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A handmade sign that says Lease 2 Own is nailed to a tree in the front yard of a house on Tyrone Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


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Lease 2 Own

This house is on Tyrone Road, just north of where I live, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The handmade sign nailed to the big tree in the front yard says, "Lease 2 Own. $1500 down, $752 a month." The phone number is for a property management company in South Carolina that has houses for sale all over the United States.

In Fort Wayne, Lease-To-Own house sales are usually a feature of impoverished neighborhoods. This neighborhood, where I grew up, has always been a mix of middle class and working class families. This isn't a good sign for the future, but with few decent jobs left here, it is not surprising.


Update: At the beginning of 2017, the house finally sold, and the new owners are fixing it up.




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