October 22, 2013

Franklin County land-auction showings today


---- — MALONE — Showings will be conducted today on some of the 82 properties Franklin County plans to sell Wednesday at its foreclosed-land auction.

The sale, which will be conducted by Haroff Auction and Realty Inc., will begin at 11 a.m. at Mo’s Pub and Grill on Route 11 in Malone. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

A variety of vacant lots, abandoned commercial sites and homes will be auctioned to the highest bidder.


Soon, legislators will revise the land-sale policy, which will likely place more responsibility on municipal building-code officers to ensure future buyers follow the conditions of purchase.

Buyers must bring the property they buy at auction up to state and local building codes within 18 months of purchase, as stated in the county’s policy.

But Legislator Sue Robideau said it isn’t fair to single out certain owners who purchase a property, when the home next door to the newly purchase parcel “is just as run down.

“I’ve been in some of these homes,” she said. “People are living there, and they aren’t safe. I’d say it’s a fire hazard.

“I don’t feel I should be telling people to bring it up to code when next door is in a same shape.”

Rarely is there any followup or penalty if the new owner does not comply with the terms of the sale to clean up a property.

But County Attorney Jonathan Miller said it’s up to the municipality where the purchase takes place to follow up once a county sale has been completed.

“It’s not like we’re the landlords, and people can be told to get out,” he said. “It’s up to the code officer.”


Four properties in the Village of Malone will be opened for viewing today, starting at 9:30 a.m. at 14 Harrison Place followed at 9:55 a.m. by a showing at 199 Duane St.

The third viewing is at 10:15 a.m. at 533 East Main St. followed at 10:35 a.m. by one at 63 Beman St.

The Sunset Inn Motel at 3899 Route 11 in Malone will be shown at 10:55 a.m. before two parcels in the Village of Burke and two in the Village of Chateaugay.

In Burke, the property will be shown at 11:35 a.m. at 88 Mill St. followed at 11:55 a.m. by a viewing at 764 Depot St.

And in Chateaugay at 12:20 p.m., a home at 36 Lake St. will be shown followed by a viewing at 1:15 p.m. at both 2504 and 2405 Chateaugay St.

Auction officials advise visitors to wear hard-sole shoes and to bring a flashlight and a lunch since no lunch break is scheduled.


The county retains the right to accept or reject any bid at the auction where both in-person and online bids will be accepted.

An 11-percent buyer’s premium is charged in addition to the purchase price.

The buyer is required to pay the 2013-14 school taxes, as well as village taxes and past due and present water and sewer bills where they apply.

A payment of $1,000 or 20 percent of the transaction cost is due as a down payment, and the entire balance must be paid within 30 days.

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