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Watch Detroit Tackle Blight in Real Time

Sales of previously vacant homes are steadily racking up on the Building Detroit auction site.
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The house at 18631 Albion Avenue in Detroit is a "good-looking 1,300 sq. ft. brick bungalow." The three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath home in Detroit's Osborn neighborhood sits between two parks, Optimist-Parkgrove Playground and Bessy Playground. So says the Detroit Land Bank Authority, in a listing on the Building Detroit auction site. "Upgrades are needed in the kitchen and bathroom," the listing reads. "The garage is falling apart and tuck pointing is needed on the exterior of this house."

The house has been stripped of its copper, its foundation features minor visible cracks, and its water heater is broken—but 18631 Albion is now sold. After 52 bids over the course of six hours on June 1, the home sold to user "macaroni" for $5,400.