6 Budget-Friendly Home Renovation Projects


Getting ready to sell your home? You might have been advised to go forward with some expensive renovations to entice prospective buyers. But what if your wallet just can’t handle that? If you’re a home seller on a strict budget, don’t despair; transforming your home doesn’t have to involve pricey remodeling efforts. Want to sell your home faster without spending big? Here are a few low-cost remodeling projects you can take on.

Paint Your Front Door

You can “wow” your future buyers before they even walk in without buying a new door — just give your current front door a fresh, bold coat of paint.

Choose a shade that will blend in with the general color palette of the other homes in the neighborhood and complement your home’s exterior. Consider popular choices like red, blue, or green, or neutral tones like brown or white. And make sure you choose paint designed for outdoor use — it will be formulated to withstand rain, snow, and heat, unlike interior paint.

Simple Landscaping Changes

Increasing your home’s “curb appeal” is a crucial aspect of staging. Don’t assume that you have to spend thousands of dollars on landscaping. Instead, you can simply plant native flora in raised garden beds to bring a little color to your front yard. In addition, you can also redesign your front porch — your buyers will envision themselves relaxing there on a beautiful spring day! Better Homes and Gardens suggests choosing small outdoor furniture pieces, which will help you make the most of the space and save money. Some eye-catching decor, like colorful flower pots and miniature statues, can make it look even more welcoming.

One other addition to your landscaping that can make a huge difference is to add a fence to your backyard — assuming you don’t have one already. Fortunately, adding a wood fence won’t set you back too much; you can expect to pay between $7 and $15 per foot for materials to make it yourself. However, if you want to spring for professionals, you’ll need to plan for $30 to $50 per hour for labor. However, the added expense will ensure your fence looks spectacular.

Modify Your Decor

Upgrading small features, like your lighting fixtures and door and drawer knobs, can subtly change the aesthetic within your home. In addition, thoughtful touches like cozy throw pillows, tasteful trinkets, and a cute welcome mat can help potential buyers imagine themselves living there. When it comes to staging your home, it’s all about the little things.

Items like these are already quite affordable, but for the lowest prices on home goods, hardware, and more, shop at major stores like Walmart. By finding coupons and promo codes, and making the most of cashback deals, you can reduce your final bill and make your house look like a place your buyers would want to come home to every day.

Spruce Up Your Kitchen

Potential buyers will carefully scrutinize your kitchen, so put some extra effort into sprucing up this room. Simply painting your cabinets can make the space look brand new, and you can do it in an afternoon without paying for a contractor.

Want to take things a step further without springing for a full renovation? Install a new backsplash! It’s a quick fix that will definitely upgrade the appearance of your kitchen.

Bathroom Caulk

Does the caulk in your bathroom look unsightly? Then it’s time to remove the old caulk from certain areas, like the edges of your bathtub, and go in with a caulk gun to freshen it up. You’ll be amazed at how much nicer your bathroom looks with new caulk. It’s a cheap, easy DIY fix – just move slowly and carefully to get the best results!

Secondhand Furniture

Need some new furniture to properly stage your home? Don’t pay full price; instead, buy second hand. Real Simple recommends checking out platforms like Craigslist and searching for high-quality brand names — getting major discounts on pieces that would normally be quite expensive is easier than you might think. Before bringing used furniture into your home, you should definitely check for mold and evidence of bed bugs.

When you’re selling your home, you generally want to find a buyer as soon as possible, especially if your moving date is fast approaching. However, if you don’t have the funds for major renovations, don’t stress. If you focus on budget-friendly upgrades, you’ll be surprised by how soon you find yourself at the closing meeting!

Guest Post By:

Suzie Wilson ⎸info@happierhome.net  ⎸Happier Home

The Dirty Truth about Gap Funding!


What is Gap Funding?

It’s a term that’s used very loosely.

To some, it may mean that they are looking for additional capital to “gap” a loan. However because this is such a rare occasion, most have no idea what this means.

First of all, when people seek gap funding, they don’t realize that they are alerting the lending community that they are not liquid enough to do their deal. This is already a red-flag!

Who gets Gap funding?

Gap funding, when used in the sense that I referenced above is reserved for operators and investors with prior experience flipping properties. This means that lenders want to see that you were on the HUD or Settlement statement, not just participated on the deal.. this means you have to prove your exits.

Also this experience has to have taken place within the past 1-3 years. They want you to have current knowledge of the challenges of fix and flipping before they trust you with a no-money-down transaction.

They also want to see that you have “reserves”.

This means that once they make the 100% loan to you, which includes their expensive gap capital contribution, they want to see you how you will make those payments!

