Man offers to trade Detroit home for new iPhone 6 or iPad


A man is offering to swap his three-bedroom house in Detroit for a new iPhone 6 or 32GB iPad.

But there is no app to fix the brick house at 11954 Laing. The home is vacant and appears to have been scavenged by thieves. It sits on a block dominated by abandoned houses. And the owner owes $6,160 in property taxes, according to Wayne County records.

That hasn’t stopped a real estate agent from calling it an “investor special” with a finished basement.

The homeowner was asking $3,000 for the brick house but has been unable to find a buyer.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Ryan Peezy Pendleton

    Willing to trade for an iPhone 4 but that’s about it! Lol

  • Bob Tesh

    The real estate broker handling this deal is Larry Else, who’s not trying to hide the fact that this house needs a lot of work. and that there are back taxes that will have to be paid. That being said, it’s worth noting that the seller is a man from Austria who was doing nothing with this property and the person that ended up buying this house is someone who lives right around the corner and wants to rehab the place.

  • Billy Blake

    I never seen where the realtor will provide a hot water tank and furnace at closing. But what I can see from the photograph of the house is that the windows need replacing and doors. A lot of work. I know because I have done all of that with my house in Detroit.

  • He’s aiming too high.