The Top Five Zombie Home Cities in Long Island

The growing number of zombie homes in residential or suburban neighborhoods is a topic being discussed more across the U.S. Despite what it may sound like, a zombie home is not part of a real estate halloween story. A zombie home occurs after an individual believes they’ve lost real estate to foreclosure. After that, the initiating lender then unexpectedly cancels the foreclosure procedure. The result of this process allows the real estate property to remain vacant without anyone to take responsibility for it’s upkeep or maintenance.

Despite what most people believe, zombie homes are actually common throughout the United States. In the last decade, Long Island has seen an increase in zombie homes. This surge can be attributed to when many homes went into New York’s three year foreclosure process in the late 2000s. Presently, this process continues and homes remain vacant. This results in neighborhoods with high amounts of zombie houses.

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To learn more about zombie homes in Long Island, Sharestates lists the top five zombie home cities in Long Island based on data from Newsday. These calculations use the ratio of zombie home per thousand units, and housing unit data of specific neighborhoods from censusreporter.

Top 5 Zombie Home Cities in Long Island

  1. Hauppauge

Zombie Homes Per Thousand Units = 20.12

Housing Units = 7,360

Total Number of Zombie Homes = 148

  1. Islandia

Zombie Homes Per Thousand Units = 20.12

Housing Units = 1,050

Total Number of Zombie Homes = 22

  1. Ronkonkoma

Zombie Homes Per Thousand Units = 20.12

Housing Units = 6,500

Total Number of Zombie Homes = 130

  1. Roosevelt

Zombie Homes Per Thousand Units = 20.91

Housing Units = 4,500

Total Number of Zombie Homes = 96

  1. Wheatley Heights

Zombie Homes Per Thousand Units = 15.86

Housing Units = 1,484

Total Number of Zombie Homes = 23

According to Newsday, there have been recent legislations to reduce the high amount of zombie houses in Long Island. This includes a bill of rights to better educate homeowners on how to avoid foreclosure or homes in foreclosure. Additionally, there are new requirements for banks to care for houses after foreclosure so the property can preserve its resale value, and protect the property values of its neighbors. Due to the continued legislation, Long Island areas will likely see a reduction of high zombie homes.
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