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Property Development Course: How To Buy a Fixer-upper House

Todays Date: November 19, 2018

Many people enjoy buying fixer-upper houses. They love the challenge of remodeling an older house and making it into a showpiece. Some of these houses, if renovated properly, can sell for much more than you originally paid for them. They can be quite profitable if the house is structurally sound and the location is good. Other people buying fixer-uppers do it because they cant afford an expensive home. They arent looking to remodel and then sell the home because they plan to live in it. As long as you know what to look for, you can get a good deal on older houses needing minor repairs. However, if you get stuck with one that has major problems, it might not be worth the price you paid for it. This article will address some of the issues associated with buying as is houses and will point out some things you should expect as a result.

Be aware that, before buying an older home, you will need to get it inspected. An inspection is not included as part of the appraisal but is a completely separate process. The home must be inspected for structural defects, roof condition, plumbing problems, and potential termite infestation. Major problems such as these will be uncovered during a complete home inspection performed by a professional. Some lenders require than an inspection is performed but even if they dont, you should require one yourself. After an inspection, you will be given a list of existing and potential problems. Some problems may be so expensive to repair that you might not find a lender willing to finance the home for you. If you still want to purchase after finding a major problem, you should be able to get the price significantly lowered.

Minor problems include worn carpeting, chipped paint, peeling wallpaper, and rotting deck or porch boards. Problems such as these can be used as negotiation tools for a lower price. You can easily remedy these minor details.

Should you find problems that you want the seller to fix, then you need to make sure it is stated in the contract. Once it is stated there in black and white, the seller must comply with your wishes. It might be useful to you to have the needed repairs explained in the appraisal contract. Most lenders will lend according to the appraisal or the original purchase price. If there are problems warranting a lower sale price, then it would be helpful to you for it to be stated in the appraisal.

If the seller agrees to lower the price a certain amount for a particular problem that needs repair, then the seller may ask that the repair wait until after the official closing. This does not mean that you will get the money to make the repair but instead that the total price will be lowered by that amount. You will not be given the money to make the repairs in this case. You must pay out the money yourself. If you dont have the money to make the repair, then dont sign an agreement of this type. Keep negotiating until you are satisfied.

As stated, you can find some very good bargains by buying fixer-upper houses. You just need to be very careful to have the house inspected and know what you are getting into, as well as what it is going to cost you. As long as you pay close attention and take all necessary precautions when buying this type of house, you should be very happy with your purchase.

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