It may seem like cheap real estate doesn't exist in Fort Collins. While that's not an untrue suggestion, there are semi-affordable houses in the Choice City if you're willing to rent.

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I don't know about you, but when I used to hear the term "real estate," my mind immediately drifted to HGTV, where butterfly trainers and pet psychics can somehow afford a half-million-dollar home with a pool.

Now, I've come to believe that these House Hunters scenarios are a pure delusion — especially when looking at Colorado's real estate market. In Fort Collins alone, one of the cheapest houses for sale is still a whoppin' $375,000.

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That's where renting comes in. I'm not a real estate expert and can't tell you whether renting or buying is better for you in the long run. However, I do know that renting can be cheaper and a preferred option for people like me (aka, a mid-twenty-something who doesn't know what she's having for dinner tonight).

Still, renting a house isn't necessarily an inexpensive endeavor. Thankfully, we have websites like Zillow to help us scout out affordable homes.

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During my recent Zillow search, I found some houses that might fit the bill (no pun intended). Check out the cheapest houses in Fort Collins for rent in the gallery below:

Cheapest Houses in Fort Collins for Rent

Unfortunately, Colorado's real estate market isn't quite an HGTV dream. However, there are semi-affordable houses in the Choice City — especially if you're willing to rent. Read on to see the cheapest houses in Fort Collins for rent right now.

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