Fixer upper homes are a great way to own a house for less than the market price. These types of houses need some work like a fresh coat of paint, new flooring and carpeting, ceiling changes or in more severe cases, roofing, and foundation interventions.
People who plan to buy fixer-upper homes most of the time have the intention of renovating the house and then reselling it for profit. There are also people who buy fixer-upper homes because they simply can’t afford to buy brand new homes.
So where do you look for a fixer-upper homes? Finding one isn’t easy, but it’s not that difficult either. All you need is a little bit of hard work and determination to find that perfect home that you’ll invest some TLC on.
You can search middle class neighborhoods for houses that are up for sale. Usually there are “For Sale” signs that are posted on the houses and if you are lucky you can check the house right then and there if the owners are present.
As you drive around your neighborhood be observant and try to look for houses that have long been vacated by the owners. These houses may be up for sale, the owners may just be keeping a low profile on selling the property.
Check the classifieds section of your local newspaper. Some owners advertise in newspapers because they have a hard time selling their fixer upper homes. Keywords to look out for are “Fixer-upper for sale”, “Diamond in the rough”, or “Needs TLC” – these are most of the time the headers used by advertisers.
Also don’t ignore bulletin boards and look out for foreclosure listings. Included in the list are government or bank foreclosures. Homes sold here are usually foreclosed due to Failure to pay real estate property taxes, bankruptcy, and unlawful activities by the owners. The top two government agencies for government foreclosure homes are VA (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs) and HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development). You may want to check on those government sectors to look for fixer-upper homes.
Lastly, the best way to look for fixer-upper homes is through the internet. There are a lot of websites that are dedicated to helping home buyers search for fixer-upper homes. Browsing through pictures of fixer-upper homes through the internet is more convenient. Details and specifications of the homes including price, exact location and seller information are also included.
Finding a fixer-upper home is indeed a tricky activity. Just be prepared to encounter a lot of nice and not so nice fixer-uppers. Good luck on your fixer-upper hunting!