By Sahana Murthy
on June 10, 2020
Just like that, we are at the halfway mark of a year defined by world-changing events from COVID-19 to massive demonstrations against racial injustice, and there are still six months and a US Presidential election left in 2020.
With all the intensity and uncertainty in the world, we are keeping the June update short & sweet, though please know that if our data can help you with COVID research or efforts to root out injustice in property policies you should reach out to talk (we are members of the *SafeGraph COVID-19 Data Consortium* and working on reforms to issues like * Detroit’s destructive tax foreclosure policies* remains an abiding interest as it has for years).
Let’s dive right into it then:
3. US Virgin Islands - We were finally & magically able to add US virgin islands parcel data to our dataset, mapping platform and the data store. We added updated Puerto Rico data too last month. Lots more of the missing counties in our dataset will be coming soon. You can check out the US Virgin Islands on our data store if you are interested - https://landgrid.com/store/us/vi
2. Print PDF for Landgrid Pro - We recently added the “Print PDF Map” & "Print Parcel" feature to our Landgrid Pro subscription tier. So all Landgrid Pro users can now not only look up individual parcel information but can also print parcel info as a PDF & print the map you are viewing as well.
Not using Landgrid Pro yet? You can sign up here - https://landgrid.com/plans
3. Upcoming updates - We have a lot of things brewing currently. So stay tuned with us for updates on our:
- Landgrid Mobile App
- Landgrid Tileserver
- Key partnerships
And… Much more!
We have been keeping good on our promise to you for 2020 - more tutorials and product content. Here’s what’s coming next and what we published recently:
The Talking Grid Webcasts:
1. CARTO & Data with Javier Pérez Trufero We had an amazing webcast last week with CARTO’s Head of Data - Javier Pérez Trufero about all things CARTO, location data & its relevance during COVID-19 and much much more.
Watch the full episode here - https://youtu.be/RO6Mz29TIwk
2. Upcoming - A live “The Talking Grid” webcast with our customers at Pivvot on June 26th - Register to save your spot here - https://www.crowdcast.io/e/meet-pivvot---location
Pivvot has curated a massive database of environmental, land, social and other location information – and we make it easy to access, interpret and share. Used by engineering firms, energy and transportation companies, we turn data into insights by delivering preferred routes, navigating regulatory and environmental issues, reducing risk, and providing detailed location-based awareness.
Webcasts & podcasts:
It’s podcast & webcast season at LOVELAND. We have a host of amazing events lined up for you.
1. CEO, Jerry Paffendorf recently joined the wonderful folks at Dynamo Metrics on their hosted podcast - “Ahead of the curve” - Listen to the fin conversation where Jerry talks about the history of parcels, the fight against blight in Detroit and the current state of the world and the company - https://www.dynamometrics.com/ahead-of-the-curve-podcast/episode-6-jerry-paffendorf
2. Upcoming - Listen to Jerry’s wise words on the Mapscaping podcast later this month. The link will be shared as soon as the podcast's schedule is made available to us.
People of Landgrid:
Lastly, we will leave you with 2 incredible journeys & stories with our People of Landgrid articles -
1. Michele Oberholtzer - Director of Tax Foreclosure Prevention at UCHC, in our latest POL story. A former Lovelander and now an activist for tax foreclosure prevention! A truly inspiring story. https://landgrid.com/pages/michele-oberholtzer
2. Anne Wistow & Stephanie Shackelford - Lucas County Land Bank, Toledo, OH
Anne is the VP of projects planning and Stephanie is the projects manager at the LCLB and together their mission is to strengthen neighborhoods and preserve property values. It's wonderful to see the work they have done in Toledo and the impact it has had on the property landscape there.
That’s the update for this month.
We will be back next month with bigger & better updates.
Until then, be well, stay safe.
- Sahana Murthy
By Sahana Murthy
on April 28, 2020
Big Announcement: Updated Puerto Rico data from 2020, now available at Landgrid.com.
We are thrilled to announce that we now have the most recent, 2020 data available for Puerto Rico.
