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Old 02-22-2008, 06:45 PM
 
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Last week I inspected a home for a friend, it is a 3bdrm house selling for $40k, in a town with two doctor's offices, a dentist, three banks, two grocery stores, and a lot of small shops.

What town is this?
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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What town is this?
Milo Maine.

Though really there are many.

I only inspected one for her, but she is looking at other homes in the same price range in Greenbush and Enfield townships.
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Old 02-23-2008, 04:33 PM
 
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I think most places that are so cheap to live in are probably fairly remote, and almost certainly you'd be car-dependent to live in them. The only exception I can think of would be a mobile-home park, like a 55+ place, in an area where there are larger numbers of people (I'm thinking Florida, etc., not Maine).
There are plenty of places in the U.S. with very cheap houses. It's the locations that are the problem.
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Old 02-23-2008, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I think most places that are so cheap to live in are probably fairly remote, and almost certainly you'd be car-dependent to live in them. The only exception I can think of would be a mobile-home park, like a 55+ place, in an area where there are larger numbers of people (I'm thinking Florida, etc., not Maine). There are plenty of places in the U.S. with very cheap houses. It's the locations that are the problem.
I would agree.

Most of these locations are fairly remote or rural.

Not all of them, but most of them.
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Old 02-23-2008, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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Yup. Have to agree.
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:38 AM
 
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I think most places that are so cheap to live in are probably fairly remote, and almost certainly you'd be car-dependent to live in them. The only exception I can think of would be a mobile-home park, like a 55+ place, in an area where there are larger numbers of people (I'm thinking Florida, etc., not Maine).
There are plenty of places in the U.S. with very cheap houses. It's the locations that are the problem.
That's for sure. Think about Detroit. Houses in foreclosure or that have been abandoned in the city (and there are thousands of them) cost less than many new cars, but no one would live in them. Finding cheap/affordable housing in a good, safe location is becoming nearly impossible in the US. Somehow the housing meltdown hasn't really translated to lower rents or significantly lower housing costs if purchasing, except in questionable areas or more rural areas. Maybe people are hanging on and not willing to lower their home prices significantly, hoping for values to increase again.
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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Finding cheap/affordable housing in a good, safe location is becoming nearly impossible in the US. Somehow the housing meltdown hasn't really translated to lower rents or significantly lower housing costs if purchasing, except in questionable areas or more rural areas.
I disagree, but then, maybe we have different ideas regarding the term "questionable." I didn't miss the "or rural areas" part, but I am currently living proof that there most certainly are affordable rents and house prices out there. You just aren't going to find them listed in any real estate magazine, online search or with an agent. They are out there. Honest.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I bought a 2-story, wood-frame house with attic and basement on city sewer and water. Had a screened back porch, shed and carport over a gravel driveway. I paid $18,000 for it three years ago. When I looked at that one, there was another I looked at, a 2-story, wood frame house without a basement for $14,000. In hindsight, I wish I had bought the one for $14,000. The antique furniture that went with it was to die for. And the crime rate in this area? According to Sperlings best places to live, it ranks lower than the rural woods I bought in ME.
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Well said Alice,

I see cars left running while folks go into the post office or shopping.

We do not lock our doors, just do not see any need to.



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... Finding cheap/affordable housing in a good, safe location is becoming nearly impossible in the US.
I completely disagree.

We have lived in high crime areas before, but not here.
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Old 02-26-2008, 07:33 PM
 
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I disagree, but then, maybe we have different ideas regarding the term "questionable." I didn't miss the "or rural areas" part, but I am currently living proof that there most certainly are affordable rents and house prices out there. You just aren't going to find them listed in any real estate magazine, online search or with an agent. They are out there. Honest.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I bought a 2-story, wood-frame house with attic and basement on city sewer and water. Had a screened back porch, shed and carport over a gravel driveway. I paid $18,000 for it three years ago. When I looked at that one, there was another I looked at, a 2-story, wood frame house without a basement for $14,000. In hindsight, I wish I had bought the one for $14,000. The antique furniture that went with it was to die for. And the crime rate in this area? According to Sperlings best places to live, it ranks lower than the rural woods I bought in ME.
Where do you live?
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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I am opposed to giving out such information on an open forum, however, for your point of reference, about an hour's drive north of Bluefield, WV. Such house prices exist not far from (if not on) Rt 52 quite literally from Bluefield to Logan. Probably further reaching than that, but I have not ventured through any other part of the state. Bluefield is where I like to shop once a month and Logan is where my gentleman friend lives.

I know of even lower house prices in Youngstown, Ohio and Dayton's east and west sides. Cincinatti has it's fair share of housing bargains to my knowledge, but my memory is fading on which parts of that city are which.
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