OlMucky

OlMucky at 555 Joe Tamplin Industrial Blvd:

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September 5, 2014
OlMucky at Detroit:

Properties not sold in Round 2 will ultimately wind up in the Detroit Land Bank, by way of the City of Detroit Planning & Development Department.

I believe there is a second opportunity for each city to claim properties they want to keep before transfer to the Land Bank, but I'm not sure on that point.

Properties, once in the Land Bank, can be targeted for demolition / remediation, if needed, and put back up for sale.

- Alex from the LOVELAND Team

October 31, 2013
OlMucky at Detroit:

Here’s a few thoughts on how to keep the questions coming, and put Why Don’t We Own This? to use after the auction.

1.) Follow up on Big Buyers

Here’s a map showing the area where a handful of bidders purchased something like 740 of 929 properties -- http://whydontweownthis.com/neighborhoods/229#13/42.4088/-82.9455

At least one resident and almost certainly more, were outbid for the house they live in by BelieveInTheD, DirectProperties, and other mass buyers -- http://whydontweownthis.com/us/mi/wayne/348888#18/42.41294/-82.93600

In a couple weeks, the transfer of deeds for these properties will appear on the Wayne County Register of Deeds -- http://www.waynecountylandrecords.com/

You’ll be able to visit that site and find out who purchased the land. In the meantime, Google their auction username. Sometimes you can find people just through that -- Direct Properties is a real estate company operating in Oakland County. I called and asked if they made purchases in the auction and they claimed they did not. Maybe truth, maybe not. Keep asking. BTW, you’ll note another large buyer, BenjaminBrothers -- there is a real estate firm in Miami named Benjamin Brothers. I’ve spoken with them a couple times and they do not appear to be the buyers. Keep searchin’.

After that, hit the bricks and get in touch. Call, e-mail, knock on their office door. Find out what their plans are. Let them know they’re not operating in a vacuum. Don’t go in with any assumptions -- maybe they have the best of intentions and are wonderful people who will be more than accommodating. But ask questions, and then report back here. Post on Why Don’t We Own This? where others can see and we can create transparency.

2.) Fill in the blanks on what happens with properties left behind

Something like 8,000 properties look like they will go unsold in the auction. Likely they will be folded into a third round next summer. Follow up on how this process works. Will the city go out in between this round and the next and offer neighbors and residents of the left behind properties the opportunity to buy the places for $500?

3.) Keep the WDWOT? community informed of activity in your neighborhood.

Use the Draw Neighborhood tool on the site -- http://whydontweownthis.com/neighborhoods -- to create a map of properties that were purchased around you. From there, you can comment on properties, upload photos, and keep information flowing.

Will anyone come out to clean up the place? If the house is blighted, does anyone come out and secure it with plywood? Mow the lawn? Does a family move in? Does a bulldozer knock it down? Let us know!

If Detroiters use WDWOT? as a forum to keep each other informed about what’s going on in each of our respective corners of the city, the actions of responsible auction participants can be celebrated, shared, and encouraged to be repeated, while irresponsible participants’ actions are laid out for the city to see.

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These are just a few ideas. Keep the discussion going. Keep everyone posted. And let us know if there are things you want to see on the site that aren’t here now. The real work starts now.

October 26, 2012
OlMucky at 158 Union Street:

I've walked by this building for years wondering how it could possibly still look frozen in 1978. Turns out its because its a privately owned single family home purchased for $100,000 40 years ago and still owned by the same person. Quite the steal. 35,000 sq ft and 72 rooms.

http://nymag.com/realestate/vu/2008/09/50481/

October 12, 2013
OlMucky at /users/764:

This was the first place I lived in Brooklyn!

October 10, 2013
OlMucky at /users/764:

@robertgspence,

Alex here from the Loveland team.

First, I completely agree with you that foreclosure prevention is the most valuable area to spend time, effort, and money.

