House #21: Final Analysis

July 22, 2011 · 3 comments

We closed on the sale of The Leak House today… (see all the financial results below)

This house was a good reminder about why we need to ensure that we don’t get lazy about doing inspections and due diligence before we purchase. While we don’t use inspectors anymore, we generally still inspect the property in detail ourselves before we make an offer or during the due diligence period. In this case, we got lazy and didn’t bother to even turn the water on. The burst pipe and the leak in the bathtub that we found on day one of rehab cost us some extra money at the start of the project, and had we found these things earlier, we not only would have saved ourselves some effort, but we may have gotten the seller to concede some additional cost as well.

Anyway, a good reminder that we can’t get lazy, no matter how many of these houses we do…

Other than the leaks, this project went very smoothly. The purchase took a couple extra months and the closing took a couple extra weeks, but with REO purchase and FHA buyers, neither of those is too uncommon these days; and we still kept our total hold time to under 3 months, so I’m happy about that.

Here is the full final analysis for this one…


Here are the key timeline milestones:

  • Purchase Offer Date: 1/3/2011
  • Purchase Closing Date: 4/28/2011
  • Rehab Completion Date: 5/12/2011
  • Sale Listing Date: 5/13/2011
  • First Sale Contract Date: 6/8/2011
  • Final Sale Contract Date: 6/8/2011
  • Sale Closing Date: 7/21/2011


Here is the breakdown of financials for this project:

Leak House Financials

Our profit on this one was about $19K. We originally projected closer to $21K, but the appraisal came in about $5K low, and we split the difference with the buyer. Ultimately, this was a completely boring and typical project, which I’ll never complain about — I don’t need excitement when it comes to investing… 🙂

Since this was a cash deal and we didn’t borrow any money, our ROI was a bit lower than normal, but our total profit was a bit higher…a reasonable trade-off in my opinion.

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: 115 Days
  • Rehab Time: 10 Days
  • Selling Days on Market: 26 Days
  • Selling Close Time: 43 Days
  • Total Hold Time (Close to Close): 84 Days
  • Total Profit: $19,510.50
  • Return on Investment (ROI): 25.52%
  • Annualized ROI: 110.89%

3 responses to “House #21: Final Analysis”

  1. Congratulations! I hear ya on the getting complacent when it comes to really thoroughly inspecting the houses. I’ve gone through houses before and could not even remember looking at the kitchen. Mostly problems arise when I try to look at a house while taking a phone call. I am the world’s worst multitasker.

  2. Jose Tines says:

    Really nice job. As someone who has done my share of flips in Florida and Georgia, , these are good numbers. I only help to do as well in this part of the world!

  3. Maggie Smith says:

    Hi- I chuckled when I read this- Last week I purchased a house that I had had a contract on for about 4 mos (short sale) I had only looked at it one time to do my initial budget. Yesterday when I had the power turned on and I flipped the breaker on I noticed that the panel box was a Federal Pacific- bad bad bad. I do not know if you have these types of panel boxes where you are but they MUST be replaced here in Virginia- they are a fire hazard- Cost installed with permits $1400- OUCH

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