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11th Jan '17 9:41:03 AM Moopsball
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* One of these drives the plot in ''[[Literature/Dragaera Orca]]''. During a financial crisis some bankers squeeze money out of landholders with the threat of foreclosing on them, hoping to take the money and vanish once the bank collapses. Vlad is drawn into the plot by owing a favor to one tenant.

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* One of these drives the plot in ''[[Literature/Dragaera ''[[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Orca]]''. During a financial crisis some bankers squeeze money out of landholders with the threat of foreclosing on them, hoping to take the money and vanish once the bank collapses. Vlad is drawn into the plot by owing a favor to one tenant.
11th Jan '17 9:39:47 AM Moopsball
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* One of these drives the plot in ''[[Literature/Dragaera Orca]]''. During a financial crisis some bankers squeeze money out of landholders with the threat of foreclosing on them, hoping to take the money and vanish once the bank collapses. Vlad is drawn into the plot by owing a favor to one tenant.
11th Jan '17 6:26:29 AM dmcreif
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* AmoralAttorney Maurice Levy from ''Series/TheWire'' constantly suggests his clients from Organized Crime turn to real estate; they do. One of the background subplots is that drug money is being funneled to State Sen. Clay Davis, who then tells Stringer which buildings are due to get revitalization grants so Stinger can buy them while they are still dirt cheap.

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* AmoralAttorney [[AmoralAttorney Maurice Levy Levy]] from ''Series/TheWire'' constantly suggests his clients from Organized Crime turn to real estate; they do. One of the background subplots is that drug money is being funneled to State Sen. Clay Davis, who then tells Stringer which buildings are due to get revitalization grants so Stinger Stringer can buy them while they are still dirt cheap.cheap. Clay Davis, however, is just rainmaking Stringer.



* Subverted on ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''. A slumlord is using vandalism and intimidation to drive out his rent-control tenants. Matt and Foggy suspect that he is planning to build condos on the property but while this would not be out of character for Tully, he is just an agent of Wilson Fisk and Fisk does not care about making a profit on the property. Fisk promised the property to Nobu and his faction of The Hand, and they do not want the residents getting in the way of their nefarious schemes for that valuable block of New York estate.

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* Subverted on in ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''. A Armund Tully is a slumlord that is using vandalism and intimidation to drive out his rent-control tenants. Matt Matt, Karen and Foggy suspect that he is planning trying to build condos on the property but while this property. This would not be out of character for Tully, given his reputation with them and with the cops, but the reality is that he is just an agent of Wilson Fisk and Fisk. And Fisk does not care about making a profit on the property. Fisk property because he promised the property it to Nobu and his faction of The Hand, and they who do not want the residents getting in the way of their nefarious own schemes for that valuable block of New York Manhattan real estate.
2nd Dec '16 1:58:32 PM dmcreif
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* Subverted on ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''. A slumlord is using vandalism and intimidation to drive out his rent-control tenants. Matt and Foggy suspect that he is planning to build condos on the property but while this would not be out of character for the slumlord, he is just an agent of Wilson Fisk and Fisk does not care about making a profit on the property. Fisk promised the property to the Yakuza ([[spoiler: actually a faction controlled by the Hand]]) and they do not want the residents getting into way of whatever nefarious plan they have for the block of New York estate.

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* Subverted on ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''. A slumlord is using vandalism and intimidation to drive out his rent-control tenants. Matt and Foggy suspect that he is planning to build condos on the property but while this would not be out of character for the slumlord, Tully, he is just an agent of Wilson Fisk and Fisk does not care about making a profit on the property. Fisk promised the property to the Yakuza ([[spoiler: actually a Nobu and his faction controlled by the Hand]]) of The Hand, and they do not want the residents getting into in the way of whatever their nefarious plan they have schemes for the that valuable block of New York estate.
9th Mar '16 7:10:43 AM Hossmeister
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* The ''AllInTheFamily'' episode "The Blockbuster" had the Bunkers dealing with the titular scammer.

