Would You Rather Have That House Rented OR Vacant?

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Real Estate Appraiser with PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy

As the Federal Government seriously takes on the task of dealing with the inventory of foreclosed properties in this country (and we here in the greater Chicago-land area made the unfortunate top 5 list of cities with significant federal concentration of foreclosed homes), it begs the question:

Would YOU rather have the house on your block (which the prior owner lost due to foreclosure) vacant or rented?  and why?

Michael Hobbs, PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy

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Karen Crowson
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Wow, hard call. It's often very tough to sell a house with tenants in it. I'd tather have neighbors, than a vacant house next door though.
January 13, 2012 11:44 PM #1
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Mike Liess
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Occupied properties rather than vacant. As long as the owner is not a slumlord and drives the neighborhood down with poorly screened tenants.

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Michael Hobbs
PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy - Chicago, IL
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Karen, I completely agree.  Generally much easier to keep the house intact with it being occupied than with it being vacant.

Mike, of course!  that is definitely the risk.

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