Does the city buy houses?

Asked by Joyce Davis, 15210 Fri Aug 10, 2007

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Ellen Chung, , San Mateo, CA
Fri Aug 10, 2007
Cities do buy apartment complexes and sometimes houses but they veer towards larger buildings. But the only reason they usually start doing that is if they need to redevelop the area or provide more affordable housing without building from scratch. However, I know in the Bay Area it is a very complex and drawn out process to apply for the city to consider the property to purchase since they do not purchase many at all.

Every city though has different guidelines on how they approach affordable housing and redevelopment areas so it would be best if you checked with your housing department for your city or county to get more detailed information. I see your zip code is in Pittsburgh, so I provided a link below to go to the housing department's website for your area.
Web Reference:  http://www.hacp.org/
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Ladyluck, Home Owner, Wisconsin
Tue Jun 26, 2012
Does the city buy homes from residents
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Tue Aug 21, 2007
Sometimes....can you be a little more specific.

Sometimes for revitalization efforts, sometimes to expand streets or other public works.
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Pam Winterba…, Agent, Danville, VA
Fri Aug 10, 2007
The cities desire to purchase houses in redevelopment areas of the city or in the case of eminant domain.
Web Reference:  http://pamwinterbauer.com
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Fri Aug 10, 2007
Joyce, your profile says you are a home seller. Are you thinking that the city might buy your home?
In most cases the purchase price is probably not going to be any greater than if you sold it to a "normal" buyer.

May i ask why you are wondering about this type of sale?
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The Hagley G…, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Fri Aug 10, 2007
They do on occassion....are you familar with eminent domain? What city specifically? I am curious as to the specific nature of your question.
Web Reference:  http://www.cindihagley.com
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Pam Winterba…, Agent, Danville, VA
Fri Aug 10, 2007
Interesting question. The city usually is not inthe market to purchase homes unless it is a redevelopment area of the city or maybe an eminant domain.
Web Reference:  http://pamwinterbauer.com
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Edmund Choi, Agent, Paoli, PA
Fri Aug 10, 2007
Too open-ended. More detail.
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Carrie Crowe…, Agent, Southaven, MS
Fri Aug 10, 2007
Just like with any property if the city, government needs the property to grow or build, they will buy it. In what capacity do you mean?
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