Saturday, March 26, 2011

Buy a Historic Home for $1

I was a Million Dollar Agent for Coldwell Banker.
My advice to home buyers:
Skip the mortgage, pay cash for an older home
With no mortgage, you can afford lots of upgrades!
Don't let repairs scare you off! You can do most of
them yourself or hire local laid off skilled workers to
do a side job for you. We have had our $500. historic
home for a year now, all the repairs, plumbing, elec,
roof, insulation, were done by us on a bare bones budget.
Now we have a large home, no rent or mortgage payments for the rest of our lives!
Our home appraised at $339,000. Not bad for a little elbow grease.
Here are some homes available:

To Be Moved
Raleigh, North Carolina $0


Bedrooms: 3
Approximate square footage: 0
Contact: Jason Queen, Director of Urban Issues
Preservation North Carolina

Briggs House

The ca. 1906 Briggs House is believed to have been built for the family of Fabius Briggs, Jr. The house has had a colorful history and was mostly recently used for artist studios. It is currently unoccupied and suffering from deferred maintenance and water damage. However, many of the house's beautiful details survive, including paneled wainscotting, elegant central stair, 8 unique tiled mantles, original wood windows and floors.

The house, currently located at the corner of Hillsborough Street and Ashe Ave., must be moved to a new site to save it from demolition. The house will be moved separately from the commercial building to which it is attached. Possible relocation sites have been identified near the existing site. Additional details coming soon.

Learn more about the history of the house and see photos at


Find a Home - check the list of available Historic Homes - CLICK HERE

Glenview, Illinois
Milltown vicinity, Indiana
Ellicott City, Maryland
St. Joseph, Missouri
Wilson, North Carolina
Haslett Township, North Carolina

---------------------------------------Cincinnati - Houses for $0!
OTR ADOPT is described as a program that matches deteriorating historic buildings with new owners who are willing to rehabilitate the structures and return them to productive use.
For many willing to adopt a building in OTR the process is free.
To find out more about the program, go to

Preservation Groups and Resources OnLine:

Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois State of IL
Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (LPCI) is the state's leading voice for historic preservation. LPCI has a variety of programs that facilitate, educate, and promote historic preservation in Illinois.
Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. Bath, ME
SPI's present and future mission is to preserve and maintain the Bath area's (Bath, Maine, USA) fine architectural heritage through the creation of a historic district commission, the promotion of stewardship, and the use of protective covenants.
Preservation North Carolina Raleigh, NC
The mission of Preservation North Carolina is to protect and promote buildings, sites and landscapes important to the heritage of North Carolina.
Manchester Historic Society, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA
The Manchester Historic Society is a non-profit community organization originally formed to promote historic housing in Manchester. The neighborhood comprises one of the largest historic districts in Pittsburgh and boasts some of the finest examples of nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture in the southwestern Pennsylvania region.
Preservation Texas Austin, TX
Preservation Texas preserves the historic resources of Texas by direct action and by empowering individuals and local and state organizations through education, communication, advocacy and collaboration.
Greater Houston Preservation Alliance Houston, TX
Greater Houston Preservation Alliance is a 24 year old nonprofit organization. Our mission is to promote the preservation of Houston's historic architectural and cultural resources through education, advocacy, and committed action; thereby creating a stronger sense of community and economic value.
Historic Houston Houston, TX
Historic Houston is a non-profit in Houston dedicated to preserving Houston's architectural and cultural resources.
Historic Petersburg Foundation Petersburg, VA
Founded in 1967 by the Chamber of Commerce, led by a group of individuals who were concerned about the demolition of many of Petersburg's finer structures, a good number of which had already disappeared. The non-profit organization was established to acquire, hold, improve, preserve, develop and restore sites, buildings, residences and squares which are part of the original plan of Petersburg, and to preserve the neighborhood design in mass and proportion, as well as other structures of historical or architectural interest in and around Petersburg; and to increase and diffuse knowledge and a greater appreciation of such sites and structures.
The Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods Richmond, VA
The Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods is committed to using preservation and promotion of Richmond's many historic vacant houses to improve the lives of residents in the oldest neighborhoods and to attract new homeowners of all income levels to live in the city.
City Sells and Neighborhoods in Bloom Richmond, VA
The City Sells program in partnership with our Neighborhoods in Bloom initiative is working to bring back the wonderfully old neighborhoods of Richmond that were once viewed as jewels of the South.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation's magazine.

The National Park Service
Technical Preservation Services helps home owners, preservation professionals, organizations, and government agencies preserve and protect this nation's heritage by providing readily available materials on preserving, restoring, and rehabilitating historic buildings.
Resources and research tools for historic preservation, cultural resource management and historical organizations & services.

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