Townhouse Explosion Can't Stop NY Real Estate Market

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You can take the house off the property, but you can't take the property off the market. Dr. Nicholas Bartha used a gas explosion to blow up a New York City townhouse last month. He destroyed the house in a bid to keep his ex-wife from profiting from its sale. He died later. But New York real estate is always at a premium. And the newly vacant lot is up for sale. The listing asks $8 million, and adds, "Seize this opportunity to build your dream house!"

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You can take the house off the property, but you can't take the property off the market. Dr. Nicholas Bartha used a gas explosion to blow up a New York City townhouse last month. He destroyed the house in a bid to keep his ex-wife from profiting from its sale. Bartha later died, but New York real estate is always at a premium and the newly vacant lot is up for sale. The listing asks $8 million, and adds, seize this opportunity to build your dream house! It's MORNING EDITION.

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