Realtor Redux: Our diamond shines bright; light and welcoming

Realtor Redux: Our diamond shines bright; light and welcoming

We’re checking in again to see how our diamond in the rough cleaned up. This home has had the same owner since 1955 and was heavily smoked in. Years of wear and tear meant the home needed a deep cleaning and a few choice improvements.

We had a total budget of $5,500 to work with and immediately got to work by removing exterior window awnings, power washing the exterior and repainting porch railing and the front door.

Inside, we took up dark red carpeting to expose the original hardwood floors. While we didn’t have the budget to refinish them, the carpets had protected them, and they appeared in sound condition. We also coated the interior walls with fresh paint and performed a thorough cleaning of the windows.

The entire redux process took 10 days, and we managed to stay within our budget. In the end, we sold the home for $115,000 more than the trustee was about to sell the home to a neighbor for.

We listed the home and procured 11 offers in 5 days on the market. The home sold for $11,000 over asking price, and the buyer purchased it entirely as-is for $540,500. For a $5,500 initial investment this seller got a return of over $100,000 net.

Realtor Redux: Diamond in the rough in need of a shine

Realtor Redux: Diamond in the rough in need of a shine

At Bobbett and Associates we advise homeowners on strategic improvements to increase their home’s listing price and net gains on the home sale.

We make a home 'move-in' ready for new buyers, and over time, the new owners can make the big improvements, such as remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms.

Our latest project has good bones but has been heavily smoked in so will need a deep cleaning and some updates such as interior paint and the removal of exterior window awnings. The property was last sold in 1955 to its original owner.

We have a total budget of $5,500 to revitalize this charming home into a bright, light and welcoming property that will entice offers. We believe with a bit of TLC, this will become a perfect place for a new owner to customize with her or her own touches and improvements.

Will we be able to restore this diamond in the rough into the gem of its former glory? We certainly think so but check back next week to see the outcome!

Realtor Redux: Our Spanish inspired-style home in Fullerton looks fresh again

Realtor Redux: Our Spanish inspired-style home in Fullerton looks fresh again

At Bobbett and Associates, we make a home 'move-in' ready for new buyers. Over time, the new owners can make the big improvements, such as remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms. We advise on strategic improvements to increase a home’s listing price and the net gain of the home owner.

We return to our latest Realtor Redux project, a Spanish inspired style home built in 1926. The interior of the 3-bedroom / 1.75-bathroom home in the Golden Hills area of Fullerton has been lovingly preserved with its Batchelder tile fireplace, hardwood floors and curved ceiling details.

But our home inspection revealed the exterior was in need of termite and other wood repairs. Chipped and peeling paint also indicated that a fresh coat of paint was in order to help revitalize the home’s appearance and upgrade first impressions with potential buyers.

We encouraged the seller to invest in exterior improvements, as the home offered great street presence and architectural integrity but lacked recent improvements. We felt the lack of exterior improvements would prohibit the seller from obtaining her desired sales price.

After the owners made the necessary wood repairs, it was time to revive the house with fresh paint and landscaping. We chose period-specific paint colors for the stucco and all of the detailed window trim.

We then made strategic landscaping improvements – new plants and scattered bark and sod – around the home to enhance curb appeal.

Excluding the cost for termite repairs (which were in line with expectation given the amount of deterioration), the homeowner invested about $9,000 in repairs prior to putting the home on the market. Without the improvements, the house may have gone to market for around $725,000.

Now that this adorable abode has been revived with a few key improvements, we plan to list for $799,800.

Redux Realtors: Can we revive a charming 3BR that dates to 1926?

Redux Realtors: Can we revive a charming 3BR that dates to 1926?

At Bobbett and Associates, we make a home 'move-in' ready for new buyers. Over time, the new owners can make the big improvements, such as remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms. We advise on strategic improvements to increase a home’s listing price and the net gains of the home owner.

Our latest Realtor Redux project is a charming Spanish inspired-style home that was built in 1926. Located on a hillside parcel in Fullerton, it has a tree house feel from inside the home and sits elevated above street level.

The interior of this 3-bedroom / 1.75-bathroom home in the Golden Hills neighborhood has been lovingly preserved with its Batchelder tile fireplace, hardwood floors and curved ceiling details.

The exterior is where we chose to focus most of our attention. Chipped and peeling paint and a sparse and tired landscape that consisted of many empty dirt patches were holding this home back from reaching its full potential with homebuyers. In addition, our home inspection revealed the exterior needed termite and other wood repairs.

We encouraged the seller to invest in exterior improvements to enhance curb appeal, as the home offered great street presence and architectural integrity but lacked recent improvements. We felt the lack of exterior improvements would prohibit the seller from obtaining her desired sales price.

Will our efforts to rehab this character-rich house in one of Fullerton’s most sought-after neighborhoods pay off with a higher sale price for our home owner? We’ll post the after photos and an update to our story in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!

Customer testimonial: 'Terrific Team to Work With'

My wife and I had our home sold by James and Martina Bobbett. We selected James and Martina because of the full service they provide.

They helped us to understand what we needed to do to the home to make it look attractive to buyers. They assisted us in cleaning materials out. They brought in furniture and artwork to help us stage the home. And better yet, when we needed to do repairs within the home they helped us select people, manage those people when they were on site so Sheryl and I could continue to work.

And when all was said and done we had a beautiful home that sold for more than we anticipated. I highly recommend James and Martina, terrific team to work with.

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