What You Need to Know about the Wayne County Tax Auction

This page will be updated frequently with more information about the Wayne County Tax Auction. Stay informed!

As you may have heard, the Wayne County Treasurer is holding a tax auction to sell many properties foreclosed on because the owners defaulted on property taxes. Many of these properties are in Brightmoor, and we urge both current residents and friends of the Brightmoor neighborhood to use this opportunity to strategically purchase property for housing and farming purposes. We’ve put together some resources to help you understand and navigate the auction; however, please understand that we are not offering legal or financial advice; we are simply pointing you to resources and sharing what we know. Please consult with your own lawyer, real estate agent, or CPA for further information.

Two Auctions

There are actually two auctions: one in September and one in October. The September auction offers houses for a starting bid that includes the tax liens, selling costs, etc.; therefore the starting bids and required deposits are much higher. The October auction features the properties that did not sell in September and offers much lower starting bids and deposits. As we get closer to the October auction, we’ll update this page with more information. Registration is now closed for the September auction.

The Main Website

The official website for information about the Wayne County auction is WayneCountyTreasurerMI.com. This site includes a property search and registration information.

Finding Property

To search possible properties, check Why Don’t We Own This. You can search by address, zip code (try 48223), or neighborhood. The site will show you the tax status of each parcel.


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Featured Gardens of Brightmoor: Bernice Walker

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“ Just put it in the ground, talk to it, love it, and it grows”

So says Bernice Walker, a twenty-three year resident of Brightmoor and three-year member of Neighbors Building Brightmoor.

This is her first year with her new garden. Back in June, Bernice, along with a group of NBB volunteers, worked to prepare the soil, prepare the garden beds, and plant the seeds in the vacant lot next to her house. She’s growing tomatoes, squash, mustard greens, basil, peppers, beets and beans, along with a lot of gorgeous flowers. When the abandoned and condemned house next door was torn down, Bernice says she knew a garden was exactly what she wanted.She would love to see the garden develop into a community garden and wants to share the produce with her neighbors.

Good neighbors is one of the reasons Bernice has always loved living in Brightmoor. Another reason is that “everybody knows everybody,” and housing is affordable.

Next year Bernice would love to add potatoes, col-lard greens, and pole beans to her crop. She al-so would like to plant a butterfly garden.

Bernice would love to see more neighbors involved in neighborhood improvement projects. “Everybody get out. Participate. Come to the block club meetings. Get to know your neighbors.” That, she says, is what will continue to make this neighborhood a beautiful place to live.

Lamphere Community Garden Goes to Eastern Market

This year the garden next to 14910 Lamphere is being primarily tended by neighborhood youth ages 6-14 and their adult helpers who belong to the Youth Growing Detroit program run by Keep Growing Detroit. It is a profit sharing garden where youth receive money earned through the sale of their fruits and vegetables in co-operation with the Brightmoor Youth Garden table at the Farmington market, and at the Grown in Detroit markets at Eastern Market and Wayne State. Last Saturday three of our youth worked for the first time at Eastern market. It was sometimes hard to keep everything straight when many customers showed up at once, but all agreed they would do it again. We’ll be there again on Saturday, July 15, 10:30am-2:30pm. Please stop by and see us, and buy some of the good food grown by the Keep Growing Detroit gardeners!

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February 6 Meeting: Get Volunteers, Get Fed, Get Ready!


Don’t let the weather fool you — spring is not far away, and our biggest opportunities for volunteers for neighborhood cleanups, community gardens, and boarding up houses are just around the corner!

Make sure to attend Thursday’s meeting to make sure you have the help you need in your part of Brightmoor!

The meeting will be held THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at St. Christine’s Soup Kitchen (directions). 

Please bring a dish to pass and your ideas to improve our community!

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