Liens on six North Smithfield properties sold at tax sale

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – A tax sale held at Town Hall on Thursday, March 24 brought in back payments owed on six North Smithfield properties totaling more than $50,000.

Levies on the properties were sold at a public auction advertised in the Woonsocket Call, allowing the town to recoup money due that had not come in on real estate taxes and sewer fees dating as far back as 2018, plus fees and expenses.

Investors who buy the liens collect interest over the course of one year, at which time they have the opportunity to foreclose on the property via a petition in Superior Court if the bills have still not been paid.

Legally, the town was required to publish a list of the properties up for sale 30 days in advance, giving taxpayers a final chance to make good on the bills, or possibly work out a deal. Twelve properties appeared on the original published list but six taxpayers had since come forward to settle the debt.

Liens on the following lots were sold to the highest bidder:

19 Oaklawn Road

  • Owner: James Tellier
  • Bidder: Nirvana Realty RIGP of Providence
  • Price: $10,002 for taxes back to 2020

40 Canal St.

  • Owner: Bradley Real Estate Holding Group, Inc
  • Bidder: Rookies Real Estate LLC of Cranston
  • Price: $11,917

621 Pound Hill Road

  • Owner: Pound Hill Real Estate Company, LLC
  • Bidder: Michael Cunha of Providence
  • Price: $22,809 in taxes going back to 2019

80 Mechanic St.

  • Owner: Kaileen & Robert Valenzuela
  • Bidder: Roosevelt Associates of Coventry
  • Price: $2,805 for taxes plus fees dating back to 2018

30 Village Way

  • Owner: Kerri Bratcher
  • Bidder: Rhode Island Housing & Mortgage Finance Corporation of Providence
  • Price: $3,361 for taxes plus fees dating back to 2018

42 Lorraine Ave.

  • Owner: Keith Lovely
  • Bidder: Rhode Island Housing & Mortgage Finance Corporation of Providence
  • Price: $2162 for taxes and fees dating back to 2019

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I think it is a doggone shame that a widow whose husband passed away, could not get help to keep her home. Taxes are enormous, and now even higher. Sometimes helping can go a long way.

    • Ida, I completely agree with you. I have made many comments regarding the Town Administrator, Paul Zwolenski and all members of the Town Council approving an additional exemption for veterans, even those that don’t need it. At no point have these people contemplated the needs of elderly women or others having the ability to keep their homes. Shame on them. They are heartless and cruel in their treatment of individuals without means.

  2. What was the outcome of the others that were up for sale that you did not post ! Did they come clean on there taxes or what ?

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