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Ocean2026
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 2:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

For the Detroit Metro.

I love looking at all the old buildings for sale - there are quite a few good residential sites- as for commercial??
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Rid0617
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 2:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

realtor.com

Just type in the city or zip code, number of bedrooms and bathrooms
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Cloud_wall
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 3:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

trulia is a good compilation site, at least for residential, but they don't have every listing.
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Ocean2026
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 3:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Neither has ANY commercial - I was hoping for a Detroit company.
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Detroit_uke
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 8:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey Ocean - UCCA (University Cultural Center Association) has both commercial and residential properties on their website. Go to detroitmidtown.com you'll see the link to Housing/commercial properties.
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Lodgedodger
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 9:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

moveinmichigan.com
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Mbr
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 10:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

loopnet.com
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Ocean2026
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Post Number: 179
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 10:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Detroit_Uke great site and look at this pretty but sad building on Alexandrine. The back looks in worse shape. The agent didn't put his/her name - maybe embarrassed like when someone has a gf/bf and they don't have any teeth left. This seems to have lost most of its windows etc

There were other nice buildings but I think too high priced for today's Detroit market.

I'll try Lodge's site next
pretty and pretty sad
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Ocean2026
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 11:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Lodge - movein had lots of stuff too. Saw the Charlevox bldg listed for $133k but it also said they would divide it. I remember a thread on here pretty much saying the building was destroyed inside.

MBR loopnet is good but only if you pay. I was a paid member a few months back -plenty of listings. If you're a free or basic member you only get to see 105 of em
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Novine
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 6:24 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cpix.net is a good site to get commercial listings for properties in Michigan.
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Ocean2026
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Post Number: 182
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 8:32 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

thanks Novine- I had found that Castle bldg on Parkway from that- sometimes have problems logging in -otherwise a good site.
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Detroit_uke
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 12:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ok, Ocean - here's another one. Have you talked to margaret Palmer???? Great person. real estate agent. Go to: margaretpalmer.com. Office# 832-2236. Cell: 570-4114. E-mail: margaret@renaissanceinv.com. She lives in Woodbridge and knows the area. She showed me my dream house!!!
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Cloud_wall
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 2:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

O'Connor Realty in Corktown has some interesting, albeit modest, commercial listings.

www.oconnordetroit.com
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Ocean2026
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Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 7:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

thanks again all - O'connor specializes in Corktown so - not too many commercial as you said.

Palmer didn't have many listings but her last one - a penthouse loft -lease for $2k for a year- seems a good deal for someone who wants to check out the city but not sure where they might settle.
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Doma
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Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Loopnet is my favorite, you have to pay to get all the listings but it is worth it if you're serious about commercial.
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Roadmaster49
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Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 8:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How about my company's website

www.pasreo.com

Navigation is easy, type in Michigan - Detroit, sprice range, size then go
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Ocean2026
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Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 3:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Roadmaster yours is good but it doesn't have much commercial - unless I searched wrong there were no commercial buildings in Detroit available.

Doma I agree on Loopnet - its just expensive.

Maybe for the Detroit the best thing to do would be to look at vacant buildings and just make an offer to the owner. I don't see a whole lot of buyers out there and it probably won't get better soon. I do enjoy window shopping online- looking a big buildings and pretending I can afford them.
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Gdub
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 2:16 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ocean, your idea is spot on. As a former agent in Detroit I can tell you that most buildings are for sale even if not on the market. It's better to just find out who owns the building and contact them directly. That information is (usually) public. The best deals happen before something goes to market. Chances are you'll find an owner who's desperate just to get rid of the property, and will sell it to you for a song. If you plan on doing improvements and turning a dead property into a live one, then I'd say the city needs more speculators like you.

Even if it's not you who's buying--if you have a ghost investor that's just as well. As long as properties transfer ownership from absentees to active owners it's a step in the right direction.
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Don_jaguar
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 5:28 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Great information. I find craigslist.org to be useful as well. You seem to get a lot of last resort type postings on there.
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Ocean2026
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 11:46 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Don - Craigslist is good but one has to sift through all the junk - most on there don't know how to post a decent ad. NO pictures -addresses or decent descriptions and there are also scams - agents advertising themselves- properties in florida etc Even the category "casual encounters" is more honest .. and more entertaining too! LOL

gdup I suspected this all along. Many addresses in the treasurer's website don't seem to work and its nowhere near as informative as most places have.
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Mbr
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 12:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is hard work to find information and sometimes it costs money. If you find an address you are looking for, spend the $2 on the web to get the tax info and send the owner a letter, or do a reverse phone lookup and call. If you are looking for someone to suggest some magic fairy free service with all the world's information then you can stop right now because it doesn't exist. Just do the work, and stop nitpicking every suggestion tossed your way.
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Ocean2026
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Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 2:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

MBR actually I understand that- I thought rather than just about ME -this would become a useful thread - resource - with critiques of the major websites.

Sure when and if I'm ready to buy- I will fly out there and spend time and money investigating way more than just a tax website.

Meanwhile - as Don-jaguar said "Great information"


Do you have a problem with that?

CBRE also has a nice search engine and its all commercial- the prices seem to be high but they list some great buildings Wright Kay ($1.6 million), LB King Bldg 1274Library St ($5 million), A large church auditorium on 14710 Kercheval for $350k- this seems to be a bad area though and Stroh' Ice Cream for $2 million +

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