House #22: The Trifecta House

January 22, 2011 · 6 comments

We just put our twenty-second house under contract:

Front of House

This one is in the same neighborhood as The Lake House and The Leak House — in fact, from any of the three houses, you can see the other two; they are literally all within 200 yards of one another. This one has the exact same layout as The Leak House, though it’s in better condition — both the interior and the exterior. It needs a cosmetic rehab — paint, flooring, new cabinets/countertops, new lighting fixtures, new plumbing fixtures — but as far as we can tell, there is nothing that should pose any major issues or risks.

This one was listed for $71K, which is well above the purchase prices of the other two houses ($60K and $56K), and at that price, we wouldn’t have been able to make much profit. But, luckily the bank was willing to negotiate a good bit on this one, and we were able to get it down to $59K without too much discussion.

One condition of this contract is that we close in literally a week; I’m not confident that the bank will be able to pull off a closing by next Friday (January 28), but we’d be thrilled if they could. The Leak House closing has been pushed out a week or two while they try to resolve some title issues (expected mid-February), so if we can get this one closed next week, we should be able to get the rehab done prior to closing on The Leak House, and can just do them back-to-back without losing any time.

Here are some pictures of this one

You’ll notice that the house looks almost identical to The Leak House, and if you notice the last two pictures, that’s the view from the backyard of this house to the other two houses. Since it’s the third house in this small area, we decided to go with the name The Trifecta House…

6 responses to “House #22: The Trifecta House”

  1. Mark in Fl says:

    Hey J Scott, You’re not putting all your eggs in one basket are you?

    Actually, it looks like a no brainer to me.

    These prices make me want to move to Atlanta and retire relatively young on the front porch.

    I know our friends on the left coast must be thinking the same thing.

  2. Stefan says:

    I got a feeling they’ll need to rename that neighborhood soon :p

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  4. chris says:

    luckly luckly luckly at the right place at the right time they say the prices are still falling in alt due to the jobs lost and the banks are getting them off the books . all are in your price range 50-60 what are the goals for 2011 ? keep up the good work

  5. Georgia says:

    What bank did u buy it from? How long on the market? Great blog lots of info. Look forward to all the after pictures especially the staged ones

  6. J Scott says:

    Hi Georgia,

    This house was sold by GMAC bank.

    It was originally listed last July for $110K, and the price has been dropping ever since. It had six price drops in six months, and I finally picked it up when it was listed at $71K.

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