Detroit man wants to sell house for new iPhone

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  1. MacKid1983 macrumors 6502

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  2. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Some people are just crazy...

    Edit: guess he isn't as crazy as I thought. The 'bungalow' property is somehow only worth $3,000 and whoever buys the property needs to pay $6,000 in back taxes.
     
  3. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Well a house in Detroit is probably worth about the same as an iPhone.
     
  4. indychris macrumors 6502

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    Actually, it may well be that the house is more a liability than a value. Can't sell for $3,000 and there are $6,000+ owed in back taxes.

    I wouldn't want it if he would just sign over the deed to me.
     
  5. myscrnnm macrumors 65816

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    This is why Detroit went bankrupt in the first place.
     
  6. mercuryjones macrumors 6502a

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    The person selling him the iPhone is getting taken.
     
  7. stasha macrumors 6502

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    a guy who rent his gf for a new iphone is crazier
     
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  9. ag29 macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like a smart scheme to get rid of a house that can't even sell for $3,000 and make the sucker who buys it pay $6,000 in back taxes.
     
  10. AppleP59 macrumors 6502

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    So he'll return the phone..?
     
  11. stasha macrumors 6502

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    no no he rent his gf for 20 bucks and with those money he bought iphone. i dont see the suit of the article saying he return the iphone he must be keeping it
     
  12. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Article said man might be willing to take anything, even an Android :D:D
     
  13. Smartass macrumors 65816

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    but still 9000$ for a house is really cheap. Actually for, lets say, 200.000$ at this price you could buy 20 houses and have your own hood:cool:
     
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    Some people are willing to pay an ETF. Some are willing to pay a WTF.
     
  16. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

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    That is absolutely crazy. I would never sell my house for anything like a phone.
     
  17. JayIsAwesome macrumors 65832

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    Smh...
     

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    Detroit Homeowner Wants To Trade His House For An iPhone 6

    there you go someone get him a phone.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/07/trade-iphone-6-for-house-detroit_n_5947204.html
    If you want a new iPhone, but you're unwilling to take out a mortgage to afford it, you'll find a sympathetic ear in Larry Else.

    The real estate broker represents a Detroit homeowner who, after repeatedly dropping the price on a property he's trying to sell, is now willing to trade it for an iPhone 6.

    Really.

    "It's a real listing," Else told My Fox Detroit. "My client is overseas and he told me he would be willing to trade the property for an iPhone 6. It sounds to me like he wants the [iPhone 6+] version, but I think he's willing to negotiate."

    The homeowner would also consider a 32 gigabyte iPad, or he would likely be happy to sell for $3,000, as specified in the home's listing on Zillow.

    The listing euphemistically refers to the house as an "investor special," neglecting to mention, as the Motor City Muckraker did, that the owner owes $6,160 in property taxes and the house itself is all but abandoned. In a conversation with The Huffington Post, Else didn't hesitate to acknowledge the home "needs major renovations."

    The broker told HuffPost his client lives in Austria and bought the house in 2010 for $41,000, likely believing it to be a smart investment as a rental property. Though it looked good on paper, the house was probably never in as good a shape as the owner was led to believe. "The seller was a victim himself," Else said.
     
  19. Southern Dad macrumors 68000

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    You can buy properties in Detroit for $1 and not have the tax bill. He has no chance of selling it.
     
  20. dianestory2 macrumors 6502

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    Michael Moore made Michigan an awful place. It's all his fault.
     
  21. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Hey but they have a nice new football stadium! So depending on the proximity to the stadium, he might just get it! :D
     
  22. impulse462 macrumors 68000

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    We have a great stadium and a ****** team :(
     
  23. MacNut macrumors Core

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    I don't know if you can trade a house in Detroit for a iPhone 6. Maybe a Galaxy S5 tho.
     
  24. farmkittie, Oct 8, 2014
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    Looks like a potential buyer could just let themselves in...

    ..through the window. No lockbox needed for that house. I'm not even sure if it has a door.

    I think Detroit taxes must be high. Unfortunately because Detroit has had so many fiscal issues the taxes are high but city services are not good. No streetlights on some streets because city doesn't pay the bills even before bankruptcy. I have even heard that if you try to remodel a house there the code inspectors are more picky than in the suburbs by far. So no one wants to remodel and spend $$$$ in a bad neighborhood with harsh code enforcement for installing plumbing, electrical, etc.

    I can't imagine he'll ever be able to sell. There are some decent areas of Detroit so if he's in or near those it might be feasible though.

    Oops, looks like he sold it for money and someone else is going to give him a new iPhone: http://www.today.com/home/homeowner-tried-selling-his-house-iphone-6-it-worked-2D80204131
     

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