Low Cost Homes Needing Repairs, The Ten Foot Pole Mark Kind.

Real Estate Agent with MOOERS REALTY ME Broker License 106759

Not everyone is up to the task of fixing what ails a low cost home needing repairs.

The kind loaded with ten foot pole marks riddling the inside and out. You know, the ones not many want to touch and shy away from in their search for a low cost home. You see them in the online filtering slice and dice search especially on the lower end bargain bin of what's for sale. We all do it.. Looking for how low can you go in any real estate market inventory of current listings.

Bottom of the barrel. Barely with a pulse. Open to the elements. Neglected, abused, ridden hard and put away wet homes with all the signs of decay and the damage long deferred maintenance causes. These black and blue homes stand out like a sore thumb mixed in with the other pretty pictures and rosy write ups on the search for what's for sale in the local real estate market. They are hard to miss. When a real estate agent has to show them up close and personal, these tough properties come with sweet and sour smells. Not the good kind you look forward to sitting down in a Chinese restaurant. Oooh oooh that smell like the Skynyrd song wails.

These are the low cost homes for saleneeding repairs that show better when you have a major head cold in the walk through property tour.

The ones where you remind everyone to watch where they step. That need flashlights, are not heated, that were lived in last by hoarders. That might have critters still living here that can be easily startled when they feel threatened and exposed. Have you had all your shots and are they up to date is asked to the home buyers in tow by the real estate agent leading the charge.Lipstick on a pig low cost homes photo

But price conquers all if you can get beyond the how did this happen. The house roof that started to leak and no one noticed, or cared or had the money to address way back when. This motely crew of misfit low end properties. What a mess to some. What an housing opportunity for others that have the DIY skill set and know just exactly what is needed.

These low cost homes for sale needing repairs.

The bring it back to life, fix it and flip it individuals who scoop them up know their way around a carpenters, plumbers, electrician, etc toolbox. Or have a pretty good connection to others, the more experienced in the building trades folks that do.

Maybe it is a family project that drives the purchase of less than up to snuff homes with issues. Everyone that's related rallies around to bring the sticks and bricks back to life. To improve the house and make it better than it was. Not applying lipstick on a pig but sincerely out to use the collective resources to straighten out the property flaws.

Far from perfect but better than nothing. That's how the low cost homes needing repairs are viewed. Like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree, this one has potential all involved agree. Or this home needing work is all we can afford so let's just all pitch in. To make it better than it was taking many slow steps at a time. Glad to be just crawling out of the rent rut into the ranks of home ownership. In a place pretty much worked on for life to transform it into the "home sweet home" everyone seeks. 

Read more in the article on Properties For Sale In Maine Needing Work Or Repair

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

Comments (7)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 (Andy)... the attitude of "let's just get a roof over our heads that is ours" is a good attitude.... the market and time will take care of equity.... start at the bottom; own it; and gain equity from it.... no one needs to compete with neighbors.... no one needs to boast about the latest and greatest of features.... back to basics; clean living; and live to be 100...

May 11, 2019 03:16 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

So true... start owning something to call home... your home. And with patience, creative use of what you have for materials, from watching you tube DIY videos, make it into something special. It is not perfect for all but perfect for you. It's yours Barbara Todaro !

May 11, 2019 03:18 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrew - that first photo in your post that you share is great.  Worthy of a Richard Weeks question in the ActiveRain Q&A section.  That said you offer some eye-opening advice for those considering "just getting a home" and for those agents who assist them.

May 11, 2019 10:49 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

Nuthing fancy, new to you is fine and dandy when you don't want to rent... when a Mr Fix home is used for vacation purposes and cheap road trips to Maine! Never discount or think dirty but nice homes with potential will not sell. There is a buyer for anything fairly priced and marketed full throttle @michael jacobs

May 11, 2019 06:31 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Home buyers and home sellers will be in very good hands when they seek your advice and use your professional real estate services.

Jun 13, 2019 04:40 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Andrew. Thanks for your comment on my post this morning. I hope you are reading a good book.

Jun 18, 2019 06:33 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Andy: No matter the condition, someone will always see a property for what it can be...homeownership is a powerful force.

Jun 29, 2019 07:06 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

First of all, the photo you used is absolutely fantastic! Also, I love your point that, in the hands of the right buyer, a fixer upper can be a great financial move, but it's not for everyone!

Jul 03, 2019 06:17 AM

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