If you expect them to cover all of the rehab, construction, holding costs and selling costs, the deal has to have lots of REAL potential after remodel value, prove this by having supporting comparables.

The subject will have to be in the best areas, and you need to know your rehab budget, and get it confirmed by a contractor and his proposed team. Get each trade’s bid verified if you must. This will allow you to prove the feasibility of the project. The lenders actually want to know what materials, how much labor, hours needed to complete the deal, etc.,

Gap Funding behind another Lender?

This is the usual request, a prospective client goes and gets a 1st loan quote with a “gap” that they need to find somewhere.. anywhere ! Many times the down payment is not sourced and doesn’t need to be seasoned.

The general answer is NO.

  • No because the lenders don’t know each other.
  • No because the lenders don’t know you.
  • No because I don’t know you.

Real estate is a relationship business, and a joint venture (which is what you’re proposing) is akin to a marriage, and it takes a bit of dating, and lots of trust to create that environment.

In a short answer, forget about it.

Do you have recent experience? And you need gap funding? Why?

Lenders wonder if you have a problem managing money, managing your team, managing the rehab process, or who knows right?

They ask themselves if you have recent experience why would you need gap funding.

You should be prepared with answer and Letter of Explanation to calm these concerns.

A.R.V Lending

ARV = After Repaired Value

In cases when you find an awesome opportunity, some lenders will use a formula – they add acquisition cost, plus the rehab cost, plus the closing costs, and then divide that number by the expected retail price, it gives a number, that percentage is your % of ARV, generally they max this out t 75%.

Example = $650,000 purchase price + $100,000 rehab, 8-9% closing costs = $117,000 = $867,000. Divide that by the expected retail price of $1,300,000 = 66% of ARV.

If you landed that deal above, an ARV, asset-based lender may be interested in working with you, provided you have experience with this level of flip.

That brings me to another point. If you have history of flipping $100,000 homes, but suddenly want to flip a $1,000,000 home, you may meet some resistance. Not only does the expectations grow larger, but the LTV’s get smaller, which means that down payments go up, you may then have to bring in 10%.

Alternative Funding to Gap your deals

My advice is that you consider the following alternative funding methods we’ve used to help investors get deals done.

In order to get funding, you have to be coming from a position of strength. This means you should have good credit, in this case I mean 700 fico scores. If you have a business with revenue even better, having assets that can be leveraged and possibly earning income sweetens the deal!

Unsecured Personal Funding

This can come in the form of credit cards, credit lines, from a variety of sources. These have different terms including 0% interest for an intro rate to induce you to use the credit, or 8,10, or 18%+ right off the bat. You can stack this funding up and settle around $250k, which is probably 6-7 different tradelines, with major banks like B of A, Chase, PNC, Barclays, Navy Fed, Penn Fed, Discover, PayPal, and many others. Of course, every tradeline will suffer you an inquiry, of course, this fall off or can be removed for a fee.

Business Term Loans

The business term loans are also for 700+ fico scores across the board, you will need to claim $50,000 in personal taxes, if you qualify – the rates are around 6%-9% depending on your credit profile. The term is 5-7 years. We can raise up to $500,000.

Cross Collateralization

If you have existing assets in your portfolio, these can be residential or commercial, they should have some equity, perfect if they are long-term holds. You can add extra leverage to your purchase by allowing the lender to place a lien on additional assets. This compels the lender to move forward with the loan because you’ve reduced the risk and shown good faith.

Revenue Loans

If you have a business and you earn income, you may be able to leverage that and get a lump sum that you can use for gap funding your deal.

Friends, Family and OPM

This is the hardest source of capital to get, but it would likely be a better choice than shopping for a 2nd lien, often they won’t require so much paperwork, and probably won’t require a 50/50 split, saving you a bunch on the back-end.

Creative Financing

Today we need to be fully educated and aware of the many alternative funding options available, or know someone that is!

Sometimes funding a 1st or 50th transaction requires someone with the resources and experience with structuring multiple funding rounds to achieve a goal.

I will be ready to hold your hand to get you through your first flip or purchase of a rental property, or refinancing of a portfolio or project that is about to balloon, or you just want to explore new terms, it’s no risk! I never charge consultation fees to quickly go over a loan scenario or help a borrower through the process.

If you have an interest in real estate investing, flipping, or in the market for a loan, please contact me.

Wholesaling and Flipping

Many people start off wholesaling properties – this is another term that is often used freely and could mean many things, but for this article, I’m referring to finding sellers and properties listed with agents and matching them with your investor and buyer lists to earn marketing fees for facilitating the transaction.

