Before & After – Ugly Duckling Into a Swan

April 21st, 2012 · 6 Comments

This home sold in this condition in 2005 for $167,000.

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It went into foreclosure and was purchased from the bank for $55,000 in 2011.

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The investor remodeled the house and sold it in 2012 for $115,000.

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Ugly bric-a-brac before.

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Looking good after renovation.

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Before Family Room.

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After Family Room.

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Before Living Room.

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After Living Room.

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Before Bathroom.

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After Bathroom.

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Before 2nd Bathroom.

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After 2nd Bathroom.

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Before Front Yard.

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After Front Yard.

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Before Back Yard & Pool.  Many banks will cover swimming pools in this manner for safety/liability.

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After Back Yard & Pool.

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Before Back Yard & Pool.

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After Back Yard & Pool.

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We present these Before & After homes because they show the potential in home renovation.  Which doesn’t have to be expensive.  It’s a win-win-win for everyone.  An investor transforms a neglected, ugly home and makes a modest profit.  The buyer gets an almost-new home at an affordable price (this home with FHA financing probably costs the buyer $830/month including taxes & insurance; cheaper than rent!).  The neighborhood gets a nice looking home and excited buyers.  And neighborhood home prices go up.

→ 6 CommentsTags: Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Living Room · Family Room · Kitchen · Pool & Spa · Remodeling · Fireplace · Phoenix Homes · Before & After

Sports Fever

April 20th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Pittsburgh Steelers fans in Chandler, Arizona.  Hmm, people actually buy those sports wall decals after all.

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This other guy in Chandler decided to cover up the fireplace with sports jerseys.  He must have a very understanding (or accommodating) wife to allow the entire family room to become a man cave.  Or he’s single.

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Sports nut in Glendale, Arizona.

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Another view.

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→ 3 CommentsTags: Staging · Clutter · Glendale, AZ Homes · Chandler, AZ Homes

Bottle Service

April 20th, 2012 · 5 Comments

They’re halfway to 99 bottles of wine on the wall.  What’s worse?  Full bottles or empty bottles?

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→ 5 CommentsTags: Staging · Kitchen · Mesa, AZ Homes · Collections · Refrigerator Magnets

Five Murals

April 20th, 2012 · 4 Comments

It’s a dead tree in a shower.  Probably from the 1960s.  We usually see tree murals like this in dining rooms.

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It’s supposed to be a diamondback rattlesnake (probably in homage to the Arizona Diamondback baseball team).  The wife probably got creeped out and then covered it with plastic flowers.

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SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends under the sea.

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We’re all abuzz about the lake next to the tree.

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Larry Moonbeam stopped painting when his LSD trip wore off.

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→ 4 CommentsTags: Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Glendale, AZ Homes

Paint Fail

April 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Pink paint.  Green paint.  Blue paint.  Brown paint.

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→ 1 CommentTags: Paint · Mesa, AZ Homes · Faux Paint & Murals

Believe It Or Not, Homes Require Maintenance

April 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This might be news to some home owners, but homes do need maintenance.  This owner didn’t get the memo.

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They paid $225,000 for this home in 2006 and thought that was all that was needed.

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It was just purchased from the bank for $55,000. Now someone else gets to fix it up.

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A little cleaning might have helped.

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That hole wasn’t going to fix itself.

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They turned a blind eye to the repairs needed around the house.

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Replacing the A/C filters would have helped reduce dust in the air.

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The closet door goes on this thing called a track.

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Keeping water from splashing out of the shower would have prevented this.

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Water heaters don’t last forever.

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→ 1 CommentTags: Bathroom · Window Coverings · Phoenix Homes · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Fence or Wall · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Ceiling Fan · Drywall Damage

Five Ugly Laundry Rooms

April 18th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Sometimes nature creates its own form of faux paint.

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Another quality do-it-yourself project.

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Feel free to splash some bleach all over.

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Clean or dirty?  This is from a Chula Vista, California home.  Shouldn’t that water heater have earthquake straps?

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They need more storage cabinets.

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→ 5 CommentsTags: Staging · Clutter · Safety Issue · Phoenix Homes · Tempe, AZ Homes · Fixer-Upper · Water Damage · Other US Cities · Laundry Room

The Bar Is Open

April 18th, 2012 · 9 Comments

Did they use a waterbed headboard for their wet bar???!!

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→ 9 CommentsTags: Other Arizona Cities · Wet Bar

Tile Everywhere But the Ceiling

April 18th, 2012 · 6 Comments

They tiled the entire house wall to floor to wall.

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What lucky person gets to clean the grout?

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Slippery when wet.

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→ 6 CommentsTags: Tile · Phoenix Homes

Five Ugly Fireplaces

April 17th, 2012 · 3 Comments

These five fireplaces are unlikely to win any design awards.

Brass & mirrors.  And dirt.

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Wood planks, bricks, and wallpaper make for an ugly combination.

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It leaves a stone cold feeling.

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Flagstone with red or pink tones would fit in better in Phoenix than prison gray.

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This one might be appropriate for burning tax instruction forms.

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→ 3 CommentsTags: Fireplace · Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Wallpaper · Glendale, AZ Homes