As to the OP, I agree. But I've been agreeing with this since they instituted the new policy, and nothing has changed. FTP has only exacerbated the problem. Now we have players who join the game for a few months, buy a house, then are never seen or heard from again.
I'm not unsympathetic to the needs of those who can't be in game for whatever reason. The player base has offered numerous very workable solutions, solutions that take the need for players to retain their initial purchase and items into account. So if we don't see a solution it isn't for lack of trying.
In my case, we were fortunate to be around when the game started, and got a kin house with a few player houses in the same neighborhood. Since then, the vast majority of homes in this neighborhood have been "abandoned without being abandoned" for well over two years. As we are all well aware, it's not that there aren't houses available, it's that what houses there are cannot be purchased.