@Account Closed , @Will Barnard , and @Glenn Espinosa
I'll certainly let you guys know what happens. This would not be the largest nicest property in the area. On the contrary, compared to the surrounding homes, it screams "rehab me." ARV is based on numerous actual comps, not square footage. I'm half sorry we didn't participate but it looks like we'll be doing some other deals with this rehabber and I know I'll be hearing all the stories.
I didn’t ask how much competition he had but he didn’t suggest there was any kind of fight. My guess is little. Paying full price on a relatively expensive dumpy property, that couldn’t be sold easily unless it was improved, is not likely to appeal to many flippers or lenders, at least at this point. Unless he had a hoard of cash or a sucker like me, it would have been difficult to put this together. In fact, he did have cash and wanted us to fund the purchase so he could fund the rehab.
Good point on the permitting, Kristine. We never worked in this particular city (way too high class for us) so I have no idea how long this could take. Remodels and additions are typically faster than new construction, but you never know. This was somewhat of a transitional project; somewhere between new construction and a standard flip. The twist was paying full price for it.
This thread is a great illustration of the current split I see in our industry. Those with lots of experience have to work at least twice as hard to find great deals, but are still successful and busy finding new niches. Others, who are just getting their feet wet or new to the area, haven’t developed the resources or relationships and are having a really hard time. We’d all be naïve to think the gravy train will last forever, so it’s important to think ahead strategically.
Keep your chin up Karen M.