Is This the Ugliest House You’ve Ever Seen?

Hopefully the house you live in is comely, or the following may offend: there’s a feature over on CNN about a company called HomeVesters that buys ugly houses, cleans them up (sometimes) and then sells them.

Which seems all well and good, but I have to ask — what makes a house ugly? You can have ugly decorating, or a house in disrepair, or a house that’s painted an offensive color. But an outright ugly hosue seems like a non-thing.

This becomes all the more clear when you realize that the houses they’re calling “ugly” look a lot like houses you probably drive by every day, and think nothing of. Indeed, the house pictured at left is one of the winners of the company’s annual Ugliest House competition, and while no one’s saying it would win any beauty pageants, to me it just looks like very other run-down home on every other street in America.

But guess what’s amazing about ugly houses? They’re practically giving them away. Hold on to your pearls, ladies — most of the houses on this list were selling for somewhere around $25,000.

Let me type that again so you know I didn’t make a mistake: $25,000. That means that even if you had to invest the same amount that the house was worth to fix it up, you’d still only have paid $50,000.

Ugly suddenly sounds so incredibly attractive…

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    • colette

      how much do they usually sell for?

      • colette

        (after the fixing)

    • Jo

      Okay but… $25,000 where? Sadly, an apartment that looks like the former dealing location of a druglord in a nice part of brooklyn is still damnnnnnn expensive.

      • Jo

        OMG just looked at the inside of that ugly house and threw up a little.

    • Angela White

      Actually, I bought my house last year for only 12,000.00. It was a foreclosed house, in a great neighborhood, but needed a lot of cosmetic work. The front yard was a mess, a pine tree was tearing up the siding, vandals had broken 4 windows. LOTS of elbow grease, tons of paint and a chainsaw later, my house is amazing! I have only spent about 1200.00 to fix it up.

    • jlusmom

      FLORIDA is practiclly giving them away!!!( 2bedroom fixer near Daytona Beach 30,000)! You can buy a house cheaper than a new car!

    • Beverly Weber

      Sorry I would love to try this but, I can’t afford $89 dollars a month. Way to expensive for me. I am retired.

    • Juan Winglo

      It may or maynot be the uglyist house in American but Fannie Mae will lend a coupla million on it.

    • Roxanne

      Looks to me like you might put more tha $25K in this house.Maybe $50 K at least.
      Look at the front house frame where that window is sagging.
      I am not in construction but I Cant image that would be cheap to fix at all.a whole outside wall?

      Whats going on in the wall that the vertical 2x4s arent holding it up.
      Is there a sink hole under the house? Termites?Love to see inside the floor in there.Does it sag too?

      Guess I am over thinking it but I might have to pass on this one if it were me.Kudos to the brave ppl wo bought

    • ronald

      looks haunted and abandoned knowwing them they rebuild it and sell double the price

      • HandyMan

        Long ago, when we were looking for our first home the average price for a “fixer-upper,” was $125,000. Yes it was the area.
        I recall looking at 100 of them.
        One evening my wife calls me at work. She had just found another one. We met there an hour later.
        It was perfect for us. The house had been built over 200 years back by a carpender. It had originally been his home and his shop. It came with over an acre of land, with open fields behind, and hundreds of fields and ancient woods and streams across the way. Deer tracks in the old drive. And 12 miles from the big city yet hidden away in the country.
        They were asking 25,000. We made an immediate offer of $18,000 laid down a grand in good-faith and gave the owner who lived else where until 8:00PM to decide. The papers were signed by 7:30.
        The next day, as we surveyed all that needed to be done in one month in order to avoid that extra month in rent on our apartment a fellow drives up and offers us $25,000. A quick and sizable profit which we refused.
        It turned into a great home. Three children born in that house. A large garden every year. Fruit trees. Lots of good times.
        A little imagination and a lot of hard work. That was all.

    • J.J

      I’ve seen worse from where I am. . .