Foreclosure Auction at Convention Center

October 25, 2010 Updated Oct 25, 2010 at 4:09 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

October 25, 2010 Updated Oct 25, 2010 at 4:09 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Hundreds of people showed up for this year's home foreclosure auction at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Some people, including Tyrone Goodson, were at this year's auction to buy a house.

"I'm looking to buy some property to help with the overall process of redeveloping the city and bringing Buffalo back to the forefront," Goodson said.

Others, like a man that wanted to be known as "Art" were fighting for to keep their home.

"I hope I can bail my house out. I don't even know what I have to do. My house is on the list. I found out through my neighbor by someone coming by and taking pictures of my house. I was like oh boy here we go," Homeowner Art said.

Martin Kennedy with the City's Department of Assessment and Taxation said these were not mortgage foreclosures. People who lost their homes were late on other bills owed to the City of Buffalo.

"This is for people who have not paid taxes sewer, water and user fees since 2008," Kennedy said.

Those putting a bid on a house, signed up and went into the auction room to make a bid.
The people who were trying to get their house off the auction block anxiously waited in line.

"Got sick in Buffalo. Been here my whole life. I'm just looking for a little break, some leeway so I can catch up on my bills," Art said.

But the city said they did cut homeowners some slack.

Last week, they held a Court Order Program which helped people come up with a payment plan. Nearly 1500 people took advantage of that program. The rest of the homeowners have until Wednesday to try to get their houses back but for some it may be too late.

To learn more about the auction click here.