Oh, gee, it's "sell absolute" and there is talk of "nominal opening bids" that start at $1,000. And--surprise, surprise, NOT--a few of the addresses listed are in North Minneapolis. Sounds like a slumlord's dream date with destiny!
OK, I guess what I need to do, here, is first list the addresses (so they will turn up in search engines when would-be investors HOPEFULLY research the properties) and, secondly, say how our North Minneapolis neighborhood associations treat slumlords which hit our radar.
Then there is a third thing...
First, here's the list:
2415 Bryant Ave. N.
2023 Queen Ave. N.
2939 Newton Ave. N.
1339 Upton Ave. N.
1510 44th Ave. N.
3927 2nd Ave. N.
Now, then, in regard to how we treat slumlords who hit our radar--including scum who try to act like they are creating an "owner occupied" but, in fact, they're just playing games and intending to create a run down, slummy rental--I would suggest using the internal search engine for this blog and plugging in terms like "slumlord" and "head" and "pole." I'll let history speak for itself in a bloody, graphic way, but here's the ultimate message: DO NOT THINK YOU CAN COME TO NORTH MINNEAPOLIS, BUY UP PROPERTY CHEAP, CREATE SLUMMY RENTALS, AND GET AWAY WITH IT. Neighbors are pissed off and we are ORGANIZED and we have the ear of public officials.
We will get your name. We will get lists of your properties. History shows that juicy stuff will end up on the internet, kicked this-a-way by anonymous sources. And, oh, gee, there is history of neighborhood activists PICKETING YOUR HOUSE, wherever it might be, some swanky suburb.
On the other hand, real and true "owner occupieds" owned by decent people who aren't involved in criminal behavior will be welcomed with open arms and maybe even (what's the word?) SLACK.
It's our neighborhood, and we're not angling for awards in moral consistency. We're just trying to live in a safe, decent environment. Owner occupied housing usually contributes to a better quality of life. (Not always, lord knows) Slumlords, on the other hand, tend to tear down our environment. It becomes pretty easy to pick a side. Around here, a landlord is a slumlord until proven otherwise, and sometimes even then severe backsliding takes place.
I do not SPEAK on behalf of any neighborhood association when I say this stuff. No, rather, I am just saying what I have frequently seen, spitting out my observations in an oh-so-truthful and frank way. See, me being a blogger whose blogging is in the employment of nobody (though I am the grateful recipient of small, infrequent donations) I can say this stuff. And this is stuff "investors" need to hear before jumping in with both feet. So, would-be investors, take this blog post and print it out for your "due diligence" file, because YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
STAY THE (EXPLETIVE) OUT OF NoMi. Take your scummy real estate wheeling and dealing elsewhere. Here we take slumlords and put their head on a pole.
Oh, yes, the third thing...
Residents of NoMi committed to changing this place for the better need to buy up and get control of as much property as possible. Dig deep in your bank account. Take out a loan. Sell your extra vehicle. GET CONTROL OF REAL ESTATE AROUND YOU FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR SAFETY AND SECURITY.
No, you can't buy up EVERYTHING. But you can buy something nearby, something where new slummy neighbors would impact your quality of life, but here and now there is an opportunity to prevent that with a little decisive action. The forefathers of this nation pledged their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor." Idealistic NoMi residents could, at the very least, scrape up a grand or two!