There's $500 million available via Step Forward Michigan in the form of forgivable loans (if I recall correctly...), up to $30,000 per household. The County Treasurer has worked hard to connect homeowners with the resources, but there's much more that can and should be done to capitalize on programs like that. It's awful to see lack of awareness and poor systems come between people and the ability to hold onto their homes.

That being said, I think there is great value in knowing, and quickly, who is purchasing properties in the auction. While it's true that the information does, eventually, become public via the assessor's database or register of deeds, the information there sits behind a paywall. $2 on the assessor's database, $5 on register of deeds. So there is, in fact, added transparency when we post the information quickly, and freely.

It is also true that nothing can really affect the ownership of the properties for six months or so, but it is important for those who participate in property ownership in Detroit, and Detroiters in general, to know that there are methods for accountability in the maintenance of property. Hopefully making information public more quickly and freely will also help agents like the Wayne County Treasurer in exercising powers like the clawback provision, and in being informed by residents who can look at ownership habits while uploading photos and comments to WDWOT.

Does this make sense?

September 27, 2013
OlMucky at 467 Antoinette:

This property is listed as one of the properties to be demolished as part of the I-94 expansion. Hence the high bids.

http://wearemodeshift.org/i-94-freeway-expansion-your-house-demo-list

September 23, 2013
OlMucky at 2415 Seminole:
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Not sure what the protocol is to qualify for the list, Steve, but here it is on Freep's map, too, for corroboration:

September 11, 2013
OlMucky at 14591 Stoepel:
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Hey SF Mark, Good question!

It just so happens I spent a recent weekend drawing a map of Detroit completely filled in with neighborhoods. Your property falls in "Littlefield."

Most Detroit neighborhood maps show about half the city without neighborhood outlines or names. The reason for this, as I understand it, is that the population in Detroit exploded and receded too quickly for many parts of the city to really acquire entrenched neighborhood names and identities.

The map that I drew showing Detroit completely filled with neighborhoods will soon replace the zip code map on WDWOT -- it's attached to this comment, too, if you'd like to check it out.

I don't claim that the map is accurate -- as best I can tell, there's no such thing as an accurate Detroit neighborhood map -- so once it's up online, we'll invite Detroiters to suggest edits to boundaries, borders, and names. That way, hopefully, we can have a map that's defined by everyone and not just the person with the protractor :-)

Thanks for the question!

Alex

July 17, 2013
OlMucky at 110 Atkinson:

Hi Abbey, and welcome to Why Don't We Own This! I'm Alex from the LOVELAND team.

What you're looking at on the "2013 Foreclosure Risk" map are all the properties in Wayne County that are at risk of winding up in the annual tax foreclosure auction administered by the Wayne County Treasurer's Office.

When a property doesn't pay property taxes for three years, the county treasurer is required by law to foreclose on the property and auction it off in an attempt to make up the back taxes. This takes place in an online auction managed by Bid4Assets every September & October. The auction is split up into two rounds:

In the 1st round, bidding on foreclosed properties opens at the total amount of back taxes (in the case of the house you're looking at, that would be $6,139).

In the 2nd round, all back taxes are wiped out, and the opening bid for ALL properties is $500.

Each of the last two years, about 20,000 properties across Wayne County have wound up in the foreclosure auction. About 700 sold in the 1st round, 10,000 sold in the second round, and around 8 - 9,000 go unsold.

Keep an eye on Why Don't We Own This to get more information as the auction approaches.

In the instance of the house you're asking about -- 110 Atkinson -- the property has been "Conditionally Witheld" from the foreclosure auction. This likely means that the occupant reached an agreement with the Wayne County Treasurer's Office to pay their back taxes off a little bit at a time. As long as they pay off a certain amount by the time the auction rolls around, their house will not be foreclosed on, and auctioned off.

Hope this helps! Any further questions, just shout.

-Alex

May 3, 2013
OlMucky at Detroit:

Hi Candice, This is Alex from the Loveland team. Our information comes from a variety of sources: For example, ownership information comes via the Detroit city assessor; foreclosure data comes via the office of the Wayne County Treasurer.

