Florida Man Thought He Was Buying A Home, But It Turned Out...Smaller

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A first-time auction bidder, Kerville Holness thought he had just landed a steal of a deal on his first home.

The South Florida man won the bid in an online auction for $9,100, BUT he definitely didn't purchase a house.
Instead, the "Tamarac villa" was a 1 foot wide, 100ft long strip of land on Northwest 100th Way worth about $50. 
It starts at the curb where two mailboxes have been installed, goes under the wall separating the garages of two adjoining Spring Lake villas, then extends out to the back of the lot. (via Sun Sentinel)

Will he get his money back? I don't think so. County officials and real estate experts have said that auction participants need to do their homework and make sure they’ve checked for all possible problems a property might have.

Holness is obviously pissed. “It’s deception. There was no demarcation to show you it’s just a line going through [the villa duplex], even though they have the tools to show that.” He claimed the property appraiser photos linked to the site showed a villa on the parcel he made a bid on.

But the appraiser’s site and info on the county’s tax site also show the minor value of the property, "that there is no building value, that the land takes up only 100 square feet and that the property is one-foot wide."

Tough one. 

-Jess

via Sun Sentinel