People have tried to take me to task when I differentiate between stocks and houses. The half joking quote is "The difference between stocks and houses is, outside of Love Canal & Detroit, houses don’t go to zero."
As you can see from the attached web page listings, that is only the slightest of exaggeration, as there are quite a few house in Detroit for sale at $100 each.
And, if you search for $0 – $5,000 price range in Detroit, MI, you will find 1,397 properties in that range, out of 20,881 properties for sale.
Why is "zero" only a sleight exaggeration? Renting an apartment (no property tax, no maintenance obligations, no heating costs) is cheaper in Detroit than owning a home — even one that costs $100 . . .
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Detroit, MI Property Listings
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS