City of Milwaukee has hundreds of opportunities for new home building.
Our affordable lot prices can put a newly constructed home within your
reach. Building a house in one of Milwaukee’s urban neighborhoods puts
you close to downtown, jobs, shopping, schools, entertainment and parks.
Milwaukee’s extensive transit system can allow your family to live with just
one car and roll the savings into that dream home.
that everyone has a fair opportunity to purchase publicly owned land, and in
the interest of growing our neighborhoods, we do not sell on a speculative
basis. Lots are sold for new home construction and owner occupancy.
If you are ready to build, we are ready to sell.
Here's how it works:
1. Select Your Lot
Look at the City’s lot inventory:
Offers are received on a first come basis with a 24 business hour hold for
receipt of additional offers. The 24-hour period will commence with
the date stamp by DCD Real Estate during regular business hours.
Regular hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding
City holidays. View in
list format or in
a Builder -- Design Your Home
New Home Catalogue
an experienced homebuilder and prepare your house plans
resource is Metropolitan Builders Association
Ask if your
builder has experience building in urban neighborhoods with narrow lots and
impacted subsoil conditions.
City-Certified Model Homes by private
a home that is appropriate for the lot and the neighborhood. Pay attention
House Design Standards
"Green" Your Milwaukee House
3. Prepare your budget
with your builder to prepare an affordable budget that works for your
surprises by reserving in your budget or by making sure the following costs
are included in the
contract with your builder:
$10,000 for additional excavation and soil disposal trucking fees since most
City lots contain old foundations
sewer and water lateral connections to city utilities in the street
tree removal or utility pole relocation
These are approximate costs as of
September, 2008. Your costs may
vary. Understand what is covered in the
contract with your builder and
what costs you may be responsible for.
Obtain a prequalification letter for your budgeted
5. Submit Your Offer
offer carefully for expiration and performance dates, buyer policies, sale
terms and conditions and City disclosures
Make sure all
blanks are completed
No broker is needed and the City will not pay any brokerage fees
Attach your mortgage
Submit the house
elevations and a site plan if available for DCD approval.
(Certain lots may require plan submission with the offer, see
the listing sheet.) If you do not have plans yet, you must submit
them in 30 days of offer acceptance.
DCD will accept your offer if the offering price is
reasonable, your plans are compatible with the neighborhood and our design
standards and you do not violate the City Buyer Policies.
6. Work on Your Final
DCD plan approval if plans were not submitted with your offer
for a building permit with DCD’s Development Center for the approved design
7. Close on the Lot
Closing must happen
within 120 days of offer acceptance. Contingencies include
submission to DCD of the following:
permit for the approved design
financing with no contingencies and/or evidence of equity that matches your
The City will convey by Quit Claim Deed on an “as is,
where is” basis
The City will provide title
insurance if the sales price is $5,000 or
8. Start Building!
must start within 15 days of closing
· You must
finish building and landscaping within 9 months of closing
9. Move In.
If you are unsure about the
appropriateness of your plans in terms of lot size or design, call us at
414-286-5762 before submitting your offer