Buying a home doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. With proper market research, you should be able to get a home even at a reasonable price. Here are some of the tips to keep in mind if you are hunting for a house and your finances are low:
Opt For a Cosmetic Fixer Upper
One of the best ways to snag a home at a reasonable price is to buy one that needs a few repairs here and there. Many home sellers spruce up their properties just before putting them on the market so that they can fetch good prices and hasten the sale process. They know that buyers are attracted to "perfect" houses. Therefore, those who have put their houses on the market without fixing them first are likely to accept relatively lower prices for the houses. Just make sure the necessary repairs are merely cosmetic so that you don't have to spend too much money on them later.
Shorten Your List of Must-Haves
If you want to buy a cheap house, then you need to separate your wish-list from your list of must-haves. Make sure your list of must-haves are truly things you cannot do without. For example, if you have a large family and need a four-bedroom house, then this should be on your list of must-haves. However, most people don't need hardwood floors, so this is something you can get rid of to shorten your must-have list.
Look for Unconventional Homes
An unconventional home is any home that isn't built according to conventional styles or with conventional materials. Examples include houses designed in the shape of everyday objects (think of a house built in the shape of a football), houses constructed entirely from recycled materials, and houses repurposed from other things or buildings (such as a residential house repurposed from an old warehouse). Such houses tend to fetch lower prices than purpose-built residential properties. However, don't forget that you may have a hard time reselling such a house because not many people want to live in them.
Look for Unconventional Sales
The last option is to look for unconventional home sales; these that aren't being sold in the traditional way of selling houses. Here are a few examples of unconventional property sales:
- Probate sales
- Properties for sale by owners
- Properties for sale "as-is"
Make sure you understand the cons of the unconventional sale; those cons are why they attract relatively low prices in the first place. Contact a realtor for more information on residential real estate for sale in your area.