Pretty Nice Homes for $80,000

Erika Riggs
April 20, 2011

While it’s become much easier to find homes for sale for extraordinarily low prices, many of the homes aren’t attracting buyers. Jobs, the local economy, and schools play a big factor in where people live. For example, one stately Detroit home is listed for $85,000, which is almost half of its value in 2005, but more people are leaving Detroit than moving to it due to “travails of the auto industry and industrial-based economy.” Sadly, situations like this exist in many parts of the country.

However, we have found several regions throughout the United States where you can buy a home for around $80,000 and where the local economy and real estate market have remained relatively stable. Considering factors like regional 2010 Census data, jobless numbers and the Zillow Home Value Index, we looked for bargain homes that are on the market - but not foreclosures or short sales.

Here are five bargain homes priced around $80,000 (plus or minus $5,000):

1507 NW 14th St Oklahoma City, OK
For Sale
– $79,900

A bargain home in Oklahoma City, OK.
Photo: Zillow

Median Oklahoma City home values are presently $102,200, but it’s possible to find a few gems for under $80,000, including this 1,166-square-foot home priced at $79,900. The 2-bedroom, 1-bath remodeled home has all new plumbing, electrical, insulation and water supply.

Oklahoma City has moved far past its Dust Bowl days. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oklahoma City’s unemployment rate of 6.2 percent is the lowest jobless number of a city with one million or more residents. Oklahoma’s capital has also been listed by American City Business Journals as the second-best location for creation and development of small-businesses due to its strong economy and rapid expansion.

5539 N 34th St Milwaukee WI
For Sale
— $85,000

A bargain home in Milwaukee, WI.
Photo: Zillow

This 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home on the Milwaukee real estate market is a spacious single family home or can be zoned as a duplex for additional income. Constructed in 1930, the Craftsman-style house includes details like a built-in China hutch, stained-glass windows and hardwood floors.

Milwaukee, like Baton Rouge, was featured in Forbes as one of the cities with a strong employment outlook. The city is not just home to manufacturing, but is also the headquarters to big companies like Harley-Davidson, Kohl’s and Johnson Controls. While many cities throughout the rest of the country have experienced dramatic economic ups and downs, Milwaukee has remained “steady eddy” says real estate agent Mike Szymczak.

6420 W Cordes Rd Phoenix, AZ
For Sale
— $79,900

A bargain home in Phoenix, AZ.
Photo: Zillow

Phoenix home values hover around $104,200 but with a little luck, it’s possible to find a home like this 4-bedroom, 2-bath property. The 4,950-square-foot property was last sold on the Phoenix real estate market for $223,000 but current market conditions has forced its sale price to just under $80,000. The home has been upgraded with a stone veneer exterior and includes ceramic tile throughout the interior. It is located within two miles of the freeway.

According to the 2010 Census, Arizona is the second-fastest growing state in the U.S. with a population increase of 25 percent since the 2000 Census. Much of the area’s growth is due to Phoenix, which grew 9.4 percent in the last ten years. Recently, Kiplinger named Phoenix as one of 11 metro areas making a “comeback” in its economy this year.

1334 Wing Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12303
For Sale
– $77,400

A bargain home in Schenectady, NY.
Photo: Zillow

In New York’s state capital, Albany, NY home values have a median value of about $154,700 — making it a little harder to find a home for around $80,000. But, just a 30-minute drive from Albany, homes on the Schenectady real estate market hit a median value of $105,800. With a little luck, you can find a couple of houses priced around $80,000 in the bedroom community — including this two-story 1,548-sq ft home with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The home was built in 1901 but has been updated with new boilers, a new hot water tank and copper plumbing as well as new kitchen cabinetry.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Albany’s unemployment is 7.8 percent, below the national average of 8.8 percent. What’s also reassuring is the 25th Annual Marvin and Company/University at Albany School of Business Climate Survey found that 49 percent of Albany businesses believe they will see increases in 2011 and “94 percent expected their employment levels to remain stable or increase, an employment outlook that rose 4 percent over 2010.”

333 Woodcock St, Baton Rouge, LA
For Sale
– $80,000

A bargain home in Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo: Zillow

According to Forbes, Baton Rouge is one of the best cities to find a job. The Louisiana capital has a net employment outlook of 18 percent, with significant growth in the digital media, biofuels and construction sectors.

“Baton Rouge has gone through somewhat of a settling after the aftermath of Katrina,” says Baton Rouge real estate agent Marie Kennedy. “Our community is moving forward.”

This 3-bedroom, 2-bath home, pictured above, was recently updated and includes new appliances, a new A/C unit and new roof in 2008.

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