See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Detroit launches website to auction city-owned homes

Posted By on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 1:45 PM

(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

"Neighbors wanted."

That's the message on the homepage of a City of Detroit website that launched today to auction off city-owned homes to prospective buyers who pledge to fix them up and move in.

The auction program was the subject of a 2 p.m. press conference today at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. Officials said in a press release last night the announcement will include a list of the first homes available for bid, an explanation of the auction process and the first auction date.

The website to facilitate the auctions,, went live this afternoon. As of 1:30 p.m., a dozen properties with starting prices of $1,000 were listed.

Any Michigan resident, company, or organization that can do business in the state can bid, according to the website. Properties will be for sale for only one day, with bidding taking place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bids must increase by increments of at least $100, the website says. Auction winners must pay a down payment of 10 percent of the final price within three days of the auction closing.

If the final purchase price $20,000 or less, the winning bidder must close on the property and pay the amount in full no later than two months after the auction closes, the website says. If the purchase price is more than $20,000, winners have up to 90 days to pay the full amount.

For more info, head over to the site.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit