Discussion in 'General Education Archives' started by eduk8r, Mar 3, 2007.
Mar 3, 2007
Does anyone know where you can still buy a house for under
There are some areas in Maine. But they aren't very nice.
Or in a manufactured home park.
These aren't houses but mobiles.
MLS: 809255 2.59 Acres $69,000
MLS: 825693 1 acre 25,000
MLS: 824053 STOCKTON SPRINGS - $44,900
3 Rooms 1 Bedrooms 1 Baths ±0.16 Acres
Cozy Cottage with a fresh facelift. Small home, small lot, small bills..... Being sold as is. Some TLC will be needed.
MLS: 791637 MONROE - $59,500
9 Rooms 6 Bedrooms 1 Baths ±3.00 Acres
Farmhouse in lovely rural location,needs complete restoration & foundation work. Has 2 car garage with electricity & work space. House being sold "as is". Has much potential. Come take a look.
MLS: 826676 BURNHAM - $59,900
6 Rooms 3 Bedrooms 1 Baths ±0.50 Acres
Cozy home w/beautiful frontage on banks of Sebasticook river! Conveniently located to stores. Home has newer roof shingles & updated septic system to EPA Shoreland standards. Priced well below appraised value!
MLS: 824190 FREEDOM - $62,900
8 Rooms 3 Bedrooms 3 Baths ±2.02 Acres
This home has a great country location. Easy one-floor living. 6 miles from Freedom Pond boat landing. Home is surrounded by wildlife, peach trees, good hunting. Large open concept, berber carpets, lots of cabinets. Master bedroom has its own bath.
Ok I'm sick of doing that haha. You probably won't want to move all the way to Maine.
You're right, I don't! But I'm getting desperate! Houses here (SoCal) went up two to three times their previous value in the past four years. It's so depressing! I really, really appreciate all the work you did in posting those real estate ads for me. That's sweet! Maybe by next year, I'll be that desperate...
It was all that hard really. They aren't the nicest of places. I did like that they actually came with some land. Personally for me I want to be in Southern Maine. The prices there are hovering around 200,000 for a decent sized place. Best of luck finding something.
When we lived in North Dakota awhile back, prices were very reasonable.
Don't come to MA, decent houses in the 200,00's are unheard of!
Okay, now I'm really depressed! Come on, there has to be somewhere! How do regular people (who make under $150,000 a year) buy houses these days?
JamieMarie, thanks a lot for your answers. Missy, I've heard that cows freeze to death standing up in the Dakota winters! (Ahhh! Need I say more? ) Ryan, that helps by elimination...
Come to south central Texas. You won't get any acreage for 70K, but you can get a nice smaller house in town.
Thanks. What are teacher salaries like there?
The only way a teacher can buy a house here in MA is simply to work their tails off, I worked as a teacher and real estate brooker/house builder for years to buy my house, I still do! I have thought about giving up teaching to do real esate full time, but I couldn't leave.
Hey BR, my friend teaches in MA. She just bought a very nice house (4 bedroom 1 bath) on a corner lot for about 200,000 last spring. The name of the town is Baldwin I believe.
Really thats a steal. But the farther you get away from the city the more house pries go down. Where I live about 30 minutes out of Boston in a suburb you couldn't find a fixer-upper of that size for that price. House prices are going down, but we'll see.
Oh BR I know. My bf's sister and her husband bought a house for well over 450,000 right outside the city. I'm pretty sure it is Newton.
On Long Island, a fixer upper is in the $350K range. It's out of control!
I'm in South Texas, good salary, and I have a great house that I bought for $81K. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths. I love it here on the border!
something funny happened when i posted a minute ago....my message showed up like four times so i was deleting the last few but when i looked back the extras disappeared and it just deleted my intial one.....
so here it is again....
you should try the midwest....all four seasons....not too severe of a winter and not too blazing hot in the summer.
teacher salaries are nothing to write home about but the increase each year is pretty nice.
Thanks to all of you. Please keep up the good information, I'll be checking back periodically because I'm really wanting to go somewhere I can buy a house. I'd like to "hear" more. :thanks:
Please, tell me more...what's it like there? Population, demographics, climate, geography, anything you want to tell.
Depends on what you want. My wife and I bought a double wide back in August for 70k. It is 60 by 25 or something like that...about 1600 square feet. It was brand new...4 bedrooms, 2 baths. a large kitchen, large living room and large reading room. Master bedroom is a decent size (not sure what people like). The other three bedrooms are smaller but relatively the same size as each other. If you look, there are some really nice ones out there for sale...really decked out. The thing is that you have to have a lot to rent it on or own...preferrably own. Then if you own a lot, you could have a basement or attached garage or both.
