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(Daily Mail)   Would you buy a $5,000 house? Granted, it's only 99 square feet, and you'd have to live in Madison, Wisconsin, but you really can't beat the price   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2014-02-26 12:22:59 PM  

bikerbob59: Subby doesn't know what he's talking about.

/Ale Asylum for the win.


*Googles "Ale Asylum"*

Conveniently located next to a golf course.

I got first round Bob!
 
2014-02-26 12:24:12 PM  

MBooda: Very old news.  We've had Katrina Cottages in New Orleans and the surrounding area for eight and a half years now.
[tinyhouseblog.com image 542x442]


I still see parking lots Katrina trailers in the DFW area. Unused.
 
2014-02-26 12:24:18 PM  
Amortized over 20 years at 3.04% is roughly, $27 per month....for a grand total of ~$6400 in total....

Yup subby, I think I can swing it..

I'll take it!
 
2014-02-26 12:24:28 PM  

Nightsweat: Pfighting Polish: Madison is the home of the Wisconsin Badgers, ergo, it sucks more than any other city on the planet.

/Go Marquette
//Worked for Bo Ryan for one year.  I have sympathy for Jarrod Uthoff.

Marquette's is of course home of the Flying who Gives a fark?


I'll add, UW is located in a very nice part of town.  Marquette?  Not so much...
 
2014-02-26 12:27:51 PM  

IRQ12: I see you and raise you:

[img.fark.net image 652x658]


That thing has "murder house" written aaaaaallllllll over it.
 
2014-02-26 12:29:09 PM  

Nick Nostril: 99 sq ft in Madison? Where will the person sit after they move all their beer into the place?


 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgjMdjKw1Og
 
2014-02-26 12:30:03 PM  

MutantMotherMouse: nekom: I bought a $1,500 house.  Granted it was built in 1910 but it was adjacent to our house and came with 2 lots.  Makes a nice project shack.

You got a deal.

/looking at sheds for Mr. MMM. None come with the 2 extra lots feature not the low price of $1,500


Yeah it would have easily cost that much for a much smaller structure alone.  It popped up in the county's dead property repository and just couldn't pass that up.  Now the previous owner was a squatter, so naturally all of the copper was missing but somehow the breaker box was in tact.
 
2014-02-26 12:30:46 PM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: IRQ12: I see you and raise you:

[img.fark.net image 652x658]

That thing has "murder house" written aaaaaallllllll over it.


Wisconsin specializes in those.

boingboing.net
 
2014-02-26 12:35:52 PM  
As a person who's planning to relocate to Madison in the spring/summer pending employment, where do I sign up?

All the houses I've been seeing are under 1,000 square feet with a price tag around 130,000 to 140,000. Rental possibilities with a 90+ pound dog seem to be laughable.

Any Madison area farkers have realtor/rental recommendations?
 
2014-02-26 12:36:40 PM  

IRQ12: I see you and raise you:

[img.fark.net image 652x658]


You gotta love the estimated mortgage price.

That gives me an idea: Maybe we could create a Farktown in Detroit. Buy a block of houses for next to nothing, put up a 15 foot concrete wall around it. Bar, brothal, cat hospital, grocery store -- everything else though online stores. Police don't have time to bother. It would be paradise I tell 'ya
 
2014-02-26 12:42:16 PM  

IRQ12: I see you and raise you:

[img.fark.net image 652x658]


Missing the description:

"MOTIVATED SELLERS! Great property for investors! This beautiful brick colonial is located in a great area and has several great features including a full basement, a 2 car garage, large kitchen, 2 baths and much more. All info is estimated. Needs rehab. Missing hot water tank, furnace, sink, bathtub and electrical."

i1049.photobucket.com i1049.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-26 12:42:31 PM  

uber humper: IRQ12: I see you and raise you:

[img.fark.net image 652x658]

You gotta love the estimated mortgage price.

That gives me an idea: Maybe we could create a Farktown in Detroit. Buy a block of houses for next to nothing, put up a 15 foot concrete wall around it. Bar, brothal, cat hospital, grocery store -- everything else though online stores. Police don't have time to bother. It would be paradise I tell 'ya


I'm down. I can brew beer. I'll start packing the kettles and kegs!
 
2014-02-26 12:42:45 PM  
No.  Not that house.  not that location, not that price.
 
2014-02-26 12:43:42 PM  
WhiskeySticks...Ripple Rents seems to be the most reasonable people out there and pet friendly.
 
2014-02-26 12:45:17 PM  

stupiddream: gopher321: "There's no plumbing or electricity, but the home is insulated and has a propane heater to get the residents through the harsh Wisconsin winters."


Umm...how about "No"?

I wonder how long before we heard about one of them burning down because someone tries to cook with a propane stove in one?



