Sayreville homeowners call Blue Acres buyout offers an insult

Homeowners in one section of Sayreville say the state government's latest buyout offers are an insult, pricing their homes much lower their true values.

Homeowners in one section of Sayreville say the state government's latest buyout offers are an insult, pricing their homes much lower their true values. (9/11/13)

SAYREVILLE - Homeowners in one section of Sayreville say the state government's latest buyout offers are an insult, pricing their homes much lower than their true values.

Families say the offers on their Sandy-damaged homes coming from the state's Blue Acres program are way too low.

William Skinner says his home has been repaired, but the preliminary offer is close to $150,000 less than its pre-Sandy home value, on which the buyouts are supposed to be based.

"I wouldn't mind starting over," Skinner says. "Let me start over with a clean slate. Not owing."

A DEP spokesperson says they use certified assessors, and that homeowners can get a second opinion. They can also turn down the offer, but many homeowners say they can't afford to do that.

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