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Published January 28, 2014, 09:43 PM

City of Fargo auctions off 37 flood buyout homes

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -37 homes were up for grabs today as the city of Fargo held its second flood home buyout auction.

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -37 homes were up for grabs today as the city of Fargo held its second flood home buyout auction.

As different as buyers intentions are, moving or salvaging, so are the purchase prices, from $1,500 to $15,000.

Most of the homes up for auction are located on WoodCrest, Hackbery or River Drive.

Some houses will be salvaged, selling for just under $11,000.

While everyone is ultimately here for the same purpose, their ideas and plans are very different.

Rob Hasey, City of Fargo engineer: "My guess is that 75 percent are salvaging."

35 homes were up for grabs, as well as a detached garage and a shed.

Larry Ornberg and Kathy Bleecker, both in a bidding war for the same property.

Kathy Bleecker, home buyer: "I went to the open house and did a lot of online searching."

Ornberg was bidding for a friend out of town.

Larry Ornberg: "I didn't dare go to their maximum without checking with them on the phone first."

Trying to purchase this home at 720 Hackberry Dr. in hopes of salvaging it and using items for a new home.

Ornberg says his friends used to live in Chrisan Estates but sold their home in a flood buyout.

Ornberg: "Less work for him. Now he doesn't have to go out there in the cold and remove the parts he wanted."

His rival bidder, Kathy Bleecker, beat him out.

Bleecker: "We got it for 10,750. Of course my husband’s limit was a lot lower than mine, but we're happy with what we got it for."

Bleeckers say they're going to salvage items in the home. Their intention is to build a shop with living quarters.

Another auction is set to take place mid to late summer, for some homes the city purchased in the Prairie Rose Development, Near Fleet Farm.

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