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Flip That House ! Tips that will sell your investment faster and at a higher price.

Flip That House! The show that gave everyone the bug to buy run down homes with good bones lives on in investors in today's Lexington KY market.

Some of my clients with cash in their pockets, research on my website for houses in great neighborhoods that just need updating to be saleable.

I'm happy to help them with a contract and a successful closing. Some investors buy them to have me list it again later, but some are buying to live in it for a while.

Here's a story about a "flip" in PA(thanks to Christopher & Stephanie) that has great ideas and pictures that we can use here in Kentucky

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 Lizette Fitzpatrick- Principal Broker at Lizette Realty.

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Flip That House ! Philadelphia Style !

Tips that will sell your investment faster and at a higher price.

We help a lot of investors Buy, Rehab and Sell homes in the up and coming neighborhoods in Philadelphia . Flipping homes is not as easy as it looks on HGTV.  Flipping a property takes A) knowledge of the neighborhood, B) knowledge of the Real Estate Market, and C) know how as far as orchestrating the contractors, permits and particulars.  Oh and most important of all, D) Flipping requires MONEY.  "Cash is King" as we always say.

In this post I have included before and after pictures of one of the most recent successful flips  of a New Kensington Row Home that we were involved with.  I would like to highlight some of the finishing features that will make your rehab not only stand out from the rest, particularly for investors flipping homes in the up and coming Philadelphia neighborhoods, but will also increase the chances of selling faster and at a higher price. This Subject property is just shy of $200,000 and needed a full renovation.  For some of you reading you may not be flipping a home or your renovation may ne be as extensive as this one. Nonetheless, the tips below can be applied to any home that you are upgrading or updating, applicable to not just the Philadelphia Real Estate market, but to any local market that you are in.

The features that will get your Philadelphia Row Home sold at the best price:

First Floor:  Your first floor needs to deliver the most features such as Hardwood floors, an open layout, side staircase vs a center staircase that can divide a small space making it look smaller, a powder room, plenty of natural light, and recessed lighting.  All of these suggestions will provide the "BLING" factor that many buyers look for in a home.

Before after

Kitchen:   Don't be cheap and ordinary. Don't skimp on the counter top or appliances, particularly the range and refrigerator. The trend in remodeled Philadelphia Row homes is definitely leaning toward the contemporary designs over traditional.  Even in older homes with outdated features, adding some contemporary touches makes a huge impact on the sell-ability of the home. Some examples of these features includes: islands for extra storage and seating (if the space allows). Choose flat panel cabinets vs the traditional styles and avoid  "starter kitchens".  Wood stains can vary but hardwood flooring flowing into the kitchen unifies the space and makes it look larger.  Exposed brick or a trendy back-splash adds character and will add to the "bling" factor" I mentioned above.


Other rooms in the house:  Features such as high ceilings give small rooms a Big Feel. Light colored carpeting in the upper bedrooms and hall is less expensive than hardwood and is certainly a good option if you need to save money.  Light colored paint is a must on the walls with bright white trim particularly when it comes to smaller rooms because white expands a room along with good lighting. If a room is dark add light.

before after

Bathrooms:  Always maximize the space in a bathroom by choosing a vanity that properly fits the room. In the bathroom below, the room was very narrow but a carefully chosen vanity offers storage without overwhelming the room. Below the natural pebble floor in the shower is complemented by a faux wood grain tile, and white subway tiles.  The feel is luxury spa.  Who does not love that ? Get the most bang for your buck by contemplating the "bling factor" for the powder room and master bath. Guest baths can be more basic.

before after after

To wrap it up:  Always make the first floor an eye catcher and the "bling factor" can be carried into master baths and powder rooms. Open layouts will sell faster and at a higher price than layouts that are formal, modular, or divided by a staircase.  Don't skimp on the kitchen appliances. Invest in the hardwood floors and recessed lighting for the first floor.  Make smaller spaces look larger with bright white trim and plenty of light.

(A shout-out to Universal Building & Construction Inc. for this fab rehab !!  For more info call Cindy at 215-399-6251. Mention Stephanie )

Look at my live video below of the interior of this New Kensington Row Home and catch some other tips that wil sell your property fast and for the highest price.

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Comment balloon 5 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • June 13 2010 09:23AM


Thanksfor the post and tips. Great before and after pictures as well as vtour.

Posted by The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos - RSPS - The Jeff Rickert Team (RE/MAX Property Specialists) about 9 years ago

Lizette - Great reblog!  There is so much more to flipping than a little painting.  So many of the shows on HGTV make it look so easy, when in fact you must be skilled and know what you're doing in order to make a profit.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) about 9 years ago

Hi Lizette, this is an excellent re-blog and it's a good sign that this is still possible in some parts of the country! Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great Sunday!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Lizette - Glad this is working in your market as well in Lexington KY !  And thanks for the reblog !  We really enjoy working with qualified investors as it is niche part of our business !  In addition, it is a great way to build that listing inventory when the property is ready to go back on the market !


Posted by The Somers Team, Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate. (The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access) about 9 years ago



Thanks for reblogging this....  I would have missed it...  Very reblog worthy....


Lori Cofer

Posted by Lori Cofer, REALTOR, Moscow Idaho Real Estate (Beasley Realty) about 9 years ago

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