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7 bizarre homebuyer incentives: cocktails, cookies, cars and more

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As the real estate market declined in recent years, the age-old practice of sellers marketing their homes as coming with buyer incentives was elevated from an occasional practice to a true art. Savvy sellers and their agents created win-win strategies for differentiating their listings in a crowded market by throwing uber-desirable perks into the deal.And some sellers have gone beyond old concessions, like picking up a portion of closing costs or paying homeowners association dues. Some are offering to throw in a fireplace-framing plasma screen TV, or other furnishings customized for the property. As a result, many a homebuyer ends up with more than just the home of their dreams.There are those buyers and sellers, too, who have taken the smart strategy of offering desirable buyer incentives to extremes. These extremes fall along a spectrum that begins at entertaining and stretches all the way to worrisome -- even very worrisome.Here are seven of the most bizarre homebuyer incentives I...