The Observer examined Cabarrus County property deed and sale records, building permits, records from state court and federal bankruptcy court, and Federal Housing Administration data on FHA loans in the Charlotte region. Reporters interviewed more than 50 present and former neighborhood residents. Some provided financial records related to their home purchase. Reporters also interviewed government officials, housing industry experts, consumer advocates and participants in the housing industry.
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