Smart Home Lookbook 2019


Exciting New Beginnings

In 2019 Fix and Flippers will become Signature Smart Home Consulting, LLC. We are currently rebranding and positioning ourselves to become the authority on Smart Home Technologies and consulting luxury homeowners in California on the fast growing trend of smart technologies designed to create an unprecedented level of comfort, security & personalization in our homes like we’ve never experienced. 

The first of these Signature Smart homes is located in Malibu, California and will be one-of-a-kind. 

The goal is to duplicate and scale the hush-hush proprietary technology  and make available for developers and home builders in 2019-20 to be used in homes. 

We are currently purchasing an established construction company to increase our footprint and control the smart remodel process. We will be working with contractors who specialize in these technologies, as they are very cutting- edge and most contractors are not familiar..

We plan on fully documenting the rehab process and the special tech that we install in the home. 

We can also help investors and homeowners identify various forms of private capital to upgrade and remodel their homes, add value to the property, then refinance back into a low rate, long term mortgage.

For inquiries contact me below.

Never Mind the Cold: Winter Can Be a Great Time for a Move


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The need to relocate can arise at any time for any number of reasons. A homeowner may need to pack up and move due to downsizing or because of a job change. If you have a lot of boxes to pack and plenty of furniture, exercise equipment and other large pieces, a moving company is probably your best bet – unless you happen to know a lot of brawny men with time on their hands. But bear in mind that commercial moving is a seasonal industry, and moving companies tend to be a lot busier during the warm months, namely spring, summer and early fall.

It’s not always possible to pick and choose when you’re going to move, because circumstances sometimes dictate when and how quickly you have to do it. Winter may not be the ideal time, but if done carefully and with a vigilant eye on the weather, moving “off-season” can save you money and a few headaches as well.

Be warm, stay safe

On moving day, you’ll be going in and out all day, so be smart about how you dress. If the temperature dips below freezing, keep exposed skin covered and protected from the wind. Wear boots with rubber soles or studs that grip the snow and ice, and apply layers to keep your feet and legs dry and warm. Use foresight and common sense, and leave snow removal equipment (i.e. shovels, ice scrapers, salt, etc.) unpacked in case it’s needed when you arrive.

Track the weather

Of course, the weather can quickly turn a winter move from a great idea into a dangerous venture. Watch the forecast leading up to moving day. If the weatherman predicts snow and ice, track the situation closely in case it becomes necessary to postpone your departure or call it off for safety’s sake. Work with your moving company to plan the safest and most direct route, one that emphasizes major roadways and avoids any scheduled road construction.

Recruit help

When it comes to moving, you can’t have too many extra hands. Don’t hold back – now’s the time to call on all those friends and relatives you helped out on their moving day. Friends can help you declutter, organize and pack everything, make sure all those boxes are properly labeled and, maybe most importantly, be there to lend a smile and an encouraging word when you’ve had enough. The more you can do to prepare ahead of time, the better off you’ll be when it’s time to load up the moving van. Just don’t forget to order plenty of pizza once it’s all ready to go.

The right moving company

Do plenty of online research before hiring a moving company. Take the time to read customer reviews, interview your candidates and ask them for three references. Be sure that whomever you engage is fully insured and licensed – a requirement for any interstate moving company. Once you have a firm estimate in hand, make sure to get it guaranteed in writing, which should include pick-up and delivery dates. Always be wary if you’re asked for a sizable deposit (20 percent or higher), since most moving companies don’t do business that way.

Keep your pets safe

Pets tend to get very skittish when their environment is “invaded” and there’s suddenly a lot of strange people stomping around. The chances of your pet escaping and getting hurt are much greater while the movers are getting you packed up, so find a friend to play pet sitter while all the chaos is going on, or find an affordable boarding service. It’ll be one less thing to worry about on moving day, and that’s worth a lot.

There’s no need to fear moving in winter. It may be cold, but it’s also an excellent way to save money on what can be a very costly expense. With the moving business at a low ebb in the winter, you’re virtually assured of getting the moving date you want.

Guest Post by: Kris Louis kristin@parentingwithkris.com

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Off-Market Brentwood Development Deal with Approved Plans on Large Lot in Canyon.


This is a rare opportunity to build your custom Dream Smart Home in Brentwood.

DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY

RTI – Plans Approved and Ready to Break ground. New construction , Modern Cape Cod sitting on a ½ Acre, the 6,000 sq.ft. plans call for 5 beds and 7 baths, formal dining room, media room, open kitchen, bar, master suite with his & her walk in closets and much more. Choose to build with our company and earn a projected 40% ROI in 1 year.

Developer Special! Contact me if you want to check out the plans!

$2.2M Purchase Price

$1.8M Construction Cost

Lender ordered appraisal – ARV – $6.1M

Contact me direct – 323-632-3279 or inquire below.

Quick Business Funding (24-48 hrs)


Unsecured Business Bank Statement Program
– From $10,000 Up to $500,000 Unsecured in 1 Business Day! 
– Factor Rates from 1.15 to 1.499 
– Loan Terms up to 18 Months 
– No Red Tape Lending, very lite documentation requests! 

