July 13, 2009, 5am PDT
Abandoned and foreclosed properties are plaguing many cities. Now some are trying to turn the blight into prosperity by creating land banks to hold, remodel or demolish the properties -- and pull in some revenue while they're at it.
June 10, 2009, 2pm PDT
In Phoenix, human traffickers are using foreclosed homes to hold illegal immigrants hostage.
May 21, 2009, 1pm PDT
Americans are much more willing to consider buying a foreclosure than in the recent past, according to a new survey by online real estate site Trulia.
May 8, 2009, 1pm PDT
Steven Malanga looks back at a century of efforts by Washington to promote homeownership, which he says 'has produced one calamity after another.'
May 6, 2009, 12pm PDT
A neighborhood in Buffalo, N.Y. is one of the emptiest in the U.S., according to a new analysis of the census from the Associated Press. About 1 out of every 3 homes is vacant.
April 29, 2009, 5am PDT
Foreclosures are skyrocketing in metropolitan Seattle, where some areas have seen figures triple as compared to recent years.
April 14, 2009, 6am PDT
Salt Lake City has seen its share of foreclosure in its outer suburbs. Local planners and urban planning professors see this as an opportunity to convince locals of the benefits of city living.
April 13, 2009, 8am PDT
Empty homes are littered in cities across the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one out of every nine U.S. homes is unoccupied.
April 6, 2009, 8am PDT
In cities across the country, banks are ditching out on foreclosed homes, giving more worries -- and bills -- to homeowners.
March 31, 2009, 11am PDT
This piece form the <em>Modesto Bee</em> looks at the growth and housing bust that has dramatically affected California's San Joaquin Valley -- home to some of the nation's highest rates of foreclosure.
March 27, 2009, 9am PDT
More homeless people are squatting in abandoned suburban housing. Eduardo M. Peñalver, co-author of the forthcoming book "Property Outlaws" thinks cities should acquire these properties and allow the former owners to live in them as renters.
March 26, 2009, 12pm PDT
The economic crisis is leading to a surge in homelessness and the growth of tent cities in many U.S. cities.
March 20, 2009, 10am PDT
Renters are the hidden victims of the foreclosure crisis: they are usually the last to know about foreclosure, have few resources to assist them and are being overlooked by federal interventions. But community organizers are fighting back.
March 20, 2009, 9am PDT
As foreclosures spread throughout California's Inland Empire, empty homes need to be cleaned and maintained. To meet the demand, an industry is rapidly expanding.
March 9, 2009, 1pm PDT
With roughly 10,000 foreclosures in the last two years, Cleveland has been hit hard by the economic crisis.
March 6, 2009, 7am PST
About one out of every five homes in America is worth less than what is still owed on its mortgage. The highest rates of negative equity are in Nevada, Michigan, Arizona, Florida and California.
March 6, 2009, 5am PST
The Obama Administration has outlined plans to assist nearly 4 million homeowners in danger of foreclosure. The total cost to taxpayers runs close to $75 billion.
March 4, 2009, 12pm PST
Americans caught up in the foreclosure crisis can now apply for relief from the Obama Administration's new "loan modification plan."
March 2, 2009, 9am PST
The housing market has bombed, bringing prices and values to devastating lows. But despite lower prices, affordable housing is still in too short of supply, according to this piece from <em>Time</em>.
February 18, 2009, 1pm PST
President Barack Obama has announced a $75 billion plan to help counteract home foreclosures -- a move that aims to allow more than 9 million Americans to refinance their troubled mortgages.