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Realtor Redux: Mid-century Home Modern Again

Realtor Redux: Mid-century Home Modern Again

We’re back at our mid-century home in Fullerton and putting the final touches on some modern updates we think will help this house fetch the best price once we go to market.

After the tenants vacated, we went to work on the front of the house. We gave the interior walls a coat of fresh paint and painted the red brick fireplace white, we removed drop florescent lighting in the kitchen and installed recessed lighting, and we removed all window coverings and a host of other fixtures and fittings. We also installed new carpet in the three bedrooms.

The property’s exterior was repainted after extensive wood repairs. We refreshed the landscaping using a mid-century design theme. We also installed a super cool new, retro front door.

All told we came in right on our budget of $15,000. We plan to list for $849,800.

Realtor Redux: Charming Mid-century Home in Need of Modern Touches

Realtor Redux: Charming Mid-century Home in Need of Modern Touches

At Bobbett and Associates, we’re dedicated to helping homeowners make strategic investments in their properties so they can make the most from their home sales.

Our latest Redux project was a long-time rental property with a long Fullerton ownership history.

This home is unique in the sense that there’s a permitted Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) attached to the rear of the main home with its own two-car garage.

On our first walk-through, we immediately spotted some gorgeous mid-century design elements. The property had been poorly maintained, though, and needs various improvements.

On the exterior, the paint is in poor condition and there’s extensive wood repairs that we need to make. Inside we saw outdated florescent lighting in the kitchen, while the outdated window coverings make the home feel cramped and dark.

We’re working with a budget of $15,000 and have a lot of work to do. Check back in with us in a few weeks to see how it turns out!

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.

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