Investors AKA check-writers need “boots on the ground” in order to drive leads for analysis. This builds their funnel, you keep a flow of target properties coming their way, they’ll reward you with fees of $1000-$10,000+ depending on the deal and the principals.

Using my old-school approach and combining this with technology and tools, you’ll learn to structure deals from on-the-job training, but I’ll be here to answer your questions and hold your hand.

Private Lending Consultant Flight School

I offer mentoring – in these formats: Live, and on your schedule, we’ll have phone calls and Zoom screen-shares, you’ll get lots of resources including documents, templates, marketing and full instructions. Tactics that work in today’s market! You can get more info here.

Private Lending Success Video Course

I’ve Pre-recorded 6 modules that will teach you the basics and tricks I use in private lending, perfect for real estate agents, loan officers, real estate wholesalers, even those looking for another source of income. This course is short – 4.5hrs, and will teach you how to use a mobile phone to launch an extremely effective and powerful marketing campaign.

Download Private Lending Success Ebook FREE for a limited time!

Visit this link and confirm your email and receive the PDF

You can register for free on my pre-launched site Lender Tribune

Or if you want to pay a few dollars, go over to Udemy and sign up there.

greg@fixandflippers.com

323-632-3279

Los Angeles Investment Opportunities


Two R2 Projects! Build New Duplexes!
Both in the 90061 Zip Code!

1229 E. 109th Place Los Angeles, CA 90061


R2 Zoning
Existing SFR is a 2/1 756 SF
Lot size 5325 SF
Will be delivered vacant!
Price $418,000 – Buyer to take over or buy out the existing solar lease (buy-out it $18,000)- EMD $10,000
Closing February 21

437 W. 111th Place Los Angeles, CA 90061

  • R2 Zoning
  • Existing SFR is a 2/1 876 SF
  • Lot size 7003 SF VACANT!
  • Price $425,000

EMD $10,000

Closing February 10
Both of these properties are in nice neighborhoods of South-Central Los Angeles. Perfect to build new duplexes, add ADU’s, or expand the current SFR’s.

Contact me for showing or make an offer.

Greg@FixandFlippers.com

323-632-3279

Fully Approved Plans and Permits for Malibu Ocean View Property!


The seller obtained permits on this property from the City of Malibu which took 18 months. He also has full plans – architectural, structural and landscaping which took almost a year to complete. As you know, plans and permits are the hard part. This Malibu rehab is a perfect project for an end user or developer. Malibu is a beautiful and serene community. The property has real unobstructed ocean views and no PCH noise even though it is only a minute up from PCH.


A well-known LA architect worked on the design and remodel for it to be updated to an open floor plan and a master bedroom with a very large walk-in closet and ocean view. Once completed, as soon as you walk in the house you will be able to see the backyard and the ocean. The kitchen is adjoined to the family room, dining room and shares this beautiful view. The family room opens up to the backyard so that it embodies the true Californian lifestyle of outdoor living.

Asking $3,247,000

Bring your own builder or hire us!
Smart Home Candidate

Signature Smart Construction and Delta Construction and Design, Inc are available for full service construction management, smart home consultation, automation advice. CLSB #782999

These are some of the more well known upgrades we offer.

email me greg@fixandflippers.com

Don’t care for this project?

That’s fine! I’ve identified a lot of projects like this that are RTI (ready to issue) bring the budget, I’ll bring the crew!

Text me 323-632-3279

Newly Remodeled Smart Home in Westwood Just Listed.


Check out this hot property near Brentwood that Signature Smart Construction was blessed to work on, and collaborate with Project Buddy Pro: a local fund control and on-demand construction management company that has a Professional program that I use to source quality contractors for jobs.

Signature Smart Construction is a Malibu, California based company specializing in Luxury Smart Home Consulting, Additions, Automation, and New Builds. They are a Los Angeles division of Delta Construction and Design, Inc based in San Diego, California. CLSB #782999

This property is listed by my brother Chris Nelson from Californian Estates.

Californian Estates is a full service real estate company specializing in Luxury Estate sales is based in West Hollywood California.

Property Address: 375 Dalkeith Ave, Westwood, CA 90049

3900 SF, 8436 SF lot, Traditional Style, 4 Good size Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms,

Private Showings Only $2,950,000

Amazing location close to Wilshire Corridor, Brentwood and Bel Air. PRICED TO SELL!! This amazing property in the prestigious Westwood neighborhood, near Brentwood, Bel-Air and Beverly Hills. Recently remodeled SMART-HOME is over 3900 sq. ft. and sophisticated living, offering 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. New kitchen with center island, dining room opening out to a deck overlooking the rear yard.