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* The ''AllInTheFamily'' ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode "The Blockbuster" had the Bunkers dealing with the titular scammer.
1st Dec '15 8:38:56 AM babyhenchy1
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* Subverted on ''Series/{{Daredevil}}''. A slumlord is using vandalism and intimidation to drive out his rent-control tenants. Matt and Foggy suspect that he is planning to build condos on the property but while this would not be out of character for the slumlord, he is just an agent of Wilson Fisk and Fisk does not care about making a profit on the property. Fisk promised the property to the Yakuza ([[spoiler: actually a faction controlled by the Hand]]) and they do not want the residents getting into way of whatever nefarious plan they have for the block of New York estate.

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* Subverted on ''Series/{{Daredevil}}''.''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''. A slumlord is using vandalism and intimidation to drive out his rent-control tenants. Matt and Foggy suspect that he is planning to build condos on the property but while this would not be out of character for the slumlord, he is just an agent of Wilson Fisk and Fisk does not care about making a profit on the property. Fisk promised the property to the Yakuza ([[spoiler: actually a faction controlled by the Hand]]) and they do not want the residents getting into way of whatever nefarious plan they have for the block of New York estate.
30th Oct '15 7:55:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''PoliceAcademy 6'', the BigBad orchestrates a crimewave alongside an old bus route, which would soon be the route of a train line. The crimewave would then drive down property prices allowing him to buy them and then resell them when the train line is complete and the price skyrocketed. It's even lampshaded at the end:

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* In ''PoliceAcademy 6'', ''Film/PoliceAcademy6CityUnderSiege'', the BigBad orchestrates a crimewave alongside an old bus route, which would soon be the route of a train line. The crimewave would then drive down property prices allowing him to buy them and then resell them when the train line is complete and the price skyrocketed. It's even lampshaded at the end:



* The film ''LocalHero'' plays around with this trope.

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* The film ''LocalHero'' ''Film/LocalHero'' plays around with this trope.



** Same song, different beat in ''SupermanReturns''. Lex wants to create a new continent in the Atlantic Ocean, destroying half of the US in the process, and then sell it at a premium.

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** * Same song, different beat in ''SupermanReturns''.''Film/SupermanReturns''. Lex wants to create a new continent in the Atlantic Ocean, destroying half of the US in the process, and then sell it at a premium.
7th Sep '15 9:57:50 AM Divra
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* In ''PoliceAcademy 6'', the BigBad orchestrates a crimewave alongside an old bus route, which would soon be the route of a train line. The crimewave would then drive down property prices allowing him to buy them and then resell them when the train line is complete and the price skyrocketed.

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* In ''PoliceAcademy 6'', the BigBad orchestrates a crimewave alongside an old bus route, which would soon be the route of a train line. The crimewave would then drive down property prices allowing him to buy them and then resell them when the train line is complete and the price skyrocketed. It's even lampshaded at the end:
--> '''Commisioner Hurst'': So you're saying all of this was nothing more than a real estate scam!?
--> ''' Sgt. Hightower''': A billion-dollar real estate scam, sir.
4th Aug '15 3:14:57 PM samf359
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has the parents of the kids taken to a ski resort in Aspen for a timeshare presentation, an they are unable to leave because they salesmen keep taking them back in the resort till they take their offer.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has the parents of the kids taken to a ski resort in Aspen for a timeshare presentation, an and they are unable to leave because they salesmen keep taking them back in the resort till they take their offer.
4th Aug '15 3:10:31 PM samf359
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* In ''SaintsRow 2'', one of the minigames available is 'Septic Avenger', where you ride around in a septic-truck and sprays property with crap to lower the values. Ironically, this is feasible because of Ultor's reconstruction of the once-embattled Saints Row district, turning it into an upscale office-park... and creating a severe shortage of low-price housing. Meaning that hard-working low-income families are willing to buy a cheap house even if it's covered in crap. (The realtor-term is "Fixer-upper".)

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* In ''SaintsRow 2'', one of the minigames available is 'Septic Avenger', where you ride around in a septic-truck and sprays spray property with crap to lower the values. Ironically, this is feasible because of Ultor's reconstruction of the once-embattled Saints Row district, turning it into an upscale office-park... and creating a severe shortage of low-price housing. Meaning that hard-working low-income families are willing to buy a cheap house even if it's covered in crap. (The realtor-term is "Fixer-upper".)
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