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Is buying a fixer-upper in a “bad” area a good idea?

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It depends. So-called “bad” areas—often described as those that are residentially unstable or poor – have offered an affordable means of homeownership for many—particularly young, first-time buyers and low- to moderate-income families interested in a home they can call their own. Whether it is right for you to buy a fixer-upper will depend on your personal threshold for risk and your level of tolerance. That said, however, many run-down neighborhoods, particularly those close to downtown, are benefiting from a residential resurgence as an influx of newcomers jump-start what were once staid, unsafe, or depressed areas.

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