Owner offers to swap two-story brick house in Detroit for new Apple iPhone 6

“Some people are willing to give up just about anything to get their hands on a new iPhone 6 — including their home,” CBS Detroit reports. “A real estate listing says a homeowner is offering to swap a two-story brick colonial on Detroit’s east side for a new iPhone 6 or a 32gb iPad.”

“The homeowner was originally seeking $5,000 for the house — but after several months on the marketwithout any takers, trading for an iPhone might not be such a bad deal. The asking price was reduced by $1,000 in July and again in August,” CBS Detroit reports. “County records show that the homeowner owes more than $6,000 in property taxes, according to the Motor City Muckraker.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A house in Detroit? The owner should be offering an iPhone 6 and an iPad, among other enticements, not to mention full body armor, just to take it off their hands.

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  1. The Democrat party utopia of Detroit: BANKRUPT.

    The ultimate end of Progressive public policy: Detroit. Where homes are worth less than an iPhone.

    Detroit is this nation’s future unless we reassess the concept of taking from an ever-dwindling number of makers and giving subsistence handouts to an ever-growing number of takers.

    Government is not the answer. Government is not your mommy.

    The answers to prosperity and how to restore the Amercian Dream are where they’ve always been: gop.com/platform

    1. give it a rest, Firster. Both major political parties are entirely corrupt. Detroit hasn’t had had progressive public policy in over a century. Detroit politics is defined by the UAW versus the henchmen at the big three automakers — and we all know what lack of cooperation led to: BOTH sides lost. Now you come along and suggest that Detroit needs a renewed adversarial situation? How about dropping the partisan bullshit and start working on cooperative solutions that everyone — rich or poor, employed or retired, educated or unable to afford higher learning — can all benefit from? Your unending partisanship is sickening.

      1. Actually, many of Detroit’s policies over the last 60 years have historically favored the left. Detroit’s corruption has been well documented. We have a Mayor who is now in Jail, a county executive that should have been locked up a long time ago, and a municipal bankruptcy that has exposed a lot about how one sided things were in the city. When you look at Detroit’s leadership and the districts it is a part of, the votes have overwhelmingly been for Democrats. That’s not to say that was the cause of the city’s downfall, but it’s becoming pretty apparent that the city’s dwindling tax base and high percentage of folks who rely on government money either in the form of Social Security, Unemployment, Welfare Assistance, or City/State Pensions was a recipe for disaster that no one bothered to fix. FWIW, it took a Republican governor to come in and place the city under control of an Emergency Manager in order to facilitate the bankruptcy. A move that likely saved the city and the region, but at a cost of feeling the political backlash of standing up and doing what needed to be done and not worrying about the next four years.

      2. You lie.

        Detroit is the direct result of decades of Dem/Lib/Prog-controlled government.

        By comparison, the direct result of the election of Ronald Reagan resulted in the greatest, consistent burst of economic activity ever seen in the U.S.A. (1982 to 1989).

        From November 1982, when President Ronald Reagan’s new economic program was beginning to take effect, to November 1989, 18.7 million new jobs were created. That is a world record: Never before had so many jobs been created during a comparable time period. The new jobs covered the entire spectrum of work and pay levels. As total employment grew to 119.5 million, the rate of unemployment fell to slightly over 5 percent, the lowest level in 15 years. Republicans = Creation of wealth.

        Stop being lazy fools. Stop swallowing the Dem/Lim/Prog pablum from the corrupt media sell-outs. Stop falling for the Democrat Party’s obvious distractions from their abysmal record of failures (i.e. “war on women,” etc.)

        Who cares more about the poor: Those who give just enough handouts to survive, keeping generations locked in fealty to the government, guaranteeing Democrat votes, or those who lift all boats by growing the economy by unshackling the greatest economic engine the world has ever see by getting government out of the way and out of the lives of citizens?

        Yes, it’s time to have a life again. It’s time to have a nation you can be proud of again. It’s time to stop apologizing for American Exceptionalism. It’s time to stop the beheadings. It’s time to stop golfing and relying on taking producers money to buy votes. It’s time for a return to adults in charge. It’s time for experienced leadership. It’s time to vote for America again. It’s time to vote GOP!