We offer lite documentation and no red tape, so this is quick money that can help with operating capital, repairs, purchases, or any other business need. We also offer $0 down equipment financing up to $250,000! 

$0 Down Equipment Leasing Program
– up to $250,000 
– No Appraisals required on new equipment 
– Purchase from any Vendor 
– Funds available next day
– Can include soft set up and installation costs! 
– Rates starting at 6.49%

If you would like to apply and see what we can get your business, please provide the following documentation: 

1. Completed Small Business Short Term Funding Application – Edward will send in an email to follow this one. 
2. ID 
3. 3 Months of Business Bank Statements 
4. Month to Date Business Bank Statement up to the day you Apply. 
5. Lease Agreement for the site, or mortgage statement. If the property is free and clear, please provide a letter of explanation. 
6. Signor’s Credit Report that shows all three credit scores. 
7. Business entity formation documents to include 
For Corporations / S Corporations:                      For LLC’s / LLPs         
A. Officer List                                                        A. Member List 
B. Bylaws                                                              B. Operating Agreement  
C. EIN #                                                                 C. EIN # 
D. Certificate of Good Standing or Business License  D.  
Certificate of Good Standing or Business License

When It Comes to Selling Your Home, Keep It Clean


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When It Comes to Selling Your Home, Keep It Clean

The process of getting your home ready to sell and placing it on the market, can be a stressful time for anyone but doing so while managing the logistics of a busy household can be daunting. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when you’re getting ready to list your home like identifying what needs to be updated and freshened up or what other homes are selling for in your neighborhood. The trick to minimizing the stress is to make a plan and do your best to stick to it. Here are ways to stage and live your home until it’s sold.

Declutter Your Space

No one wants to buy a filled up, filthy house. Up your house’s appeal by tidying up and cleaning it out. If you’re not sure where to start, ask a friend or real estate agent for a fresh perspective. Decluttering can also help identify which rooms may need a little extra attention like paint or carpet cleaning. Kids rooms can be the messiest. Pre-listing is the best time to rid their closets of any clothes they’ve outgrown or donating toys they’re no longer interested in. Enlist the help of the family and have everyone take a room. The fact is you are more likely to maximize the profit of selling your home if you spruce up and pare down to essential, less personal items. Here is a declutter guide to get you started.

Make Cleaning a Game

Sure, you’ve cleaned your home and it’s ready to be put on the market, but you also live in it with your busy, messy family. It’s hard to keep it clean for more than a minute. One of the best ways to keep your house clean is to involve the kids by making cleaning fun and turn house cleaning into a game. Momtastic suggests making a toddler cleaning kit for kids who like to mimic what their parents are doing or have a laundry race whereby you shout out a color, blow a whistle and send the kids off to their rooms to pull any dirty items in that color. You can also try a game of laundry basketball. Once the kids get into it, it’ll be easier to maintain.

Know Your Worth

Before you list your property, consider checking out other home listings in your area. By determining how competitive your market is, you’ll have a better idea of what buyers are expecting and looking for. Not to mention you can see what the competition is up to. For example, the average price for a home sold in Orlando, Florida was $239,000 last month. You wouldn’t want to list your similar in size and amenities home for $400,000, as you may not get any looks. Understanding “comps” in your area, or comparables, is key to being successful in selling your home. A professional real estate agent will be able to guide you on where to start.

Staging is Key

Not all homebuyers will have children. Think about modifying the game room into a more grown-up office or flex space. Equally true, not all homebuyers will want an in-home office. The point is buyers shouldn’t have to guess the purpose of a room. Give rooms their purpose. Staging will help define what each room is generally to be used for. The Home Buying Institute offers 14 reasons to stage your home before you sell. Some include getting a head start on packing, giving the impression of a well-maintained house, and giving buyers a great first impression when they enter, among other things. Staging can even be done on a budget: freshen up with a can of paint, rearrange furniture or use slipcovers when necessary.

Selling your home can be a stressful time, but getting the kids involved with the cleanup and maintenance is doable. Make a game out of cleaning and reward the kids with hugs and kisses. Keeping your house clean and welcoming is key to selling your home!

Article submitted by: 

Kris Louis

Check out her website: Parentingwithkris.com  

kristin@parentingwithkris.com

Off-Market Rent-to-Own Home for Sale.


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The seller is offering exclusive owner financing terms on this single family home in Skyline Hills neighborhood. The home features 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. Built in 1962 with 1,169 square feet of living space.

7545 Gribble St. San Diego, CA 92114 

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The home has natural gas, public sewer & 2 car garage.

Down-payment with affordable payments with flexible terms.

Looking for a candidate with good to excellent credit &  solid income history.

Rent to Own Terms

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Off-Market Finished Lots for Sale in Michigan – Direct to Owner!


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I’m direct to the owner of the sub-divisions and he is a veteran builder. He can partner with you to build some beautiful homes in higher or lower price ranges!

