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Published: Feb 28, 2009
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Video: Cave Foreclosure? eBay Subterranean (Photos) Dwelling Auction
by Maria Gomez


A unique home is now facing foreclosure and is currently being auctioned on eBay.

Sure, you've heard plenty of stories about foreclosures, but we bet you've never heard about anyone about to lose their cave.

That's right. For nearly five years, Curt Sleeper and his family have lived in a cave. His mortgage is about to come due and, just like millions of other distressed Americans, he's unable to refinance.

So for now, the 17,000-square-foot, subterranean dwelling in Festus, Mo., is being auctioned off on eBay.

The cave home is complete with all the modern amenities -- a kitchen, laundry room and even a party room, reports FOX News. The eBay description says that geothermal and passive solar keep the house cool and warm without the use of a heater or air conditioning. And the house has its own ground water source, which yields an average of 100 gallons a day.

Sleeper and his wife Deborah bought the cave outside St. Louis in May 2004 for $160,000. To pay for it they put 50 percent down and borrowed the other $80,000 from the seller. It was a five-year loan with a single balloon payment at the end. See more photos here.


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