You Can Buy A House For One Dollar Or Less In Economically Depressed Cities All Over America

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You Can Buy A House For One Dollar Or Less In Economically Depressed Cities All Over America (Economic Collapse, Feb 2, 2014):

Would you like to buy a house for one dollar?  If someone came up to you on the street and asked you that question, you would probably respond by saying that it sounds too good to be true.  But this is actually happening in economically-depressed cities all over America.  Of course there are a number of reasons why you might want to think twice before buying any of these homes, and I will get into those reasons in just a little bit.  First, however, it is worth noting that many of the cities where these “free houses” are available were once some of the most prosperous cities in the entire country.  In fact, the city of Detroit once had the highest per capita income in the entire nation.  But as millions of good jobs have been shipped overseas, these once prosperous communities have degenerated into rotting, decaying hellholes.  Now homes that once housed thriving middle class families cannot even be given away.  This is happening all over America, and what we are witnessing right now is only just the beginning.

The photo that I have posted below was sent to me by a reader just the other day.  It is a photo of a house in Yakima, Washington that is apparently being given away for free.  At one time it was probably quite a lovely home, but now nobody seems to want it…

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This piqued my curiosity, so I started doing some research and I discovered that homes all over the nation are being sold off for a dollar or less.  The following are just a few examples…

Buffalo, New York: “The Urban Homestead Program that is offered by the City of Buffalo enables qualified buyers to purchase a home that has been deemed ‘homestead eligible’ for $1.00 and there are plenty of properties left. There are three main requirements when purchasing a homestead property; the owner must fix all code violations within 18 months, have immediate access to at least $5000, and live there for at least three years. You also have to cover the closing costs of the purchase.”

Gary, Indiana: “Officials say that a third of the houses in Gary are unoccupied, hollowed dwellings spread across a city that, like other former industrial powerhouses, has lost more than half its population in the last half-century.

While some of those homes will be demolished, Gary is exploring a more affordable way to lift its haggard tax base and reduce the excess of empty structures: sell them for $1.”

South Bend, Indiana: “How could you refuse this offer? The city of South Bend, Indiana wants to give this handsome circa-1851 Italianate farmhouse away to anyone willing to properly restore it. Aside from the boarded up windows (the boards are painted to look like real windows), the place is in pretty good shape, with a completely restored exterior, new roof, and all new HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. All you’ll need to do is restore the gutted (but clean as can be) interior.”

Detroit, Michigan: “Now that the motor city has effectively run out of gas and declared bankruptcy, some rather eye-popping deals are presenting themselves to first time home buyers who appreciate the challenge of a fixer-upper.

Hundreds of Detroit homes currently listed on Zillow have asking prices below $5,000, with at least one seller so desperate as to offer his house for just $1, ABC News reported.”

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And guess who is selling more “one dollar homes” than anyone else?

If you guessed “the federal government” you would be correct.

Right now, the federal government is selling foreclosed homes to low income families all over the country for just one dollar

HUD’s Dollar Homes initiative helps local governments to foster housing opportunities for low to moderate income families and address specific community needs by offering them the opportunity to purchase qualified HUD-owned homes for $1 each.

Dollar Homes are single-family homes that are acquired by the Federal Housing Administration (which is part of HUD) as a result of foreclosure actions. Single-family properties are made available through the program whenever FHA is unable to sell the homes for six months.

By selling vacant homes for $1 after six months on the market, HUD makes it possible for communities to fix up the homes and put them to good use at a considerable savings.

Before you get too excited, there are a whole bunch of reasons why you wouldn’t want to actually buy any of these one dollar homes.

First of all, most of them have been totally trashed.  Just to get them up to livable condition would take thousands of dollars in most cases.  Many of them are full of asbestos, and severe wiring and plumbing issues are quite common.

Secondly, you assume all of the liability for a home when you buy it.  So if a homeless person stumbles in and injures himself, you could be liable for his injuries.

Thirdly, many of these homes are in very high crime neighborhoods.  In some of these areas, people will literally rip up and carry away anything that is not bolted down.

