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Old 03-14-2007, 09:32 PM
 
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I still have questions, see my reply above this. I am especially puzzled what kind of games the realtors are playing
They list come on houses that either don't exist or have been long sold. It is one way to get suckers to call and then they collect the data and hound in a bait and switch type deal.

I tried to buy two listed houses, sight unseen, I was willing to just mail them a check and close the deal with their asking price when I tried to push the sale, they basically said, no but we do have this other house, a total bait - switch.

In fact one of those houses was shopped around for like two years at all kinds of prices. A 2 bd nice house. I even drove out to see it, no sign on the lawn. It probably was sold for like $49K after they played all sorts of games saying as high as $69K. A real **** off, would have been a nice house for me to buy at the original $32K and I would have sent them a check in a heart beat, after they took some pix's at my direction.

NAH you make it sound so easy. I doubt anybody is going to fall over backwards to sell you a house anywhere for a super mark down even in Oil City. Just not how things work these days.

You are far, far better buying without a broker if you can. But first you need a car and to actually get some time on the ground in the actual place. Most of the For Sale signs I actually saw were on the very old super dumps, some did not appear to be occupied.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:36 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Boy cosmic,your thread has gotten over 800 views in such a short period.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:41 PM
 
Location: WPB, FL. Dreaming of Oil city, PA
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That cant be legal! Do they play those switch games in Florida, California or other expensive states or just in the cheap states?

Did you see any nice houses with for sale signs? How bad were the "dumps"
Let me show you a picture of one:



Did it look like this? That one pictured above is just $13,500 making it easily affordable for me. Nice starter house till I become rich(er) and have enough for one of those huge beautiful $100k houses.

Will be happy to buy any reasonably priced livable house in Oil city just so I can get out of my parents house and out of Florida.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:56 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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My sister paid like 28,000 or 32,000,hers looks real from the pics she showed me when it was on realtor and she painted and put down a new wood floor,nothing major. The one you show looks so sad and would guess it may cost abit to fix up. It does look to have had better days,like I said before you should also check franklin out too.
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:01 PM
 
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That cant be legal! Do they play those switch games in Florida, California or other expensive states or just in the cheap states?

Did you see any nice houses with for sale signs? How bad were the "dumps"
Let me show you a picture of one:



Did it look like this? That one pictured above is just $13,500 making it easily affordable for me. Nice starter house till I become rich(er) and have enough for one of those huge beautiful $100k houses.

Will be happy to buy any reasonably priced livable house in Oil city just so I can get out of my parents house and out of Florida.
Yup a bunch of them looked like that. That pix makes it look far, far better than it actually is. I sort of remember one just like that. Was an entire area coming in like the back way down toward that Giant Eagle food store. Some real dumps and you ain't going to be able to live in one of those. Probably make zero sense to attempt to rehab it either. Many of those houses had horrible views, another dump was all you would see.

There were some "For Sale by Owner" signs up the hill in a better section of smaller houses. About where that guy in the blue jacket walking the pup that didn't wave back was walking.
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Old 03-15-2007, 05:34 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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That cant be legal! Do they play those switch games in Florida, California or other expensive states or just in the cheap states?
Yup they do. A house may sell but the Realtors leave the sign up until closing. So that when people call they can "show" them different properties.
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:56 PM
 
Location: WPB, FL. Dreaming of Oil city, PA
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Yup they do. A house may sell but the Realtors leave the sign up until closing. So that when people call they can "show" them different properties.

Well then maybe thats OK because a house isnt officially sold till closure and the buyer could still back out. But once the house closes, its sold and the sign and ADs must be removed. Thats probably what its like in Oil city, lots of houses already sold because the price is so good.
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:06 PM
 
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Need_affordable_home, perhaps you should be getting a percentage from some of the most recent homes sales. You sure put that place back on the map! It is really quite an interesting small town -- historically, geograhically and architecturally, but most of us had never heard of it before seeing your posts on City-Data.
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:12 PM
 
Location: PA
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And NAH,

when you said "seller said it's a very nice house", I have to ask.

Why would any seller say it's NOT a very nice house? Are you THAT gullible? They'll say anything so you'll buy it. Sorry but, DUH.
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