On-line database features all of the city properties available for sale
July 11, 2017
Continuing efforts to make government services more efficient and user-friendly for residents and businesses, the City of Pittsburgh has launched an online database of city properties available for sale.
For years there were no lists of city-owned buildings and vacant properties available for purchase. The new website from the Department of Finance, built with help from the Department of Innovation & Performance, now allows interested buyers to view all available properties on an online map or search for them by street name or parcel number.
"Since the early 1990s I have wanted to display the city's tax and property information on a visual basis," said Finance Director Paul Leger. "This administration has taken the first big step to getting that done and we will continue this process until all data from the department will be available visually as well as textually. It's a dream come true and a real convenience for anybody looking to purchase city property."
"This website is another step in the city's technological transformation to make all city services more transparent, accessible, and user-friendly. Improving the process of city property sales helps to eliminate blight, create neighborhood stability, and allow a family to own a new home," said City Councilman Dan Gilman.
The site is available at http://bit.ly/2u4jtY2 or through the main http://pittsburghpa.gov/finance/ site.
Prior to 2015 there were no lists available for people to find out what property the city had available for sale. In 2015 the Peduto Administration started to list for-sale properties but the lists were static, not regularly updated, and not user-friendly enough.
Now the for-sale list is visually based. Those interested can simply look at a map of available properties throughout the city and it will be current, show a picture, and give tax information and assessed Value. Properties for sale are shown as a dot on the map.
Improvements are planned to the new site, including an online application to purchase.
In related news, the city also recently announced permits can now be secured online for the first time, and some may be purchased with credit cards.