Fourthly, property taxes are very high in many of these cities.  Local governments are desperate to get people into these homes so that they can get the taxes flowing again.  In many cases, what you would pay in taxes for a year is more than the true value of the home itself.

So, like I said, these homes are not the “great deal” that they may appear to be at first glance.

But that is not really the issue.

The real question is this: What is causing our communities to decay so dramatically?

And of course a big part of the answer is that the middle class in America is dying.

According to Time Magazine, one new report has discovered that nearly half the country is constantly living in a state of “persistent economic insecurity”…

But as evidenced by a report out Thursday from the Corporation for Enterprise Development, nearly half of Americans are living in a state of “persistent economic insecurity,” that makes it “difficult to look beyond immediate needs and plan for a more secure future.”

That same report also found that 56 percent of all Americans now have “subprime credit”.

We are a nation that is losing our independence and sinking into poverty.

Right now, 49.2 percent of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program, and the U.S. government has spent an astounding 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs over the past five years.

Millions of our jobs have been shipped overseas, the control freak bureaucrats that are running things are absolutely killing “the little guy”, and poverty in the United States is exploding at a frightening pace.

Things are “changing” in this country, and not for the better.

One way that the death of the middle class is manifesting itself is in the death of shopping malls all over America.  The following is an excerpt from a recent Business Insider article

All across America, once-vibrant shopping malls are boarded up and decaying.

Traffic-driving anchors like Sears and JCPenney are shutting down stores, and mall owners are having a hard time finding retailers large enough to replace them. With a fresh wave of closures on the horizon, the problem is set to accelerate, according to retail and real estate analysts.

According to that same article, one prominent retail analyst believes that we could see up to 50 percent of the shopping malls in America close within 20 years…

Within 15 to 20 years, retail consultant Howard Davidowitz expects as many as half of America’s shopping malls to fail. He predicts that only upscale shopping centers with anchors like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus will survive.

And did you catch that last part?  Only the shopping malls in wealthy areas will survive because the wealthy will be the only ones with enough money to support them.

For much more on this phenomenon, please see my previous article entitled “What Recovery? Sears And J.C. Penney Are DYING“.

At this point, things have already gotten so bad that now even Wal-Mart is having trouble.  In fact, Wal-Mart is blaming the recent slowdown in sales on cuts to the federal food stamp program

Wal-Mart announced today that cuts in a federal food stamp program as well as record cold temperatures hurt its fourth quarter profits.

After previously reporting “relatively flat” sales for the quarter, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. now says that sales for its namesake store and its Sam’s Club locations would be “slightly negative” for the November-January quarter, according to Agence France-Presse.

Wal-Mart’s Chief Financial Officer, Charles Holley, blamed the revised forecast on deeper-than-expected cuts to the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the extreme cold weather occurring in the past month.

This is how far the middle class in America has fallen.  So many people are now on food stamps that even a slight reduction in benefits has a huge impact on the largest retailer in the entire country.

And actually, many rural communities could end up losing their Wal-Mart stores in the years ahead as the economy continues to deteriorate.  In a recent CNBC article entitled “Time to close Wal-Mart stores? Analysts think so“, it was suggested that Wal-Mart should close about 100 “underperforming” supercenters in rural locations around the nation.

We are rapidly becoming “two Americas”.  In the “good America”, the wealthy will still have plenty of retail stores to choose from within easy driving distance from their million dollar homes.

In the “bad America”, which will include most of us, our shopping malls will be closing down and the rotting, decaying homes of our neighbors will be sold off for next to nothing.

So which America do you live in?  Please feel free to share what is going on in your neck of the woods by posting a comment below…

1 thought on “You Can Buy A House For One Dollar Or Less In Economically Depressed Cities All Over America

  1. First, I hope every WalMart store in America goes broke, they are the cause of a great deal of this poverty America is now in. If they are hurting, all I can say is “Good.!”

