I got an email from a wholesaler today offering a property in Round Rock for $90-thousand. I performed the desktop analysis quickly and became very excited. While I couldn’t find anything that had sold on the street in the last year, two houses on the next street over had sold for just north of $200-thousand. That left a lot of room in the deal to cover whatever redevelopment the house might need.
I told the wholesaler I wanted to make an offer contingent on a walkthrough of the property. The wholesaler said we had to close by Christmas, and I agreed to the stipulation. He mentioned that he had a bid for $7,000 to cover foundation repair. Other than that, he said, all the house needed was paint.Even allowing another $5,000 to cover accidental damage to the plumbing during the foundation repair, I was still happy with the deal.
Boots Are Made for Walkin’
Russell and I met at the house during his lunch hour. The first red flag went up as I drove to the house. The comps on the next street turned out to be at least 20 years newer, and all of the houses on that street were much more appealing than any of the houses on the subject property’s street. My comps were not really comparable, but I couldn’t tell that without seeing where the main street had been extended for the newer development. Even the pictures on Google Maps made the houses look comparable.