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City Real Estate E-newsletter  -  June 15, 2018


renter to homeowner - happy couple in front of their home.

Let’s Celebrate National Homeownership Month Together

June is National Homeownership month, and the perfect time to start your journey to becoming a homeowner. There are many benefits to owning your home. It helps promote stable neighborhoods, builds community pride and is still one of the best ways families can build wealth.

If you’re ready to make the transition from renter to homeowner, begin by working with a HUD certified housing counseling organization to get started with the home purchase process – they will determine if you’re ready or need to work on your credit. The City of Milwaukee will work with you when you’re ready to purchase one of our properties.

The Castro family was able to bring vitality to a community by purchasing a home from the City of Milwaukee. Below you can continue reading more about the Castro family’s story, properties for sale, neighborhood events, learning opportunities, open houses, helpful resources, and other opportunities.


Meet the Castro Family

The Castro Family in front of their home.

Ricardo and Eneidia Castro purchased their three-bedroom home on December 18, 2017 with the help of ACTS Housing. The property was owned by the City of Milwaukee, and had been foreclosed upon for unpaid taxes. When you walk into the Castro home, nestled comfortably on Milwaukee’s South Side, you would have never guessed its prior distressed condition. Ricardo Sr., a chef at a Mexican restaurant, said that the family “repaired everything” including the kitchen and the bathroom.


They marked their move-in date with a party.

“We always thought about buying something like this,” Ricardo Sr. said.

They received two grants with the help of ACTS to complete their rehab projects, and completed the “sweat quality” work themselves to lower home rehab costs.

According to the couple’s son, Ricardo Jr., this often required late-night shifts, even after a full day’s work.

The pride is palpable in the Castro home.

No one is more proud than Ricardo Jr. of his parents.

“There’s not a lot of opportunities to take on a project like this, and so for them to just go for it not rely on anyone else was great,” Ricardo Jr. said.


If you are interested in becoming a homeowner, contact Take Root Milwaukee for a list of HUD approved homebuyer counseling agencies. This list includes ACTS Housing, the organization that helped the Castro family purchase this home.


Homeownership OpportunitiesCurrent Property Listing

Homes for sale on the Extended Listing are available to owner-occupants and investors who want to earn rental income. Homes are also listed with external agents. Work with your realtor to find your new home in the city.

Owner-occupant buyers may qualify for:

Featured Home

2871 North 22nd Street

3 BR / 2 BA • 1,458 sq. ft.

This beautiful single family home located in the Park West neighborhood is full of charm. It includes two lots at 2875 & 2877-27 N 22nd St for ample space to create a garden or just enjoy the green space. 

Asking Price: $9,000
Scope of Work: $10,777
May be eligible for up to $20,000 forgivable loan.



Featured Historic Houses

1231 N 32nd St is a historic home that needs a little love. 1231 N 32nd Street

Designed by H. Messmer and Son this large Arts & Crafts style home was built in 1904.

Set on a large lot in the Cold Spring Park Historic District this house has a new roof, gutters and rebuilt eaves.

Asking Price: $5,200
Scope of Work: $100,629

May be eligible for up to $20,000 forgivable loan and WI Historic Homeowner’s Tax Credits.



3307 W McKinley Blvd is a beautiful duplex with big porches.

The Bernholz House

3307 West McKinley Boulevard 

2 BD / 1 BA / each level  2,340 sq. ft.
Detached Garage

Make this lovely duplex at the west end of Historic McKinley Boulevard your home and have rental income to subsidize your investment. The Bernholz house sits on a tidy lot on a row of fine duplexes. This Queen Anne gem was built in 1907 and is ready for a full makeover.

Exterior was completely renovated in 2016 and awaits a buyer to modernize the interior.


Asking Price: $5,600
Scope of Work: $89,825

May be eligible for up to $20,000 forgivable loan and WI Historic Homeowner’s Tax Credits.



Housing Help Web Tool. Housing Help Web Tool

The Department of City Development (DCD) has created the Housing Help Web Tool as a single resource for those looking for housing information and resources from various City departments.

The Housing Help web tool filters information for three types of users: homeowners, home buyers and investors/non-profit organizations.

Explore this new tool to find resources you can use!

MKE Mobile

MKE Mobile Tool.

Residents can use MKE Mobile to locate, photograph and provide supporting information to ensure speedy resolution of issues. Issues that can be reported include Abandoned Vehicles, Graffiti, Litter, Potholes or other issues. You can download the app on your smartphone today. You must have a Google Play or Apple ID to download the app. 

Learn more about MKE Mobile.



Strong Home Loan
STRONG Homes Loan Program

Accepting applications for CURRENT HOMEOWNERS!

The STRONG Homes Loan Program from NIDC offers partially forgivable loans of up to $20,000 for emergency and essential repairs to owner occupants of 1-4 family properties throughout the City of Milwaukee on a first come, first served basis. Technical assistance will also be provided to assist with rehab projects.


Attend a Homebuyer Orientation. Homebuyer Orientation Sessions

Attend the next session to learn more about the Homebuyer Assistance Program, which offers assistance from a rehab specialist and up to $20,000 forgivable loans for the rehab of City-owned homes.

Tuesday, July 17, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Central Library, 814 West Wisconsin Ave. (Community Room 1)


Monday, August 13, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Central Library, 814 West Wisconsin Ave. (Community Room 1)


A young child helps with a community garden.Community Improvement Project Grants - Info Sessions

NIDC CIP match grants support community projects that engage community members and physically improve neighborhoods in Milwaukee. CIP grants are reimbursable grants that require a dollar–for-dollar match from non-City funding sources. The maximum CIP grant request is $4,000. Attending an info session is required.



Wednesday, July 11, 6 – 7:30 p.m

Villard Square Library, 5190 N. 35th St

Thursday July 12, 10 – 11:00 a.m.