If you are looking at the "2013 Foreclosure Risk" data layer, that information all comes from the Wayne County Treasurer -- it is accurate as of about two weeks ago.

It's important to understand two things about the 2013 Foreclosure data:

1.) All properties that appear as "Foreclosed" on the 2013 Foreclosure Risk map were foreclosed on April 1st, 2013, and are now owned by the Wayne County Treasury.

2.) All foreclosed properties can still be redeemed, and prevented from moving to the foreclosure auction, right up until the first round of the auction begins in September.

If we can help further, just let us know.

April 23, 2013
OlMucky at 1835 Sycamore:

Hey Bill,
I'm with you on them stopping paying rent. The owner is now the Wayne County Treasurer, not whoever they've been paying.

I'm not sure what the rules are concerning under what conditions a landlord can say 'get the hell outta my building,' but I imagine the only risk in not paying rent would be the landlord gets the building off the foreclosure list and decides to kick his tenants out. Even if there are rules against that kind of thing, well, you know, there are rules, and then there's what you can get away with in Detroit, which tend to be two very different quantities.

April 15, 2013
OlMucky at Detroit:

Roger, not through any official channels that I know of (i.e. going to the Treasurer's office and making an offer). What you might be able to do is reach an agreement with the foreclosed owner to put the property on a payment plan, make a payment, and purchase the property once it's redeemed from foreclosure. But that could be complicated and require some lawyerly assistance.

April 11, 2013
OlMucky at 530 Parkview:

Hey Erica! Alex from team LOVELAND here. What can we do to help you get started?

March 8, 2013
OlMucky at Detroit:

I spent yesterday afternoon at the American Serbian Memorial Hall, for Black Family Development Inc's community luncheon. Got to speak to about 200 people about Why Don't We Own This? and foreclosure prevention resources.

The more events like these we see, the clearer it is that information on Detroit property is needed, wanted, and can make a huge difference when it's easy to access and understand.

Talked to one area resident at the end of the event who commented that the number we have on Why Don't We Own This? showing the total amount of unpaid property taxes in the city ($450 million) is "fictitious." Told him I couldn't agree more -- a huge chunk of that money is gone and not coming back. People who owned some of that property have moved on, and the properties will never recoup expenses at auction.

But there are simple steps we can take to get information into the hands of neighborhood organizations, block clubs, and other entities across the city that will help keep people in their houses, and even return some taxes to the city.

-Alex

February 17, 2013
OlMucky at 19181 Conant:

Best way to check is lookup online at Register of Deeds. Costs $5, but it'll answer your question :-)

February 5, 2013
OlMucky at 2534 Chicago:
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Would like to note the epic limo Google Maps happened to capture in front of this house. NICE

February 2, 2013
OlMucky at 2522 Chicago:

I first started looking at Detroit in March of 2009. A few friends and I were contemplating moving out here. Just went back and looked at a few of those e-mails and realized that 2522 Chicago Blvd was the house we had our eye on. Looks like it's ready for demolition now, and eligible for foreclosure.
- Alex

February 2, 2013
OlMucky at mystery demo:

I know I hit you back on this on e-mail, Sandra, but just repeating here so all can read. You can toggle between street map and satellite view using the icon in the upper right of the map that looks like three pieces of paper. You can also quickly turn on and off the parcel shapes, should you want to see what's underneath them.

Alex

February 1, 2013
OlMucky at 4492 Burns:

Google Maps and Bing already show imagery, so it's not like you'd be doing anything that isn't already accessible online. But that doesn't speak to the basic question of whether or not it's right, wrong, or just kinda creepy to post photos of other people's property online (though a lot of us do it all the time -- whenever someone else's house, business, or property winds up in the background, or as the subject, of an Instagram photo or something).

To me, as long as you're intentions are good and respectful, and you're photographing stuff to show change over time or to present useful information to the WDWOT and Detroit community, it's fine to photograph property and post it publicly.

And WDWOT does have a moderation policy -- if people are taking photos or making comments that we don't think are appropriate, we won't allow them to be posted on the site.

