Queens auction tops minimum by 28 percent

The winning bid for this East Elmhurst house went way over the upset price of $488,000. (Source: Queens public administrator)

Winning bids at Wednesday’s estate auction of eight houses and three co-ops totaled $4.135 million, 28 percent more than the $3.201 million sum of the minimum prices set by Queens Public Administrator Lois Rosenblatt.

The East Elmhurst property shown above was the standout: It reached $740,000 vs. the upset price of $488,000.

Minimum (upset) prices are set by Rosenblatt at 25 percent below the appraised value.

Included in the auction were properties in Brooklyn, Bellerose and Flushing.

Below are the properties that were offered with winning bids in boldface following the upset prices: Continue reading

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Low-priced apartments, houses dominate Queens public administrator’s auction to be held Sept. 12

Minimum bid for this East Elmhurst house is $488,000. (Source: Queens public administrator)

Queens Public Administrator Lois Rosenblatt has scheduled the estate auction of eight houses and three co-operative apartments on Sept. 12.

Included in the auction are properties in Brooklyn, Bellerose and Flushing.

Minimum (upset) prices, which are set by Rosenblatt at 25 percent below the appraised value, range from $74,000 for an apartment in Jackson Heights to $488,000 for the house shown above in East Elmhurst.

Below are the properties to be offered next week: Continue reading

Queens auction enjoys strong bidding

This property at 195 Keno Ave., Holliswood, went for 35 percent over the minimum bid.

Tuesday’s estate auction by Queens Public Administrator Lois Rosenblatt of ultimately 20 co-ops and houses Tuesday eked out 1 percent more than the total minimum bids of $$4.315 million.

The amount of winning bids reached $4.355 million.

Although I wasn’t present, the results suggest spirited bidding for the properties that went down; many of them significantly exceeded the administrator’s upset prices.

Accounting for the merely apparent weakness in the total were four properties for which nobody raised a hand.

I’d say that the auction went quite well and the results may — may — indicate that the Queens housing market is beginning to regain a modicum of health.  I don’t know to what else can be attributed the substantial sums for which many of the properties went over the minimum bids, unless they were significantly underpriced.

Below are the minimum and winning bids: Continue reading

15 houses, 6 co-ops head to auction in Queens

This Kew Gardens house has the highest upset price, $665,000, in the estate auction by Queens Public Administrator Lois Rosenblatt.

Queens Public Administrator Lois Rosenblatt has announced that an estate auction of six co-ops and 15 houses will be held on June 14 starting at 11 a.m.

Minimum prices range from $45,000 for a single-family house in Jamaica to $665,000 for one in Kew Gardens.  For the apartments, which will be sold pending board approvals, the lowest acceptable bid is $74,000 for a co-op in Corona and the top is $143,000 for a Flushing unit.

Shown above is the detached stucco house that was owned by Anna Javor at 110 82nd Road in Kew Gardens.  With a one-car garage and nearly three stories, the house sits on a 5,000-sf lot and is subject to tenancy. Taxes are $7,496 annually.

The properties to be auctioned are listed below along with Continue reading

7 co-ops, 11 homes to be auctioned off March 9

The office of the Queens County Public Administrator has scheduled the auction of seven co-ops with starting bids ranging between $56,000 and $176,000.

Google satellite view of the Malba, Queens home to be sold. Click to expand and, below, see a photo of the two-story brick house with garage.

Also on the block March 9 at 11 a.m. will be 10 single-family homes and a condo (from what I can tell) with bids starting between $162,000 to $950,000.  The high upset price is for a place at 141-42 11th Ave., Malba.

And if you’d like to buy a big bunch of properties all at once, there’s a significant auction of a foreclosed East Harlem complex scheduled for March 11 at 11 a.m.

For risk-takers, the co-ops are being sold subject to the approval of the buildings’ board of directors. The units are: Continue reading