Entries Tagged as 'Drywall Damage'

Ugly Patch Job

January 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Nice try at drywall patching, but not even close!  Ugly pea soup green paint.  Ugly 1980s 8-inch tile with dark grout.

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Did someone have a flour fight?

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Outdated kitchen and ugly cabinets from the 1960s.

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Tags: Flooring · Tile · Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Repairs · Cabinets · Drywall Damage

Houston Glamour Palace

December 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments

If you use a lot of imagination, this Houston, Texas home could be very nice.  See?  The paint is easy to peel; ready for your choice of paint.  Large window brings in a lot of natural light (and vines and bugs).

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This house has “good bones.”  Won’t cost hardly $100 to rehab the entire home, right?

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That ceiling light is worth saving.

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As the B-52s would say, “Tin roof, rusted.”  Nice weeds.

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Someone tried to cut down the weeds, because you can see the cut grass on the front porch.

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Tags: Roof · Paint · Weeds · Fixer-Upper · Window · Drywall Damage · Other US Cities

Move-In Ready Home

November 21st, 2008 · No Comments

This home is furnished and ready for you to move in.  The drapes are included too.  Hurry up before it goes.

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Tags: Clutter · Window Coverings · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

Copper Stolen

November 15th, 2008 · No Comments

This Phoenix home sold for $157,500 in August 2005 but went into foreclosure in 2008 and then was vandalized.

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Thieves came in and stole the copper pipes.

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The damage was so bad that the house sold in November 2008 for only $22,000 cash.

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The laundry room.

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The living room was hit too.

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The thieves even worked their way into the attic.

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Extensive drywall damage throughout.  Thanks, thieves, for driving down property values in the neighborhood.

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The converted carport.

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Tags: Kitchen · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Cabinets · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

Open Door Policy

November 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Now that copper prices have dropped from $4.05/pound to $1.82/pound, maybe thieves will be less likely to steal copper pipes from vacant homes.  We can only hope.

This home in south Phoenix wasn’t so lucky.  It is a bank-owned foreclosure home that was vandalized.  I called the listing agent to get the code for the lockbox and was told, “Don’t worry about that.  Go right in.  The front door is missing.  They’ll be boarding up the house soon.”

This home is listed for $127,500.  It’s 2,096 square feet.  Built in 2004.  It sold in July 2007 for $330,000!!!  Worth checking out, right?  So off I went to see it.  Here’s what I saw.

The front door was indeed missing.  So was the side door to the garage.  And all of the windows were smashed.
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The kitchen had/has granite counters.  The vandals ripped out the upper cabinets and stole the oven/range.  They cracked the granite backsplash to get to the stove.
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The cabinet doors and dishwasher were stolen.
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The granite counter was destroyed in order to steal a $100 sink.
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Here’s the arcadia door to the patio, completely destroyed.  It wasn’t a matter of just breaking the glass; the frames were mangled too.
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Broken glass everywhere.
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The master bathroom was damaged too.
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The second bathroom was especially hit hard.
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When I saw this bedroom, I jumped a little.  You never know if a transient lives there and could show up.  Looks like someone learned to sleep around the broken glass.  Curiosity got the better of me; I had to check out the orange cooler; thank goodness it wasn’t a toilet.
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The other bedroom had a mattress too.  The window was completely open.
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A bedroom closet was destroyed so they could get the copper pipes from the bathroom.
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The garage.
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The back patio.
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Tags: Bathroom · Kitchen · Garage or Carport · Bedroom · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Fixer-Upper · Window · Drywall Damage

Holey War In Goodyear, Arizona

October 20th, 2008 · No Comments

This ex-homeowner in Goodyear, Arizona was really mad that he couldn’t make his mortgage payments, so he took it out on the drywall.  The bank now owns the house and hopes a buyer will overlook the damage.

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Tags: Foreclosure · Other Arizona Cities · Drywall Damage

Transient May Be In House

October 17th, 2008 · No Comments

This is a good one.  It’s a bank-owned foreclosure home that’s been vandalized.  It has super terrific landscaping.

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The plumbing, electric, and appliances have been removed.  In other words, they were stolen.

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The write-up states “transient may be in house…don’t go in the house alone.”  Would you sleep in a house with no plumbing, no electric, and dirty carpet like this?

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The windows were broken too.

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The gorgeous back yard.  What?  They didn’t steal the water heater?

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Tags: Carpet · Landscaping · Kitchen · Bedroom · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Fixer-Upper · Window · Drywall Damage

Bathroom Staging Problems

October 14th, 2008 · No Comments

Come on, people.  You only get one chance to impress buyers with photos of your house.  Will this bathroom really make buyers jump up and down?  Straighten out the shower curtain and the disheveled towel.  Put the toilet paper away.  Put the crumpled damp towels in the clothes hamper.  Get rid of the ugly rug.  Total cost $0.  Total time 1 minute.  Then you take the picture.

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The 2nd bathroom with holes in the wall from a missing towel bar.  Notice how the vanity is resting on blocks.  A dirty mirror.  The toilet roll belongs on the TP dispenser.

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Phoenix Homes · Drywall Damage

Ugly Foreclosure Home

September 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Poor ol’ foreclosure home got its drywall removed and then everything was painted white.

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Tags: Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Window · Graffiti · Drywall Damage

Foreclosure Homes - Good Or Bad For Real Estate?

August 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Ah. The real estate question of the summer.  Are foreclosure homes good for real estate or bad for real estate?

Good:

In today’s MSNBC article “Existing-Home Sales Rose 3.1 Percent In July,” it credits the increase in resale home sales to buyers snatching up low-priced foreclosure properties.  Existing home sales in July 2008 went up 9.7 percent in the Western states.  This is good because it takes foreclosure properties off the market, which keeps inventory down (or at least from rising).

Bad:

A recent article from CNNMoney.com titled “These Homes For Sale Stink” explains how vacant foreclosure properties are oftentimes in poor condition, which causes home prices to drop even further.  No one wants to buy a home with mold or mildew or with rotten carpet or animal waste or damaged walls.

Bottom line:

Foreclosure properties were attracting all types of buyers because of the lower prices.  These homes are real bargains.  But when they get damaged, it eliminates buyers who want to live in the house because most buyers don’t have extra money to buy new cabinets, new carpet, new paint, new light fixtures, new bathrooms, etc.  (Yes, there are FHA improvement loans available, but not everyone’s up to the task of playing contractor).  This leaves only cash investors to buy these damaged homes.  What are the chances investors will fix up the house and then try to relist it at a higher price when sales are flat?  Probably low.  Most investors will make inexpensive repairs and then rent out the house.

The Future:

Will we continue to see more foreclosures and pre-foreclosures in the Phoenix metropolitan area?  Yes.  Let’s look at some numbers courtesy of Information Market and the Arizona Republic newspaper.  For more information, go to http://www.azforeclosures.azcentral.com/.  Click on graph to expand.

Foreclosures - first half 2007 and first half 2008 Phoenix metropolitan area (Maricopa County)

foreclosures 2007 2008 Phoenix metropolitan area real estate statistics

Pre-foreclosures - first half 2007 & first half 2008 Phoenix metropolitan area (Maricopa County)

pre-foreclosures 2007 2008 Phoenix metropolitan area real estate statistics

 

 Here’s a damaged Phoenix foreclosure house.

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The beat-up kitchen.

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Where’s the sink?

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Copper wiring stolen.  Furnace damaged.

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Wiring stripped.

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Kitchen · Bedroom · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage · Real Estate Statistics · Real Estate News