Look in Indiana, like JenL said.
Brrrrr! I had a friend who moved there a few years ago for a faculty position at Notre Dame. She couldn't wait to go, said she "loved" winter...She came back here last fall. All she did was complain about the weather while she was there. I'm more interested in the Southern half of the U.S., I guess. Hey, what about coastal Alabama or Mississippi? (Did I spell that right?) I mean, how often do devastating hurricanes hit???
I know all too well......
Don't forget tornados hit Alabama and Mississippi.
My brothers live in Atlanta. They love it. They said it's pretty warm. And the housing I think is fairly inexpensive but I'm not positive. I could ask my step mother since she is or was a realtor there.
She and my father just moved to Pensacola Fl.
I never missed Indiana.
Do not come to NJ. People are actually leaving here.
I was born and raised here. I LOVE my little town. My mortgage is 1400/month for a tiny 2 bedroom 100 year old house on a street with no sidewalks. LOVE my house and have a great yard, but 4000 a year in real estate taxes is crazy.
Teaching market is terrible. Job market in general is bad. Car insurance is through the roof and people seem to be getting meaner, of course that could be me.
We do have some really pretty areas and good food, though. I can be at the beach in an hour or Philly in 20 minutes-cool for historical stuff!!!
Thanks for the warning! Actually, I was born there, but haven't been back since I was a baby. Still looking south of the states...
May I ask, then why did you suggest it for me???
I can't expect everyone to feel exactly as I do! You asked for a home in the $50-70K range.
Obviously I can't recommend you come to the SF Bay Area where I live. Unless you'd like to add a zero and live in a condo
JamieMarie, I was looking seriously at Georgia. But it also has hurricanes, floods, the works; and it seems to be experiencing a lot of population growth. I'm worried about that. As mincc said, people seem to be grouchier where the population is higher. It's happened here, this used to be a nice place. Now, I'm just glad I work with good people and have a good church community--otherwise, I don't know who I'd talk to. Is this too long? Sorry...
Oh, and we want to buy a house because we want puppies and cats, too! Maybe even horses...(I saw your I want a puppy post)
Yikes! I think I just fainted...Now I know why you call where you live "Valley of Delight". Ohmygosh, is your husband a billionaire or something???:wow:
I agree that housing costs in SoCal are unbelievable. I'm glad we got out when we did. We've been looking for places to live when we return to the states and I have to agree with Texas. It looks very affordable. Oklahoma isn't bad either. We recently bought a house near Muskogee for my MIL for $85k and that's only because she insisted on Lake Front property. Yeah, that's how affordable it is.
Wisconsin is still reasonable, but jobs aren't plentiful for teachers.
I'm in SW Colorado, less than and hour from Telluride (fabulous skiing!) and there are some very small towns around here where you can buy homes for 60-100K. However, the teacher salaries aren't that great. Beginning in my town is $28K and that's about a 20 minute drive from the smaller towns.
I still can't believe my 1500 sq ft house could go for somewhere in the $400,000 range. It's crazy in So. Cal. I definitely couldn't afford my own house if I were to buy it now.
I hear that! I'm in Central Cal, and last year our housing made the list of "most out-of-whack" market prices. Well, that wasn't the actual name of the list, but I can't think of it right now!! Suffice it to say, prices are quite overstated right now. I would love to think about moving within my county too, but I don't think I have any options. Hope it improves sometime in the future. ...Or maybe the teaching profession will see a huge increase in salary.... HAHAHA again!!
Thanks very much for the uplifting info! I'm looking into it, too.
Mar 4, 2007
Thanks to jd123 and srh for your replies--ditto the HA HA HA. Yes, I live in Riverside. Houses that were $125-150,000 four years ago are now...(drum roll)...$350-425,000. They are decidedly notwhat I'd call near worth half a mil. Everybody says the prices will go back, but look at you guys in NoCal--its been like that for years "up north."
I'm getting such good info from all of you. I'm really glad I found this site. THANKS!
I'm going to keep checking this thread for the next week or two, so anyone who's got information, please keep talking.
My brother-in-law and his family live in the NW 'burbs of Chicago. They have a beautiful house with a full finished basement, 3 or 4 bedrooms. When they told me their house (granted this was a couple of years ago) was worth in the $300,000, I nearly fainted. Yes, I know I choose to live in So. Cal. At least the weather's nice.