There are certain repairs and additions that can be added to the property to increase it's market value. Any type of additonal living space that is heated, has walls and flooring can add to value, such as a finished basement or bonus room. Also, if you add a closet and a door, then you have a bedroom. Add a bathroom or kitchen to a basement for more value. Cosmetic upgrades may or may not add value. Wood flooring instead of carpet, or ceramic tile instead of vinyl will add value. A granite counter top instead of formica, storm windows and doors, and energy efficient appliances, such as hot water heaters, heating and a/c systems, add value to the market price. Repainting or repairing the home will not add value. Items that are expected to be maintained will not add value. Replacing old carpet with new carpet is maintenance and will not add value. Replacing a white dishwasher with a stainless steel dishwasher will not add value unless the new dishwasher is more energy efficient. However, replacing old carpet with wood flooring is an upgrade and will add value. There are incentives available to investors and homeowners that choose to upgrade to energy efficient products. Ensure that the roofing system is efficient, along with the plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems. Check the energy rating for the doors, windows and insulation. Well designed landscaping could add value such as a fence, lighting and the addition of patios, walkways, decks, etc. The addition of security systems and intercom systems add value. One important note: The Listing Price does not always reflect the true value of the home. The price the Buyer's are willing to pay for the home, determines the market. The homes sold at 99,000 may be short sales or foreclosures. A Real Estate Professional would be able to research this transaction and provide you with advice concerning a fair market price for your property. Your price will need to fall within a Licensed Appraiser's determination of value, or your Buyer will have to make up the difference. Don't overprice yourself out of the market....give the Buyer's what they are looking for. Target your market, not your profit. Liquidate the propety for any amount of profit, as quickly as you can, and move on to the next property. The experience you gain from multiple property transactions will help you develop into a more knowledgable Buyer and Seller!