When new developments want to take over, they first have to appeal to those that own the land they want. Sometimes however that is easier said than done. The term ‘holdout’ refers to an owner or owners that refuse to sell or hold out for more money to be offered before they do. In some cases, they are just plain stubborn and stuck in their ways, refusing to move out no matter what is offered. In those cases developers have only a few options: keep trying or give up and come up with a workaround, sometimes literally.
When this happens the houses are sometimes referred to as ‘nail houses’ because they refuse to be moved, as if nailed down into the ground.