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Washington town sold online, what else can $360,000 buy?

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Wauconda, WA sold

793344a5fea4b2b445c371400e5fcf55When the town of Wauconda, Washington was placed for sale on Ebay, the internet was all atwitter. Although it is not the first city sold through Ebay (a Texas town and several California towns have sold online), its closing this month is big news, namely because of the sales price.

Land owner Daphne Fletcher purchased the 4-acre town that features a restaurant, a small store, a gas pump, a four bedroom house and an entire zip code all to itself, for only $180,000 in 2007. In 2008, Fletcher attempted to sell the town for $1.1 million to no avail and placed it on Ebay with a reserve bid of $359,000 and received over 100 bids although many bids were fake but the winning bidders, Maddie and Neal Love who plan on using the town as their homestead.

What else can $360,000 buy?

Most real estate transactions for $360,000 don’t buy the entire zip code or multiple commercial properties along with a house, but we thought it would be interesting to check out $360,000 buys you in other parts of the country.

Check out this 3/2 condo on Puget Sound (in WA):
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Take a look at what $360,000 can get you in Austin, TX… 3,405 sf!
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For that amount in Las Vegas, you can get an oversized house AND half an acre.
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Perhaps a swanky condo in Charlotte, NC is more your pace?
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For $360,000, you can purchase a 2/1 in Flushing, NY.
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Maybe you’re looking for a Miami ocean front 3 bedroom condo?
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An open layout condo in Kansas City, MO can be found for $360,000.
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What does $360,000 buy in your market? Does it buy a town or does it buy a 1980s duplex?

Tara Steele is the News Director at The American Genius, covering entrepreneur, real estate, technology news and everything in between. If you'd like to reach Tara with a question, comment, press release or hot news tip, simply click the link below.

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  1. Erica Ramus

    April 21, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    In our area, where average home sale is $100,000 (barely) you can get an executive level home with granite or corian kitchen, 4-5 bedrooms on at least 1 acre and views for miles.

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Austin tops the list of best places to buy a home

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(REALUOSO.COM) – Let us first express that although we are completely biased about Texas (we’re headquartered here, I personally grew up here), the data is not – Texas is the best. That’s a scientific fact. There’s a running joke in Austin that if there is a list of “best places to [anything],” we’re on it, and the joke causes eye rolls instead of humility (we’re sore winners and sore losers in this town).

That said, SelfStorage.com dug into the data and determined that the top 12 places to buy a home are currently Texas and North Carolina (and Portland, I guess you’re okay too or whatever).

They examined the nerdiest of numbers from the compound annual growth rate in inflation-adjusted GDP to cost premium, affordability, taxes, job growth, and housing availability.

“Buying a house is a big decision and a big commitment,” the company notes. “Although U.S. home prices have risen in the long term, the last decade has shown that path is sometimes full of twists, turns, dizzying heights and steep, abrupt falls. Today, home prices are stabilizing and increasing in most areas of the U.S.”

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Average age of houses on the rise, so is it now better or worse to buy new?

With aging housing in America, are first-time buyers better off buying new or existing homes? The average age of a home is rising, as is the price of new housing, so a shift could be upon us.

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The average home age is higher than ever

(REALUOSO.COM) – In a survey from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the median age of homes in the United States was 35 years old. In Texas, homes are a bit younger with the median age between 19 – 29 years. The northeast has the oldest homes, with the median age between 50 – 61 years. In 1985, the median age of a home was only 23 years.

With more houses around 40 years old, the National Association of Realtors asserts that homeowners will have to undertake remodeling and renovation projects before selling unless the home is sold as-is, in which case the buyer will be responsible to update their new residence. Even homeowners who aren’t selling will need to consider remodeling for structural and aesthetic reasons.

Prices of new homes on the rise

Newer homes cost more than they used to. The price differential between new homes and older homes has increased from 10 percent traditionally to around 37 percent in 2014. This is due to rising construction costs, scarcity of lots, and a low inventory of new homes that doesn’t meet the demand.

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Are Realtors the real loser in the fight between Zillow Group and Move, Inc.?

The last year has been one of dramatic and rapid change in the real estate tech sector, but Realtors are vulnerable, and we’re worried.

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Why Realtors are vulnerable to these rapid changes

(REALUOSO.COM) – Corporate warfare demands headlines in every industry, but in the real estate tech sector, a storm has been brewing for years, which in the last year has come to a head. Zillow Group and Move, Inc. (which is owned by News Corp. and operates ListHub, Realtor.com, TopProducer, and other brands) have been competing for a decade now, and the race has appeared to be an aggressive yet polite boxing match. Last year, the gloves came off, and now, they’ve drawn swords and appear to want blood.

Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.

So how then, does any of this make Realtors the victims of this sword fight? Let’s get everyone up to speed, and then we’ll discuss.

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It all started last year when the gloves came off – Move’s Chief Strategy Officer (who was also Realtor.com’s President), Errol Samuelson jumped ship and joined Zillow on the same day he phoned in his resignation without notice. He left under questionable circumstances, which has led to a lengthy legal battle (wherein Move and NAR have sued Zillow and Samuelson over allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets), with the most recent motion being for contempt, which a judge granted to Move/NAR after the mysterious “Samuelson Memo” surfaced.

Salt was added to the wound when Move awarded Samuelson’s job to Move veteran, Curt Beardsley, who days after Samuelson left, also defected to Zillow. This too led to a lawsuit, with allegations including breach of contract, violation of corporations code, illegal dumping of stocks, and Move has sought restitution. These charges are extremely serious, but demanded slightly less attention than the ongoing lawsuit against Samuelson.

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Last fall, the News Corp. acquisition of Move, Inc. was given the green light by the feds, and this month, Zillow finalized their acquisition of Trulia.

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