        1. You lie.
          Detroit is the end-game for global outsourcing of jobs and the destruction of the middle class for the benefit of the kleptocrats. It is one example of an area where both Democrats and Republicans work together to benefit their employers and sell out the people.

        2. “the direct result of the election of Ronald Reagan resulted in the greatest, consistent burst of economic activity ever seen in the U.S.A. (1982 to 1989)”

          Reagan exploded the debt and let the inmates run the asylum.

          As to growth, the growth in the 1990s under Bill Clinton eclipsed the growth under Reagan. Clinton also managed to balance the budget and began paying down the debt thanks to a tax increase passed without one Republican vote. That increase cost many Congressmen their jobs at the hands of the Contract ON America, but the increase stayed in effect until Dubya and the RepubliCONs repealed it and started the deficits again.

          The cure for NeoConservatism is a good stiff belt of truth. NeoCons are fact challenged Kool-aid drinkers without equal.

            1. Plenty was done and plenty happened.

              Funny how Reagan with a democratic Controlled Congress was responsible for the 1980s boom (they don’t talk about the bust) and the Republican Congress (not President Clinton) was responsible for the 1990’s boom.

              Just like the Cons who claim to be better at national security don’t talk about 9-11 and the Invasion of Iraq looking for non-existent WMDs. Plenty of collective amnesia.

              Want to see NeoCon policy and it’s effect? Look at Brownbackistan AKA Kansas. He has destroyed the economy with the full NeoCon formula under a completely Republican state government.


        1. Funny that you arseholes are the ones always raising political issues on this forum, then turning around an blaming others for responding.

          That is the exact same tactic that Bush used to become governor in Texas. He issued a salvo of personal attacks in an attempt to discredit his opponent, then declared that personal attacks were wrong. Then Bush bozo and his underling Perry bozo proceeded to rule the Republic of Texas with that terrible GOP platform.

          Go away, you anonymous piece of shyte.

          1. I was with you…right until you spewed out a biased political rant of your own. This isn’t the place to complain about an election that happened 14 years ago. That was then…this is now.

    2. Your comments are so out of place. Have a drink and relax. I’m a republican and I am no fan of democrats, but this isn’t the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal.

      1. Brownbackistan is Kochville USA.

        When it gets fixed a Democrat will do it, just like Jerry Brown in California. Clueless Conservatards cannot be bothered with math- they know what they know.

        1964 Goldwater
        In your heart you know he’s right. (GOP)
        In your guts, you know he’s nuts. (Democrats)

        Things have not changed.

    3. That platform did not work in a recent eight-year period, 2001-2009. Why expect any difference now?

      Neither political party has the answers. Both are far too entrenched with corporations and the rich and powerful. Fwhatever lives the dream that if only his people were in power, everything would be wonderful just like it never used to be.

      The GOP platform:
      – ruined the education system with Every Child Left Behind
      – decided that a big fence was the right answer to secure the southern U.S. border, but the built only portions of it (and failed to improve the situation, now blamed on the current Administration)
      – decided to dabble in regime change in the Middle East in complete denial of past failures, but couldn’t finish it (resulting in the ISIS/ISIL crisis not being blamed on the current Administration)
      – proclaimed that the U.S. health care system was just fine despite tens of millions of uninsured
      – decided that gridlock was a reasonable and viable response if it did not get exactly what it wanted

      The list could go on for pages, but I believe those examples are more than sufficient for rational people.

      Is *that* the platform that you are advocating?? No thanks.

      1. I agree…but you keep making the mistake of making heated opinions why decrying them at the same time. It’s like you’re in a shouting match with First…and you just can’t stand that he is egging you on. He is trolling for hits, so to speak.

        1. Yeah. But it is my time to waste. I will not allow the Fwhatever’s of this world to drive the discussion without resistance. It feels far too much like giving up. If you want the political crap gone, then get rid of Fwhatever. Otherwise, it will continue.

