Entries Tagged as 'Fixer-Upper'

Short Sale Fixer-Upper

July 24th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Short sales accounted for only 3.5% of all sold listings in the Phoenix metro area in June 2014, the lowest since June 2008.  Thank goodness.  They are typically neglected homes.  Here’s a recent example.  And this wasn’t someone who bought at the height of the market.  This home was purchased for $92,000 in 2001 with no refinancing.  It sold for less due to the condition.

Cracked toilet tank.  How does that happen?  Mildew on the shower grout.

cracked toilet tank mildew mold on shower wall tile grout neglected short sale fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses photo

More problems in the bathtub.

damaged bathtub shower faucet drain cover missing duct tape used to seal cracks neglected short sale fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses

The baby sticks those yucky peas and carrots in the hole in the wall.

dining room baby seat hole in the wall dirty window neglected short sale fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses photo

Cluttered kitchen.

cluttered kitchen counters ugly saltillo tile cabinet doors missing neglected short sale fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses photo

Wet bar.

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The carpet is shot.

ugly gray industrial carpet torn worn out ripped stairs neglected short sale fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses photo

A bedroom.

cluttered messy bedroom mattress on the floor sheet in the window neglected short sale fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses photo

There are a variety of items on display out front.  The wheelbarrow distracts you from the broken window.

ugly curb appeal cluttered front yard tree stump wheelbarrow broken window neglected short sale fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses photo

The previous photo was better than this one.  And that’s no bull.

ugly curb appeal three cars in the driveway blocking the view neglected short sale fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses photo

The swimming pool adds extra value to the property.

ugly swimming pool almost empty green algae water dirty damaged neglected short sale fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses photo

Can’t wait for the new owner to transform this property.

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The roof on the addition is buckling.

unpermitted room addition roof is buckling damaged bad neglected short sale fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses photo

Another broken window.

broken window boarded up ugly siding bad neglected short sale fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses photo

The security door is not attached.

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Tags: Carpet · Roof · Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Kitchen · Pool & Spa · Bedroom · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Dining Room · Back Yard · Fixer-Upper · Window · Drywall Damage · Room Addition · Siding · Wet Bar

Backsplash Paint Smears

July 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Want to spice up your kitchen?  Add colorful paint smears to the walls!

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From the looks of it, it should only take 3 minutes to complete.

ugly dumb stupid idea blue red paint smears eraser kitchen backsplash fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale photo

The artist sponged a bedroom ceiling as well.

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Tags: Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling

Unfinished Basement

July 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment

If you can make it safely down the rail-less stairs to this Philadelphia, Pennsylvania basement…

unfinished dusty ugly creepy depressing basement Philadelphia Pennsylvania home house for sale real estate photo

…you’ll see what possibilities exist down here.

unfinished dusty ugly creepy depressing basement Philadelphia Pennsylvania home house for sale real estate photo

So much potential.  For radon gas, for mildew, etc.

unfinished dusty ugly creepy depressing basement Philadelphia Pennsylvania home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Safety Issue · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Fixer-Upper · Other US Cities · Basement

This Is Why Buyers Don’t Like Fixer-Uppers

July 16th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Unusual tile patterns, odd structural changes, and/or amateur remodeling can scare buyers.  Because they know it will require lots of work and dust to change it.

unusual floor tile pattern orange color half removed renovated concrete floor exposed fixer-upper bathroom Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale

Today’s buyer would rather pay more for a house that is remodeled or in good/clean condition than a house that requires finishing a project.

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Tags: Tile · Bathroom · Remodeling · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper

Patio Pleaser

July 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Covered patios are highly desirable home features in Phoenix.

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So are new roofs.

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And nice landscaping.

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But in Phoenix, any shade is good shade.

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Tags: Roof · Patio · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Garbage and/or Junk · Weeds · Fixer-Upper

Step-Saver Kitchen

July 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments

You won’t have to take many steps in this kitchen.  Only a few feet to the washer and dryer, only a few feet to the stove and refrigerator.  And you’ll save even more energy but not wasting calories on opening cabinet doors under the sink.

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Tags: Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Cabinets · Fixer-Upper

Ugly Houston Bedroom

July 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Gross!  Disgusting carpet and moldy walls in a Houston, Texas home.

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Tags: Carpet · Bedroom · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Mold & Mildew · Fixer-Upper · Window · Other US Cities

P As In Peel & Philadelphia

July 13th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Peeling paint on a ceiling in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home.  They should have written phone numbers on each piece and offered piano lessons or free kittens or tutoring sessions.

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Tags: Paint · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Other US Cities

Cabinet Post

July 6th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Thank you, Barb, for sending us this photo of kitchen cabinets in Chicago, Illinois.  They reminded Barb of the John F. Long cabinets seen in Phoenix.

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Thank you, Jillian, for sending us this photo of a Rialto, California kitchen.  The original cabinets (circa 1940s?) have been painted over multiple times.

ugly outdated kitchen cabinets painted green fixer-upper cluttered Rialto California homes houses for sale real estate photo

This Philadelphia, Pennsylvania kitchen has seen better days.

ugly outdated kitchen Euro-style cabinets crooked damaged fixer-upper wall patches Philadelphia Pennsylvania homes houses for sale real estate photo

Look!  A side pantry!

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Tags: Kitchen · Cabinets · Fixer-Upper · Other US Cities

Disenfranchised Youth

July 2nd, 2014 · 5 Comments

From a home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

messy chaotic disorganized cluttered bedroom unmade bed art walls poor bad home staging Scottsdale house for sale real estate photo

Splattered paint on the wall.

messy chaotic disorganized cluttered bedroom art splattered paint dripping on wall poor bad home staging Scottsdale house for sale real estate photo

Don’t forget to take your medication.

cluttered messy bathroom prescription medication bottles on the counter poor bad home staging Scottsdale Arizona house for sale photo

They sure love Jägermeister.  Yes, graffiti on the wall.

dozens many Jägermeister bottles graffiti on dining room wall messy cluttered Scottsdale Arizona homes houses for sale photo

That orange couch is older than they are.

ugly dirty floor old orange floral couch sofa living room Scottsdale Arizona homes houses for sale photo

More graffiti.

graffiti inside Scottsdale Arizona homes houses for sale real estate photo

And graffiti outside.

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Graffiti arrow pointing up.

graffiti arrow pointing up stairs Scottsdale Arizona homes houses for sale real estate photo

Another graffiti specimen inside the house.

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If these are the owners, they sure didn’t care about getting higher offers from buyers.  If these are renters, the seller should have kicked them out and repainted the house.

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Tags: Flooring · Bathroom · Bedroom · Clutter · Scottsdale, AZ Homes · Ugly Couches/Chairs · Fence or Wall · Fixer-Upper · Graffiti · Vandalism & Theft · Art