the profiteering practice by unscrupulous real-estate agents or speculators of reselling or renting homes that they obtain by inducing panic selling at prices below value, especially by exploiting racial prejudices.

1940–45; block + bust2 + -ing1 Unabridged


verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to subject or be subjected to blockbusting: Developers blockbusted in order to buy up the entire area.

Americanism; by back formation from blockbuster or blockbusting Unabridged
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blockbusting (ˈblɒkˌbʌstɪŋ)
informal (US) the act or practice of inducing the sale of property cheaply by exploiting the owners' fears of lower prices if racial minorities live in the area

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It also described public hearings on blockbusting, the first in the nation by a government agency.
Specifically prohibited are steering, blockbusting, and other forms of housing discrimination.
Historically, blockbusting and steering were techniques commonly used by realtors to prevent segregation of neighborhoods.
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