    When I was young, cities and towns had centered around train depots. The trains were soon put aside by autos, trucks, planes and the like, and the property around the train depots became old (buildings wear out) and decrepit. The city used to either restore them for shops and history, or tore them down, putting up new buildings. They had a healthy tax base, as did the federal government, and this was a rich country. Now, the greedy guts pay nothing, and the majority have no money to pay in taxes……for the first time in US history.
    Prices have exceeded income for so long in real estate (the bubble to cover up the real crash that happened in 2001) that nobody could build up an area any longer.
    Even worse are the amount of occupations that have been made obsolete by technology (like the reserve currency status of the US government…….this is the real story, folks,).
    Used to be an engineering degree was a guarantee of a good job that would earn one a nice home and lifestyle in America. Engineers didn’t make huge money, but a good salary. Now, in order to live decently, the salary requirements are easily beaten by Chinese workers. When an $80K a year engineer can be hired in China for $3-5K a year, and there are no tax laws inhibiting corporations from moving offshore (the reverse instead is the case, they are given tax breaks for offshoring good jobs), millions of fine middle class jobs are no more.
    Detroit. My God. I remember the ad from GM as a child that sang….”once every moment of every working day, somebody buys a new Chevrolet”. My first car was a new Chevy at the ripe age of 17……..cars were reasonable to buy and drive. A new Cadillac cost $5-6K………gas was cheap.
    Jobs were plentiful, and easy to come by. When I graduated from college, it took me a month to get a full time job. Today, it can take years for a minimum wage job…..likely not full time.
    Just think of the stores and occupations that have vanished over the past two decades.
    Independent stores of all kinds have vanished, all are now corporate owned and controlled. Some include dress and dry goods, sewing stores, shoe stores, hardware, auto repair, TV repair, typesetting, furniture, art and stationary stores, maternity shops, children’s dress and shoe stores, toy stores, independent car agencies, tire shops, milk men, dry cleaning delivery services, paper boys, book stores, appliance and household supplies, independent taxi services.
    Medical: Private labs where one could go to get medical tests…..at a fraction of what they cost in the hospital. X-Ray labs, private hospitals, mental hospitals, independent dentists…..they were not so greedy then, and many had their own labs to build crowns and the like……..physical therapy practices, reasonable medical coverage because the doctors and hospitals had not gotten their greedy mitts into Medicare and insurance companies yet……..the role of the doctors in the skyrocketing prices of decent care cannot be understated…..they all got greedy. Home visits by doctors….that vanished, too.
    America moved to the suburbs. My first house was in the suburbs, seven miles out of town……still a nice area. But, the county no longer restores the roads, some of the best addresses have dirt roads. The cities have no money.
    Thank Prop 13 in CA, but the same, mean spirited, greedy gut thinking has happened all over the nation. Independent pharmacies are about gone, too, except for the few who still mix drugs.
    All the independent industries are gone. Everything is corporate owned, and part of a huge greedy chain. The White House, Emporium, JM……so many beautiful stores that are no more thanks to the greedy corporations being allowed to buy up all the competition.
    Millions of jobs are gone forever. These independent shops and industries provided an endless amount of jobs to any and all willing to work. Today, a hundred people show up to fill one packaging job at Amazon…….it is every bit as bad as the Great Depression……much worse, because we now have criminals in control of our government.
    I didn’t detail the engineering and tech jobs that are gone, there are too many to list. From Architecture to semiconductors……the occupation losses are enormous.
    Buy a house for a dollar. But, in a declining economy, a dollar won’t help, because there is no place to earn more money to make the houses livable. No WPA, just corporate welfare.
    Fool Americans watched football this weekend. Instead of getting any real news, this subject filled all the airwaves from last Thursday through today…..I am sure. The TV channels were even giving betting odds………what ever happened to any gambling laws? I saw that when getting a weather report…….I cannot abide US media.
    With no tax base, no opportunity to build anything people need and can afford, the nation is sinking rapidly into 3rd world status.
    Thanks for the article. I will send it to others, I am sure it gets no coverage in US media.

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