In 2015, Flint suffered a lead water crisis that had widespread effects, but today there are signs of improvement, such as 24.3% fewer homes on the market than a year ago and an 11.1% year-over-year increase for June home sales. The Detroit News staffer Jacob Carah takes a look at the promising signs that have been observed in the city as well as the disputes from some who believe they are not yet in the clear.
A real estate broker on the city's west side, John “Biff” Snyder, explained why the young buyers have returned:
“Young professionals — no different than Midtown Detroit — they’re looking at coming in because it’s affordable and it’s close to the downtown. They don’t want the big spaces, they want to have the college atmosphere, whereas you have families who are still afraid of the water; they want out.”