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Take Root Milwaukee understands that there are many factors to consider when purchasing a home. We encourage you to start by contacting a Take Root Milwaukee Homeownership Agency partner. They can be a great resource in helping you navigate the home buying process. For a link to homebuyer specialists that can help you get started, click here.


Also, you may wish to work with a Realtor to assist you in finding the right neighborhood and home for your lifestyle.

Click here to learn more about Take Root Milwaukee's Member Realtors.

 Or visit the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors website to search for a Realtor.

Neighborhood Partners

Start your home search by visiting our Neighborhood Page to to access information and resources for the various neighborhoods in the City of Milwaukee. Many organizations list homes for sale in their neighborhood, or contact them for a list.  Additionally, Take Root Milwaukee member ACTS Housing also offers properties for sale.

Foreclosure Listings

Don't be fooled! You do not need to call an "800 number" or "buy" a list to see the foreclosed properties in the City of Milwaukee. You can access a list of those properties through the City of Milwaukee's database here.

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Click to view homes for sale in the Milwaukee area.

Homes for Sale from the City of Milwaukee

The City of Milwaukee offers tax-foreclosed homes for sale online at www.milwaukee.gov/CityHouses. Properties are offered to owner-occupants for the first 30 days, and then to investor owners. When you buy a City-owned home to live in as an owner-occupant, the City will reimburse you with a cash-back reward for up to $500 in landscaping. Purchase plants, flowers, bushes, sod, fencing and more! Learn more about the $500 ROOTS Landscaping Incentive.

Additionally, the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) provides fully forgivable loans up to $20,000 to assist owner-occupant buyers with rehabilitation. The Homebuyer Assistance Program is available throughout the city of Milwaukee, is not limited to first time homebuyers, and has no maximum income limits for qualification. Free technical assistance helps with scope of work development, soliciting bids from licensed contractors, and monitoring rehabilitation. Attend a Homebuyer Orientation Session to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

City of Milwaukee Fully Rehabilitated Homes Listing

The City also has homes for sale that have been renovated by the Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) or one of their development partners. Purchasers are required to fall within the income guidelines established for the program and are required to complete 8 hours of homebuyer education from a HUD-approved counseling agency before an offer is submitted.  Check back often because the pace of sales has been brisk and new homes will be coming available throughout the season.  View the listings here

Also, be sure to check out the Homebuyer Assistance page and Buying a Foreclosure page for additional programs, such as the City of Milwaukee Homebuyer Assistance program.

Northwest Impact

NW Impact is a subsidiary of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, serving Milwaukee for over 31 years. NW Impact is a program designed to mitigate foreclosure and assist new owner-occupant homebuyers to purchase bank foreclosures, and City of Milwaukee-owned tax foreclosures. The program involves refinancing properties in foreclosure, rehabilitating foreclosed homes, and offering Rent-to-Own housing to qualified applicants, focusing on the Lincoln Creek, Old North Milwaukee and Roosevelt Grove neighborhoods on Milwaukee's northwest side.  Visit www.northwestimpact.com to see listings, program information and more.


HomeSteps is the Freddie Mac sales unit responsible for marketing and selling Freddie Mac real estate owned (REO) homes to homebuyers and investors. We sell our homes through a national network of real estate agents and vendors. We have thousands of desirable and affordable homes located throughout the country. Visit www.HomeSteps.com to search for available homes in your target neighborhood and to learn more about our homebuyer offers.

Other Homebuyer Assistance Programs

There are many other assistance programs available such as Employer-Assisted Homeownership (EAH), Down-payment assistance, Rehab assistance, City of Milwaukee Strong Neighborhoods and more!  We encourage you to visit our Homebuyer Assistance page for more information or talk with one of our housing counseling agency members to see what programs you may qualify for.

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The consumer information on TakeRootMilwaukee.org is used with permission from Freddie Mac. Freddie Mac offers extensive, regularly updated consumer information about buying and owning a home on its website, www.FreddieMac.com, in the “About Homeownership” section. Freddie Mac is not responsible for content errors or omissions on TakeRootMilwaukee.org.

The funding source of this activity is the Milwaukee Homeownership Consortium and Freddie Mac.