Where I live, houses seem to cost the same amount whether they're finished nicely or not. A house that is literally falling down is often on the market for the same price as a home that doesn't need any work. But the bigger problem is, I couldn't actually afford to buy either one. My income is sufficient for a single person (and assorted rodents) to live on, but if I was making house payments there would be nothing left over for anything else.
I still look anyway. Right now there is a house in town that I could potentially afford. It's super cute, in a decent neighborhood, with a good sized backyard. The problem is, I can tell just from the pictures that it will at least need a new foundation, the single bathroom is missing all the finishes, there are huge patches all over the floor, and there's a deck basically falling off the back of the building. Despite all that, I love to look at it and imagine how it could be. Who says I'm not a romantic?