Foreclosures closing in on mid-Missouri housing market

Friday, May 9, 2008 | 5:07 p.m. CDT; updated 12:00 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — Small storage boxes attached to front doors hold the keys to the empty houses and require a combination for realtors, bankers and home inspectors to enter. On the windows of some of these houses, white public notice signs with black type-print letters warn against trespassing. Other houses show the signs of vacancy: grass that could use a mow and blinds that go unused.