blockbusting

noun block·bust·ing \ -tiŋ \
|Updated on: 2 Jul 2018

Definition of blockbusting

: profiteering by inducing property owners to sell hastily and often at a loss by appeals to fears of depressed values because of threatened minority encroachment and then reselling at inflated prices

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First Known Use of blockbusting

1954

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blockbusting

noun block·bust·ing

legal Definition of blockbusting

: profiteering by inducing property owners to sell hastily and often at a loss by appeals to fears of lowered values because of threatened minority encroachment and then reselling at inflated prices
Note: Many states have statutes prohibiting blockbusting by real estate agents.

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