March 13, 2017

Mapping Atlantic County’s Abandoned Homes

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There are more than 4,600 abandoned homes spread across Atlantic County, with the bulk in Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township and Atlantic City. Municipalities in the county have been collecting data on empty and foreclosed homes to try and force those responsible for the properties – the banks, or mortgagees – to take responsibility for their upkeep, in an effort to prevent neighborhood blight.

We compiled an interactive map of the properties, using data obtained via an open records request from the Atlantic County Improvement Authority (ACIA).

The data, obtained earlier this month, is not perfect. Some street addresses listed in the database could not be identified. And some of these properties may have already been sold. But the map is a way of visualizing the vast scale of the foreclosure crisis in Atlantic County.

Folsom, Margate and Longport are the only Atlantic County municipalities not participating in the program that is coordinated by the ACIA, according to this national public survey of foreclosure registries. The rest of the county’s townships and cities charge between $250 and $500 a year in a registration fee to those responsible for empty properties in their municipality. Most municipalities began adopting ordinances last year to register the properties, but some – Pleasantville and Buena Vista Township – have had a foreclosure registry ordinance in place since 2014 (there are details on individual towns’ ordinances in a table at the end of this article).

The county-wide registry is compiled by a company contracted by ACIA called Community Champions, through a service called ProChamps. The company splits the registration fees three ways, between itself, the county and the municipality.

Foreclosure rates in Atlantic County have been slowing in the last year, but  they remain high in Egg Harbor Township and Absecon/Galloway in particular. Real estate data company RealtyTrac says that in January this year, one in 313 homes in Egg Harbor Township and one in every 315 homes in Absecon/Galloway entered foreclosure. Those rates are twice as high as the one in 638 rate in Atlantic City, which had the highest foreclosure rate of any city in the nation last year, according to RealtyTrac.

The number of homes in foreclosure has been dropping over the last year but there has been an increase in bank-owned properties, according to RealtyTrac:


Here is a look at the Atlantic County municipalities’ ordinances on zombie or unoccupied properties:

MunicipalityFeesOrdinance Enacted DateReg. Timeframe
Absecon$50002/19/201510 days following inspection, regardless of occupancy
Atlantic City$50002/17/201610 days following initiation of foreclosure process; annually
Brigantine$30001/20/201610 days following inpsection, regardless of occupancy
Buena Borough$50006/27/2016within 10 days of inspection, regardless of occupancy status
Buena Vista Township$500 escalating annual renewal schedule11/24/201460 days following vacancy or 30 days following assumption of ownership, whichever is later; annually
Corbin City$30003/14/201610 days following inspection, regardless of occupancy status; annually
Egg Harbor City$50003/24/201610 days following inspection, regardless of occupancy status
Egg Harbor Township$50001/20/201610 days following inspection; annually
Estell Manor$30002/10/201610 days following inspection
Galloway$30002/23/201610 days following inspection; annually
Hamilton Township - Atlantic County$500; annually
Hammonton$500 escalating annual renewal schedule04/18/2016within 10 days of inspection, regardless of occupancy status
Linwood$50001/27/201510 days following inspections regardless of occupancy status
Mullica$50001/26/201610 days following inspection, regardless of occupancy status
Northfield$30002/09/201610 days following inspection, regardless of occupancy status; update of change of status from occupied to vacant required
Pleasantville$500; annually escalated annual renewal schedule10/22/2014within 10 days following vacancy
Port Republic$50002/09/201610 days following inspection, regardless of occupancy status
Somers Point$250 escalating annual renewal fee
Ventnor$50002/18/201610 days following inspections, regardless of occupancy
Weymouth$30002/03/201610 days following inspection
MunicipalityNumber of abandoned homes
ABSECON CITY203
ATLANTIC CITY700
BRIGANTINE CITY200
BUENA BORO70
BUENA VISTA TWP157
CORBIN CITY5
EGG HARBOR CITY124
EGG HARBOR TWP975
ESTELL MANOR CITY19
GALLOWAY TWP733
HAMILTON TWP575
HAMMONTON1
HAMMONTON TOWN108
LINWOOD CITY83
MULLICA TWP109
NORTHFIELD CITY170
PORT REPUBLIC CITY9
SOMERS POINT CITY163
VENTNOR CITY209
VINELAND1
WEYMOUTH TWP38
Grand Total4652

3 thoughts on “Mapping Atlantic County’s Abandoned Homes

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  2. Watch how many of these addresses start voting in the next election. The AC absentee ballots will strike gain…

  3. Thank You Gov. “Roadcone” for all your help in destroying AC these last 7 yrs. Thank you for trying to finish us off by opening the Casino franchise market to North Jersey. Thank you for taking over the town as you planned all along. Thank you for letting the Casino owners do as they please we all see how well deregulation worked out didn’t we. No wonder you’re at 19% now in the polls. With friends like you Chris who needs enemies?