Man Used a Loophole in the Law to Pay 16 Bucks for a $330,000 House

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Kenneth Robinson beat the system. We should all be Kenneth Robinson. Kenneth Robinson for President! Kenneth! Kenneth! Why the fuss? Because Robinson found a loophole in the law that let him pay 16 dollars to own a $330,000 house.


It's a little known law called "adverse possession" where you can avoid the inconvenience and expense of applying for a traditional mortgage. He supposedly spent months and months researching the law and combing through listings to find the perfect house that would fit within the requirements of the law. The $330,000 house in Flower Mound, Texas did just that.

The perfect storm of events that happened to make the house available was that the house foreclosed, the original owner abandoned his mortgage and the mortgage company closed shop. All Robinson had to do was file paperwork at the courthouse saying he claimed ownership of the property. That cost all of 16 bucks.

Under the law that Robinson exposed, if someone were to move into the abandoned home, they would have exclusive negotiating rights with the original owner. If the original owner wanted the 'squatter' to leave, the owner would have to pay off his mortgage and the bank would have to file a lawsuit against the squatter to get him evicted. If that doesn't happen, under Texas occupancy laws, Robinson believes the house will be his as long as he stays there for three years.

The neighbors who live in the neighborhood are jealous and pissed. Some want him to pay up like they did. But if I learned one thing in life so far, it's that you can't knock the hustle. Good job Kenneth. [Digitriad, Daily Mail]

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So, all I need to do is...

1. Find a house I want.

2. Lookup the owner's details, and find where he works.

3. Hire a prostitute to get a job at the same company, flirt with him, then file a sexual harassment charge which will get him fired, resulting in him defaulting on his mortgage.

4. Assuming the prostitute did a good job, have her create a tape with the CEO of his mortgage company, and leak it onto the Internet, creating a scandal which shuts down the company.

5. File the paperwork

6. Pay the ......

crap, where am I going to find $16?!