Flip This Ranch- New Property Update- 1892 Parker St

This is a new update on a property we started rehabbing back in January. I guess I’ve fallen a little behind with some of these houses.

1890 Parker St is a huge “sprawling ranch”. I like to call it an executive ranch, but some people don’t agree with me on that. We got this deal off one of our banners that we hang from our various rehabs.

This house was very dated and had a couple roof leaks, but overall was in fairly good condition compared to the properties we usually buy. The renovation plan is to really open up the floorplan by removing walls between the kitchen, dining room and living room. We will also do a new roof, some new siding, and all new windows throughout. The electrical turned into a bit of a problem. Alot of the wiring was done very half assed, and looked like the job of a “handy Home-owner”. There were buried junction boxes all over and exposed wires everywhere. So we are basically going to have to rewire the whole house, which we did not budget for. Other than that we will do a totally updated kitchen, two and a half new baths, fresh paint, some new sheetrock, new lighting and new flooring.

Here are some of the before pictures:

1890 Parker St

1890 Parker St Springfield MA

House for Sale Parker St

Parker St Springfield MA

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Parker St Springfield with We Buy Houses Sign

Parker St House For Sale Springfield MA

Living Room with Walls marked to be Removed

Master Bedroom

Kitchen

Kitchen 2

Full Bath 1

Master Bath

Back Bedroom with Roof Leak

Finished Basement

This ranch is just under 2,000 square feet and it has 4-5 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2 fireplaces and a finished basement.

So far it is coming along real nice. It should be finished within the next week or two, so I will post some updated photos and videos for you in the near future.

House Flipping Update – 209 Gifford St Springfield

Work is now complete at 209 Gifford St and it will be going on the market.

This project went pretty smooth without any major problems. Our biggest challenge came in dealing with the water department over the main water line. See, the main water line was damaged inside the house during our initial demo and the city had to turn the water off at the street. Our plumber repaired the line but the water department said they wouldn’t turn our water back on because they didn’t allow soldered repairs to the main line, and they wanted us to pay to run a whole new line from the street. After much arguing they agreed to come out to the house and do a pressure test. The test failed, but it wasn’t because of our soldered repair, turns out the line was also broken somewhere underground between the street and the house. So the water department had to dig up the street and our yard to run a new line into the house, and we ended up having to pay for a new line anyways.

So, this house now even has a brand new main water line all the way to the street to go along with everything else that is brand new!!!

I still need some pictures with the house staged, and I do have a video, but here are my most recent photos for you to view:  (You can see the before photos HERE. )

209 Gifford St Springfield MA

209 Gifford St Springfield House for Sale

View of Kitchen

Kitchen with tile Backsplash

Kitchen looking into Dining Area

Stainless Steel Appliances, 18x18 tile floors

New staircase heading to Second Floor

Dining Area with shiny Hardwood Floors

First Floor Bathroom w/Tile Floor

Fireplace with new mantle and tile

Second Floor Bath w/ Double sink vanity

Body Jet shower panel with Tile surround and Glass Tile border

Master Bedroom

Bedroom with Skylight and Closet

New High Efficiency Boiler and Water Tank

This one was another full gut rehab for us. We ripped off the whole roof and second story, then we rebuilt the whole thing and added a full dormer off the back. The house came out awesome and we should get a quick sale.

Flip This House Update-Historic Home Rehab

Dominic met with the historic society last night and we got all our final approvals to go ahead with our renovation of the historic house on Bowdoin St.

Heres a video of the way it looked just after we closed on it.

House Flip Update – 70 Glenwood St Sold

We put 70 Glenwood St on the market just over two weeks ago and it is already sold!!! We were able to get this done so quickly because we found that ever so elusive retail cash buyer

We met our buyer over at Glenwood St on Thurs. April 1st and she immediately fell on love with the house. She informed us that she had the cash available to purchase the house and she could close in a week. Well, that was music to our ears and we made it happen. After negotiating the price a little, title was ordered, inspections were done, and we officially closed one week later. Another bonus is she was not working with an agent so we saved a few bucks on that end as well.

Here are the final pictures of it finished and staged (you can see the before pictures HERE) … enjoy;

70 Glenwood St Springfield MA

Flip This House - 70 Glenwood St

Flip this House - 70 Glenwood St

Green Renovating - Bamboo Flooring

Porch Converted to Living Space. Archway

Stainless Appliances

Glenwood St Kitchen

Full Bath 1

Kitchen Looking from Dining Room

Full Bath 2

Bedroom with Shiny Hardwoods

Master Bedroom

Full Bath 2 with shower panel Body Jets

Beautiful Bright White Handrail and Railing

Well, I wish they could all be that easy. Two weeks exactly, from the day the property first hit the market, to the day we are at the closing table signing the deed over, that’s definitely a record that will be hard to beat!!

