Jeramey Jannene
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Sells Another Foreclosed Home

Graphic designer buys what may be the 531st home sold by city. It needs work.

By - Feb 4th, 2016 03:12 pm
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5 thoughts on “Eyes on Milwaukee: City Sells Another Foreclosed Home”

  1. Tina Klose says:

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  2. BT says:

    I hope that ^^^^^^^TINA^^^^^^^^ above here works for the city, sounds like she does because I’ve made this point before so many times, even have sent emails to Mayor Barrett and other city officials as to one simple change they can make that will INSTANTLY make so many of these properties financially viable to renovate back to their original glory and I’ve NEVER even received a single response, which I find very annoying because I’m not someone clueless as to the entire scope of this, both the end covering the work itself, what it takes and what it costs, I’ve been doing this for many years! Yet, the idea that many of these homes and/or commercial are viable financially to buy and bring back to glory is a pipe dream, yet that could be so easily changed, if someone would put our city and its residents over $$$ throwing groups, only out for themselves.

    I’ve been in the real estate biz as both a WI licensed broker for 10+ years as well as having renovated numerous homes (and I mean the right way, pulling the permits, not cutting corners and hiding things that must be fixed to prevent much bigger future problems) starting out doing just little fixes on my own first home, then into a part time side business and now the majority of my work, focusing now just on the higher end of the market. I know darn well what it costs to do this work and in Milwaukee, unlike certain other places here such as Oak Creek, in Milwaukee ONLY a licensed master electrician/plumber can pull a permit for either and it wasn’t always that way, homeowners USED to be able to pull those permits like they still can today in Oak Creek for one, if it is an owner occupied home. They’ll need to go through the inspection process to make sure it is all done right, but NOT IN MKE, were the IBEW electricians union and plumbers union, simply to line pockets that didn’t need any lining!

    Sure, the one in a million tax foreclosed home on a nice part of south side, north side, NW side and most of all the east side MIGHT be worth buying and fixing, but so many, especially on the north side, likely stripped of much metal which is always in the electric, sometimes in the plumbing pipes as well, will be instantly stripped, so there’s TONS of work to do and you’re talking maybe $80 an hour! So, might as well fire up the bulldozers, since it looks obvious to me that these people talk a good game, but wait a second that means our mayor has to cross the unions, oh no just cannot d that!!!

    Soo, you’ve got a handful pricier areas that get snapped up asap, but until SOMEONE there has the guts to take on the unions that have greased up their coffers for years, to get the quid pro quo’s like this, until someone gets some guts and fearlessness, its a joke, total joke!! If you dn;t hae the balls to do that, then stop hyping it, wasting so much darn money, this is a big joke!!

  3. Juli Kaufmann says:

    Thanks for covering this great story and congratulations to Michelle Quinn. I’ve known Michelle for many years – she has been a proud Milwaukeean, with past locations in the Concordia/ Cold Spring and Brewers Hill neighborhoods. She is one of the quiet neighborhood heros who runs a small business while improving her surroundings. I am so excited to see this project unfold and know, under Michelle’s smart and creative leadership, it will catalyze the area into an even more vibrant place. Let this be a model for others – citizen-led change is both possible and necessary. So, who’s next?

  4. MKE says:

    This home used to be my grandparents house before they passed away 15+ years ago and it’s been vacant ever since. It was always so sad seeing their home get rundown- I briefly remember it when I was a little girl. It would be amazing for her to breath some life back into their old house.

    They used to own a leather shop in this building, which my dad has taken over ( He’s been trying to contact the city or the woman to go do a walk through it one last time, could anyone help with this?

  5. Tim says:

    What is with the brain dead union conspiracy theories? Most of the trades people out there are not union & don’t live in the city, why would the city do this to help unions? BT, get some fresh air.

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