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An archive of activity from the 2013 Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction, where 10,469 Detroit properties sold to 2,328 bidders for $52,478,300. 6,600 properties went unsold at an opening bid of $500 a piece, leaving a gap of over $390M in uncollected property taxes.

Click here for a sortable list of what was sold to which bidder for how much. The unsold properties are reportedly headed for the Detroit Land Bank.


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19334 Sorrento Detroit MI 48235:


Delphia you live in Greenwich Park? How long has the house at 19334 Sorrento been empty? I'm interested in buying but can't find any info on what bank currently owns it.

January 28, 2013

19821 Stansbury:

Michael Barker:

This was my mother's house until 15 years ago when she passed. My sister has lived there continuously for more than 20 years.

This place is a microcosm of what has been happening in Detroit.

Due to work an emotional problems, my sister fell behind on the taxes on this place and only told me when she was facing foreclosure, even with my help, she was never able to catch backup since penalties continued to be added. I estimate that since 2007 I've tossed nearly 10,000 dollars at this problem. Given that the taxes for a year were about 900, this seems crazy.

What is even crazier is that all the money that could have been going into the upkeep of this place was, instead, going towards tax penalties. It once was one of the nicest houses on the block, now it is easily the worst.

Bad jackleg and temporary repairs over the years, have left it with extensive water damage, sewer flooding and a myriad of other problems. My sister, now that she has pulled herself together, won't give it up so the family has got together to get this thing out from under its tax burden so she can work on bringing this place back.

We will bid on this thing but reason dictates that we can only go so far because of all the work that it needs. We can certainly be outbid for this property but it should be understood we will bid passed what the thing is worth, due to her, or what can ever actually be recovered from it. Anyone bidding on this place should at least know, they will be losing money just like we are.

October 11, 2012
Jerry Paffendorf:

michael, i'm so sorry to hear your story, but thank you so much for sharing it, and best of luck to you and your sister. real talk. please follow up with what happens, and let us know if there's anything else we can be doing to make this site and service more useful for you. every house has a story, thank you for sharing this one...

October 12, 2012
Michael Barker:

I had not intended to go into all that about this house but I am thoroughly angry with the city of Detroit. Their very policies have been detrimental to the city. 20,000 houses being sold for taxes? That's crazy. There are houses in this neighborhood that have essentially been abandoned to taxes. The net effect is to pull the market value of the houses down even further.

Now the neighborhood is going to auction. Unlike others, I don't have a problem with people buying these places on auction. Some one having ownership of these properties is better than nothing at all. What I didn't want was a person bidding against us for this property and us both losing when they could easily pick up something similar down the street to improve. This would give the neighborhood two more decent houses, which helps everyone.

October 12, 2012
Michael Barker:

Here I am bidding on the property. I get it, even with its problems it is certainly worth 3500. I expected this. My problem is that the more money I send to the county the less I'll have to improve this property. It is what it is. If I win, I'm screwed. If I lose, I'm screwed.

October 24, 2012

Michael, please keep checking back after the auction to see if someone is able to set up a meeting with either Szymanski or Wojtowicz about getting some kind of first auction restricted to local residents and/or limiting IP addresses to 3 purchases each. This land hoarding is detrimental to rebirth of the city and also to communities, especially if these people are just buying property to sit on it, hoping to cash in when the cit comes back because it restricts the ability of the city to come back.

October 24, 2012
Michael Barker:

Well we got it. It was kind of a pyrrhic victory given that the price certainly will take away money for fixing it but this was always expected to be a loss, so it is what it is.

The one thing I wish is that I could have pulled out of the auction and let the silly fool bidding against me take it then I could have emailed the person to laugh at their huge mistake.

October 25, 2012

19214 HARLOW:

Ms Nicey Foster:

Hi I'm very interested in this property as I'm looking to own a afc home after losing my job of 12 yrs with a big company in michigan. I was devastated when i was wrongfully terminated due to the fact that I was seeking help for being bullied at work by my manager. I always wanted to open a afc home because i love working with the elderly,and I know this would be perfect home for my afc as its a corner lot with plenty of room to move around. I would like to bid on this property I do have $500 to bid on this home. But my funds are very limited as I only get unemployment. Can any one give me a date or any information when I can bid on this house? Thank you in advance:)

July 2, 2012
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