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PROCHAMPS Blog | Fight Blight through Proactive Property Registration

Bringing Property Registration to Your Community

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 In the wake of the 2007 housing market crash, communities across the United States today continue to work to find solutions that enable them to stabilize neighborhoods and revitalize residential areas negatively impacted by a glut of foreclosed, abandoned and vacated properties.  Among their solutions—proactive property registration ordinances—part of a multiple approach best practices bible detailed and outlined in a recent Greater Ohio Policy Center publication: “Best Practices for Community Revitalization & Stability”.

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Property Registration Online: How the Game Changed

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 Anyone even remotely connected to or responsible for property registration compliance over the past decade certainly does not pine for the “old days” or the “old ways” of trying to conduct business.  Thanks to the incorporation of Internet technology and the development of municipal and county online portals, much of the time and effort to meet registration compliance has been streamlined and simplified.  PROCHAMPS has been at the forefront and leading edge of property registration, nudging aside yesteryears’ handwritten forms, snail mail and fax approach to getting things done. 

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Property Registration Online: How the Game Changed

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Anyone even remotely connected to or responsible for property registration compliance over the past decade certainly does not pine for the “old days” or the “old ways” of trying to conduct business.  Thanks to the incorporation of Internet technology and the development of municipal and county online portals, much of the time and effort to meet registration compliance has been streamlined and simplified.  PROCHAMPS has been at the forefront and leading edge of property registration, nudging aside yesteryears’ handwritten forms, snail mail and fax approach to getting things done. 

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Neighborhood Recovery With Vacant Property Registry

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 From Dallas to Memphis, from New Orleans to Philadelphia, cities around the country continue to rebound and rebuild from swaths of neighborhood blight rising from the 2007 housing market crash and economic downturn in the United States.  The element that serves as the single common denominator for neighborhood recoveries:  Vacant Property Registries.  Tools, resources and examples of neighborhood recovery are highlighted in a number of comprehensive reports, among them: “Vacant & Abandoned Properties: Turning Liabilities Into Assets,” compiled by the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Fight The Blight With Foreclosure Registry

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 Prior to 2000, few municipalities and local governments around the United States had much of an issue with vacant and foreclosed properties.  Prior to that date there were fewer than two-dozen vacant property registration ordinances (VPROs) established and enforced in just a handful of municipalities.  That scenario changed dramatically following the 2007 housing market crash, which left cities and towns large and small dealing with a crush of foreclosed, vacant and abandoned homes.  Scrambling to respond to the negative financial and aesthetic impact growing neighborhood blight caused in their communities, county commissions and councils across the United States responded by developing literally thousands of property registration ordinances to confront the problem.

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Understanding Vacant Building Registration In Cities

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While the vast majority of current vacant property registration ordinances (VPROs) deal with residential housing and rental units, many municipalities and local governments have also moved to proactively regulate the registration of vacant commercial buildings, industrial properties and storefronts.  The rationale being that just as vacant houses contribute to neighborhood blight, declining tax value and revenue as well as increased public safety risks, so do commercial buildings left vacant for lengthy periods.  

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Property Registration 102: Getting Started With PROCHAMPS

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 Many communities around the country continue to deal with large numbers of vacant and foreclosed properties triggered by the housing market crash of 2007.  And while hundreds of municipalities have developed vacant property registration ordinances (VPROs) to tackle the problems, few have the expertise, experience or staffing levels to effectively and efficiently deal with the assorted problems associated with identifying legal property ownership and holding that ownership accountable for properly registering these properties with the appropriate local authority.

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Where To Find A Vacant Property Registration Form

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 As with most endeavors, conventional wisdom holds that “no job is finished until the paper work is done.”  That’s certainly the case when it comes to vacant property registration.  If you are a mortgagee or otherwise legally responsible party of vacant property(s), your job begins with determining your obligation to register those properties and ends with actually completing the appropriate vacant property registration forms required by your municipal ordinances, then submitting them to the corresponding city or county office.  Those vacant property registration forms are not that difficult to find, and can either be downloaded, completed, and returned via snail mail with check payment, or in many instances, the forms may be completed and submitted along with registration fees via credit card payment on line.  PROCHAMPS offers these suggestions to help you locate and complete the forms, whether by downloading or electronic submission.

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A Quick Look At The Basics of Building Registration

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Abandoned, vacant and foreclosed homes and rental properties contribute to neighborhood blight, public safety and crime concerns.  So do buildings classified as commercial, industrial and/or business when left unoccupied, unused and neglected.

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Top 10 Benefits of Proactive Property Registration

 We’ve all heard the wise old axiom—“It’s a little late to close the barn door once the horse has bolted.”

That same analogy mirrors the benefits of proactive property registration rather than reactive property registration.  Spurred by the housing market crash of 2009, hundreds of counties and municipalities around the United States developed property registration ordinances to ensure banks, mortgage companies, other lenders and legally identified owners of vacant, abandoned and foreclosed properties register them with locally empowered governments. 

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