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Detroit Creates eBay for Abandoned Houses
http://www.frontpagemag.com ^ | april 19, 2014 | daniel greenfield

Posted on 04/19/2014 1:12:09 PM PDT by lowbridge

“Have you ever thought you’d see the mayor and council working together?,” says the voice on a Detroit radio ad.

No, we didn’t. But this ad, set to hit Detroit radio airwaves April 21st features both Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones.

The ad showcases the website buildingdetroit.org which features 12 city-owned properties in East English Village, each home waiting for an owner as long as they are willing to rehab the property and move in.

Mike Duggan: NOT REALLY. THIS IS MIKE DUGGAN AND IT IS A NEW DAY IN DETROIT. INSTEAD OF JUST KNOCKING DOWN OUR VACANT HOMES, WE’RE SAVING THE BEST. DETROIT LAND BANK IS SELLING THEM TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN DETROIT’S FUTURE AND OUR WEBSITE BUILDINGDETROIT.ORG

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: detroit; ebay

1 posted on 04/19/2014 1:12:09 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

” as long as they are willing to rehab the property and move in..... “

Which is the reason they have no buyers to start with. No one wants to live there.


2 posted on 04/19/2014 1:13:43 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: wonkowasright

Yep, how many of you want to go live in Detroit, even if you can get a house for some bargain price?????


3 posted on 04/19/2014 1:19:10 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: lowbridge

I bid 1/1,000,000th of a [soviet equivalent to] a penny!
Who here will raise it to 1/999,999th?


4 posted on 04/19/2014 1:21:00 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: lowbridge

Some of these are actually pretty nice in outward appearance.

http://buildingdetroit.org/Home


5 posted on 04/19/2014 1:22:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: wonkowasright

Driving on I75 a person can see a lot of potential fixer uppers in neighborhoods I wouldn’t live in unless I was was sharing the area with no less than 20 similar minded, well armed families. Shame. Some of the houses and buildings must have looked really nice about 40-50 years ago.

Clear out the vagrants, druggies, etc. Strip the abandoned houses of anything useful (I know copper wiring and pipes will likely have been stripped out, and tear them down. Fill the plots with grass or gravel. Less to fall to arson on Devil’s Night, and less places for scum to inhabit.


6 posted on 04/19/2014 1:22:28 PM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: Antihero101607

And that course of action has been what Detroits been doing for a while. Its stunning to see some of the large areas that have been returned to vacant lots. It blew me away when I saw it.


7 posted on 04/19/2014 1:24:29 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: lowbridge

Did they consider putting deeds in Crackerjack boxes?


8 posted on 04/19/2014 1:26:31 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: wonkowasright

“And that course of action has been what Detroits been doing for a while”

Now that I think of it I have seen some lots sprout up around the Fort and Schafer area near the refinery and the Rouge plant. I will admit I don’t get back to Michigan that often nowadays, and even then not for very long.


9 posted on 04/19/2014 1:29:42 PM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: Antihero101607

Maybe you’re on to something. “Group buy” neighborhoods and the city gives those owners wide latitude in rehabilitating the neighborhood.

Hmm...


10 posted on 04/19/2014 1:29:43 PM PDT by MDspinboyredux
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To: lowbridge

I went and looked at a nicer one, they are asking $1000.

from the website “A 3 bedroom and 1.5 bath Tudor-style home. This one-of-a-kind house is spacious too, with 1,600 square feet. Property is missing furnace and water heater. Windows need replacement, but the roof is good.”

So they want you to pay money for a house you can’t live in, which is in a city you can’t live in, for a job they don’t have. The good news if you move there you’ll probably get murdered and the lack of a furnace or water heater just won’t matter all that much.


11 posted on 04/19/2014 1:29:47 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: cripplecreek

Yes very nice and the price is right, but what are the property taxes? And what are the gun laws?


12 posted on 04/19/2014 1:31:17 PM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: cripplecreek

“Some of these are actually pretty nice in outward appearance.”

I’d love to have one of those Tudor style homes,,,,,,,but in my small township in Ohio!


13 posted on 04/19/2014 1:39:53 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Antihero101607

https://www.theblightauthority.com/

and

http://motorcitymuckraker.com/blog/2013/02/15/ariel-view-demolition-levels-10-block-area-of-east-side-clears-way-for-progress/


14 posted on 04/19/2014 1:41:22 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: jpsb

The most expensive upgrade would be the kitchen and the bathrooms - which are usually the really expensive rooms in the house. But if you have the money, you can turn a fixer-upper into your dream home.

Heck, the Property Brothers do it on their HGTV show. As Drew Scott always says, if you buy it turn key, it can cost you an arm and a leg. Upgrading run down property in conrast, puts equity in your pocket and a renovated fixer upper is always more than when you bought it.


15 posted on 04/19/2014 1:43:43 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: jpsb
Detroit is open carry stand your ground. Taxes are high compared to the rest of the state but low compared to someplace like NY.

My neighbor's grandson transferred to Detroit from NY a bit over a year ago and he likes it. He said it was like tripling his wages overnight. He bought a house for 60 grand that he couldn't look at for less than a quarter million in the NY area. Lots of his coworkers are landing in the same neighborhood and have cleaned it up pretty good. Quicken is even paying for private security to back up Detroit police in the neighborhood where some 1200 of their employees live.

Fatal self-defense shootings running high in Detroit

The police chief has basically said to fire at will if you're truly feeling threatened.
16 posted on 04/19/2014 1:45:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I live in a town of less than 150 people so Urban living isn’t my thing but I sure wouldn’t mind having one of those brick houses here.


