Combined, this weak market discourages people with higher spending power to live in Trenton. Very little quality market-rate housing exists in the city. Furthermore, Trenton's housing stock in many neighborhoods does not appeal to middle and upper-income people due to its quality, size, location, and features. Quality housing that does exist, particularly for-sale housing, is limited to a few specific neighborhoods, creating a short supply. Qualified prospective homeowners are scarce as well.
Rental housing in Trenton is in poorer condition than owner-occupied housing and far more predominant, often located in concentrations that lead to deteriorated neighborhoods. Safety is a concern in these areas as well, which can lead to further property value decline and abandonment as well as a reluctance to invest in market-rate housing. Furthermore, the City lacks the capacity to inspect properties and enforce their proper maintenance to help improve these conditions.