Central Mass., home of the housing bust Towns like Athol, Orange reel; no recovery in sight ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF This house in Athol sold for $39,299. Real estate agent Anthony Paoletti said area showings require a flashlight and boots. PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF Scott Parker bought this house in Orange for $36,500, waiting until the asking price dropped by tens of thousands. PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF Parker worked on the walls of the house in Orange he bought for $36,500. His mother, Sandy, stripped wallpaper in the kitchen. PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF This Main Street house in Orange was a bargain at $24,900. Paoletti said buyers fixing houses up won’t be flipping them at a big profit.