Resident Officer Program

A recent report from the Peoria Journal Star discusses their resident officer program. “The officers are located in strategic areas around the city. They work from their city-owned homes to establish close connections with theREAD MORE

It Started Out So Well……….

An interesting article that discusses a logical and positive approach to addressing the universal concern of squatters, ends by discussing troubling legislation being proposed in the Hawaii Legislature. From the preamble in the legislation oneREAD MORE

Don’t Take on Unnecessary Risks

Perhaps I’m missing something but the recent enactment in Windber, PA of a rental registry struck me as odd. Rental registration ordinances are commonplace throughout the country. For the most part the programs and requiredREAD MORE

Canton OH Commercial Property Registration Challenges

A recent article discusses the challenges Canton is facing garnering compliance with their commercial property registration ordinance. Eerily similar to an earlier article regarding San Francisco. See following quotes. Canton – “However, several vacant buildingsREAD MORE

Getting off the Hamster Wheel

True story. Several years ago, I was invited to present to the City Council and heads of the fire, police and building departments for a larger (200,000+) city on “zombie foreclosures” etc. First to arriveREAD MORE

Community Engagement in Jamestown NY

Sometimes simplicity is all that is needed. No need to over complicate matters. Jamestown NY has a clear section on its homepage to allow constituents to report a vacant property. For communities that may notREAD MORE

Oswego NY Blight Reduction Loan Program

In a positive step another local government is utilizing the tax rolls to address blight in their community. After years of hearing the frustration over “clean and lien” programs (both having to “clean” and thenREAD MORE

Changing Landscape in Real Estate

Never slow in the world of real estate and never “same old, same old”. Trying to keep up in anything is often difficult. For municipal officials that wear so many different hats and juggle soREAD MORE

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