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Ferguson home values are plummeting

Down nearly 50 percent since Michael Brown’s death, new data show.

by Daniel Rivero | March 16, 2015

FERGUSON, Mo. — Peering outside the office window of his tire shop, John Zisser grumbles about the pile of burnt rubble that lies on the opposite corner of a busy intersection.

“If you come here to my shop and you see that,” he says, as gestures out the window, “is that going to give you a warm, fuzzy feeling like you want to come back here to do business?”

“Short answer: no, no it’s not,” he says.

Zisser, 55, has owned and operated Zisser’s Tires in this city since 1987. He says the still-visible damage from the November protests that followed a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown is hurting property owners. His store’s insurance is in the process of being cancelled after it was twice vandalized during the unrest, he says.

“If I sold this place today, I could probably get $300,000 for it, if anyone is crazy enough to buy. Last year, the county said this lot was worth almost a million,” he says. “The value here is all going down. There’s about nine burnt-out buildings this way,” he says, pointing. “And about four more behind me.”

Zisser is one of many Ferguson residents feeling a financial toll from the months of protests, media attention, and now another high-profile shooting. They’re worried not just about their own situations, but about the city coffers, too. The future of Ferguson, they say, is anyone’s guess.

“How much money are we going to lose?” Zisser asks. “How much money is the city and the county going to lose in taxes because of this? And how much is the school district going to lose here? They’re the biggest losers.”

For the city’s 2014 budget, approximately 20 percent of the city’s revenue came from the city’s courts, and 17 percent came through property taxes. But after a Department of Justice report found the courts were profiting off racial discrimination, the State of Missouri took over to implement reforms. Couple that with rapidly falling property values (which are used to calculate owed taxes) and it seems like key parts of the city’s business plan are falling out from under it.

Since Michael Brown’s death, the cost per square foot of a home has dropped by 47 percent in Ferguson.
- MARIS home sale data

The average selling price of a home in the city has been on a steady decline since the shooting of Brown last August, according to housing data compiled from MARIS, an information and statistics service for real estate agents. Prior to Brown’s death, the average home sold in 2014 was selling for $66,764. For the last three and a half months of the year, the average home sold for $36,168, a 46 percent decrease.

The trend has continued on through this year, with the average home selling for only $22,951 so far in 2015. Another negative indicator: in the eight and a half months leading up to Brown’s death, the average residential square foot in 2014 was selling for $45.82. In the eight and a half months since Brown’s passing, the average residential square foot in the city has sold for $24.11. That’s about a 47 percent downtick in one of real estate’s core indicators.

“This is not normal for the region,” says Crista Patton, a local REMAX real estate agent who helped get these numbers for Fusion. “Last time I pulled up numbers like this for a neighborhood around here, we were seeing the market going up,” she says. “In St. Louis in general, the market is going up, and as a whole it’s almost completely recovered from the recession.”

The city admits that its finances are taking a hit, with no end in sight, due to the events since Brown’s death. “The[city’s] response to the unrest, as well as other related matters, has resulted in significant, unanticipated expenditures,” reads the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2014. “The civil unrest also resulted in some lost revenues… At this time, the total impact of this event on the City’s revenues and expenses is not able to be estimated.”

Ferguson native David H. Pope, 76, who has worked as a realtor in the city for 48 years, says the current situation has made it nearly impossible to attract families to the area.

“I lost a sale yesterday,” he says, blaming the shooting of two police officers in front of the Ferguson Police Department. “This whole thing has been very, very detrimental to my work and the market here.”

http://fusion.net/story/104184/ferguson-home-values-are-plummeting-and-residents-are-feeling-the-pain/

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I thought the area had been going down for a long time?


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Ferguson was leading the nation as the city with the most expensive homes until 1/20/2008. The sq ft in Ferguson was 30% higher than San Francisco and Manhattan. On the day Obama was inaugurated, price of property fell by 90% and what little was left was now slashed by 50% since Michael Brown gave a cop absolutely no choice but to shoot him in the middle of the street.

It must be Cabbage & Eggs night at the bunker...

I thought the area had been going down for a long time?


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Always remember to listen to the obvious. Cities like Ferguson, Detroit, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and well, hell you name it, are only changing in value and desirability because the market is changing. These changes have nothing to do with the rapidly increasingly numbers of black youth who can't find jobs. Take advantage, and buy up now.

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No doubt. Real estate prices in LA and NY are plummeting..... Speaking of which, you souind like a fella who'd be interested in purchasing a slightly used bridge....

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

http://la.curbed.com/tags/state-o-the-market

http://www.theguardian.com/money/us-money-blog/2015/jan/06/new-york-city-real-estate-luxury-apartments-milions

Always remember to listen to the obvious. Cities like Ferguson, Detroit, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and well, hell you name it, are only changing in value and desirability because the market is changing. These changes have nothing to do with the rapidly increasingly numbers of black youth who can't find jobs. Take advantage, and buy up now.


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I wonder if Jesse and Al will be back to lend a hand in the cesspool they helped create

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If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig

Florida currently has more concealed-carry permit holders than any other state, with 1,269,021 issued as of May 14, 2014

The liberal elite ... know that the people simply cannot be trusted; that they are incapable of just and fair self-government; that left to their own devices, their society will be racist, sexist, homophobic, and inequitable -- and the liberal elite know how to fix things. They are going to help us live the good and just life, even if they have to lie to us and force us to do it. And they detest those who stand in their way."
- A Nation Of Cowards, by Jeffrey R. Snyder

Tavis Smiley: 'Black People Will Have Lost Ground in Every Single Economic Indicator' Under Obama

white-privilege.jpg?resize=318%2C318

Democrats>Socialists>Communists - Same goals, different speeds.

#DeplorableLivesMatter

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