City of Amsterdam Foreclosure List: A Look at the Numbers

I crunched some data on the foreclosure list of city properties in the interest of understanding what really is happening versus relying the guesswork and speculation. Some findings of interest follow. For notes on my analysis, those are at the end of the post. I’ll be posting some followups on this as much of what I see as comments here and elsewhere on this issue is incorrect.
1) The dollars in foreclosed properties are not just out-of-towners (folks who do not live in Amsterdam) but Amsterdamians as well:
AMSTERDAM Residents — $5,998,562
OUTSIDE AMSTERDAM Residents — $7,398,543

Grand Total — $13,397,104
This contradicts the usual assumptions that the problem is solely outside investors to the city.
2) The major portion of the liability is personal versus corporate. I think this is a relatively positive indicator as corporations will be more difficult to recover monies from due to corporate protections if the foreclosure should proceed.

3) Most of the corporate entities are from outside Amsterdam. I think this is to be expected
AMSTERDAM $633,567
TOTAL $3,411,287
AMSTERDAM $5,364,995
TOTAL $9,985,817
4) Here is a distribution of number of properties by amount owed. The bulk of properties owe between $10-$50K in back taxes.

Foreclosures by Amount Owed -- CIty of Amsterdam

Foreclosures by Amount Owed — CIty of Amsterdam

Finally, here is a geographic look at the where the properties are located by amount of taxes owed. The brighter the color, the higher the total taxes owed for that area.  (please see the legend for details). Also note how ‘more demolition at $40-$50K per property’ is NOT then answer to this problem….
Analysis Notes:
1) Personal versus corporate was determined by whether the owner name of the property had the following words: Inc,LTD,Corp,Limited,Trust,Irrevocable
2) Amsterdam versus Outside Amsterdam determined by using mailing address of the owner. This is not a perfect approach
3) Map generated using US Census Block data; 12 properties not able to mapped and were excluded

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2 Responses

  1. Don Diehl says:

    Great post!!! On the individual properties perhaps a one time tax amnesty forgiving all penalties/interest could be tried.

  2. Diane says:

    This is a great post…….As for the one time amnesty, Matt Agresta, the controller is checking with the state to see if it possible and legal. We should know sometime this week.
    I think what is interesting is the fact that there are properties all over the city, in each ward, it is not just limited to one section of the city.

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