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Do you know that there is a man who owns the moon? Like most people you probably thought the moon was just a part of the solar system, a piece of land that wasn't owned by anyone. You are wrong, my friend. The moon has been owned by a man named Jenaro Gajardo Vera since 1954.

This may be a myth, an urban legend, or simply a story someone made up, but no matter what, it is interesting. The story goes that Vera wanted to join a club, but the club was restricted to property owners. He owned no property so his application was denied.

He set out to find a way around this rule and came upon an idea to claim the moon as his property. It is said he got a deed and everything for it. There are even stories that Richard Nixon asked Vera's permission to land on the moon in 1969. it is also said that he got into some tax trouble for not claiming the property on his taxes.

There may be some truth to this story as there are records in Chile that he did file deeds on the moon. We may never know the complete truth, but it is fun to think that real estate could expand into untouched territory and bring many new and interesting opportunities for buyers.

 


Ok, the real white house is not for sale, but the famous white house replica is on the market. This replica looks just like the white house inside and out. It is not to scale, but it is still impressive. This house is pretty amazing and perfect for the proud American.

The house features 16,500 square feet and is a tourist attraction in North Druid Hills, located in Atlanta, Georgia. This house is quite impressive with its wrought iron gates, authentic looking d├ęcor, and little creative treasures throughout.

This house is unusual, unique, but no doubt something everyone wants to get a look at. With all its amazing features you might think that it won't be long before the next resident comes in to call this home. It has been on the market for quite some time now, though, so who knows. Maybe the White house is not the kind of home that your typical American is looking for.

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Maybe you are tired of trying to sell houses. Maybe you want to sell something a bit more exciting or exotic. How about a private island? It may surprise you just how many private islands there are on the market right now.

Take Burnt Island. It is located off Alaska and offer five acres of serene peace. It is priced at about one million dollars and the word is that there has only been one previous owner.

While it may be easy to talk up this piece of land, show the beautiful pictures that have been taken on the island and brag about how nice it would be to own an island, you also have to be realistic.

Many of the private islands for sale on the market are nothing more than some forgotten land in the middle of an ocean. Burnt Island, for example, has a cabin that is said to be quaint and peaceful, but some digging around will reveal that cabin is nothing more than a shack. There are many reports of private islands not being anything like the listing says. From over pricing to overzealous descriptions, things are not always what they seem to be with these so-called serene and stunning pieces of land.

Selling a private island may have a bit of fantasy and whimsy about it, but if you are serious about making money in real estate you should stick to houses. You don't want the headaches that come with properties you really know nothing about.

 


The current state of the real estate market is taking everything we once believed about owning a home and turning it upside down. The market is getting so bad that people are willing to take drastic measures just to ensure they can afford the roof over their head.

One sad truth about this market is that many people are actually hoping for a foreclosure. They stop paying their mortgage and just sit back and wait on the bank to foreclose. In the meantime they save up the money they would have put towards the mortgage for an apartment. Many people find this is a great solution because they can't afford their home and moving to an apartment would just make more financial sense. Also home prices have fallen so much that selling would cause them to lose more money then foreclosing. That is a sad truth we face these days.

Looking at this market from a buyer's point of view is also out of whack with what you may think. In the past, homes were sold for the best price. Sellers wanted as much as they could get out of their home. Today, most of the homes on the market are bank owned. The banks do not really care about how much money they get, but rather how fast they can get money. What this has crated is a cash market. Banks do not want to wait on loans and payments. People who have cash can steal a home right out from underneath another buyer who is buying with a loan.

These new lessons in real estate make for a tricky market. Nobody really knows how to act. Everything we once thought about real estate has been turned upside down. It makes this a market that is very tricky to work in. It can be a challenge, but understanding the new way people are thinking and how the market is working these days can make it much easier for real estate agents to make money and see great profits.

 


When you think of preparing a home for sale have you ever added voodoo or an exorcism to your list of things to do? Not likely, but in this tough market, some agents see voodoo and exorcism as requirements to get a house sold. How about feng shui or a Native American cleansing? Believe it or not there are real estate agents all across the country trying these unconventional methods to get houses moving in a hard market.

