Colleen O’Dea | July 15, 2019 | NJ Spotlight |
New Jersey municipalities have a new way to preserve affordable homes — by saving those that wind up in foreclosure.
signed recently by Gov. Phil Murphy requires that whenever a mortgage holder starts foreclosure proceedings on a home that is deed-restricted as affordable — meaning there is a cap on its sale price and it can only be purchased by those with low or moderate incomes — the mortgage holder must notify the municipality where the home is located. This will give municipal officials the option of purchasing the home if they think it makes sense.
The loss of a low-priced home in a state with some of the highest housing costs in the nation further exacerbates New Jersey’s affordability problem. It also could hurt municipalities that had already fulfilled prior housing obligations.
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