https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-ne-tax-auction-leaves-buyer-hurting-20190615-d573l2aw7nbk7hgf4y2d36qcoy-story.html

The picture below is showing the property that he purchased. The grassy part where the mailboxes are, well that’s larger than 12 inches. So he purchased just a portion of the grassy strip. That strip runs through the house to the back yard. 100 feet total.

It’s early Monday morning. I’m demanding that breakfast be made for me And served in bed and I’m also getting my laugh on because some dummy spent $9100 for a plot of land that’s 1 foot wide and 100 feet long.

He thought he was bidding on a property where the owners had defaulted on their property taxes and that he was getting a condo valued at $177,000 for $9,100.

😂😂😂😅😅😅😅😀😀😀😀😆😆😆😆😆😁😁😁😁😁😂😂😂😂😂

That 1 foot, TWELVE INCHES… omg that’s hilarious!!! What you gonna do with that land? Park your bike on it? The long way. Pace up and down your little strip every day careful not to go outside the lines? Draw a mini hop scotch? Start a pet Sematary of tiny animals and charge for burial plots. Start the smallest herb garden? I’m running out of ideas? You got any?

Ohh oh, I got more. Practice cart wheels, set up a tiny yoga studio where everybody lines up behind each other stretching to 100 feet. Build a mini toy town. Set up a baby lemonade stand.

Become mayor of your new little city called SMALLVILLE. I would put up graphic art like little miniature penises and miniature fingers flipping people off. (My hubby chimed in on this one) 😊😋

When the neighbors get upset About how I’m running my little town, they’ll have to buy me out. I’m going to put up the grandest slip and slide and charge the neighborhood kids an arm and a leg to use it. I’ve got so many ideas.

On a serious note.

Kerville Holness, you thought you were getting over and gonna snatch a home from under an unfortunate family Who hadn’t paid their taxes but your greed found you out sir. You got fucked and you deserve what you got.

Save your pennies sir because YOU ARE POOR. Wealthy people wouldn’t worry about that pocket change that you lost. You thought you were Gonna buy that place for that little? There are investors out there who would swallow you whole And wouldn’t make such a DUMB business move. KERVILLE, you are not ready to play with the big boys. Take your money, and save it. If it seemed too good to be true, IT IS.

Trying to take advantage of somebody’s misfortune is a shitty thing to do and this guy will be an example for the rest of em.

The message from county officials and real estate experts is that auction participants need to do their homework and make sure they’ve checked for all possible problems a property might have.

“He may go to court and find some error in the sale procedure,” said Gary Singer, a real estate attorney who writes a weekly column for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Generally speaking, he bought what he was supposed to have bought.”

How did this happen?

Officials aren’t sure why the strip was never attached to either of the adjoining properties, but instead remained in possession of the developer, GHO Tamarac II. It could have been overlooked. After the company dissolved, taxes stopped being paid on the property, leading to the March auction.

Holness said the property shouldn’t have been put up for sale. County memos he obtained from last summer show the county’s Records, Taxes and Treasury Division had raised that question with the appraiser’s office because of the parcel’s odd location under two homesteaded properties. But tax division director Tom Kennedy said if the property is on the tax rolls, it must be auctioned.

One memo suggested the adjacent villa owners would have the most interest, but neither bid on the property.

One of the owners, Tina DeFeo, bought her villa in April, after the auction.

“It makes no sense,” DeFeo said. “I don’t know how you buy a strip of grass like that.”

DeFeo said she’ll check with the title insurance company to see why the issue wasn’t flagged, but she said she wouldn’t be paying any money to Holness.

“If we have to move our mailbox, we’ll move our mailbox,” she said.

Richard Sherman, deputy general counsel for the appraiser’s office, said tiny parcels like the one Holness bought aren’t common, but do happen. State law requires the appraiser’s office to put a value on every property, he said.

Holness could try to work out a deal with one of the villa owners to take ownership of the property, but it’s not likely he would recoup everything he spent, Singer said. Any chance of collecting any type of rent or fee from the current villa owners could be hurt if no such payments were required by the previous owner, Singer said.

Buyer beware

Bottom line: Taking part in the county tax deed auctions is a risky venture.

The county put a new warning Thursday on top of the online auction site, telling investors to “do your research” and that “Tax Deed sales are not for the uninformed.” The county doesn’t guarantee any of the properties, which are sold as-is.

“It makes no sense,” DeFeo said. “I don’t know how you buy a strip of grass like that.”

“It makes no sense,” DeFeo said. “I don’t know how you buy a strip of grass like that.”

“It makes no sense,” DeFeo said. “I don’t know how you buy a strip of grass like that.”
“It makes no sense,” DeFeo said. “I don’t know how you buy a strip of grass like that.”

DeFeo said she’ll check with the title insurance company to see why the issue wasn’t flagged, but she said she wouldn’t be paying any money to Holness.

“If we have to move our mailbox, we’ll move our mailbox,” she said.

Richard Sherman, deputy general counsel for the appraiser’s office, said tiny parcels like the one Holness bought aren’t common, but do happen. State law requires the appraiser’s office to put a value on every property, he said.

Holness could try to work out a deal with one of the villa owners to take ownership of the property, but it’s not likely he would recoup everything he spent, Singer said. Any chance of collecting any type of rent or fee from the current villa owners could be hurt if no such payments were required by the previous owner, Singer said.

Buyer beware

Bottom line: Taking part in the county tax deed auctions is a risky venture.

The county put a new warning Thursday on top of the online auction site, telling investors to “do your research” and that “Tax Deed sales are not for the uninformed.” The county doesn’t guarantee any of the properties, which are sold as-is.

Richard Sherman, deputy general counsel for the appraiser’s office, said tiny parcels like the one Holness bought aren’t common, but do happen. State law requires the appraiser’s office to put a value on every property, he said.

Holness could try to work out a deal with one of the villa owners to take ownership of the property, but it’s not likely he would recoup everything he spent, Singer said. Any chance of collecting any type of rent or fee from the current villa owners could be hurt if no such payments were required by the previous owner, Singer said.

Buyer beware

Bottom line: Taking part in the county tax deed auctions is a risky venture.

The county put a new warning Thursday on top of the online auction site, telling investors to “do your research” and that “Tax Deed sales are not for the uninformed.” The county doesn’t guarantee any of the properties, which are sold as-is.

While the notice is new, tax officials say the same information was already in six other places on the site in instructions to potential bidders.

Holness was one of four bidders on the Tamarac parcel. He beat out Antoine Rutherford of Miramar by $100.

But Rutherford, another first-time bidder who also thought he was bidding on a villa, also ended up buying something he didn’t want.

In the March auction, he paid $6,100 for a vacant Lauderhill parcel that he saw as having development potential. But the land he bought was for one of 30 condo units that used to be on the property. Rutherford said the building was demolished after a fire nine years ago. If the association ever sells the property, he could see some return, but he has no control over that.

Will he be bidding again in the future?

“No, that’s it,” Rutherford said. “If I do do it, I’ll have to go to the place and analyze it myself.”

Singer said that’s a good idea.

“Any kind of clerk’s auction is buyer beware to the max,” he said.

“No, that’s it,” Rutherford said. “If I do do it, I’ll have to go to the place and analyze it myself.”

Singer said that’s a good idea.

“Any kind of clerk’s auction is buyer beware to the max,” he said.

Singer said that’s a good idea.

“Any kind of clerk’s auction is buyer beware to the max,” he said.