Q: Is scattered-site rehab always more expensive than new construction?

A: No!
It’s conventional wisdom that one of the reasons we have so much trouble with vacancy is that scattered-site rehab and scattered-site property management are much less cost-effective than new construction. But a long-running program in Philadelphia is showing that scattered site rehab can be cheaper and have a larger revitalizing effect at the same time!

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