A report released Thursday from real estate data firm ATTOM Data Solutions offers another sign that the vacant property glut from the housing crisis is shrinking. The number of vacant properties in foreclosure limbo has fallen as banks have taken over tens of thousands of these houses. That means happier neighbors and local governments awaiting property tax payments.
They’re called zombie properties because, like zombies, these houses are empty and in bad shape.
“Sometimes they’ve been urban mined. You know, copper piping has been stripped out by vandals,” Daren Blomquist, senior vice president of ATTOM Data Solutions, said.
He said for years after the housing crash, there were tons of these houses out there, mostly in urban areas. The banks had started to foreclose on them. The owners moved out and then, for whatever reason, the banks didn’t foreclose. Now, banks are finally buying them up.
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