Austrian wants to swap Detroit home for iPhone

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Austrian wants to swap Detroit home for iPhone
The iPhone 6. Photo: APA

An Austrian man who bought a house in the bankrupt US city Detroit has said he is willing to trade his property for an iPhone 6 after failing to sell it.


Real estate broker Larry Else represents the homeowner and confirmed to local news station Fox 2 that the listing on real estate website Zillow is genuine.

“My client is overseas and he told me he would be willing to trade the property for an iPhone 6. It sounds to me like he wants the iPhone 6+ version, but I think he’s willing to negotiate.”

The homeowner would also consider a 32 gigabyte iPad, or he might be willing to sell for $3,000 (€2,370).

The listing refers to the house as an “investor special,” but fails to mention that the owner owes $6,160 in property taxes and the house itself is very run down, with no front door and broken windows.

In a conversation with The Huffington Post, Else acknowledged the home “needs major renovations.”

The broker said that his client lives in Austria and bought the house in 2010 for $41,000, probably believing that it would be a good investment as a rental property.

Since the Fox 2 story aired on Monday, Else said he’s had three offers: one for an iPhone 5, one for $700, and one for $850.


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