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Vacancy Taxes: Pros and Cons

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With some California cities facing rising vacancy rates, here's how they plant to use “empty homes penalties” to combat affordability issues as well as blight.

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A New Tactic to Fight Zombie Homes

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This June, Washington state will implement a new law (HB2057) designed to combat abandoned zombie properties and streamline interactions between government and lenders when it comes to preventing urban blight as the properties fall into disrepair. As reported by the ...

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Fight Against Urban Blight Finds Unexpected Ally

The topic of zombie homes comes up often here on DS News, ranging from fast-track foreclosure legislation to rules about clearboarding and plywood bans. In February, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state was buying up distressed mortgages ...

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These Are the Most Dangerous U.S. Cities

NeighborhoodScout, a web-based analytics platform, recently released its 2018 list of the Top 100 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities. They compiled the list by examining violent crime reports of cities with a minimum population of 25,000. They then took the number of crimes reported ...

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More Communities Banning Plywood on Zombie Homes

Abandoned “zombie homes” are a problem in many communities, driving down property values, attracting crime, and often creating safety risks such as fire hazards. Communities battle zombie homes and related urban blight in a variety of ways, ranging from fast-track ...

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Unloading Inventory

While the management of liquidation processes may vary, the end goal is the same—effectuate liquidation strategies and expedite third-party property sales to minimize neighborhood blight and reduce the operation and holding risks associated with distressed property management. Editor's note: This story was originally featured in the December issue of DS News, out now.

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