What Can You Buy For Less than $3,000?

Last Updated Jun 3, 2011 8:04 AM EDT

What Can You Buy" is a series that looks at what type of house and amenities you can get for a particular price point in various locations across the U.S. Be sure to check out each of the posts in the series: What Can You Buy for Around $125,000?, What Can You Buy for $5 to $10 Million?, What Can You Buy For $625,000?, What Can You Buy For $250,000?, What Can You Buy for Less than $1,000?, What Can You Buy for $35,000? and What Else Can You Buy for $35,000?

Today's edition of the "What Can You Buy" series takes a look at just-next-to rock bottom prices across the country and houses that have recently been auctioned at those prices. We showed you some houses you can buy for around $1,000 range, and here are a few choice properties that recently sold at auction for under $3,000 - and there are more like them out there!

With an increasing number of homes available as a result of the crash and burn in the housing market, home auctions are becoming far more common. According to the National Auctioneers Association, it is estimated that home auctions have grown 5 percent over the past year and almost 47 percent since 2003, per AOL.

Here's just a taste of what you could have bought (and still might be able to buy) for less than $3,000, courtesy of the folks at RealtyTrac.

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