I've decided that the author of "How to Sell Your Home in 5 Days" is either a fraud or just sold his properties during the booming real estate market days. I've now tried to sell 2 homes using his methods and had either no bidders or bidders trying to steal the house. I've spent $1000 in advertising in papers and direct marketing to prospects who are most suited to purchase the property, so I don't think that I have missed anything the author suggested.
A commenter (LRK) has offered the suggestion that I try to rent out the properties and that is what I am going to try to do at this point. With winter approaching (very slow sales season) and heating bills threatening to take more of my money, that seems the only reasonable recourse. My big concern is how low a rent will I be forced to take on my Cheektowaga property. My monthly net is -$2300 and no properties here rent for that amount. I've got the properties listed on Craigslist and with various relocation/ temporary housing websites. Advertising in the Buffalo News is like throwing cash down the toilet, so signs are the only other means I can think of doing at the moment.