Mystery bidder buys 6,000 foreclosure homes

by Jamie Henry27 Oct 2014
A dream client is one who wants to buy an expensive luxury home. Maybe he or she is an investor who’s ready to buy two at once to add to their portfolio. But six thousand homes?

Just over the border, at a Wayne County auction last week, an unidentified buyer placed a $3.2 million bid for 6,000 Detroit homes, roughly the minimum allowable bid of $500 per property. According to David Szymanski, chief deputy treasurer of Wayne County, the bidder is not likely to turn a profit from the properties. In a Bloomberg interview, Szymanski said, “I can’t imagine that you are going to make money on this.”

A lot of work will have to go into the properties. The bundle includes 3,000 properties that need to be torn down, plus some 2,000 empty lots and about 1,000 homes that are believed to hold some value.

Wayne County has become one of the biggest owners of foreclosed homes since the bust. This year alone, the county has started foreclosure proceedings on 56,000 properties with about 20,000 of them headed for auction. In 2015, county officials expect to foreclose on an additional 75,000 parcels.

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