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PROCHAMPS Blog | Fight Blight through Proactive Property Registration

PROCHAMPS Helping Fight Blight: A Case Study

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Since the economic downturn over a decade ago, communities have found that property registration ordinances (PROs) are the key to fighting blight. PROs have slowed or stopped the effects of abandoned properties in hundreds of communities across the nation.

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Being Proactive with Foreclosed Homes

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The key to the PROCHAMPS process, is to be proactive. By definition, proactive means, "creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened." Our goal is to assist communities in instilling and enacting ways to stop blight from happening. To protect the health, safety, and welfare of a community, PROCHAMPS foreclosure registry tool helps stop blight in its tracks.

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5 Effects of Vacant Properties

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After a foreclosure or loan default, families pack up and leave a home vacant. Depending on the market, it could be a while until the house serves as a home again. Until then, a home is left vacant and abandoned. Have you ever thought about what happens to a property when left vacant, and the effects of abandonment?

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Why We Love Property Registration (and you should, too!)

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Here at PROCHAMPS, we are big fans of proactive property registration. We believe that blight can be fought, and the health, safety, and welfare of a community can be protected through property registration ordinances, or PROs.

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4 Things to Know about Registering Rental Properties

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Depending upon the community or municipality, a rental property may need to be registered. A rental dwelling is any property that contains a dwelling or rooming unit that is being offered for rent or is being rented or occupied by any person who is not the owner of the premises. This registration is required to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people in a community. If you've just learned that you're responsible for registering a rental property, there are four things you should know.

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The PROCHAMPS Process: How It Works

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PROCHAMPS is a business built around Property Registration Ordinances (PROs) and fighting blight in communities. Through PROs, municipalities can ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their communities. There are different types of PROs, including:

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3 Myths about Vacant Property

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As homes are foreclosed on and loans are defaulted, people leave and houses are left abandoned. These dwellings are left to deteriorate, decay, and become a beacon for blight. When this happens, these properties often go unattended and neglected. Unfortunately, the repercussions of these oversights can be devastating to a community – even though the community may not realize it.

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How PROCHAMPS Can Help Fight Blight

In a community plagued by foreclosures and vacant properties, the threat of neighborhood blight begins to creep in. Blight-stricken areas begin to face issues like lower property value, stretched budgets of local government, and even an increase in crime rates. All of these problems pose significant safety, health, and welfare issues – so how do we fight blight?

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Rebuild Your Community with Property Registration

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After the housing market crash nearly 10 years ago, communities began to face an issue of vacant properties attracting crime and epidemic of blight. Properties left abandoned began to deteriorate and send communities into a downward spiral decreased property values and increased crime rates. Using Philadelphia as an example, the city list almost $4 billion in household wealth due to abandoned and foreclosed properties. So how do you fix this? Luckily, the solution to this problem has already been thought of and put into play - it's property registration!

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Fighting Blight:  A Community Revolution

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Municipalities large and small and in all geographical sections of the country are in the process of taking innovative, multidimensional approaches to fighting blight in their communities.  Collaborative efforts to harness the resources and tools necessary to turn the page on a housing market collapse, shifting urban populations and an economy reticent to recover are underway in efforts to reverse the number of foreclosed, vacant and abandoned properties in many areas of the U.S. Those types of properties and their associated negative factors contribute to rising crime rates, damaging impacts on local government budgets and the overall economic and social health of cities near and far.  There is no “one size fits all” solution to fighting blight, but there are some common threads emerging that collectively arm communities with the means to spark community revolutions.

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