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My wife Ana and I found cheap homes for sale
all over the country during a seven-week drive, and we even
bought one along the way. It was in a pretty little town in
the mountains of western Montana, and it cost us $17,500. We
spent almost $2000 to fix it up the way we liked it, and lived
there for several months before selling it for $28,000. You
can see a photo of our little pink house on the homepage of
our site http://www.housesunderfiftythousand.com/.
This was not a fluke. There are still great towns
where you can find cheap homes for sale.
Cheap Homes, Nice Towns: An
In Anaconda, Montana you can fly fish, go to a
movie for three dollars in a beautiful old art-deco theatre
(the 5th most beautiful theater in the country, according to
the Smithsonian), drop some nickles in a slot machine (a dozen
casinos), eat at a fine restaurant, stop by the bar for a
dollar beer, and buy a house for sale under $30,000 - all
within a four block area! There are good schools and churches,
a library with fast internet service, and wildlife (including
bears) a few hundred yards from downtown.
Why Are There Cheap Homes For
The reason there are so many cheap homes for
sale in Butte and Anaconda, is that there aren't many good
jobs left. I personally found jobs in Anaconda easily-but not
good ones. People left the area in the 80's especially, after
the mines and smelters closed. This exodus has left
one-in-seven "housing units" in Anaconda vacant, according to
the U.S. census. This has driven down the prices of homes
dramatically. Since both towns still have all the basic
ammenities, are cleaner now, and are slowly recovering, they
are great places to retire to or to move to if you have an
internet or other non-location-based business.
The economic situation is the primary reason
that you can buy a cheap house in many parts of the country.
These are towns that have seen troubled times, but are often
recovering, and with good reasons. Anaconda, an example we
know well, now has a ski resort,a Jack Nicholas golf course,
and beautiful mountain scenery. The houses cost four times as
much if you go an hour in any direction, and those higher
prices are bound to reach Anaconda eventually.
Cheap Houses You Don't Want To
On the other hand, there are towns like the one
in South Dakota where we stopped for lunch. The bulletin board
had ads for cheap homes for sale, placed there by desperate
home-sellers trying not to be the last to leave town. There
was a photo of a beautiful old five-bedroom farmhouse for
$11,000. We looked up the deserted street as we ate, and
noticed that most of the buildings were boarded-up. This was a
town that was clearly dying, and didn't have anything to help
revive it. Inexpensive homes are easy to find here, but I
wouldn't take one for free.
Cheap Homes For Sale In Paradise
Maybe paradise is too much to expect, but there
are many wonderful towns, from Florida to Oregon, where there
are cheap homes for sale. So what does a town need in addition
to inexpensive houses in order to make our list? Well, the
criteria are certainly subjective, but include at least the
1. Population between 4,000 and 80,000.
3. A good grocery store.
4. A movie
5. Cheap houses: at least six for sale under
6. The town "feels" good.
When we researched and built our website, we
broke the towns up into two pages. One is for the towns with
houses for sale for less than $50,000. The other is for the
towns with really cheap homes for sale - under $30,000! Yes,
they are still out there. Using a phone and the internet,
searching for your affordable dream home is easier than ever.
Steve Gillman and his wife
Ana Blum have traveled the country exploring
beautiful towns where there are still