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Dennis Orwin, a 74-year-old Columbus innkeeper with a hankering to retire, finds himself between a rock and a hard place as he tries to sell a bed-and-breakfast that he has run for 17 years.

The circa 1884 Ruddick-Nugent House has been on the market more than five years with no takers. He has been waiting to find a motivated buyer willing to plunk down $650,000 to $700,000 to buy a luxury property that covers a whole city block at 16th Street and Grand Avenue.

Finding someone interested in a 6,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom home may be a tall task, though.

Real estate professionals who specialize in tourism properties say finding financing to swing the purchase of a bed-and-breakfast can be tricky, and most commercial bankers steer clear of such deals unless the buyer contributes a large down payment and already has experience in the hospitality industry.


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