When NINA acquired this house, it had been vacant for at least three years. It had been condemned by the City of Hartford, and it had been foreclosed by Bank of America. Bank of America participates in the First Look program, a national program that permits banks to offer foreclosed homes to qualified community development corporations at a below-market rate before the house is offered for sale on the open market. NINA has an existing relationship with Bank of America, and we were able to work out with them the sale of this property to us.|
The house was in pretty grim shape when we acquired it. The before photos below include shots before we cleaned out the garbage and after -- but not one of these photos can, or should, do justice to the smell we encountered. This house was beyond squalid, and yet, before it was condemned and left looking like this, a landlord collected rent from it.