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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you guys realtors?

Nope! Just two people obsessed with cheap old houses.

How do you find your listings?

We look at listings all day long, so we always have a good stockpile ready to share. This is partly because we’re just obsessed, and partly because our jobs require it. We run an old house real estate marketplace called CIRCA, which features new historical house listings everyday. Elizabeth also writes the real estate section for Country Living Magazine. And all day, every day, people are DMing and emailing us listings, because we’ve kind of become known as the cheap old house people. We’re cool with that.

What is your criteria for choosing listings?

Elizabeth has a masters degree in Historic Preservation, so she knows a good old house when she sees it! All of the listings we show are very architecturally-intact and full of original charm and character. Hate is a strong word, but we strongly dislike houses that have been flipped and stripped of all character.

Can I just see houses in a certain state?

We don’t currently offer state-specific newsletters. However, you can search listings from our feed @cheapoldhouses by state on Instagram using hashtags such as #cheapoldhousesNY or #cheapoldhousesMS

How do I buy a property you listed?

The direct links to all properties shown on our Instagram feed can be found on our latest listings page. It’s likely any listing older than 90 days is sold. Keep in mind, we are not an active MLS where we remove or edit posts if a house is sold. We are not the real estate agents for the properties, nor do we receive a commission from any sales. However, we do hope you find your house through us, and if you do, please email us your story at [email protected]


We also offer a free weekly digest of our latest Instagram properties with direct links to each listing. This digest is sent via email every Friday. Sign up for that here.

How do I submit a house to be featured on your Instagram?

Know of a fixer-upper for sale that you think our audience would love to see? Send us an email with the listing link and the subject ‘Submission’ at [email protected]

How do I submit a house to be featured on your HGTV/Discovery+ show?

Go to cheapoldhouses.com/hgtv and read the guidelines and follow the instructions on how to submit your property.

Can I hire you to conduct a personal property search for me?

We would love to, but for now, we only assist people through our Instagram feed and subscription newsletters.

SUBSCRIBER — I want to access the recent issues. How do I do that?

Please follow this link, and login with your credentials. Once authorized, you will be taken to your account home page and have the option to view recent issues.

SUBSCRIBER — I haven't received my emails/newsletters. What do I do?

Please check you spam and promotions folder for an email from [email protected] (we’ve found that many email servers see the word “cheap” and filter it directly into spam). If you’re unable to find it in your spam folder or inbox, send us an email at [email protected] so we can make sure the spelling of your email is correct in our database.

SUBSCRIBER — How many emails will I receive?

Our newsletters are sent out weekly!

SUBSCRIBER — How does payment work for your eNewsletters?

It is a monthly subscription, meaning it is charged monthly, for each of our newsletter options. This allows us to hand curate the most beautiful cheap old real estate finds and deliver them to you weekly. You will receive 11-14 new properties per newsletter weekly, and will gain instant access to all of the back issues. All subscribers are also invited to follow our secret instagram feed – @cheapoldhouses_secret

If you have questions please email us at [email protected]

SUBSCRIBER — I would like to cancel my eNewsletter subscription.

No problem! We thank you for contributing to this cause. If you signed up on our website, you can  manage your subscription here. If you signed up through Patreon, you can manage your account here. If you have further questions, feel free to email us at [email protected]

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