Property Features: 2 Large mature fruiting avocado trees. Motion sensors throughout, commercial grade hot water heater capable of heating a 8000 SF home, triple-pane windows in the back and double pane windows in the front buffers the freeway noise in the backyard.

The ceilings have all been raised up. The attic space has 14″ ceilings! You could build out an office space, gym or rec room.

The home was plumbed and set up to support a 12ftx15 ft wine cellar.

Kitchen has 36,000 BTU Restaurant Oven.

The master has a deep closet area designed to build out a dressing room area.

Alexa

Alexa has been installed to support the Ring camera monitoring the home and Samsung Smart Fridge, dishwasher, garage door opener and interior lights.

Hardwood floors and high ceilings. Living room with fireplace. The backyard includes an entertaining area and children play area. Two car garage with a built-in electric plug for our electric vehicle. Waterfall and landscaping included. This property is well under the current comparable in the area.

Seller is a general contractor and has installed brand new beams throughout. The property has been remodeled from top to bottom adding 2000 SF.

Contact my brother direct for a private showing.

Chris Nelson

Sales and Acquisitions

C – 407-421-1072

chris@californianestates.com

BRE: 02103225

Want to Build 4 homes or 8 apartment units in Central Los Angeles?


Zoned R3 near Korea town, and the Miracle Mile area.

A similar project 2 doors down, the developer is building 4 single-family homes.

There is an existing home there – 3/3 with 2816 SF. the lot is 6632 SF.

The comparable property is 421 S Wilton, that purchase price was $1.45M back in April 2016.

The purchase price is $1.490m

Proforma: Potential to earn $6M from retail sales of 4 single-family homes.

Cost to build estimate: $2.5M

Access is by appt. only.

Contact me for address

Investment Property Loans for Investors and Small Business Owners.


Mortgage Solutions Designed for Hard-to-Qualify Borrowers.

Flexible Investment Property Loans.

Regardless if you are a seasoned real estate investor, a savvy house-flipper or an entrepreneur in need of your first real estate loan, my lender partner can help you finance your vision.  

They offer asset-based financing that rivals hard money. And because time is money, their loan processing is fast and streamlined so you’re on your way to realizing your vision quickly. These loans are perfect for short-term, long-term or fix-and-flip transactions.

Their flexible investment property and small commercial loans are available for: 

  • Investor
  • 1-4 Multi-Family
  • Mixed-Use
  • Retail Office
  • Automotive
  • Warehouse/Self-Storage

30-year Investor Loans with No Balloon.

Consider locking in the historically low rates with no balloon payments.

The loan is designed for investors seeking a simple financing solution for purchase or refinances, with the flexibility to remain in the loan for up to 30 years.

This loan eliminates the balloon payment associated with private money loans, along with the rate hikes of adjustable-rate mortgages.

Because the FlexPerm loan is asset-based, it’s perfect for independent, buy-and-hold real estate investors and small business owners who are tough to qualify.  

Key Features:

  • Great for qualifying W-2, self-employed investors and small business owners.
  • Based on the property value and its revenue-generating potential.
  • Best alternative to hard money loans.
  • Available as a 3-year-fixed or 30-year-fixed loan, each amortized over 30 years.

Loans for Fix-and-Flip Investors.

Fast and flexible fix-and-flip loans for real estate investors

Renovations can be hard work. Arranging the right financing solution should be simple and quick. 

In as little as nine days, you can obtain up to $2 million in funding for your investment acquisition.

Their ARV loan is designed for independent real estate investors who are often tough to qualify. Based on the property’s “as repaired value” (ARV), it’s the best short-term, interest-only solution for acquiring and improving property value for fix-and-flip investors. 

Key Features

• Allows borrowers to finance improvements.

• Great for borrowers who need a quick close.

• An interest-only 1-year term provides lower monthly payments.

• A higher LTV than hard money lenders.

• Available for Investor 1-4 properties (SFR, condo and 2-4 units).

Even if you have a bankruptcy, you can still get financed after 24 months after the discharge date.

Quick and Easy Qualification for Investors and Small Business Owners With Credit Issues

Investing in residential and commercial properties is a long-term commitment so why should your options be limited? If you’re looking for an easy and quick qualification for your investment property loan, and you have credit issues and high equity, I can help.  

Whether it’s a purchase or refinance, this loan offers easy credit requirements for your residential investment and small commercial properties. 

Key Features:

• Great for borrowers with a recent bankruptcy or notice of default.

• No seasoning of ownership required.

• Derogatory mortgage history is OK.

• Available as a 3-year-fixed or 30-year-fixed loan, each amortized over 30 years.

Contact me today.

323-632-3279. Greg@Fixandflippers.com