Thank you to those professionals who addressed my question; I appreciate your advice and articles. I'm talking either a mid-50s house that looks vintage 60s (gold shag, etc.) in need of basic flooring and kitchen updates as well as completing a semi-finished dormer area, including stacking a bathroom up there. Or another 1920s property that would benefit from new windows, needs all carpeting replaced, and would be a better value all around with the addition of a garage or carport. There are a plethora of homes for sale in this area needing varying degrees of TLC and sellers having trouble moving them. I guess all we can do is offer; yes, we are working with an agent. Thanks again.