Category Archives: Fixer Uppers

Decorating Dilemma: For the Love of Circles!

Here’s a simple decorating concept that changes everything:  circles!

Definition:  you can start in one place, walk around the house, and return back to where you started without retracing your steps.

See the picture on the left – you start in the foyer, walk  through to the kitchen, left  into the living room, and back to the foyer – that’s a circle!

They are incredibly powerful!  Watch a toddler race around one over and over. Observe at party how well the guests flow through a home with a circle. Continue reading

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Renovation Realtor(R): Deals for the $350k-$450k Buyer

Looking for a home in the $350k-$450k range in DC? Have you considered renovating a fixer upper? Today you can buy and renovate all in one loan.

Take a look at these potential deals in your price range.

Here’s how it would work. Say you bought a house for $250k. You did a $200k renovation. Your loan would be $450k (assuming appraisal supported the new value) – the same as if you had bought a finished house for $450k.

There are tremendous advantages to renovating, but also challenges. So make sure renovating is right for you.

I would love to show you any of these homes or help you find a fixer upper that meets your needs. Contact me today!

I am a licensed DC Realtor(R) with extensive renovation experience – your Renovation Realtor(R).   I am a full service shop — helping you find a fixer, identify financing, purchase it, and I can even provide renovation consult.

Note: I am not the listing agent for the featured houses, but I’d be happy to show them to you and represent you as a buyer agent should you choose.  I have not necessarily seen every house in person yet.

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Filed under Brookland, Fixer Uppers, Petworth, Real Estate, Renovation, Takoma / Brightwood

Renovation Realtor(R): Deals for the $550k-$650k Buyer

Looking for a home in the $550k-$650k range in DC? Have you considered renovating a fixer upper? Today you can buy and renovate all in one loan.

Take a look at these potential deals in your price range.

Here’s how it would work. Say you bought a house for $450k. You did a $200k renovation. Your loan would be $650k (assuming appraisal supported the new value) – the same as if you had bought a finished house for $650k.

There are tremendous advantages to renovating, but also challenges. So make sure renovating is right for you.

I would love to show you any of these homes or help you find a fixer upper that meets your needs. Contact me today!

I am a licensed DC Realtor(R) with extensive renovation experience – your Renovation Realtor(R).   I am a full service shop — helping you find a fixer, identify financing, purchase it, and I can even provide renovation consult.

Note: I am not the listing agent for the featured houses, but I’d be happy to show them to you and represent you as a buyer agent should you choose.  I have not necessarily seen every house in person yet.

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Filed under Capitol Hill, Fixer Uppers, H Street, Petworth, Real Estate, Renovation

Renovation Realtor(R): This Weekend’s Fixer Uppers 2-25-12

Some great fixer-uppers this week around the city- from light fixers to full overhauls.

Specifically in Capitol Hill NE / H Street, Takoma DC, Petworth, and one in NW.

To receive the listings, contact me for my free “This Week’s Fixer-Uppers” email.

See a sample of a prior fixer listings in the Hill East neighborhood.

I am a licensed DC Realtor(R) with extensive renovation experience – your Renovation Realtor(R).   I am a full service shop — helping you find a fixer upper, identify financing, purchase it, and I can even provide renovation consult.

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Renovation Realtor(R): This Weekend’s Fixer Uppers 2-11-12

In a recent post I explained the value of a light cosmetic.  This week, I looked for a few…

Assuming these house are free of any big issues – with a little paint, some kitchen and bath work, new window treatments, and maybe some exterior updates – they could really shine!

See what you think:

Brookland Listings

Takoma / Brightwood Listings

H Street Listings

Would you like to see any of them?  I can tell you how to make them great!  Contact me today to make an appointment.

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Buying a Fixer-Upper: Spotting the “Light Cosmetic”

Some of the best deals out there are what I call Light Cosmetics.  These properties can totally shine with some relatively inexpensive and easy repairs.

Yet most buyers look past them.  This is where you can get a great bargain, but you have to know how to spot them!

Here’s what to look for:

1)  Blocked light:  If a property looks dark, check the window treatments.  Old blinds or curtains may be shutting out great light.  Easy fix – grab a screwdriver and take them down.

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Renovation Realtor(R): This Weekend’s Fixer Uppers 2-4-12

This week I highlight a new listing in the H Street neighborhood and two listings in the Brightwood  neighborhood.

I have seen both Brightwood listings and they have great potential!   I hope to view the H Street listing soon.

H Street Listing

Brightwood Listings

Would you like to see any of them?  I can tell you how to make them great!  Contact me today to make an appointment.

I am a licensed DC Realtor with extensive renovation experience – your Renovation Realtor(R).   I am a full service shop — helping you find a fixer-upper, identify financing, purchase it, and even provide renovation consult.

Note: I am not the listing agent for these houses, but I’d be happy to show them to you and represent you as a buyer agent should you choose.  I also have not necessarily seen every house in person yet.

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Renovation Realtor(R): This Week’s Fixer Uppers

I identified several fixer-uppers this week in many popular DC neighborhoods! Check them out in the links below:

Petworth Fixer-Uppers

AU Park Fixer-Uppers

H Street / NE Capitol Hill Fixer-Uppers

Brookland Fixer-Uppers

Would you like to see any of them? Contact me today to make an appointment.

I am a licensed DC Realtor with extensive renovation experience – your Renovation Realtor(R)!   I am a full service shop — helping you find a fixer-upper, identify financing, purchase it, and even provide renovation consult.

Note:  I am not the listing agent for these houses, but I’d be happy to show them to you and represent you as a buyer agent should you choose.  I also have not necessarily seen every house in person yet.

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Filed under AU Park, Brookland, Capitol Hill, Fixer Uppers, H Street, Petworth, Real Estate, Renovation