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Unoccupied homes: A thief magnetPosted Monday, January 28, 2008, at 10:00 AM
Hillary Clinton comments on critics of her plan to freeze home foreclosures for 90 days to help victims of bad loans:
"People will say, 'Why should we bail out somebody who made a bad loan?"' she told the Associated Press. "Because you don't want a vacant house next to you."
Meanwhile, during Celebration time, Shelbyville real estate firms attempt to sell homes within a couple of miles of the show grounds to visiting horse enthusiasts. Many of those which have been sold, including one entire condominium complex, sit empty most of the year.
In effect, fully-furnished vacant homes next to some of you.
Yes, there's a profitable advantage for local governments because few services are needed for absentee owners whose taxes are collected
But I know of at least one of those homes which was broken into, burglarized and vandalized.
So should we think of them as a danger? Maybe not, but when one neighborhood has large numbers of unoccupied but furnished homes, it's awfully tempting for burglars.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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