        2. I present a more balanced opinion, then refute some of the bias injected by Fwhatever.

          If I did not care about this country and my family and friends, I would turn this country over to those jerk wads so they could learn firsthand just how screwed up they are. Then I would spend the rest of my life incessantly raking them over the coals.

      2. quick response.

        -No Child Left Behind, written by Senator Kennedy. (The Swimmer)

        -Border Fence, stopped at every turn by DEMOCRATS.

        -ISIS, Bush/everyone on the Right warned about ISIS/Etc happening… learn to read.

        -Healthcare WAS fine, now even MORE are out of insurance. There is a thing called RESPONSIBILITY. Beer/Cigarettes/Cell Phone/Cable TV/etc are considered MORE important by WAY too many than providing healthcare for themselves.

        -Gridlock.. both parties guilty of it honestly. But when one side wants to give everything away.. Gridlock stops the bleeding.

        KingMel, you are a dumbass.

    1. Have you ever been to Detroit?

      Believe it or not, there are some beautiful areas of the City proper, as well as many outstanding areas in the suburbs. Detroit’s making a come back, and some day soon might stand as tall as San Fran, Chicago or NYC. She’s got everything she needs to be great again – a beautiful waterfront, 4 pro sports teams, some burgeoning entertainment districts and lots of great “middle of America” type citizens.

      Don’t knock it until you try it. I don’t knock Eden Prairie, but that’s probably only because I’ve never been there …

      1. I’ve spent a lot of time in Detroit, and it’s a very interesting city. I love the spirit of entrepreneurship and scrappy “comeback kid” attitude. I love the history. So, there’s much to be positive about. That said, I’m very comfortable saying I can’t even fathom what it would take to make Detroit “stand as tall as San Fran, Chicago, or NYC.”

        Yes, there are a lot of great “makings” – those you mentioned are but a few – and Detroit truly does “hustle harder”, but on the other hand, there’s an enormity to the problems that the D faces that aren’t just something she’ll just “overcome”, and certainly not anytime that I’d call “soon”. If we open up our minds and think out a couple of generations from now, maybe 50 years or more, which will be at the end of my life, then maybe. More power to them, but it’s going to be a long row to hoe.

        1. Lots of small districts filled with bars and restaurants are opening all over the city – I just noticed a street near the Library loaded with outdoor cafe type seating a few weeks ago, we had a great time down there.

          That’s the problem right now though, it’s one or two blocks of something great, then blocks of desolation until you get to the next great area. The areas in between need to be filled in, but it’s heading in the right direction … finally.

          1. Sounds like London a decade ago. The nice areas will get pricey and the newcomers will set up their stall in the cheaper bits as a result. Then as they become successful the bars, boutiques etc. move in and another area gets gentrified.

            I hope Detroit recovers fully. It would be one hell of a comeback.

      2. Yeah, right. 30 years ago a shitbird realtor tried to get me to buy a house in a up-and-coming neighborhood. 30 years later the neighborhood is still trash with “culturally diverse” residents (as the shitbird realtor called them).

  2. AGREED! Some great bars and restaurants are starting to open all over Downtown Detroit.

    I’m very excited about the new Arena District where the new Red Wings stadium will be – the plans for the entire area look incredible!!

    Let the nay sayers, say their nays. They’ll never know what they’re missing.

    1. Very true. Went up to see the Tigers a couple of years ago. I had a great time there. So many people think that it’s a third world country, but it truly is a great city. It used to be called “Paris of the Midwest” because of its former affluence.

      1. Yeah, downtown is really great. Thank you Dan Gilbert! But, get in a car and drive a few miles to the north or west and prepare to have your mind blown. Oh, but whatever you do, don’t do it after dark!

        Entire neighborhoods of houses – gone. Block after block of empty lots, dotted with occasional row of holdouts still trying to hang on. Schools and libraries built in the 60’s and 70’s, essentially abandoned with broken windows and weeds growing from the gutters. Once-beautiful commercial buildings, churches, and homes, in some cases landmarks in every sense of the word, decaying to eyesores. Police and fire departments that are under-staffed and under-funded.

        Things are definitely looking up in the D, and there’s much to be excited about, but it certainly ain’t all roses.

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