Handyman Specials and Fixer uppers; are they good investments? 9

Handyman Specials and Fixer uppers – Are they good investments?

There are many types of homes to purchase, brand new homes all perfect is what we dream about. But some of the best Buffalo homes may be less than perfect. Shriveled plants, weeds, wallpaper needing removing, peeling paint, or a cracked driveway are problems that sellers must often fix before their house goes on the market. Buyers often cannot see beyond these negative factors. These homes have the potential of being a great way to make money quickly on as an investor.

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Purchasing a home that you expect to turn around and sell there are important things to consider:

Purchase Price

What you pay for the home will impact your future profit.

Renovation Expenses

You need to understand what the “fix up” costs will be. Allow for the unexpected repairs that even a home inspector may not discover.

Carrying Costs

The costs that you will have to pay while you own the home. These include: utilities, mortgage, taxes, and insurance.

Anticipated Resell Price

How much will your home fetch once it is ready to be resold? Is the market stable enough to come up with a reasonable price? A real estate agent can help you “guess” the price, but you won’t know what the market will bear until you put the home on the market.

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Handyman specials and fixer upers can represent a great way to get a bargain on a home. If you’ve watched the home flipping reality TV shows lately, you’ll be aware that these homes need work; you’ll need to create a realistic budget ahead of time, and you’ll need to leave yourself some “wiggle room” in your budget.

Thinking of selling your Erie County home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call www.BestBuffaloHomes.com at (716) 650-0051 to discuss what is happening in today’s Western New York Real Estate Market. We would be happy to give you a personalized Comparative Market Analysis for your home or assist you to purchase a home. View additional WNY Market Area Statistics here.

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About Colleen Kulikowski, Associate Real Estate Broker (716) 650-0051

Colleen Kulikowski is an Associate Real Estate Broker with J. Philip Real Estate specializing in Western New York residential homes who doesn’t follow trends; she blazes new trails and is able to recognize industry trends and implement them to her client’s best interest. Colleen has created a unique following with one of the top local internet positions in the country generating thousands of leads for her team. Real Estate is a second career for Kulikowski who’s first career was in Information Technology and Data Warehousing working for such companies as Radio City Music Hall, Nabisco Foods and as a consultant in the Financial and Insurance industries. A strong background in technology and management provides her with keen analytical and sharp negotiating skills.

9 thoughts on “Handyman Specials and Fixer uppers; are they good investments?

  • Chris

    Colleen, You are right about what a new investor should be considering when buying their first investment property (or “fix n flip”). One thing that should also be stressed is financing. Most areas of the country have seen investment financing dry up. What is left is expensive and requires substantial down payment. A new investor really needs to have his financing option(s) in place before they go out shopping. If they don’t they may find the deal of a lifetime but it’s unobtainable because of financing.

    Keep up the good work.

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