1. A small but profitable house in Washington, D.C. that sold for nearly $1 million
A gentleman by the name of Austin Spriggs owned a tiny townhouse in Washington D.C. When developers swept through the area to build more office buildings and apartment complexes, they offered him $2 million to sell it. Being stubborn, Spriggs held on and allowed the real estate market to fizzle out. The property started looking like a graveyard, and the owner was forced to sell it from a flimsy $750,000. Chump change considering the previous offers.