Then again, there's also this guy :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP7ebyqBn_M

-Alex

February 1, 2013
OlMucky at 4492 Burns:

Hey Sandra! It'll be public by default. If you are a Member then you can click the "Make this comment private" checkbox underneath the comment field, and the photo, and anything you write, will be private. - Alex

February 1, 2013
OlMucky at Detroit:
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You can also connect with foreclosure prevention resources via the property pages on the Tax Distress Map.

-Alex

January 30, 2013
OlMucky at Detroit:

If you, a friend, or a neighbor are at risk of foreclosure, remember that there a number of resources and options available to you -- and that the sooner you act, the better.

Show Cause hearings -- an opportunity to show why a home should not be foreclosed on -- started today. They continue...

Any person with an interest in the property
may appear in person or through an agent to
show cause why title to the forfeited property
should not vest absolutely in the Wayne
County Treasurer.

City of Detroit

Wards 1-11—Jan. 30, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

Wards 12-15—Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

Wards 16-17—Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

Wards 18-21 — Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. even addresses; Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. odd addresses

Ward 22 — Feb. 1, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Street names beginning A-G Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Street names
beginning H-Q Feb. 4, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Street names
beginning R-Z

Wayne County outside Detroit — Feb. 5, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. parcels beginning 30-49; Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. parcels
beginning 50-83

January 30, 2013
OlMucky at 2930 E Grand Blvd:

If anyone were to lease that property, you'd hope they did their due diligence first since it's headed to foreclosure if no one pays the taxes. And the sale price is really $14,000 when you add in what's owed in back taxes.
-Alex

January 30, 2013
OlMucky at 3950 Michigan Ave:

Hey Phillip,
So, this is one of the 43,000 properties eligible for foreclosure and inclusion in the 2013 tax foreclosure auctions. The owner has until March, 31st to get on a payment plan, or pay their taxes. If that doesn't happen, the property will be foreclosed and ownership will transfer into the hands of the Wayne County Treasurer's Office.

The foreclosed-upon owner will still have an opportunity however, up until the start of the auction, to recover the property. If nothing happens and the auction begins, the property will go on the block.

If you're interested in purchasing the property, you can wait and see what happens -- see if it winds up in the auction. You could also try reaching out to the current owner and see if they'd be interested in selling now, before foreclosure.

Remember that there are a number of reasons this property could be behind on its taxes. The owner could have fallen on hard times, they could be desperately trying to prevent its foreclosure, and want to retain ownership. At the same time, the owner might want to get rid of it. Let us know how it goes.

-Alex

January 30, 2013
OlMucky at 3435 Brush:

Not sure what what's up on this one, Joe. My best guess is that it's an issue with the parcel shape files that we got from the city. I'm not seeing any obvious explanation. If you can interpret this legalese from the title search (I can't :-P) maybe we can figure out if there's a discrepancy between that description and what's on the map. But hey, this is why WDWOT exists, in part -- to find these inaccuracies and get them straightened out. - Alex

W BRUSH E 38.40 FT ON N LINE BG E 34.76 FT ON S LINE OF S 77.62 FT ON E LINE BG S 77.50 FT ON W LINE 24 BLK 11-BRUSHS SUB L8 P12 PLATS, W C R 1/49 77.62 IRREG

January 25, 2013
OlMucky at 2458 Brush:

Hey Eric, It looks like we've got the Foreclosure warning on this property incorrectly. It's owned by City P&DD, so it's not eligible for foreclosure. Does seem to be coming up as late on its taxes though. Could be a way to buy it through City P&DD though -- that should be the idea at least!

January 25, 2013
OlMucky at Dennis Fiore's Pet Block:
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Your Pet Block is like this, Dennis

:-)

January 23, 2013
OlMucky at Jon's Pet Block:

Hey Jon, Your Pet Block doesn't have as many tax issues as many a Pet Block in Detroit. The missing shapes just mean those properties don't have tax issues. Go up to "Data Layers" and turn on the "Ownership" layer to see all the properties your Pet Block contains.

January 23, 2013

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