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SPOKANE, Wash. -  Monday evening the Spokane City Council unanimously approved a proposal by councilwoman Amber Waldref to create a registry for homes in foreclosure. Councilwoman Waldref says there are 1,500 homes in foreclosure in Spokane, and 300 of them are abandoned. These homes, she says, are magnets for crime and an eyesore for the city.

Councilwoman Waldref says when there are crimes committed at abandoned homes it can be tricky to enforce any penalties, because a lot of times they can't figure out who actually owns the home. "It's really challenging with a foreclosed property and the lender," she says. "We are not legally able to go on that property and do anything." Waldref says the new registry would ask banks and lenders to register with a third party company. That company would contract with the city, and help enforce fines.

Some realtors say the registry could become a "shopping list for criminals", being that vacant homes are already vulnerable to vandalism and theft. Waldref says the list would not be published, and would only be available by making a public request.


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