Hillside Family Resource Center, 1452 N. 7th St.

Share with your friends and RSVP on our facebook events page.

Lunch & Learn Summer Series. Lunch & Learn Summer Series

In an effort to better equip the development community with understanding the permitting process in the City of Milwaukee, the Lunch & Learn Summer Series will explore current development opportunities and challenges. Mark your calendars to join us!


City Approvals

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn about City approval processes, timelines, special zoning regulations and how to work with various departments in the permitting process.

  • Licensing (bars/taverns/restaurants)
  • City Plan Commission
  • BOZA (Board of Zoning Appeals)

RSVP for this session. 

To see the full list of upcoming workshops visit our Lunch & Learn website. 


Landlord Training Program.

Landlord Training
Attend the next Department of Neighborhood Services FREE 5-hour training seminar and receive a 100-page manual and certificate of completion.

Landlord Training

July 31st & August 2nd

Class Sign –In: 12:00 pm

Class Time: 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Mitchell Street Library – Community Room, 906 W Historic Mitchell St.


August 15 & August 16

Class Sign –In: 12:00 pm

Class Time: 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Mitchell Street Library – Community Room, 906 W Historic Mitchell St.



Visit our Landlord Training website for more information on upcoming trainings.



Experience Art Concordia Neighbors Tour Logo.Historic Concordia Neighborhood Tour

Saturday, June 16 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Historic Concordia Neighbors, Inc. 28th Annual Home Tour will include nine homes, architectural and gallery spaces, plein air artists at work and live performances. The tour starts at the Wgettha Building on the Potawatomi Campus at North 33rd Street and West Kilbourn Avenue on Milwaukee’s Near West Side. This is a ticketed event – you can learn more by visiting the Historic Concordia Neighbors, Inc website.

This day you can tour one of our properties, 2833 W State St from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Open for all to view! 

"We Got This" work initiative

Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs invites neighbors this Saturday, June 16 at 8 a.m. at N. 9th St and W. Ring for the We Got This work initiative where boys and teens could receive $20 for landscaping and gardening work, as well as for tackling neighborhood cleaning and other small projects. 

Block party and picnic at Tiefenthaler Park

Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II invites neighbors to attend the Midtown Block Party and Community Picnic Saturday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at Tiefenthaler Park, 2501 W. Galena St. Activities include a family-friendly basketball game with police, court-art, peacemaking arts and crafts, bouncy house, face painting, music, community resources, the Survive Alive House and free food!

Ciclovia MKE June 17 12-3pm Chavez Dr & National Ave.


Sunday, June 17th, 2019. 12 p.m. -3 p.m. Chavez Dr. & National Ave. Ciclovia MKE returns for the fourth summer of open streets and healthy neighborhoods! Ciclovia MKE is a FREE public event that opens a route of car-free streets to bike, play, and exercise.


Juneteenth Festival 

Tuesday, June 19th 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The 56th Annual Juneteenth Day Parade and Festival taking place on Tuesday, June 19. This year's parade steps off at 10:00 am from North 19th and West Atkinson Avenue and proceeding to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The Juneteenth Day Festival takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on King Drive between Center and Burleigh Streets. The Festival features musical performances, numerous vendors from food to toys, along with community organizations sharing helpful resources for residents of all ages.

Butterfly Park Outdoor Concert 

Thursday, June 21st 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Corner of 13th & Forest Home Ave. Join your neighbors for a free concert as you dance to latin music, bachata, merengue, jazz, and more! 

Near West Side Farmers Market

Every Thursday from 3-6pm June 21 - September 13 Near West Side Partners (NWSP) will be hosting a farmers market at 20th & Kilbourn in Avenues West. NWSP is committed to bringing fresh food options to the 50,000+ residents and employees of the Near West Side neighborhoods. 

Music in Mitchell Park

Third Thursdays of the month at 6:30pm. Mitchell Park 2400 W Pierce St. Join neighbors at Mitchell park for a fun time with live music. Free parking available. Bring a snack and drink and enjoy the show. 

Blues & Jazz Festival June 23-24 1pm-9pm 8645 W Brown Deer Rd Flyer.The Granville Gradioso Blues & Jazz Festival 

Saturday, June 23 - Sunday, June 24 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. 8645 W Brown Deer Rd. The Granville Blues & Jazz Festival, Grandioso, is the first and only celebration of Milwaukee’s diversity and Granville’s proud heritage. Grandioso is a music/food celebration expressed through blues, jazz, r&b and rock.

All day long on both days there will be music, food, and drinks. Come and listen to the music, have lunch, snack or dinner and if the sounds move you dance!!!!

UMOS FunFest

Saturday, June 23 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. 2701 S Chase Ave. Celebrate with UMOS at their FunFest (Free Admission) for a day filled with music, food, kids activities and a resource fair. 

Valley Week Flyer.Valley Week

Saturday, Sep 22nd –  29th

Menomonee Valley Partners and Potawatomi Hotel & Casino present Valley Week running from September 22 – 29. Explore and experience Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley by participating in the week’s events, from a beer run, tours on land or in water, to dining al fresco at the Food Truck Festival, the week offers something to nature lovers, history enthusiasts, job seekers, and those looking for something unique to do.


Vacant Lot logo.Lots of Opportunities for Vacant Lots


Brick commercial property on north ave. 3817-19 West North Avenue
Asking Price: $5,000

This commerical property in the Washington Park neighborhood could be yours! This 2,671 Sq. Ft building just needs a little love for full use. Some potential commerical uses include a resturant, catering, retail, office, business/food service, live/work unit, etc. 

Proposals considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Financial resources and incentives may be available such as façade grants, white box grants and retail investment funds.

View more commercial properties for sale online at


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