Well, we’ve had Puerto Rico data for some years -- and helped develop a plan and budget for a community-driven island-wide property survey that could still come to life one day if the time is right -- however, since 2016, we were unable to get updated, refreshed data for the island.
Not anymore! We recently received the most recent & updated data for all of Puerto Rico for 2020. That’s right - straight from a PR source.
We have added 38,635 additional parcels for Puerto Rico to our dataset: that brings us up to 1,523,802 parcels in total.
If you're looking for the latest data for all of Puerto Rico, and we know many of you are since we get asked for this a lot, you can see it on the site at https://landgrid.com/store/us/pr.
If you need to export the raw data for use outside the site, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s available for download and via API.
It is also available for self-serve download by the municipality on the Landgrid parcel data store: https://landgrid.com/store/us/pr
Loveland team members have made numerous visits to Puerto Rico and developed some good friendships on the island since Maria. We look forward to being back when the pandemic passes and it's safe to travel, and we hope to be helpful on more local projects in the future.
Below, find some notable improvements & updates between the data we had in 2016 and the data we have now:
Data from 2016
NEW PR Data (2020)
Ll_uuid (total number of unique parcels)
715,569 (Woo Hoo)
Last Sale Date
Hurricane Maria - Brief Analysis:
Our latest data update for PR also gave us some key insights into the possible impact of Hurricane Maria on the island’s property landscape - since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, we have one dataset prior to the hurricane and one after.
Please bear in mind that the data we discuss below can NOT be directly a result or impact of Maria (although speculatively, they could very well be). It's also not possible for us to know the details of how the data is updated and maintained, and what might be missing that would add additional insight or otherwise impact the conclusions we draw below. We share some observations from the data here to help prompt further research and greater understanding of how things are changing over time.
Topo map, rainfall amounts, and Hurricane Maria’s path across Puerto Rico. Image from USGS. ^
A 'mailing address' is the place of record where an owner wants information (tax bills, other correspondence to property owners from the municipal government) to be sent. This makes it interesting data for analysis.
properties with non-Puerto Rico mailing addresses ^
- About 9% of Puerto Rico’s parcels for which we have owner mailing info list a non-PR mailing address currently. There are a further 1,600 properties that list a P.O. Box as the mailing address, for which location is difficult to determine.
It’s worth noting here that it’s not possible to break out how much of this ownership is former Puerto Rico residents who now live abroad, and how much represents external investment / non-Puerto Rican ownership.
Top 5 states with non-PR mailing addresses:
New York: 8,756
New Jersey: 3,294
- There were 4,064 purchases in the 2.5 years since Maria (ie from Maria until March 2020) that list a non-PR owner mailing address. For context, there were 3,081 out-of-state purchases in the 2.5 years prior, showing a 24% increase since Hurricane Maria.
Sale Data (Pre & Post Maria)
In an attempt to compare apples to apples as much as possible within this quick analysis, we took Hurricane Maria as the inflection point. Since we’re just about 2.5 years after Maria as of this writing, we took a corresponding 2.5 years prior to Maria (March 2015). All post- and pre- Maria data below, unless otherwise noted, are working with this 2.5 year span on either side.
- In terms of overall sales numbers, we see a 10% decrease in volume:
- There was a corresponding decline in sales greater than $100,000:
Sales pre-Maria over $100,000
Sales post-Maria over $100,000
- In general, median sales prices fell in Puerto Rico after the hurricane. One exception was the San Juan area, which saw a rise in prices. While one might think that this market activity in San Juan might be related to outside investment, we found nothing to indicate that that was the case: sales in that area were no more likely to have non-PR addresses than on the island as a whole (right around 10%).
There's much more to be learned from this dataset. If our software or the data itself can be helpful to your work, research, or advocacy in Puerto Rico please email us at email@example.com.
