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Old 04-02-2007, 07:20 AM
 
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Default which area has decent homes for under 50,000?

which area has decent homes for under 50,000?i notice houss going for 30,000 in some towns that look like 400,000 dollar homes in long island. are these houses in move in condition?
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Old 04-02-2007, 07:51 AM
 
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Pittsburgh is known for the fantastic cost of living, and you're probably right, our $50,000 houses are probably nearly half a million in certain areas of Long Island or D.C.

To be honest though, I would definitely stay away from anything less than $90,000. I'm sure some people will have some better advice and you can probably get a fairly ok house for less, but I would imagine these places are in very questionable areas regarding condition, crime, schools etc.
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Old 04-02-2007, 07:57 AM
 
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Many houses are for sale for under $50,000--but generally as boylocke says they are in questionable areas. If you have no problem with that, you can get some interesting architecture and solid brick that requires about $10,000 to $20,000 to renovate but in-live condition.

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Pittsburgh is known for the fantastic cost of living, and you're probably right, our $50,000 houses are probably nearly half a million in certain areas of Long Island or D.C.

To be honest though, I would definitely stay away from anything less than $90,000. I'm sure some people will have some better advice and you can probably get a fairly ok house for less, but I would imagine these places are in very questionable areas regarding condition, crime, schools etc.
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:12 AM
 
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yes, i thought maybe area wasnt good, but i went on sites and did zipcode searches. it seems that turtle creek,glassport,new castle,etc are decent areas. lower crime rate then avg and pic show big houses for under 50,000. then i did a search found web site that shows recent purchases in area. people buying houses 30,000,24,000, some over 60,000 but it sems no one buying to 100,000 homes. i retiree so i not needing keep up with jones, i assume expensive houses are newer,maybe have jacuzzi,pool ,etc. funny thing is in nyc,long island you will pay 400,000 for an old house that looks the same.your 90,000 houses must be equal to our 600,000 houses.
basically i am looking for small house that everything works properly. i can paint walls myself and do cosmetic changes.
any help or advice would be appreciated.
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:56 AM
 
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Those areas you mentioned are certainly fine in many regards. Maybe it is neighborhood specific, meaning that those cheap houses are not in the best neighborhoods of those fine towns. You could probably buy a little ranch in a really nice neighborhood that requires no work for just a little more than you're talking, say, around 85,000.
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Old 04-02-2007, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Crafton, PA
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Turtle Creek is a blue-collar town, certainly not pretty, but I think it gets a worse rap than it deserves. A lot of areas in Turtle Creek seem to be nice little neighborhoods on the hillsides with plain, but well kept, homes. I know people that bought homes there and have been able to reap dividends on the savings.
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Old 04-02-2007, 06:14 PM
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it seems that turtle creek,glassport,new castle,etc are decent areas.
Perhaps you are confusing New Castle with someplace else, such as Castle Shannon maybe? New Castle is 50+ miles NW of Pittsburgh. It is not a suburb in the usual sense of the word. There are a couple active posts right now about New Castle.
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Old 04-18-2007, 06:09 AM
 
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Watch out for those cute little realtor.com photos of $50,000 houses! I was intrigued and came up from Florida to see them - scary. HOWEVER I did buy a beautiful 3 story brick Victorian 3bed/2.5 bath, completely rebuilt on the inside, with large modern baths and closets, for $150,000. I think you need to spend at least $135,000 +/- for a decent house, but that is so CHEAP compared to many other cities, coastal areas.
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Old 05-10-2007, 08:39 PM
 
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I think this poor soul would be better off investing the money in some educational endevour. Example "i notice houss going....". Just my opionion and I'm entitled to it.
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Old 05-10-2007, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Oakland CA
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I think this poor soul would be better off investing the money in some educational endevour. Example "i notice houss going....". Just my opionion and I'm entitled to it.
If you're going to make fun of someone's spelling -- you should check your own...
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