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Help for homebuyers - NSP Program

Take Root Milwaukee

Non Profit Organization Guidelines for Purchasing City Houses

Rough Estimate Worksheet

Learn about ROOTS - our new Landscaping Incentive Program

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City House Sales

Extended Listing
Offers may be submitted at any time.  Please note:  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 labor and materials costs from those listed on the scope of work provided by the City.  The necessary qualifications/certificates/licenses need to be submitted as well.

Find out what Code Compliance Inspectors look for? A comprehensive list of what gets examined and what condition it should be in.  Quick Reference - click here to check to see if a permit is required.

ROOTS Landscaping Program Incentive - click to learn more

You may be eligible for up to $30,000 toward the purchase and rehabilitation of a foreclosed property for homeownership purchase.  Click here to find out more about this program. 

Lead Risk Assessment Information (pdf)

If you are a licensed broker or sales person, we pay a full 6% commission on residential property and 10% on commercial property.

How to buy:
  Download our standard sale contract (pdf) Rev. 12/8/2009

Review our simple sales procedures.

Find a licensed real estate agent through the Wisconsin Realtors Association or the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.

Find a lenderShop around; rates are low and competitive. Research interest rates.

Check with WHEDA and Milwaukee's Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation to see if you qualify for low interest loans.

If debt and credit problems are holding you back, contact one of the agencies listed below.  These programs provide first time homebuyer workshops to educate consumers before making the commitment which sometimes can be for a lifetime.

ACTS Housing
English, Spanish, Hmong, Laotian
Address:  1445 North 24th Street
               Milwaukee, WI   53205
Phone:     414-933-2215
Fax:         414-933-1956

Address:  2601 North Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
               Milwaukee, WI   53212
Phone:     414-264-6888

Housing Resources, Inc. (HRI)

Address:  7830 West Burleigh Street

               Milwaukee, WI   53222

Phone:     414-461-6330

Select Milwaukee

Address:  2209 North Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

               Milwaukee, WI   53212

Phone:     414-562-5070

Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee's Homeownership Program


Looking for home improvement tips?  Check the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and This Old House.
Find a home improvement contractorCheck to see if contractor is licensed by the City of Milwaukee.
"Green" Your Milwaukee House

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