You forgot to add the word "meth" between "cook" and "with."
 
2014-02-26 12:47:31 PM  

WhiskeySticks: As a person who's planning to relocate to Madison in the spring/summer pending employment, where do I sign up?

All the houses I've been seeing are under 1,000 square feet with a price tag around 130,000 to 140,000. Rental possibilities with a 90+ pound dog seem to be laughable.

Any Madison area farkers have realtor/rental recommendations?


Get a roommate. Madison isn't cheap. I like the older houses around the Vilas area for rentals. Residential but still urban, and usually more affordable. Although you'll be lucky to get a garage that fits a lawnmower. There are cute older neighborhoods over by Olbrich Park, too. If you've got $$, go look at the condos on the square.
 
2014-02-26 12:47:45 PM  
I see that once again, anything 'Occupy' related takes heavy influence from the PNW.
 
2014-02-26 12:49:46 PM  
How about "no". Call me spoiled but I need indoor plumbing.
 
2014-02-26 12:50:29 PM  

uber humper: IRQ12: I see you and raise you:

[img.fark.net image 652x658]

You gotta love the estimated mortgage price.

That gives me an idea: Maybe we could create a Farktown in Detroit. Buy a block of houses for next to nothing, put up a 15 foot concrete wall around it. Bar, brothal, cat hospital, grocery store -- everything else though online stores. Police don't have time to bother. It would be paradise I tell 'ya


I've heard that the property taxes are absurd and calculated in an absurd manner.  So you buy a house for 5k and end up with a 5k a year tax liability.
 
2014-02-26 12:50:42 PM  
At a certain level of small, the price per foot gets worse.

So, no.

Plus garages pay for themselves in any area with weather.
 
2014-02-26 12:52:16 PM  
Oh its for homeless folks?
Well alrighty then.
 
2014-02-26 12:55:02 PM  
So the answer to the homeless is a trailer park?  Cause that's what this is.

/bring on the tornadoes
 
2014-02-26 12:59:03 PM  

someonelse: WhiskeySticks: As a person who's planning to relocate to Madison in the spring/summer pending employment, where do I sign up?

All the houses I've been seeing are under 1,000 square feet with a price tag around 130,000 to 140,000. Rental possibilities with a 90+ pound dog seem to be laughable.

Any Madison area farkers have realtor/rental recommendations?

Get a roommate. Madison isn't cheap. I like the older houses around the Vilas area for rentals. Residential but still urban, and usually more affordable. Although you'll be lucky to get a garage that fits a lawnmower. There are cute older neighborhoods over by Olbrich Park, too. If you've got $$, go look at the condos on the square.


Would love to live in the Vilas area if the price was right. I'll have the ladyfriend with me, so it's dual income. If we could only get that damn dog to find gainful employment. You and Jonasborg, thanks for the suggestions
 
2014-02-26 01:00:34 PM  

theresnothinglft: So the answer to the homeless is a trailer park?  Cause that's what this is.

/bring on the tornadoes


I'm not sure there is a good answer.

Anything too good and you need supervision. Too much supervision and you may blink and find out you've got the old asylum system on your hands. Doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

Various people are homeless for various reasons, and they need different answers. For some, that may well be a trailer park.
 
2014-02-26 01:01:27 PM  

IRQ12: I see you and raise you:

[img.fark.net image 652x658]


So much this^^
Get this: You can get 4 bedrooms for 1$ in this area.
 
2014-02-26 01:01:43 PM  
Don't have to live there, but I do!

/since '88
//never a dull moment
///something for everyone
////Capital Brewery Bier Garden on summertime Friday nights
 
2014-02-26 01:02:49 PM  

mistrmind: No kitchen.  No bathroom.
Heat?   How much are the property taxes?

I need answers.


These were my questions exactly.  Especially the heat, in a place like Madison.
It seems they esentially are buying the equivillent of a cabin on a campground.

So, considering there is a "main building" on the grounds that supports all their plmbing needs and such, what are the fees for that?  It can't be free.  Also...  Where is the fridge?  Oven?
 
2014-02-26 01:03:03 PM  
That's a nice idea...
 
2014-02-26 01:03:15 PM  

The water was cold: I would have to be paid at least $50,000 (net) annually to live in Wisconsin (maximum two years)I like having 300+ days of Summer every year.

/ It's currently 76 degrees here, however, it's suppose to get down to a bone chilling 50 degrees Thursday night.

// I hope I can survive.


Most of us Wisconsinites like living in places where we can't be poisoned putting on our shoes in the morning. Or burn our feet walking to get the paper, because the sun was hitting the floor.
 
2014-02-26 01:03:18 PM  
I used to date a girl who moved into an apartment in Park Slope that was 9' x 6'.  

