Whether it's people, puppies, or houses, most human beings have a natural attraction to cute things. Cute people get more dates. Cute houses get more money. Hollywood is full of examples of very cute people who, though they are initially very attracted to each other, soon decide that "cute" wasn't enough. The same thing can happen with home ownership -- that "cute house" might not be all that you hope it is. Here are a few things to consider when trying to get beyond the "cute factor."
Sometimes a great house is obscured by a not-so-great exterior. But let's face it, how much time do you spend looking at the outside of your house? As with long-term relationships, it's the inside that counts. For example, split-level homes are almost always cuter than ramblers, but the moment you have a sprained ankle, C-section or other physical challenge you'll gladly give up a lot of "cute" to avoid a few stairs.
Flippers love ugly, not cute, houses. Why? Because they're cheap and often they can look a lot better with just a little work. You know those makeover shows on television, where some different clothes, a little makeup, and a haircut make somebody look a lot better? Sometimes the same goes for a little paint, a little carpet, and a few well-placed bushes around a house.