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January 24, 2011
Interactive: Local homes selling for the price of a car

The housing bust has made it possible to buy a home in Sacramento -- albeit a shabby, small, old one -- for roughly the price of a new Toyota Prius. Last year, several dozen homes sold in Sacramento for less than $30,000. Most of these homes sit within poverty-stricken neighborhoods; will need work to be habitable; or will be torn down for eventual new construction.

Here's a look at four Sacramento homes that sold for less than $27,000 last year. Would you rather have one of these or a new car?

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3262 23rd - Oak Park - 2 Beds, 1 bath, 828 square feet, built in 1935, sold for $25,000:

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4580 9th Avenue - Oak Park - 2 Beds, 1 bath, 788 square feet, built in 1925, sold for $25,000:

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3326 22nd Avenue - South Sacramento - 2 Beds, 1 bath, 835 square feet, built in 1935, sold for $26,000:

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2930 Branch Street - North Sac - 2 Beds, 1 bath, 744 square feet, built in 1938, sold for $27,000:

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Source: Sacramento Bee home sales database; Google Maps

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