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Post time 2014-10-11 16:16:57 |Display all floors
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One homeowner is resorting to bartering for the latest iPhone as a tactic to sell a beleaguered property in Detroit.

The owner of this three-bedroom home will be willing to hand it over in exchange for an iPhone 6

The owner has dropped the asking price on a three-bedroom home in east Detroit from $5,000 to a new iPhone 6 as the owner is desperate to sell ahead of the area’s tax auction season where "thousands" of homes near foreclosure will flood the market, real estate broker Larry Else told ABC News.

"This house is really not worth much at all," Else said.

The windows are broken and there is no front door. The broker himself has not been inside the home because his company has a policy of not going in unsecured houses alone. Detroit's declining fortunes have been precipitous, with an exodus has that left its population about a third of what it used to be in its heyday, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

"It's a little dicey," Else said of the neighborhood.

The owner who proposed this unusual sale lives in Austria and has never lived in Detroit, and Else said that his client got ripped off the first time around. The owner, who is not sharing his name publicly, bought the home for $41,000 in 2010 after being told that he would make a quick profit by renting out the home. Little did he know that the person he bought it from had purchased the property just two weeks prior for only $10,500, Else said.

"Public records don't show up that fast," Else said of how his client didn't know that he was paying too much, adding that his client "was a victim himself."

Now, the property has accrued more than $6,000 in back taxes and will enter foreclosure next year if that debt is not settled. So while the owner is asking for an iPhone 6 -- or, he said he would also accept a 32GB iPad -- the true cost of the sale comes from the buyer assuming the cost of the back taxes. Else said that because he is selling the property as a quick claim deed, it would be up to the buyer to arrange either a payment plan or lump sum payment with county officials to settle the back taxes.

That isn't deterring the new-found interest in the property, as Else said that he received four offers today alone, ranging in seriousness.

One woman said she was "interested in the house for the wood," Else said, explaining that the prospective buyer is apparently on a quest for white pine planks. Another bidder said that they would be willing to hand over an iPhone 5, and another offered $850 for the property, Else said.

Else hinted that the most likely buyer is someone who already lives on the block and put in a $700 bid, but their familiarity with the area appeared to put them at the head of the pack. Else said that the area is "full of similar houses. There’s lots of vacancy."

He said he expects one of the four offers to work out, and may even finalize the sale tonight.

This is not the end of his bartering business, however, as Else said that he's already gotten another call from a homeowner who has had trouble selling their property.

"I did get a call from a seller today who said 'We've been having a hard time selling our house. We have it listed for $20,000. Could I get a 1994 Chevy for this house?'" Else said.


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Post time 2014-10-11 16:21:43 |Display all floors

IPhone fans are waiting in line at an Apple Store for more than two weeks waiting for an iPhone 6. They've been on line since August 31st and are hoping to break their own personal record of 15 days, set last year, as well as the "world record" of 17 days.

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Five people were charged with intentional injury to a Chinese teenager who was so desperate to buy an iPad and an iPhone that he sold his kidney for just over $3,300.

The accused, who live in southern China, include a surgeon who removed a kidney from a 17-year-old boy in return for around 220,000 Yuan, or $33,000. Prosecutors in Chenzhou City, Hunan province, said that one of the defendants received the money to arrange the transplant. He paid the teenager only 22,000 Yuan, then split the rest with the surgeon, the three other defendants, and other medical staff.

The teenager, identified only by his surname Wang, comes from Anhui, one of China's poorest provinces, where inhabitants frequently leave to find work and a better life elsewhere. Following the surgery in 2011, Wang bought an iPhone and an iPad. When his mother quizzed him on how he funded the sought-after goods, he admitted to selling a kidney. It is not known who received and paid for the kidney

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Post time 2014-10-11 16:24:36 |Display all floors

Five people were charged with intentional injury to a Chinese teenager who was so desperate to buy an iPad and an iPhone that he sold his kidney for just over $3,300.

The accused, who live in southern China, include a surgeon who removed a kidney from a 17-year-old boy in return for around 220,000 Yuan, or $33,000. Prosecutors in Chenzhou City, Hunan province, said that one of the defendants received the money to arrange the transplant. He paid the teenager only 22,000 Yuan, then split the rest with the surgeon, the three other defendants, and other medical staff.

The teenager, identified only by his surname Wang, comes from Anhui, one of China's poorest provinces, where inhabitants frequently leave to find work and a better life elsewhere. Following the surgery in 2011, Wang bought an iPhone and an iPad. When his mother quizzed him on how he funded the sought-after goods, he admitted to selling a kidney. It is not known who received and paid for the kidney

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Post time 2014-10-11 16:26:36 |Display all floors

A young Chinese couple may face many years in jail after allegedly selling their baby daughter to raise money for an iPhone and other luxury goods. The couple, identified only as Miss Zhang and Mr. Teng, are said to have placed anonymous advertisements in newspapers suggesting that they would be willing to part with their baby - unborn at that stage - in exchange for 50,000 yuan (about $8,000).

Police in Shanghai later charged the couple with human trafficking after they accepted money for the baby, who was born at home and was still only weeks, or months, old when sold.

The couple said in court that that they were acting in the child's best interest. They didn't have steady incomes and would have had difficulty caring for the child. They hoped that by auctioning her off the child would be placed in a good, stable home and receive a good education.

However, one credit card bill showed that immediately after the baby was "traded" in, the couple spent large amounts of cash during an online shopping spree, which included the purchase of an iPhone and a pair of "high-end" sneakers

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Post time 2014-10-11 16:37:08 |Display all floors

A Chinese university student who borrowed money to buy an IPhone and then had to carry bricks at a construction site for 8 days to pay off the loans.




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Post time 2014-10-12 09:50:59 |Display all floors
The Americans are suffering from the shift of factories to China for lower cost. Their people are suffering from poverty from lack of jobs and extreme tax. The Chinese are enjoying economic booms but how long will this last. There is a price to pay - heavy pollution and environmental hazards due to over-development.  The long term effect will be a big price to pay when the health situation is compromised.

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