Attn: Builders & Investors
Create your inventory!

Finished Lots in Genesee County Michigan

Price – $85K Value: $135K
11 Lots Available
Minimum home size is 3,000 SF
Room to develop 30 more homes
Established subdivision in Grand Blanc
It will cost around $350K = $130/PSF
Selling for $475k – $500k
4,000 SF selling for $700K
5,000 SF selling for $900K
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35 Finished Lots in Burton, Michigan

Price: $26K – $30K
Costs $120K to build 1,400-1,600 SF
( 3/4 with bonus room over garage w/2 car garage)
Established subdivision in Burton

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If interested Contact Me Direct!

Five Smart Upgrades For Your Luxury Home


 

hi-tech-living-room-design-ideas-6-high-tech-living-room-design-inspirations-1555-x-875.jpgUpgrading your luxury home to a smart home is a smart move. With the advent of the “internet of things”, it is possible for your home to be connected in a way it could never before be. These upgrades make your home efficient and convenient, and they’re definitely attractive to buyers. In fact, luxury home buyers have come to expect that homes they look at will be smart homes.

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But how do you get started? You can definitely start small with some of the more easy and affordable upgrades, and work your way up from there. Here are some top five suggestions of easy upgrades you can make with our help.

Thermostats
Although programmable thermostats have been around for more than 50 years, newer smart thermostats do the thinking for you. They sense whether you are at home or away from home, and adjust your home temperature accordingly. At a cost of around $250, these smart thermostats save you almost as much per year in electricity use.

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Lighting
Roughly 10 percent of an electric bill goes to the cost of lighting your home. Smart lighting includes sensor systems to turn on lights when you walk into a room, or dimmer switches for certain times of the day. These systems are controlled by your smart phone, and include outdoor lighting as well to increase security and make your luxury home beautiful all at the same time.

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Door Locks
Smart door locks work with Wifi or Bluetooth to allow you to unlock your door with your smartphone. The locks can be programmed to allow certain family members or friends to access your home. You’ll never have to worry about losing your keys again—just don’t lose your phone!

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Smoke Detectors
Smart smoke detectors are a great safety feature that can save you money on your insurance premium, since most home fire fatalities happen when smoke detectors are broken or even missing. These detectors monitor smoke, carbon dioxide and air quality, to distinguish between a fire and normal cooking smoke. They’ll even send a signal to your smartphone when you’re away from home.

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Sprinklers
If you cringed when you paid your last water bill, you’re not alone. Regular lawn watering in hot climates uses a lot of money, so smart programmable sprinklers can save you significant costs—anywhere from 30 to 65 percent on your water bill. The devices automatically adjust your watering to account for the season and rainfall and best of all you can control it from your smart phone.

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Our company currently offers these smart upgrades and many more for our luxury home clients. We will provide a free consultation for smart home planning. For more info or for upgrades to your home contact us direct.

Successful Funding of Malibu Luxury Rehab Project


Last year, One of my real estate agent friends who is also an aspiring Hollywood producer and through his networking introduced me to a top production group on the Universal lot!

After a tour of the lot, we discussed the film business and the financing and investment in films they were producing.

This didn’t lead to any actual investments, but one year later, in February, my agent friend re-introduced me to this group and  after a short consultation in his office, we submitted the application package for pre-approval for a hard money rehab loan which I knew we’d get back asap because my partners and I had an established relationship with the private lender who funded the loan.

My client identified a fantastic but dated remodel candidate in Malibu with a breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean! The property had been on & off the market since 2015 & it was clear that since the previous buyers fell out of escrow the sellers & agents were uneasy about the whole private funding offer and funding.

I knew that I only had one shot to get it right!

He negotiated a $2M purchase price, our contracting team submitted a $450K rehab budget, with a 4-5 month timeline.

We ordered the ARV appraisal, after a week, it came back at $3.6M!

The case and the borrowers were nearly a perfect candidates, except for one thing: They had no experience rehabbing high-end luxury properties, so the lender required us to join the borrower on the loan and sign as co-guarantor’s of the investment! This was unprecedented!

We entered into a project management & joint venture agreement with my borrowers which afforded them  maximum leverage on their $500k down-payment. We were able to secure 2-4 months of interest payments so that wasn’t a concern.

The plan is to refinance after the remodel is complete, payoff the hard money bridge loan @ 9.9% and 4 points, 90% of purchase & 100% of rehab, into a 30 yr, fixed rate mortgage with cash out if needed for further future investments.

We closed this loan in about 30-40 days, but this was because the property was occupied by a seller who needed extra time to vacate before we closed escrow.

We will begin rehab this week & documenting our progress as we’ll be using exclusive, new “smart home upgrades” which I’m not at liberty to disclose yet due to its status.

Our motivation to JV was based on the profit potential and deal viability as well as the borrower’s financial position and excellent credit score & profile. Also even though they were not experienced, they handled the first time investor duties with poise and we were impressed with their willingness to learn the process. Overall they were very pleasant and easy to work with!

If you have a project you’d like to joint venture on, contact me below!