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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2008 Archives > October 2008 > Mayor Brown Announces Final In Rem Sale Information

Mayor Brown Announces Final In Rem Sale Information

Office of the Mayor
Peter K. Cutler
Director of Communications

Record Number of Homeowners Assisted in Keeping Homes

Mayor Brown today announced the final figures for the city’s In Rem sale.

“Between City of Buffalo departments and partnering agencies, we were able this year to help a record number of homeowners save their homes, “said Mayor Brown.  “A total number of 1,108 properties were removed from this year’s auction list, compared to 441 in 2007, and 280 in 2006.  We will continue to do everything within our power to help homeowners retain their homes.”

Through the In Rem, 808 properties were sold, which generated $5,112,200 to the city.

Also 1,847 properties were adjourned (meaning they revert back to the owner of record, who remains responsible for property taxes, and other fees, as well as upkeep of the property) and 232 were struck to the city.

“Through the annual In Rem, my Administration’s first goal was to help residents retain their homes and we’ve made great strides by increasing the amount of homeowners able to keep their homes by 73% from the amount that retained their homes two years ago,” said Mayor Brown. “In accomplishing this important outcome, I thank the members of the city’s Law Department and the Department of Assessment and Taxation for their diligence in doing everything they could to help our city’s residents. I also thank representatives of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of WNY, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Erie County Emergency Assistance Housing Office, Westside Neighborhood Housing Services, the Buffalo Urban League and Administrative Judge Sharon Townsend and Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka for supporting the process of providing payment plans to our residents.”