We love a bargain. But in a tight housing market, real deals can seem increasingly difficult to find. So leave the bargain spotting to us!
We’ve previously scoured listings for homes under $500,000, and under $200,000. This time around, we challenged ourselves to see how low we could go—setting our budget at just 100 grand. And we weren’t tempted by shabby shacks. No, we wanted lookers that were discount delights.
We learned that even homes priced way below the U.S. median list price of $274,000 still need to offer up some real amenities: a nice location, an updated interior, lots of acreage, even some real style.
Amazingly, we think that we have found eight perfect properties around the country that check many of those boxes. Yes, it’s possible to buy a home for the price of a kitchen remodel in some parts of the country. Naturally, some of the houses could use a refresh, but for the low, low list prices, you can budget for a renovation.
Low on price, these listings are high on charm. Scroll down to check out these bargain-basement-priced homes.
What’s the deal: Built in 1940, this 858-square-foot home offers two bedrooms, one bath, and “so much more.” The updated home is move-in ready with wood-burning stove and new carpet in the living room, updated kitchen, and main-floor bedroom with sitting area, cedar closet, and new carpet.
What’s the deal: This “well-maintained” traditional offers three bedrooms and two baths packed into a cozy 960 square feet. The kitchen could use an update, but a buyer could probably spare a few bucks to make it shine.
What’s the deal: Land ho! Along with a “well built” rancher from 1950 with 1,500 square feet of living space, including three beds and 1.5 baths, a buyer will score a whopping 34 acres. There’s an additional building on the property that can be cleaned up and used as an apartment. Rental income never looked this affordable.
What’s the deal: A Cape Cod–style home in Wisconsin? That’s just one of the surprises. This stone home offers 1,366 square feet of living space, including a large living room, dining room, three bedrooms, and 1.5 baths. Bonus: The master bedroom is on the main level.
What’s the deal: Built in 1910, this home is close to the “hot” Riverwalk and offers two bedrooms, a kitchen with upgraded appliances, a laundry room, and a mudroom. The yard is filled with mature trees, and there are two outbuildings.
What’s the deal: Just 15 minutes from downtown, this “hidden gem” is a great buy for investors or small families. The three-bedroom home features hardwood floors, an upgraded kitchen, and a large living-dining area to entertain family and friends.
What’s the deal: Here’s a home with character. This Victorian built in 1925 features 1,900 square feet of living space, including four bedrooms. There’s a large living room and a family room with fireplace, an original staircase, a new roof, and a two-car garage.
What’s the deal: This adorable two bedroom home is located within walking distance to downtown, schools, and a recreation center. Built in 1925, the home has undergone a series of updates, including a new roof, new range, and new furnace.
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