Some agents are to the point where they will try anything to sell a home. There are stories of many crazy antics by agents who are just trying to get homes to sell by doing anything and everything. This means going beyond just doing perfect staging and open houses more often than usual. Some agents are stepping beyond reason and dipping into unconventional, sometimes controversial, means to sell a home.

The main thought behind such things a voodoo or cleansing rituals is to fix the bad energy in a home. Agents are trying something new. Since conventional methods of trying to sell a house just don't seem to be working they figure there is no harm in trying to get a good energy flow from a little feng shui or banishing bad energy or spirits through an exorcism.

Do you have a hard to sell home? Maybe it is bad energy that is holding you back from making the sale. It never really hurts to try, right? If you are getting desperate then maybe it is time to look into some of these unconventional methods to help you out.

 


The most expensive house in the world needs a new owner. The house is located in Germany and even has its own name – Waterkuken. Waterkuken is located in the city of Kampen and has been the home to many rich and famous people.

You may be thinking in this market it is hard to push your average home. How do you think it would be trying to sell this home that comes with a staggering price tag of $9 million? Maybe you think you could do it. Would you change your mind if I told you Waterkuken is only 322 square feet? Would you laugh at me?

Waterkuken is actually quite small. The price is not based on square foot, though. You are not really getting more room for your dollar with this house. It is all about the view. The house sits on a little over half an acre. It has views that span across the sea. The setting is quite mystical.

If you want a challenge, especially in today's market, then go ahead and try to sell Waterkuken. Give it a shot and see if you have the skills to sell just about anything.

 

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It is no secret the real estate market is just not that hot lately. Maybe it is time to try something a bit different. How about selling bridges? The state of Maryland has a nice bridge on the market, ready to move to your location.

The Maryland highway department has a bridge in Cecil country that needs to be moved. The bridge is located on 545 over Little Elk Creek in Childs. The bridge was built in 1932 and at 27 feet wide, it no longer works under current regulations which require bridges to be at least 32 feet wide. Officials have decided that selling the bridge is far easier than trying to widen it.

The bridge is available to be purchase by anyone willing to preserve the bridge according to the standards for historic bridges. This could be a local government, a historical group or even an individual. Do you know someone who would be interested in purchasing an antique bridge?

 


Almost every town has streets named after trees, like oak, maple, cypress and cherry. Most towns have a Main street or a High street, too. Some towns, though, want to be a little different than the rest and they start getting creative with street names. You may have never actually thought about the names of the streets before, even as a real estate agent. Once you start coming across weird street names, you may start paying more attention.

Imagine how difficult it would be to sell a house located on Farfrompoopen Road? This road is located in Story, Arkansas. I wonder how many times people living on this road have had to deal with uncontrollable laughter when asked for their street address.

Some road names are not quite so odd. In fact, there are some that are quite delicious. How about Candy Cane Lane in Redding, California? I wouldn't mind living there. It probably is quite festive around the holidays.

The next time you get a new listing take a minute to check out the street name. Be grateful if it turns out to be normal. There are some crazy street names out there and you should be thanking your lucky stars that you are not stuck trying to move a house located on Bucket of Blood Street in Holbrook, Arizona.

 


Sounds interesting, doesn't it? What would you say if I told you that intriguing land for sale is located on the moon? How about Mars or Venus? Would you laugh? Hold your laughter for a moment because you really can buy property on the Moon, Mars, Venus or Mercury.

Lunar Embassy is a company in Nevada that specializes in selling property that is, truly, out of this world. They have been quite successful in their venture, selling almost 10 million dollars in property since 1980.

If you are interesting in getting your piece of outer space real estate, then you are looking to pay about $36.50 for an acre. Prices are subject to change and you can usually get as little or as much property as you like. It is completely legal and your purchase is registered with the United Nations and the government's of the U.S. and Russia.

Lunar Embassy takes a slightly humorous approach to selling this unique real estate. Their sales line says it all: “Perhaps you can't own it here....but you can, own it up there!”