Homes, properties sold by city

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 24, 2015

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The city of St. Clair Shores has three more properties off its books and on the tax rolls, in part due to the Community Open House event held at the end of May.


A condominium in the 21000 block of 11 Mile Road that the city purchased as part of the 2014 tax foreclosure listings from Macomb County was listed for sale May 29.


Community Development and Inspection Director Chris Rayes said that a cash offer of $40,000 was made on the property as a result of the St. Clair Shores Community Open House on May 31. The city countered and made the deal to sell the condominium for $41,750 cash.


“It does have a small profit,” Rayes said June 15. “Just under $3,000. It is a bit higher than our appraised value, so I think we’ve done quite well on this one.”


Councilman Chris Vitale, part of the Tax Foreclosure Committee, agreed.


“This one, we thought we were probably going to have to lose money on it. I didn’t see how we were going to pull this kind of money out of it,” he said. “It came out really nice.”


City Council approved the sale of the condominium unanimously.


“It’s nice to see that the open house event’s working,” Councilwoman Candice Rusie said. “It’s nice to see houses getting sold. This was obviously a success for the event.”


The city also approved the sale of two vacant pieces of property June 15.


One, in the 21000 block of Lange, previously had a small two-bedroom house on it that was “not worth saving,” Rayes said. The city tore down the home, and the offer on the property was for $7,000.


Vitale said he was a fan of the house plan proposed, which was similar to a home that the contractor is building on Stephens.


The same buyer was also approved to buy a lot in the 20000 block of Rosedale for $9,000. There, the home and garage were demolished by the city, as well.


Rayes said the amount was a “good offer for the location.”


“This is our second property that we’ve sold within the South Lake district, so it’s good we’re having another home going up there,” Councilman John Caron said.


A motion approving the sale passed unanimously.


“This is going to look real nice in the neighborhood,” Vitale said.

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