House #10: Final Analysis

June 21, 2009 · 6 comments

Another quick Final Analysis post, as it’s for The Deja Duplex, a property we held for less than a week and only visited two times…

I would consider this to be our first real wholesale deal, and while it would have been nicer to have just done a double-close (meaning we sell it the same day we bought it), holding it for a week in-between was really no big deal. The financial breakdown is below, but we essentially made $5K for about 2 hours work, which is by-far the best percentage return (even if it is was the smallest real return) we’ve seen on a property yet.

Anyway, here is the run-down of the project results, with the final set of statistics at the bottom…


Here are the key timeline milestones:

  • Purchase Offer Date: 5/15/2009
  • Purchase Closing Date: 6/11/2009
  • Rehab Completion Date: N/A (No Rehab)
  • Sale Listing Date: 6/11/2009
  • Sale Contract Date: 6/11/2009
  • Sale Closing Date: 6/18/2009

Had we bothered to pick up the phone and call the buyer before we closed on the purchase of the property, could have bought and sold it the same day, and saved ourselves some time and effort. Live and learn…


We bought the property for $24,000. We sold the property for $28,600. And between the purchase and sale, the only costs we incurred were the purchase closing costs, cost to cut the lawn (we scheduled this prior to putting it under contract), commission on the sale (we worked with another agent), and a few dollars in property taxes.

Here is the breakdown of financials for this project:

Deja Duplex Financials

In terms of purely financial ROI, my total investment into this property was $21,820.10; this puts my ROI at over 23%, and adjusted for the very brief time we held the property, my annualized ROI is well over 1200%.

Final Statistics

Here are just some of the final statistics that I’ve been tracking for all my projects, and that summarize the success/failure of each project pretty well:

  • From Offer to Purchase Time: 27 Days
  • Rehab Time: 0 Days
  • Selling Days on Market: 0 Days
  • Selling Close Time: 7 Days
  • Total Hold Time (Close to Close): 7 Days
  • Total Profit: $5,097.19
  • Return on Investment (ROI): 23.36%
  • Annualized ROI: 1218.06%

6 responses to “House #10: Final Analysis”

  1. Bilgefisher says:

    I just want to clarify. You bought it for 24,000 and sold for 28,600. Is my math off? I see 4,600. I know you get some commission back for the sale, but wouldn’t that come out of the 4,600 difference?

  2. Matt says:

    I think once you ad the commission from the original purchase back into the equation it comes out to $5097. Right?

  3. J Scott says:

    Hey Bilge –

    As Matt pointed out, we received a $2000 commission on the purchase minus fees (see the line item detail). We also paid out $1000 to another agent on the sale.

    Subtract out the closing costs on the purchase (about $500), and you get: $28600 – $24000 + $2000 – $1000 – $500 = $5100.

  4. Bilgefisher says:

    Makes sense now. Thank you. I knew I was missing something.

  5. Phil says:

    J, so would you say the key to this deal was having your wife be the agent on the listings? Otherwise, the profit would have only been $1500 or so, correct? Saw your blog on BP about having your RE license which I am considering getting so that’s why I ask. Thanks!

  6. J Scott says:

    Hi Phil –

    Absolutely. Had we not been licensed, our profit would have been 70% less, as we wouldn’t have gotten the commission on the purchase side and would have had to pay extra commission on the sale side.

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