Foreclosure Auction

WAMC

In the first quarter of 2013, the foreclosure crisis affecting Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires appears to be worsening despite national trends of an improving housing market.

As a result of a $25 billion national settle with major lenders over their foreclosure practices, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office over the past year has partnered with community organizations to offer assistance to those who face foreclosure in a campaign called HomeCorps.

Three former Burger King restaurants in the Pittsfield area that were abruptly shut down earlier this year  have been sold to new owners. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the three Burger King restaurants previously owned by Richard C. George were sold at foreclosure auctions by TD Bank to two separate owners for a combined 2.8 million dollars. They include restaurants on Merrill Road and First Street in Pittsfield, and on Pittsfield Road in Lenox.

The battle over disputed foreclosed lands has led to a lawsuit in the NYS Supreme Court.

Clinton County plans to sell foreclosed lands during an on-line auction Friday.

The Turtle Island Trust filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Clinton County’s foreclosure actions.  

Gare Smith, an attorney representing the trust, says Clinton County’s move is unprecedented.

Clinton County officials claim the lands were originally leased to the trust.