Blockbusting


Also found in: Dictionary, Financial, Wikipedia.

Blockbusting

The practice of illegally frightening homeowners by telling them that people who are members of a particular race, religion, or national origin are moving into their neighborhood and that they should expect a decline in the value of their property. The purpose of this scheme is to get the homeowners to sell out at a deflated price.

An unscrupulous real estate agent will subsequently sell the vacated homes to minority group members at an inflated price, thereby obtaining a large profit. Fair access to housing is defeated by blockbusting.

References in periodicals archive ?
Palace dumped a disappointing Manchester United out of the Carling Cup on Wednesday night with a 2-1 quarter-final win at Old Trafford to earn a game against Cardiff City in the semi-finals, with Liverpool taking on Manchester City in a blockbusting other last-four tie.
The interactive media students from Cleveland College of Art and Design visited Disneyland Paris to discover how the biggest media and entertainment conglomerate in the world creates its blockbusting animated movies.
IF YOU'RE looking for further confirmation that the video game world could at some point eclipse movies as the most profitable entertainment medium, look no further than a likefor-like comparison between two blockbusting recent releases on the silver and small screen.
Industry executives point out that Hisilicon K3 is now a blockbusting smart phone solution in China, expected to cause fierce competition between Hisilicon and MediaTek.
They would be stepping into the shoes of Brit star Sir Ian Holm, who played Bilbo in the blockbusting trilogy alongside Elijah Wood.
A night of blockbusting music for blockbusting movies.
Unusually, perhaps, for such a consciously blockbusting project, it draws together ancient and modern, the archaeological and the immediate, with exhibition spaces for Nuragic and contemporary art, together with a library, congress hall, offices and retail space.
Hit sitcom My Family was in danger of stereotyping him as a loveable idiot, while blockbusting romantic comedy Love Actually did little to redress the balance.
Liverpool-born Hart, 35, was evil Quirrell in blockbusting wizard flick Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
BOXING: The press conference to announce further details of Lennox Lewis's blockbusting heavyweight showdown with Mike Tyson erupted into a brawl last night.
Curators have lately been slicing the blockbusting Impressionists from every thematic angle: horse races, portraits, cityscapes, Mediterranean views.
Why the unearthly quiet about such a blockbusting revelation?