Property auction looks to restore the Southern Tier

By Megan Carpenter

December 14, 2013 Updated Dec 15, 2013 at 2:10 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For the fifteenth year, Broome County Real Property worked with Manasse Auctions to put vacant, or condemned properties back in an owner's hands.

"County officials and the municipalities throughout Broome County are concerned about blight," said Broome County Real Property's David Hamlin. "We're trying to aid them in enhancing everything."

More than 200 brokers, businessmen, and first-time buyers packed Binghamton's Holiday Inn for Saturday's property auction. The goal is to put 135 properties back on the tax rolls this year. This puts money back into the community.

"They (condemned houses) become eye sores," said Lori Albrechta of Sanitaria Springs. "We've been looking at an eye sore next to our house for over seven years."

Broome County Real Property said their auctioned properties stretch from the Town of Lyle to Deposit. This year, most were in Greater Binghamton.

"People should support their community and do what they can to keep their housing up, keep the community up, and cheerlead," said John Farrell of Vestal.

Last year's property auction brought in more than $500,000. On Saturday, it brought in around $700,000. David Hamlin said mortgages, or existing debt on the properties is taken care of for the new buyers.

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