City-Owned Property Sales

City Property Sales Infographic

About City Property Sales 

The City of Jackson oversees the sale of City-owned properties and vacant City-owned side lots.

City property sales are administered by the City Manager’s Office. Sales of City-owned houses and commercial buildings are sold following approval by the Jackson City Council. Residents interested in buying a vacant City-owned side lot work with Lisa Moutinho, Administrative Assistant for the City Manager. Her contact information is listed on this page.

Property for Sale

The City of Jackson works with local realtors to sell properties on the open market. Properties that have an existing structure on them, such as a house or commercial building, that are currently up for sale will be displayed on this page. Property listings are removed after an offer has been accepted by the City Council.  

Please review the Example List of Improvements for Rehabs (PDF) to understand the work that may be required for obtaining City-owned property.

Buying Vacant Side Lots 

Here are the qualifications for buying a vacant City-owned side lot:

  • The request to purchase is submitted by City of Jackson residential property owner(s). These lots are not sold to renters or those with a land contract. 
  • The vacant property is immediately adjacent to the property of the requestor.
  • No blight on the property of the requestor. 
  • The requestor does not have outstanding bills/fees/citations/taxes owed to the City. To see if there are any outstanding bills/fees/citations/taxes with the City, search your name in the City of Jackson BS&A online platform. 
  • The property does not lie in a strategic development area, such as within the MLK Corridor Improvement Authority. 
  • The property wasn’t taken from the requestor through foreclosure.
  • Lots must be combined when the sale is approved. No reselling of the acquired lot is allowed. 
  • Commercial and residential lots cannot be combined. 
  • If the lot is being purchased by a business, non-profit or church, the sale must be approved by the Jackson City Council. 
  • If there are multiple offers on the property, the City will go with the highest bidder who is deemed eligible to purchase the lot. 
  • Must be able to pay with cash, cashier's check or money order. 

Should you be interested in submitting an offer, please include your offer purchase price with your request. A minimum offer of $300 is required, the City may counter with a higher dollar amount.  The request will have to come from the property owner. To submit a request please complete the Request to Purchase City Property Form (FILLABLE PDF) with the property owner’s name address, phone number, offer price, last four digits of social security number, desired use of the property and signature.

Identifying a Vacant Lot

Not all vacant lots are owned by the City of Jackson. Even though there is no longer a structure on a lot, it could still be privately owned. Some lots have signage that indicate they are owned by the City, but this practice has fallen out of use by the City. 

To identify a City-owned lot that could be purchased, visit the Jackson County, MI Tax Parcel Viewer. Search an address in this online tool, selected the parcel you searched for, and find adjacent properties. Owner information will be provided with the parcel. 

A photo example is provided of a vacant property at 1046 Greenwood Ave. that’s owned by the City. 

Vacant property example

Properties Held by John George Home or Homes for Hardest Hit Program 

The City is taking requests for properties that are held by our Blight Reduction Partner John George Home. These properties are a part of a grant program administrated by the MSHDA (Michigan State Housing Development Authority). When approved the State applies the cost of the demolition as a lien against the property. 

The length of the lien is generally 5 years, during the time of the lien the City of Jackson will be unable to sell the property. Once the length of the lien has run out, the State of Michigan will submit a letter to John George Home and the lien will be released. At that time the City can begin processing sales requests. 

We encourage anyone interested in submitting a request to purchase a John George Home held property to submit your request to the 14th floor of City Hall with the same information that is requested for City owned vacant lots. The City will review the request for approval once the lien is released on that property.


Contact Us

  1. Lisa Moutinho 

    Administrative Assistant to the City Manager 


    City Manager's Office 
    14th Floor of Jackson City Hall 
    161 W. Michigan Ave. 
    Jackson, MI 49201 

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