resources for home repair in Detroit.

Huntington Bank

Lending institution

Kiavi - RE Investor Loans

Construction & bridge loans, DSCR rental loans, rental portfolio loans

Liberty Bank

Lending institution


Find commercial property for sale; look up sold properties sold within the past year for comparable analysis

Main Street Bank

Lending institution

Mi Lead Safe

Guidance from the State of Michigan regarding lead laws and regulations

Michigan Historic Preservation Network (PDF-1 / PDF-2)

Organization providing financing support to preserve historic buildings in Michigan

Michigan Saves

Green bank offering financing programs that help Michigan residents take control of their energy costs through efficiency and renewable projects


Public real estate listings, including a search feature to find local realtors

Opportunity Resource Fund

Mission-based lending institution

Property Praxis

Database of property owners who own multiple parcels in Detroit

Find residential property for sale; look up sold properties sold within the past year for comparable analysis


Rental rate analysis for a specified geographic area

Tax Incentives - DEGC

Unlike grants or loans, which can help with need for immediate capital, a tax abatement is a way of offsetting or abating property and other taxes as an incentive to come to a city or expand existing operations within the city.

Title Insurance Rate Calculator

Estimate your title insurance costs

United Community Housing Coalition

Local provider of comprehensive housing assistance to Detroit's low-income residents

WOW Tax & Advisory Services

Profession tax, accounting and bookkeeping firm for real estate investors and short term rental owners

Wayne County Register of Deeds

Archive of deeds and other land records recorded within Wayne County, Michigan

Resource Partners

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