This solution is not for everybody, it's just another angle to look at your situation. I had a friend that bought a run-down, distressed property and during the few years she lived there, she slowly fixed and updated the majority of the house. The updates/repairs/improvements were so vast that she was able to re-sell in a few short years at a profit.
Again, I stress that this is not always an option. Many factors go into whether a house is a viable candidate for a medium term flip and sell. Please conduct more research if you are interested in this option. Good luck.