It was easily the most absurd thing I've ever seen.  You couldn't actually open the door more than just enough to squeeze through because it would hit the bed frame.

...but it was in Park Slope!


I slept there once.

Once.
 
2014-02-26 01:05:38 PM  

bborchar: IRQ12: I see you and raise you:

[img.fark.net image 652x658]

Missing the description:

"MOTIVATED SELLERS! Great property for investors! This beautiful brick colonial is located in a great area and has several great features including a full basement, a 2 car garage, large kitchen, 2 baths and much more. All info is estimated. Needs rehab. Missing hot water tank, furnace, sink, bathtub and electrical."

[i1049.photobucket.com image 390x294] [i1049.photobucket.com image 392x298]


So this house in Detroit has a kitchen. Otherwise- same deal.
 
2014-02-26 01:05:48 PM  

uber humper: I still see parking lots Katrina trailers in the DFW area. Unused.


Their manufacturers are keeping them off the market. Or, to put it another way, if you try to buy one at an auction you need to anticipate bidding against the manufacturer that built it. So what you're seeing is assuredly a not-for-sale storage lot.
 
2014-02-26 01:09:35 PM  

Chagrin: uber humper: I still see parking lots Katrina trailers in the DFW area. Unused.

Their manufacturers are keeping them off the market. Or, to put it another way, if you try to buy one at an auction you need to anticipate bidding against the manufacturer that built it. So what you're seeing is assuredly a not-for-sale storage lot.


Why?
 
2014-02-26 01:10:53 PM  

mistrmind: No kitchen.  No bathroom.
Heat?   How much are the property taxes?

I need answers.


I guess you could read the article.

But since I did. They have a propane gas heater. No property taxes, instead they just move them every 24/48 hours. That's why they're on wheels. Compostable toilet. Shared kitchen/showers with the rest of the cluster.
 
2014-02-26 01:11:15 PM  

IRQ12: uber humper: IRQ12: I see you and raise you:

[img.fark.net image 652x658]

You gotta love the estimated mortgage price.

That gives me an idea: Maybe we could create a Farktown in Detroit. Buy a block of houses for next to nothing, put up a 15 foot concrete wall around it. Bar, brothal, cat hospital, grocery store -- everything else though online stores. Police don't have time to bother. It would be paradise I tell 'ya

I've heard that the property taxes are absurd and calculated in an absurd manner.  So you buy a house for 5k and end up with a 5k a year tax liability.



The D is crooked. Just let the tax appraiser have carte blanc at the brothal
 
2014-02-26 01:11:58 PM  

gopher321: "There's no plumbing or electricity, but the home is insulated and has a propane heater to get the residents through the harsh Wisconsin winters."


Umm...how about "No"?


You'd rather sleep on the street?
 
2014-02-26 01:12:52 PM  

tlars699: bborchar: IRQ12: I see you and raise you:

[img.fark.net image 652x658]

Missing the description:

"MOTIVATED SELLERS! Great property for investors! This beautiful brick colonial is located in a great area and has several great features including a full basement, a 2 car garage, large kitchen, 2 baths and much more. All info is estimated. Needs rehab. Missing hot water tank, furnace, sink, bathtub and electrical."

[i1049.photobucket.com image 390x294] [i1049.photobucket.com image 392x298]

So this house in Detroit has a kitchen. Otherwise- same deal.


Well, it IS in Detroit.
 
2014-02-26 01:14:23 PM  
I'm semi-sorta-familiar with Madison, so I had to see what part of town these were in. They'll be at E. Johnson and 3rd street, in case anyone's curious.
 
2014-02-26 01:15:32 PM  

uber humper: IRQ12: uber humper: IRQ12: I see you and raise you:

[img.fark.net image 652x658]

You gotta love the estimated mortgage price.

That gives me an idea: Maybe we could create a Farktown in Detroit. Buy a block of houses for next to nothing, put up a 15 foot concrete wall around it. Bar, brothal, cat hospital, grocery store -- everything else though online stores. Police don't have time to bother. It would be paradise I tell 'ya

I've heard that the property taxes are absurd and calculated in an absurd manner.  So you buy a house for 5k and end up with a 5k a year tax liability.


The D is crooked. Just let the tax appraiser have carte blanc at the brothal


Better yet: paint the 15' walls to make it look like an abandoned factory
 
2014-02-26 01:18:39 PM  

htomc: Where in the world is $5000 worth of material and labor for something that small, that looks like it could be mass-produced easily?  (let me guess...unions...?)


Let me guess, you're right wing? (not a guess really, I know you are)

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/ikea-shelters-house-somali -r efugees-in-ethiopia-a-929568.html

Anyway, IKEA can massproduce something with electricity for 1000USD, but that doesn't seem very suited for winters in Wisconsin though.
 
