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Published January 19, 2012, 10:46 PM

City of Gwinner bids on flood buyout homes

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - There have been several home auctions for Clay County buyout homes over the last few months, but none quite like today’s. One bidder wasn't looking to buy up some of the 12 homes included in the auction for himself, but instead to help one community's dire need for housing.

There have been several home auctions for Clay County buyout homes over the last few months, but none quite like today’s. One bidder wasn't looking to buy up some of the 12 homes included in the auction for himself, but instead to help one community's dire need for housing.

The city of Gwinner decided to bid on some of the homes in the auction, three to be exact.

Mayor Dan McKeever says with the lack of available housing in the area, they are looking into every avenue to get more homes.

Dan McKeever – Mayor of Gwinner: “We have the jobs, most communities need the jobs, and we have the jobs so we just have to figure out a place to put the people when they come down to the area.”

McKeever says they were using this auction as a stepping stone to learn more about the process. The city was out-bid on every home, but McKeever isn't upset about the results from the sale.

Dan McKeever: “We didn't want to go crazy this time and get in over our heads, we have never done this before, so this tells us where we need to be at next time.”

Although the city didn't not purchase any of the homes, Mayor McKeever says he will be at February's auction to hopefully buy some of the properties that were not sold in today’s auction.

Dan McKeever: We were playing it pretty conservative today, obviously too conservative because we didn't end up getting any of the homes today, but it was an education process and we will definitely be back next month.

Sales associate Greg Anderson says he is extremely happy with the sale. It is a huge improvement from last month's where they had not one single bidder.

Greg Anderson – Sales Associate: “Without a doubt this has been truly our biggest sale, we got some very reasonable prices and people got some nice homes.”

With more and more people interested in the auctions, next month’s sale may have the potential to beat this month’s.

Dan McKeever: “We have had quite a few phone calls of just residents in town that are talking about doing it, and we actually had a few here today that was in the bid process, didn't quite make the top three, so I am sure they will be back next month too.”

Six out of 12 homes sold in today’s auction. The most expensive home sold for $20,500 and the lowest for just $6, 000. The homes must be moved by the buyer before June 30th.

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