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Old 08-30-2011, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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4 Key St, Eastport

5BR 3.5BA 3,900+/- sf single-family. Built in 1880. Approx .19ac lot.

Nominal Opening Bid: $1,000

Auction Starts: 8:00 AM CDT Friday, September 9, 2011
Auction Ends: 10:30 AM CDT Tuesday, September 13, 2011

https://www.williamsauction.com/Prop...ertyId=326721#

Looks to me like some large rooms.

 
Old 08-30-2011, 06:20 PM
 
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What a beauty!
 
Old 08-30-2011, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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The lot size is 90 feet square or equivalent.
 
Old 08-31-2011, 03:53 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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The lot size is 90 feet square or equivalent.
No lawn mowing! No place to put the lumber for the repairs either.
 
Old 08-31-2011, 04:10 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Up for auctiuon again? I thought they sold it in June. Decent size lot, 8,30 sq ft. So bring a big checkbook for the clapboards and lumber. It used to be a boarding house. It has more than 5 bedrooms and if I remember right about 4 or 5 bathrooms.

One huge dayroom first floor, northeast corner and kitchen, Forest.
 
Old 08-31-2011, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Wow, that could be really nice.
 
Old 08-31-2011, 06:46 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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What a beauty!
This is why you shouldn't buy off the net; even with the pictures. Pic 4 doesn't have the detail to show the rotted wood gutters (all around) that leaked, rotting the clapboards on that one side. None show the roof that needs new shingles, Pic 6 is where the previous owner turned off the heat but not the water one winter. They had a waterfall out the 2nd floor. And the interior pics don't show the hole in the kitchen ceiling where the rest of the water came down. As a matter of fact, there is no note of those frozen pipes at all.

I'm not trying to sour any deal for theses folks but it really needs a really good looking over with an inspector before bidding. It is a nice corner lot house with a lot of history and gorgeous woodwork. BUT...it needs a lot of work, too.
 
Old 08-31-2011, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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...it really needs a really good looking over with an inspector before bidding. It is a nice corner lot house with a lot of history and gorgeous woodwork. BUT...it needs a lot of work, too.

The $$$$$$$$ it would take for those repairs, necessary ones, we're not talking cosmetics here, on top of what it would cost to heat it.... I love old houses, but I couldn't even justify spending anything on this one. You'd have to be able to get it for pennies, and do all of that work yourself. Unless you're independently wealthy and aren't working.... geez... I just don't think the "bones" are good.
 
Old 08-31-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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This is why you shouldn't buy off the net; even with the pictures. Pic 4 doesn't have the detail to show the rotted wood gutters (all around) that leaked, rotting the clapboards on that one side. None show the roof that needs new shingles, Pic 6 is where the previous owner turned off the heat but not the water one winter. They had a waterfall out the 2nd floor. And the interior pics don't show the hole in the kitchen ceiling where the rest of the water came down. As a matter of fact, there is no note of those frozen pipes at all.

I'm not trying to sour any deal for theses folks but it really needs a really good looking over with an inspector before bidding. It is a nice corner lot house with a lot of history and gorgeous woodwork. BUT...it needs a lot of work, too.

Any idea why two windows seemed to have been removed from the second floor facade and the window openings closed up and sided over?

I've seen that on more than one two-story home in Maine (there's even a house right across Key Street from the one being auctioned, that also has two second story windows sided over).

BTW, I remember seeing the 4 Key Street house listed on an Realtor's website with an asking price of around $499K during the height of the housing bubble frenzy a few short years ago. Now the opening auction bid is $1K.

I don't know if anyone bought it, but I wonder how many people paid insane prices for money pits during that period of RE insanity.
 
Old 08-31-2011, 02:37 PM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Any idea why two windows seemed to have been removed from the second floor facade and the window openings closed up and sided over?

I've seen that on more than one two-story home in Maine (there's even a house right across Key Street from the one being auctioned, that also has two second story windows sided over).

BTW, I remember seeing the 4 Key Street house listed on an Realtor's website with an asking price of around $499K during the height of the housing bubble frenzy a few short years ago. Now the opening auction bid is $1K.

I don't know if anyone bought it, but I wonder how many people paid insane prices for money pits during that period of RE insanity.

I thought I posted to this before the internet went out. Oops. The previous owners paid $280K in 07. Too much in my opinion even then. They tried (yuh, sure) to sell it before it was foreclosed on for $499K OBO. Didn't work. I thought it had sold at auction this past June. Now up again.

No idea about the misssing windows other than owner preference. I believe one went to one of the upstairs bathrooms.
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