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City Houses For Sale

Current Property Listing

Current Listing

Offers due December 19, 2018 at 10:00 A.M.

Restricted to sales for owner-occupancy
These homes are exclusively opened to
owner-occupants only for the first 30 days.

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Extended Property Listing

Extended Listing

Open to all bidders unless otherwise noted

Offers may be submitted at any time. Investor owners must possess or obtain Landlord Training Program certificate as a condition of closing.

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Broker Listed Properties

Open to all bidders unless otherwise noted

Offers may be submitted at any time. Investor owners must possess or obtain Landlord Training Program certificate as a condition of closing.

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500+ Program

This consideration will be offered for the first 30 days of the listing of a property.

The City of Milwaukee will offer special consideration to interested homebuyers who live within 500 ft of a City owned property and will occupy the property. Learn more about the 500+ Program and how to apply clicking the link above. 

Your Path to Homeownership in the City of Milwaukee

PLEASE NOTE: Additional properties are listed on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). To get information on those properties contact a Wisconsin licensed real estate agent.

1. Contact any Wisconsin licensed Real Estate Broker to assist you in the purchase process.

2. Ask the broker to call us at (414) 286-5730 to arrange for access to the property. Complete a thorough inspection of the property to familiarize yourself with the features of the home and to determine the extent and cost of needed repairs. Seek qualified help if necessary.

Please note the following applies to all offers submitted: 

  • When so called “sweat equity” is involved on the rehab costs portion of the bid, a Modified Scope of Work needs to be submitted by the prospective buyer that deducts the estimated sweat equity labor and materials value from those listed on the scope of work provided by the City. The necessary qualifications/certificates/licenses for sweat equity work need to be submitted as well. 

    For example, if the City's scope of work estimates rehab costs at $6,000 and the bidder estimates that sweat equity labor and material value equal $1,000, then bidder would deduct the $1,000 sweat equity from the $6,000 total estimated rehab to get to an adjusted $5,000 for estimated rehabilitation. 

    Also, in evaluating similar and competing bids, the City reserves the right to select offers in which licensed and/or certified vendors are utilized to complete the items identified on the scope of work. Furthermore, the Real Estate Department has the discretion to select offers in which it is deemed most likely that the work will be completed to building code standards in a timely manner. 
  • Accepted offers will be evaluated on total investment. In evaluating and analyzing competing bids, the City adds the bidder's purchase price plus the bidder's estimated rehab costs to get a total investment number. Bids are compared against each other by comparing the total investment number from each bid.
  • Any entity, LLC or Corporation will need to submit copies of Articles of Organization or copies of Articles of Incorporation.

3. Have your broker complete the City of Milwaukee - Offer to Purchase and submit it to us on your behalf.

If your offer is accepted, you should apply for financing immediately. Keep in mind that you must make the property code compliant after closing. Budget for the unexpected because buying and fixing up an old house oftentimes has its pleasant and unpleasant surprises.

General Buyer Policies

Offers to Purchase will be rejected from any party (as an individual or as part of an entity) who:

  • Is delinquent in the payment of any property tax, special assessment, special charge or special tax to the City of Milwaukee.
  • Has outstanding judgments from the City or if the City acquired property tax-foreclosure judgment.
  • Has outstanding health or building code violations or orders from the City’s Health Department or Department of Neighborhood Services that are not actively being abated.
  • Has been convicted of violating an order of the health department or department of neighborhood services within the past year.
  • Owned property in the city that, at any time within the past 5 years, the city acquired by means of property-tax foreclosure. Applies to any ownership group or LLC of which any prospective buyer has been a member.

For additional information and assistance:

Broker Information

If you are a licensed broker or sales person, broker fees are the greater of $1,500.00 or a full 6% commission on residential property and 10% on commercial property.

  • Call 286-5730 for information on how to access the property
  • Show the property to the perspective buyer
  • Submit City of Milwaukee - Offer to Purchase, along with a receipt for the earnest money and proof of the buyer's funds to purchase and rehab the property.
  • Collect the $750 earnest money and hold in Broker’s Trust Account
  • Receive and forward a copy of the accepted offer to the buyer
  • Assist the buyer with locating financing, if applicable
  • Assure closing happens within 45 days of acceptance of the offer or earnest money is forfeited
  • Offers may be extended for ONLY one 30-day period upon submission of a $250 extension fee
  • Do a final walk through the day of closing
  • Remove the City’s lockbox or padlock and turn it in to the Title company or to 809 N. Broadway
  • Lost or additional City keys $2.50


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Contact Us

Real Estate
809 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 286-5730

Residential Properties (414) 286-5805 
Keith Bailey

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Eligible Homebuyer
Counseling Agencies

If debt and credit problems are holding you back, contact one of the agencies listed below. The agencies below provide first time homebuyer workshops to educate consumers.

ACTS Housing

ACTS Housing
English, Spanish, Hmong, Laotian
2414 W. Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205 
(414) 933-2215

Housing Resources, Inc. logo
Housing Resources, Inc. (HRI)
English, Spanish
7830 W. Burleigh Street
Milwaukee, WI 53222
(414) 461-6330  

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UCC - United Community Center

English, Spanish
1028 S. 9th St. 
Milwaukee, WI  53204
(414) 384-3100