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Foreclosures an Opportunity for Charity

The foreclosure crisis that has forced thousands of families from their homes has given something good to the nation’s best-known housing charity: Cheap properties for sale in communities around the country, the Associated Press reports.


Some Habitat for Humanity chapters have seized buying opportunities in neighborhoods affected by the mortgage meltdown, snapping up scores of empty lots and unoccupied homes – some for as little as half price.


“The down real estate market is a wonderful opportunity for all Habitats,” said Gage Yager, executive director of Trinity Habitat for Humanity in Fort Worth, Texas. “As prices drop, we have the opportunity to acquire at prices that just weren’t available a few years ago.”


Habitat officials don’t see themselves as capitalizing on the misfortune of others. They say putting families into affordable Habitat homes is much better than allowing properties to remain vacant or letting slumlords grab them.


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