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Process

​Purchasing City-owned properties

Following are instructions regarding property purchases through the City's Real Estate division:

Written offers

All offers must be in writing and signed by the individual desiring to purchase the subject property and include the following:

  1. Date.
  2. Location and legal description of parcel.
  3. Dollar amount of offer.
  4. Buyer’s name.
  5. Buyer’s address.
  6. Buyer’s contact information.
  7. Written statement that buyer does not owe any delinquent taxes or fees to the City of Wichita or Sedgwick County.
  8. Proposed use for the site.
  9. Estimated development timeline.

Approval Process

All offers will be reviewed by appropriate City staff.  Upon negotiation of terms acceptable to both parties, a contract will be drafted and presented to the buyer. The buyer will execute the contract and return it to the City. Staff will present the contract to the City Council for approval and execution by the Mayor. The transaction terms and conditions are only binding after execution by the Mayor.

Subject property

Buyer is responsible for being familiar with the property location and zoning. Property is sold “as is,” subject to all easements, blanket easements, right-of-ways, covenants, and conditions, zoning restrictions, water rights to grantor, and all other restrictions or conditions, including physical conditions.

Warranties

The City of Wichita does not make any warranties or guarantees, expressed or otherwise concerning the suitability of the real property for the intended use of the purchaser. Purchaser is responsible for determining the suitability of the property for the intended use.

Acceptance/rejections

The City of Wichita expressly reserves the right to accept and/or reject any offer. Final approval and acceptance rests with the City Council.

Utilities

The City of Wichita makes no representations as to the availability of utilities or costs associated with utilities. It is the buyer’s responsibility to determine availability and costs of utilities.

Taxes and City liens

Individual properties may be subject to additional taxes.

Title insurance

Title insurance will be at the buyer’s expense if a policy is desired.