Upon checking the mailbox today there was a piece of mail with City Hall letterhead. Yes indeed, the Green Monster is “now ready for delivery to you upon application to this office.” Closing date soon!
What a beautiful day outside. Would be a great day for working on an old house! With that in mind, I made my weekly check-in phone call with the Real Estate Department. It is very important to be a squeaky wheel when dealing with a bureaucracy, so you do not get forgotten about and your file used as ballast to keep City Hall from rising up out of the ground and floating into space. I’ve settled on a weekly call, partly because I do not have the time and energy to be making daily phone calls, and partly because I imagine that there is a place where you can become too annoying to the folks upstairs. Just a theory. Today’s phone call did not yield specifics, but I did get a sense (not much to go on, but…) that things were moving forward after getting stuck for a few weeks. I was even told that we might get a phone call in the next few days with more information about closing. So, while I do not have any hard facts, I do have soft clues that sound good. We’ll see.
P.S. If you are considering buying a fixer-upper at the upcoming tax auction (Oct. 29, 30 and 31), the list has been updated twice since our first post on the subject, and is now current to October 22nd. You will notice that the list is shorter, due to property owners paying their back taxes and taking their buildings off the list. Also, be aware that the three days of the tax auction are organized by tax district. Properties in Districts 1 through 4 go up for sale on Monday, Districts 5 through 10 on Tuesday and Districts 11 through 14 on Wednesday. See the notice at the front page of the City of Buffalo’s web site: http://www.ci.buffalo.ny.us/
You can check the Tax District of a particular property on the list by finding that column in the Excel file (Column G, it appears). Here again is the link to the list of properties: InRem 46 Foreclosure Properties.
October is more than half past, but we still do not have a closing date from the Real Estate people down at City Hall. Why? Well, at this point I just do not know. Two weeks ago, I was told flat out that the office had more important things to be doing than closing on our purchase of the house. Other deadlines had come up, and we just don’t rank. Now, it is not as if we had just shown up at their door a week before. We have been in this process since March 1st. No matter. This past week I called again, and now it seems that our file is deep in the bowels of the process, seeking the “proper channels”. Something about somebody’s supervisor needing to shuffle a paper to some other supervisor, and such and such. I was not given specifics, which sort of scares me. I am also a little surprised at how little power the Real Estate department has to close on real estate transactions. Whodda thunk it? So we must wait for the right papers to move through the right hands, behind the curtain.
Each time that I have called in the last few weeks, I get an estimate of a month, give or take, no guarantees whatsoever. Looks like it’s going to be a heck of a month.
It’s that time of year again: tax sale time. Where you just might get lucky and snag a house in Buffalo without waiting the nine months or so it takes the City to sell you a property at any other time of the year. I’ll make this quick. Here’s the first issue of the list, for your perusal. A good number of these will be taken off the list by auction time (owners still have time to settle their bill with the City), but you can start your researching now.