2014-02-26 01:20:21 PM  

abhorrent1: No. It's a shed on wheels and I could build one for less than that.


Thats what I was thinking. 5k seems extremely high to build what is basically a small shed. And since they are using donated labor, that $5000 is just for materials?

And as for the headline, yes you can beat the price pretty easily. $50 a square foot is not an amazing deal. Go to Detroit if you want amazing deals.
 
2014-02-26 01:25:02 PM  

spawn73: htomc: Where in the world is $5000 worth of material and labor for something that small, that looks like it could be mass-produced easily?  (let me guess...unions...?)

Let me guess, you're right wing? (not a guess really, I know you are)

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/ikea-shelters-house-somali -r efugees-in-ethiopia-a-929568.html

Anyway, IKEA can massproduce something with electricity for 1000USD, but that doesn't seem very suited for winters in Wisconsin though.


This to the whole post.

Insulation and economies of scale play a role here.  Is 5k still an inflated price? Possibly. Is it because of some flaw of government grift? Maybe.

Is the solution, therefore, to rant against the project and cry about unions and then never end up with housing for the homeless? I think not.

Not to turn this too political, but that is what pisses me off. The people who spend all their time complaining about the waste within the government have a solution of throwing the baby out with the bathwater nearly every single time. Unless its the military or 'bringing manufacturing to small town x', in which case the solution is buying more useless jets and spending taxpayer money to subsidize the hell out of the industry.
 
2014-02-26 01:28:39 PM  

xanadian: While I applaud the idea, I can't help but wonder how many of them will get totally trashed in the span of 2 weeks.  What would be awesome is if they could build and keep those things someplace where there's mental health/addiction help facilities nearby.


This. Homelessness largely has nothing to do with lacking a home, per se. It's almost entirely a mental health problem.
 
2014-02-26 01:29:46 PM  

Jument: How about "no". Call me spoiled but I need indoor plumbing.


Then I recommend one of the city's homeless shelters. When they kick you out, there's always the library. After closing time, I recommend hovering over the grates down by the State Historical Society mall area to stay worm. Good luck with that.
 
2014-02-26 01:31:46 PM  
While the structure itself is probably only $1000 in materials, the trailer the whole thing sits on is probably the most expensive part. Depending on the size, the manufacturer, and if it's new or used, you're still looking at at least $1k for something that can handle the load of the house and is also street legal.

There's also some extra supplies, like hurricane ties, that you need while framing something like this. If you've ever done a project that requires a lot of engineered steel pieces, you know how fast they can add up in the final costs.

Bottom line, I don't think $5k isn't bad if they're using all new materials and volunteer labor.
 
2014-02-26 01:31:56 PM  

spawn73: htomc: Where in the world is $5000 worth of material and labor for something that small, that looks like it could be mass-produced easily?  (let me guess...unions...?)

Let me guess, you're right wing? (not a guess really, I know you are)

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/ikea-shelters-house-somali -r efugees-in-ethiopia-a-929568.html

Anyway, IKEA can massproduce something with electricity for 1000USD, but that doesn't seem very suited for winters in Wisconsin though.


You would think being a Swedish company that they would know better.
 
2014-02-26 01:33:38 PM  

phaseolus: I'm semi-sorta-familiar with Madison, so I had to see what part of town these were in. They'll be at E. Johnson and 3rd street, in case anyone's curious.


That's funny.  I used to work at the Rent-A-Center in the Madison East Shopping Center, way back when.
 
2014-02-26 01:34:13 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: xanadian: While I applaud the idea, I can't help but wonder how many of them will get totally trashed in the span of 2 weeks.  What would be awesome is if they could build and keep those things someplace where there's mental health/addiction help facilities nearby.

This. Homelessness largely has nothing to do with lacking a home, per se. It's almost entirely a mental health problem.


Citation?

Regardless, Madison has plenty of experience cleaning up homes trashed by trust fund students. And earlier this week some geniuses in Acadia about killed themselves using a charcoal grill in their kitchen for heat.
 
2014-02-26 01:35:26 PM  

tlars699: Little boxes... and they're all made out of ticky tacky


Heh came here to make that comment.
 
2014-02-26 01:37:24 PM  
'There have been people who have always been associated with people who are homeless that are unsavoury types of people,' she said.


Completely true, and accurate.  But unless we are willing to simply kill off the homeless along with unsavory types, they kind of have to live somewhere.  And honestly, if you aren't wealthy enough to move away from somewhere, and are living in a shiatty enough area that it was the original choice for such a thing, you are probably associated with an awful lot of unsavory people yourself.

I don't care if people are poor or rich. But I do find it amusing when people just a little bit above poverty are busy looking down.  Or maybe less amusing and more sad, since that mindset is probably a way for them to convince themselves they are doing well. Kind of farked up either way.
 
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