ROANOKE, Va. -

Big signs, boarded up buildings, an eyesore to some, an opportunity for others.

The people in this room see past the wild weeds, peeling paint and cracked concrete.

Evelyn Powers, Roanoke Treasurer: These are properties that are more than two-years in delinquent taxes and leins against the property.

The Roanoke tax auction is giving properties around the city a second chance while recooping revenue.

The pace is quick, the action fierce and the deals- on this day, are plentiful.

Joseph Keaton, Roanoke resident: That's the fun of coming to an auction you get into all the action.

Keaton is a regular at these auctions.
The Roanoke investor says tax auctions, offer the best deals.

"You definitely have to have a limit more you come because you have to access what it's going to cost you to repair it and if you blow your limit you're in the hole," says Keaton.

From investors to non-profits, there seems to be something for everyone.

"Nine-thousand dollars for an existing home?" asks the reporter.
"Yes, we were quite happy," says Habitat for Humanity Construction Director Brian Clark laughing.

The house on Patterson Avenue is boarded up now, but will eventually be home to a family.
And, could spark something greater in the neighborhood.

"This property that we were able to purchase is great because it's across the street from a new construction -so we're going to renovate one and build a new one across the street and hopefully work on some of the boarded up structures in the neighborhood," says Clark.

The tax sales must be approved before they're finalized.

The treasurer says in many of the cases they see- the property owner never responds to his/her tax bill.

She says many times if the owner contacts her office, she and her staff can work out payment programs to help people hold onto their land.