Ever wondered what the old homestead in Flint is worth these days? It's easy to find out on the city's property tax website.
Simply go to the parcel lookup page and enter the address. That will get you the parcel number. Just click on the parcel number and you'll get a page with the tax valuation and a description of the property. Then click on the link for "Sale Information" on the right side of the page near the top for a history of recent transactions and prices.
The process gives you another way to get a handle on Flint's economic misfortunes...as if you needed another one.
And while it provides plenty of numbers, you're left wondering about the real stories behind various properties.
Take this 770 sq. ft. house at 2418 Riverside. It's located just across the Flint River from the now-demolished Buick City factory, so it's about as close as you can get to ground zero of America's deindustrialization. But from the photo, it could almost be a nice little cabin Up North that needs some work. You can probably hear the river from the backyard.
It's inexplicably owned by the Department for Veteran's Affairs, and it sold in 1980 for $18,000.
It's yours now for just 900 bucks, about the cost of a new iPhone.