17 posted on 04/19/2014 1:47:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: goldstategop

They are based in Toronto and that is where those fixer uppers happen. A whole different kettle of wax compared to motown even though they are not far apart geographically they are light years apart in uh atmosphere.


18 posted on 04/19/2014 1:50:30 PM PDT by xp38
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To: MDspinboyredux
wide latitude in rehabilitating the neighborhood.

.50 BMG kind of latitude?

/johnny

19 posted on 04/19/2014 1:51:29 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Moonman62

“Did they consider putting deeds in Crackerjack boxes?”

Or gas stations could award “deed-points” with the purchase of every gallon, and after a few fill-ups, you could trade them in for an actual deed on your abandoned property of choice.


20 posted on 04/19/2014 1:51:41 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: wonkowasright

If I had money, I might, perhaps might, invest in property in Detroit, based on the idea that it has hit rock bottom, and there’s nowhere to go but up. But no way do I want to go live there.


21 posted on 04/19/2014 2:02:10 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: lowbridge

22 posted on 04/19/2014 2:05:00 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: cripplecreek

Refurbish the place and turn it into a shooting club.


23 posted on 04/19/2014 2:32:12 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Shooting range....hmmmmm....good idea.

I wonder how many cleared lots it would take to make 100 yards? Better leave the last house standing for a backstop though.

24 posted on 04/19/2014 2:41:57 PM PDT by whodathunkit
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To: lowbridge

Detroit is rather amazing. There are really nice neighborhoods and really pathetic neighborhoods sometimes right across the street from each other.


25 posted on 04/19/2014 2:44:49 PM PDT by Slyfox (When progressives ignore moral parameters, they also lose the natural gift of common sense.)
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To: catnipman

Kids, you too can own a square inch in beautiful
Detroit Michigan. If fact with the help of
President Obama’s new own it yourself plan,
we’ll pay you to buy it.
Ask about our EZ buy plan when you register for
your Obamacare physical.


26 posted on 04/19/2014 3:03:46 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: lowbridge

Try to make Detroit more gay-friendly. Homos have rehabed blighted neighborhoods in other large cities such as Dallas.


27 posted on 04/19/2014 3:16:26 PM PDT by Nachoman (Wisdom is learned, cynicism is earned.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

“Refurbish the place and turn it into a shooting club.”

You mean like the Somali Coast Cruise Ships? Put in armor plate and gun ports and rent out space to shoot at property violators?


28 posted on 04/19/2014 3:16:30 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: lowbridge

Hmmm...urban homesteading of a sort. People tend to take better care of what’s theirs.


29 posted on 04/19/2014 3:18:40 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: cripplecreek

Too cold for me, but having hit bottom I’m hoping Detroit can come back. If I were (much) younger I might think about going there. Sure hope gov does not screw up what appears to be a Detroit comeback. If the city is smart they will keep taxes and cost of living low to attract workers and employers!


30 posted on 04/19/2014 3:21:38 PM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: jpsb

Michigan appears to be continuing the republican trend and that helps a lot. They’re even making inroads into Detroit.


31 posted on 04/19/2014 3:25:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

If I was a young man I would seriously consider Detroit. Detroit is at rock bottom. You can buy homes in Detroit for one dollar! One thousand dollars gets you a nice fixer upper. If there is work to be had there one will make big bucks in the next 20 years in Detroit. If you stay alive that is.


32 posted on 04/19/2014 3:29:02 PM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: wonkowasright
Which is the reason they have no buyers to start with. No one wants to live there.

Sorry but you're wrong....East English Village was a sterling neighborhood until the original owners sold and moved out to the suburbs when property values in the village were high. The subsequent buyers ultimately got cought up in the housing bubble crash and eventually defaulted on their mortgages and taxes.

Duggan has the right idea, these houses will sell for dirt cheap and with work, will be restored to their original glory..........Anybody with foresight and cash should jump on these offers.........

As a side note, east side properties surrounding the downtown area are being snatched up by investors like fat people with discounts on twinkies........

These are people who aren't used to throwing their money away. Detroit is going to make a comeback regardless of what you and the rest of you out of staters who know absolutely nothing about Detroit have to say.........

33 posted on 04/19/2014 3:33:48 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: lowbridge

The question to ask is how much in back property taxes are owed? How much in water, sewer, and other utilities? Interest owed?


34 posted on 04/19/2014 3:37:18 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: wonkowasright

Exactly. Who wants to live in a high crime area? The city should have used the money they spent on this spot to rehab the crime problem.


35 posted on 04/19/2014 3:46:56 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: cripplecreek

They look nice, but seem to be bungalows without a securible perimeter.


36 posted on 04/19/2014 4:34:08 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: vette6387

“You mean like the Somali Coast Cruise Ships? Put in armor plate and gun ports and rent out space to shoot at property violators?”

It can always double as a travel agency for hunting trips off the coast of Somalia.


37 posted on 04/19/2014 4:41:08 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: lowbridge

20 years ago I did “weatherization “ on ghetto houses in Detroit. Back the , neglect had rendered most of them beyond rehab. Two decades of further neglect will make the. Completely uninhabitable.

Nice try Mike. Here’s a better idea. Close down a few square miles and lease the area to army, SEAL’s, Guard, SWAT and other agencies. Might give BLM an excuse to use all their tactical toys.

Use the homes for training then burn it all so fire departments can get some serious training. Then clear the land, down to the sewers.


38 posted on 04/19/2014 5:09:09 PM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: cyclotic

Rip it all out, sell the salvageable materials, and plant corn.


39 posted on 04/19/2014 6:22:27 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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