Distressed properties are often purchased in "as is" condition. The seller doesn't offer any kind of warrant. Of course, you know that you should beware of properties like these. Still, distressed properties for sale often have a huge potential for making a profit. So, if you decide to purchase a distressed property, just be aware of some hidden problems. Keep a close eye out for termites and carpenter ants. Even if they're long gone, they may have left behind enough damage to be a serious issue. Look for rotten wood, obviously. But also check for thin tubes of mud and
There really are tricks to getting your offer accepted over someone else's offer. You just need to know how to structure the deal. Obviously, proof of funds and pre-approvals for any loans you will get are critically important to a seller choosing your offer. Many won't even entertain an offer without them. Also, remember that to some people, the terms are even more important than the actual money. Your offer might be higher in actual dollars, but if your offer has more complicated terms, they might just pass on you. Don't create extra issues. Try to meet the sellers on
Sometimes distressed properties sold "As-is" come with some major problems. Do you know how to recognize them? If you intend to invest in a distressed property, these are important issues that you need to know about. Head into the bathroom. Bounce a little on the floor near the sink, tub and toilet. Is there any give? That can be a major indicator of water damage! Grab a high powered flashlights and check underneath the floor if possible. Look for stained wood or joists. Find out when and why that damage occurred and get your answers in writing if you can!
North Carolina’s property tax is “ad valorem,” so you're taxed based on the property value. But what happens when you disagree with the county assessor? The assessor revalues properties within the county at least every eight years. So, if you get a wrong value placed on your property, you could be paying the wrong tax on it for the next eight years! It's partly your responsibility to check your assessed value, if you own property. The good news is there is recourse. If you disagree with the assessment, you can appeal it. Imagine being over taxed for your property
If you've decided to invest in real estate, you can save yourself a lot of time by recognizing signs of foundation damage right away. Keep in mind, if you find only minor problems, it might still be worth hiring a professional evaluation, rather than just walking away from the investment property. Every little foundation issue doesn't mean that you have to walk away from the deal. With experience, you'll learn to recognize which homes to walk away from and which warrant the cost of a closer inspection. Foundation cracks and floor cracks should be investigated further. Likewise, look for wall
If you are buying an investment home with popcorn ceilings, consider removing or replacing this textured ceiling treatment. They date a home and are associated with dirt, dust and asbestos. These old spray-on or paint-on ceiling treatments were once very popular in bedrooms and hallways, but they aren't popular anymore. Sure, they hide imperfections and offer nice acoustical characteristics, but they are not preferred these days. Home buyers equate them to asbestos, dirt and dust, because many contained asbestos and they usually would get painted more often than cleaned! Before trying to remove this treatment yourself, contact the health department.
A home inspection fee starts at around $400 and goes up from there. A quality home inspection is critical, unless you are professionally trained to recognize even hidden damage in a structure. Sometimes you can't see roof damage, outdated electrical system issues, or a hidden water leak. These issues can become very expensive, very quickly. They can be costly, even if you are skilled at DIY home repair. A home inspector looks for proper grading away from the structure, leaks from the septic field, damage to exterior structures and landscaping issues. The inspector checks railings on stairs, notices if downspout
Sheetrock is simply the brand name of an incredibly popular drywall product. Drywall, a panel made of gypsum plaster sandwiched between thick paper, has many vendors. Though people will call all sorts of drywall, "Sheetrock," only drywall from U.S. Gypsum Company is actually allowed to market drywall as under the name Sheetrock. So, even if the drywall is from Titan Commercial Products, Allied Manufacturing, or National Gypsum Company, people are likely going to call it, "Sheetrock." Sheetrock was one of the first drywall products and is so popular that its name seems virtually interchangeable with drywall. Think about how often
If you don't have all the funds you will need for your real estate project, be that flipping a house or renovating a potential rental property, don't take that risk. That's a gamble that could end up with you in a really bad situation. If you want to start a real estate project, be sure to start with more debt or more funds than you think you will need. That's right, always starts with a loan for more than what you think you will need to complete the project. See, it's easier to get initial funding than subsequent funding. If
Some house flippers remove plaster and lath walls to expose the gorgeous, vintage brick beneath. Here's the truth though: It's often easier to remove plaster and lath walls than it is to repair them. So, if lovely brick is hidden by old, damaged plaster and lath walls, the choice is obvious. Exposing the brick will save money on materials and plenty of time. Framing old walls that have settled and shifted is a pain. Taping, mudding and painting just adds extensive man hours to a house flipping project. Costs involved in removing plaster and lath walls pretty much only include