home ownership

A blighted home sits on 12th Avenue in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
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Altoona’s Blight Task Force released a plan Wednesday to address the city’s rundown property problem. The plan looked at the extent of blight in Altoona and recommended next steps.

Over the past five months, the task force surveyed the city's housing conditions. They found more than half of about 9,000 parcels of land surveyed are in need of minor repairs, such as a new coat of paint. Meanwhile, nearly 400 parcels require major repairs and even demolition.

Home with "For Rent" sign
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Kaylee Swanson is about to become a homeowner.

It's at least a year ahead of schedule for the 27-year-old and her boyfriend, "We're kind of just tired of paying rent, and wanted something to call our own," Swanson explains after an early evening run near her soon-to-be neighborhood.