Definition: One who engages in the illegal practice of blockbusting, or attempting to profit by telling homeowners that "undesirable" people - those of a different race, religion, etc. - moving into a neighborhood will lower home values or create other negative conditions. A blockbuster hopes to intimidate homeowners into selling their homes to the blockbuster at reduced prices, so that he or she may then resell those homes at profit.
Example: A real estate investor spreads rumors in a predominantly Asian neighborhood that a Latino family is considering purchasing a home there, which will bring undesirable elements and lower nearby property values. The investor hopes that people in this area will sell their homes to him at a price that is less than market value because they are alarmed the arrival of the newcomers will result in even lower home values or other undesirable neighborhood conditions. Under the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal even to suggest that changes will occur in a neighborhood because persons of a protected class have moved there or will move there.
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