Successful recovery in Metro neighborhoods struggling with foreclosures and vacant homes is widely dependent on the availability of single-family mortgage financing. But the current credit market – tightening credit standards, higher mortgage insurance cost, and limited purchase/rehab loan products – is leaving many prospective buyers on the sidelines.
Many neighborhoods in return are seeing increased investor activity. And while all investors are not irresponsible, some investor activity is being dominated by cash-purchases and investor owners who are renting these properties in poor conditions, or keeping them unoccupied and boarded up with intentions of flipping them later when values return.
Financing products and policies are needed to ensure that these struggling neighborhoods are not overrun by absentee landlords and vacant blighted homes. (more…)