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295 Linwood Avenue

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February 2015
May 2017
Photo credit: Christina Lincoln, John Straubinger, Zillow

295 Linwood Avenue, Buffalo NY 14209


Midland Mortgage Company of Oklahoma City since foreclosure
Yolanda A. Spencer per City of Buffalo Property Information
NYS Corporation and Business Entity Database

Physical Description

2 1/2 story frame building with mansard roof, built in Second Empire style with a later Victorian addition on the front.

Current Condition

Vacant. Mostly intact but showing some signs of damage where ever downspouts are missing. Retains many original details like hardwood floors, pocket doors, fireplaces, and wood windows, but has been muddled in certain areas, such as the vinyl front windows.


  • 1920-1981 - Owned by Augustus H. Shearer
  • 1996 - Purchased by Yolanda A. Spencer, the house's fourth owner.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2013 - Foreclosed on by, and now the responsibility of, Midland Mortgage Company of Oklahoma City. Taxes are current.
  • 2016 - Someone applied a shoddy white paint job on the house years after its abandonment and foreclosure
  • May 2017 - Appears to be listed for sale for $84,900 per No for sale sign or realtor info available on site.
  • July 2017 - listed for sale.

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Located in the Linwood Avenue Local Historic District.
  • This is a "zombie house" as defined under New York State law.
    • Banks and mortgage companies are required by law to maintain houses they've foreclosed on that have become vacant.
    • Citizens may report unmaintained zombie houses in New York State by calling 800-342-3736. This report would add the property to a registry maintained by NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS). Complaints may also be filed at the DFS complaint page.
    • If a property is not already in the registry, DFS will identify the mortgage servicer and begin the process of ensuring the property is maintained.


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