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Listed for sale (by Pat [VA]) Feb 18, 2021 6:07 PM
       Listed for sale (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Feb 18, 2021 6:26 PM
       Listed for sale (by Robert J [CA]) Feb 18, 2021 9:15 PM
       Listed for sale (by myob [GA]) Feb 19, 2021 6:57 AM
       Listed for sale (by Pat [VA]) Feb 19, 2021 7:57 AM
       Listed for sale (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Feb 19, 2021 5:01 PM

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Listed for sale (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Feb 18, 2021 6:07 PM

We realize it would be good to downsize or at least just keep a few the closest to us. So we listed a 1600 sq ft doublewide we remodeled 3 years ago, & rented until now. It is on Realtor dot com, put in 23040 in address. Asking is 129,500. It is on 2 acres. Ideally, we would have painted the block & done some landscaping but the weather is not good for that at the moment. And for a rental it just didn't seem important. We rented it for a little under market at 675.00. Had a couple lined up for 750.00 but they were a little slow getting the app back to us & we had listed it.

Listed for sale (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Feb 18, 2021 6:26 PM

Place looks alright.

Based on what you are getting in rent an owner would pay the price that you are looking for rather than an investor --24.154.xx.x

Listed for sale (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Feb 18, 2021 9:15 PM

Sometimes first impressions are important. A little landscaping and a coat of paint can make the difference between a "strong first offer" and sitting on the market for months.

When I wanted to help a friend sell him home, he was moving out of state for a job transfer, my friend had no budget to fix up anything. He was going to sell it as-is. He expected at the time around $300,000. His realtor said he'd be lucky to get $275,000.

So I contacted several of my gardeners as put out the word I was looking for "free" plants, trees, scrubs or flowering plants. Also some SOD.

On gardener/landscaper, came up with some plants, flowers, scrubs, trees, gravel and SOD. There were left overs from this weekly jobs. He also has 3 brothers with landscaping business.

While I was waiting on this miracle I pressure washed the exterior of the home. Cleaned the screens. Vacuumed up the floors and carpet. Then used my shampooer on the carpeting.

I re-glazed the tub, tile and a shower stall. Also the laundry sink. I put in the house a used set of Laundry machines, washer and dryer. The owners took the old units with them.

I painted their yellow refrigerator white with enamel spray paint.

My gardener made the front shine. For $1,000 in labor and almost free plants, the place rocked.

The realtor couldn't believe it was the same place. The home sold for $330,000 -- there was a bidding war. But we had to give them a $1,000 credit towards a new garage door.

When my friends got the news their house sold for $330,000 instead of $300,000 they thought it was just luck. Their realtor had to set them straight. They had offers as low as $280,000, before Robert (me) did his magic. Then the owners realized they got $50,000 more because of a few cleaver ideas. This was a house in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, in good area. I wanted to add a shower to a half bath to get them more money, but they didn't want to waste time, they needed the funds.

Listed for sale (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Feb 19, 2021 6:57 AM

Lets see 130K for (possible) $8400 income of which 25 to 30% take out for misc. STUFF === -$2500 is $5900.00 ROI????

Listed for sale (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Feb 19, 2021 7:57 AM

It was a badly damaged repo, we replaced the roof, all floor coverings, both toilets, a new heat pump, new appliances, a few new doors inside & the front door combo. We also added the larger deck off the slider, was never one there! There was also a lien on title we paid off was why it hadn't sold before. With what we have in it, we'd be better off to keep renting it for max return, but we're just ready to downsize while the market is hot & money is still cheap. Nothing is staying on the market long, but I am sure we will have to make allowances for siding to get a loan on it.

Listed for sale (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Feb 19, 2021 5:01 PM

Adding to Robert J's list, here's my suggestions for the minimum to do to the front yard before selling the house:

1. Lift shrubbery canopies and trim bushes, hedges and vines growing up wall. Don't let vines look overgrown.

2. Buy a pallet of colorful plants and plant in front beds. Also add fresh mulch to the beds.

3. Make the front door looks and feels perfect. Change the lock if it's hard to open or feels funny or is scratched, rusted, or damaged, paint the front door if needed too. The front door will be their first impression of the rest of the house. Does it open and close easily and securely? Does it look old or new? Make sure it looks and works the best it can.

4. Start heavily watering the yard to green up the grass

5. Mow and trim

6. Powerwash the house, driveway, sidewalk, doormat, and believe it or not, the shrubbery. Removes dead leaves, and makes the leaves look clean and shiny.

7. Place a doormat in front of the front door. May help keep floors clean with showing traffic.

8. Clean up the curb/street area and trim cracks.

That's the minimum I would do to the front yard for a house I was trying to sell.

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