Yet... it really is a profile in blight. First off, looks good right? 35 bids up to all of $1,300 for what looks like a solid structure even if it needs work. What problems could there be? What problems could this deal not have. First off, it sure looks like property taxes have not been paid in at least 4 years. The county's web site only lists the county-owed property taxes which we all know are the lowest of 3 taxes most parcels accrue taxes for. In the city of Pittsburgh the city itself and school district both have levies that presumably are unpaid. So there are at least $5K there in taxes due on this parcel which would wind up being owed by a new owner.
Then it gets weird. First off the ebay offerer of this property has no other ebay activity ever. No other information on the advertisement is obvious that would allow for contact with the seller or even basic due dilligence. The county web site lists a contact for tax billings. "NRG MANAGEMENT GROUP, LLC, 38 POLO CT,CHARLES TOWN, WV 25414.
To begin with I can't get google maps to identify the address at all, but maybe I am map-challenged. Then I can't find any evidence of a business named NRG Management in Charles Town, WV. One D&B entry from 2006 listed a single employee company at the time is about as close as I can get. I'm understanding why those tax mailings are not responded to. There are a number of firms around the country and beyond named NRG Management, but nothing that jumps up as being connected to this property.
But the ebay listing is interesting. It says to add $549 to any bid to cover costs. Intresting amount.. any brokers out there want to comment on whether that amount makes any more sense than a number chosen at random? It also gives a brief explanation of how it says the process would work. It says you will be mailed a quit claim deed which I am not sure is going to work easily in Pennsylvania. I really would love to hear from a local real estate lawyer as to whether the idea of doing a real estate transaction that way would really be feasible and not cause more legal headaches than it would solve... assuming everything else is on the up and up that is.
and by the way... the property I looked at last year which had been for sale on ebay does not appear to have a transaction record at any point since then.