- The Landgrid Team
By Jerry Paffendorf
on March 24, 2020
Jerry from the Loveland team here with a post about a new report written by Greg Markus with Detroit Action Commonwealth, made with the assistance of our software and analysis by our team, and supported by a grant from The Sociological Initiatives Foundation.
See the report here: Looking Back at the 2017 Tax Foreclosure Auction: 2020 Report.
Those of you who have followed our work over time know that our headquarters is in Detroit, MI and that the intense property and land-use challenges of Detroit are more than close to our hearts. Over the years we have been involved in many projects to improve our shared understanding of the city and to advocate for better outcomes for Detroiters, Detroit neighborhoods, and Detroit property. The research isn’t always pretty, because the challenges aren’t pretty.
Chief among these challenges is an incredibly encumbered and fragile Detroit property tax base combined with Michigan’s incredibly aggressive and punitive tax foreclosure law that seizes and auctions properties that owe as little as $1 from 3 years ago. This combination has led to approximately 150,000 Detroit properties being foreclosed and auctioned since 2002 (that’s more than ⅓ of properties in the city), including more than 50,000 occupied homes, with the majority of tax foreclosures occurring since Detroit’s bankruptcy in 2013, though programs and payment plans have been chipping away at the auction numbers in recent years.
This tax foreclosure policy is a beast that has proven largely impenetrable to holistic review and systematic change, with dire consequences for the city’s landgrid, neighborhoods, and the people directly affected. While the law’s original intent was to quickly return abandoned property to productive re-use, over time it became a force for separating people from their homes at scale and distributing property ownership to distant buyers.
As you’ll see on the first page of the report, tax foreclosure has not been impervious to the coronavirus, and Wayne County has announced a moratorium on tax foreclosures in 2020, which was announced on the same day we were finalizing the report.
We hope that while things are on pause that the findings of this report — which include a look at how many properties in the 2017 auction were occupied and are occupied now; how many were occupied by renters who were not responsible for taxes but faced uncertainty and eviction after the property was sold; how many out-of-town buyers purchased the properties; how the new owners are keeping up on the taxes, and the impact on current occupancy — contribute to giving policymakers pause and help lead to changes that turn this annual ritual from an exercise in self-harm to a more thoughtful and humane process that consciously achieves shared goals for a better, happier, healthier city.
If our team or our software can be helpful to you in doing similar kinds of property research, whatever the issue you are exploring may be, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be healthy, be safe, everybody!
By Sahana Murthy
on March 11, 2020
Hi everyone. Jerry from Landgrid here.
Last Thursday we rolled out the new Landgrid Data Store where you can download clean, standardized parcel data and property information for any county in the country, simply and at a great price.
Fields include addresses, ownership, land use, assessment info, property boundaries and lot sizes... even vacancy and building data.
The store makes it easy to see exactly which fields are available for each county, when the data was last refreshed, and you can download a free sample before buying, so you’ll know exactly what you're getting. No mysteries here. And you get your file immediately.
We created the store because sometimes you just need to grab data for one or a few places that you can open and work with in your preferred software, whether that’s a spreadsheet program or a mapping tool.
I’m happy to say that on the very first day our very first customer sent us this testimonial:
"The convenience of being able to purchase data instantly from the Landgrid Parcel Data Store is unbeatable. The website was easy to use, and I was able to immediately download the data after submitting my payment. While everyone at Landgrid has always been very responsive to emails during purchase inquiries, this takes the convenience and speed of acquiring data to a new level."
- Bethany Berry, Landgrid Data Store Customer
Sometimes a breakthrough is just a change that makes things simpler. I think the new Landgrid Data Store is that kind of a breakthrough.
It perfectly compliments our parcel viewer, software, and state and nationwide data licenses to serve you parcel data however you need it, whenever you need it.
If you want to learn more about the store, how it works, and get instant answers to your questions, you can join me and my colleague Sahana for a short, 15-minute live demo webinar of the store at 3 PM ET today. Register here to save your spot: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/the-landgrid-parcel-data
Or just head to landgrid.com/store to check it out now.
All the best from the whole team!
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Detroit, MI 48226