17 Bessemer St

Today we closed on the fire damaged Cape that I referenced in a previous post. This house is really nasty. Here is the newscast video from the fire:

The dogs are still in the basement, we have the Humane Society coming over to remove them and give them a proper burial. The plumbing in the house was not working … so the toilet is absolutely disgusting, overflowing with waste. Once the firefighters went inside the house and saw how nasty it was the city condemned it.  Maybe I’ll post some pictures when I get a chance. The rehab on this house should cost $55k-$60k. We are going to be adding a full dormer to the second level, which will give us two very large bedrooms and room for a second full bath. It will need all new windows, new vinyl siding, a new roof, new furnace, new plumbing, new kitchen, new bath, some new electric, and a new water heater.  This house is in an awesome neighborhood so once the work is complete it should be an easy resale.

Three Family

I met another contractor over at the fire damaged three family today. While I was there I took some additional photos:

The fire damage isn’t too bad…. it really only charred the rear clapboard siding and burnt up through a small section of the roof. Fortunately there is hardly any fire damage to the interior of the building. Unfortunately the units are in pretty rough shape so they are all gonna need rehab. We are probably going to end up spending around $100,000 for the renovations…  It should be a fun project, as long as we get the right contractor in there doing the job.

Another Day…. Another Deal

For the last week we have been looking at a vacant 3 family home that has some fire damage to the rear exterior. I don’t know what it is with these fire damaged homes but I have a knack for finding them. I’ve brought contractors through and have been running some numbers. We finally met with the owner today and put it under contract for $20,000 with a closing next week.  Heres a picture:

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It’s been empty for over two years and all the copper pipes are gone (big surprise lol). It’s gonna need three new boilers, three kitchens, three bathrooms, alot of new windows, siding, roof repair and new porches. This is a very large three family with all three bedroom units. Each unit should rent for $900 when renovated. We may keep this as a rental when the rehab is complete.  This came as a referral from an insurance adjuster we recently had worked with on another deal. The kicker on this property is that we may be able to get some of the insurance money back when we finish the rehab. I’ll post more details and photos as things progress with the property.

 

The hardwood floor guys are over at the house on Hartford Terrace and they should be wrapping up over the next three days. That house is gonna look good when the floors are complete. After the floors are done we will clean, stage, and than put it on the market.

Busy Day

Today was a busy day for us.

       I started off the morning by going over to our rehab on Hartford Terrace. Our contractor is just finishing up and he was looking for a final punch list. The Hartford Terrace house is a large 4 bed 1.5 bath colonial that is just over 2,200 square feet. We picked this house up via a short sale. Here are some of the photos I took today.

 

Hartford Terr Exterior

71 Hartford Terr

This is a view of the front. We did all new vinyl siding and replacement windows
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Here is the view looking into the kitchen from the dining room. We opened this wall up and added the breakfast bar.
 
 
 
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This is the main living room. It is very large and open. This house has alot of great wood work.
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This is the full bath located on the second floor. This was a complete gut. We added new tub, tile, vanity, lighting and shower panel.
Shower Panel
Shower Panel

 Here is a close up of the Shower Panel. It is a big hit with buyers (especially the women). It is european stlyle complete with rain shower head and body sprays. It looks very “space age”.

 

 

 

The hardwood floors will be refinished at this house on Friday, then it is ready to be cleaned, staged and put on the market!!  I will post some before and after photos when I get a chance.
We are still waiting to close on the Fire Damage Cape. There is a lien on the house that the sellers attorney has yet to clear up.  In the mean time we met one of our plumbers over there today to do a walk through and get his numbers. I will be lining up a whole slew of contractors to take through there over the next couple days, a few of which came from my Craigslist search I posted about yesterday. So far I’ve heard back from four of them… two seem very promising.
We had lunch at the new Golden Corral that just opened up in Springfield… the food is real good. I ate way too much, it’s 11:00 oclock at night and I’m still stuffed from lunch!!!
After lunch it was off to a small REIA Group that meets in Southwick. It was a pretty good turnout and I got a chance to do some good networking.
Now it’s about midnight and I’ve got to get ready for bed…