land bank http://michiganradio.org en Detroit launches online auction site to fill vacant homes http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-launches-online-auction-site-fill-vacant-homes <p>The city of Detroit has launched an effort to fill some of its vacant homes with new residents – an<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://buildingdetroit.org/Home">online auction site</a> for city-owned properties. &nbsp;</span></p><p>There are 15 houses listed on the site now. The plan is for the Detroit Land Bank Authority to start auctioning off one home a day, starting May 5.</p><p>Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says this is part of the city “moving aggressively” to deal with blight.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17228 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit launches online auction site to fill vacant homes Many Michiganders miss date to pay the tax man http://michiganradio.org/post/many-michiganders-miss-date-pay-tax-man <p>County treasurer offices across Michigan this week are processing thousands of homes that have fallen into <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/treasury/0,1607,7-121-1751_3437---,00.html">tax foreclosure.</a> Michigan property owners has until last week to pay up their 2008 property taxes or face losing the property to tax foreclosure. Many counties were expecting about a 10% increase in homes falling into tax foreclosure.&nbsp;</p><p>In Genesee County, the owners of 2,999 properties missed the deadline. About 600 more than last year. Deb Cherry is the <a href="https://www.co.genesee.mi.us/treasurer/">Genesee County Treasurer</a>. She was not surprised by the jump in tax foreclosures.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;A lot of it has to do with the fact that 2008 was one of the worst years in the housing market.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Cherry does not expect there will be many buyers when these homes go up for sale later this year.</p><p>Many of the properties will find their way to the <a href="http://www.thelandbank.org/">Genesee County Land Bank</a>, which is already taking care of more than 6,000 properties. Douglas Weiland is the land bank authority executive&nbsp;director.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Its not a question of whether we can absorb more properties, we will absorb more properties and we expect we&#39;ll see that trend continueing&nbsp;for some time yet.&quot; Mon, 04 Apr 2011 18:56:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 1905 at http://michiganradio.org Many Michiganders miss date to pay the tax man