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Remodeling Tip- Make your House Look the Best at the Optimal Times:

By: Mike Lima 

You've just spent tens of thousands of dollars remodeling a house, on top of the funds needed to acquire the property. It's the peak summer season and you've got it on the market to sell -- so it's Mission Accomplished, right?


Now you want your remodeled beauty to show as best as it can, just when you need it most. The majority of home showings still occur on the weekends. That is when realtors are especially active taking their clients around to see houses, or holding Open Houses. So that is when you want to ensure your property is looking its best.

A good practice is to visit each of your listed properties on Thursday or Friday morning of each week, to check on the following:

1) Check the grounds for litter:  Make sure there is no trash laying around (monsoon storms in the Phoenix area can be very localized and make a mess in a hurry).

2) Check your lockboxes & outside lights: Ensure that the proper keys are (still) in your MLS or contractors lockboxes, so that your buyers will be able to access them when needed. Put those exterior lights on (one in front, and one on back patio) in case they were turned off by someone during the week.

3) Let your buyers feel the A/C: While you might leave the A/C at the warmest setting during the week, it could be prudent to drop it down to a more comfortable setting for the weekend high-traffic period. 

4) Green & Clean: Have your landscaper hit all of your properties on Friday mornings, to cut the grass, trim any hedges, and do general cleanup before your buyers come through.

There's no magic to any of this, but following these simple steps will ensure that your investment is best poised to show well, get a strong offer, and deliver profits back into your bank account. 

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Featured Homes
(Click on Orange Boxes Below for our Full Inventory):

Featured Property #1: Nice Chandler Home on Huge Amazing Lot with Casita & lots of extras!!

354 N Hamilton St., Chandler 85225
Price: $185k     ARV: ~$250k 


Cross streets: Chandler Blvd. & Arizona Ave.
  • 3/1.5 Main Home + 1/1 Casita
  • 1,400 s.f. per County Records, + Casita 
  • Lot = 16509 s.f.  HUGE LOT!
  • Built 1956
  • APN: 302-63-013-B
  • Taxes:  $620/yr. (2013) 
  • Huge Lot with Mature Landscaping
  • 3 Mature Pecan Trees in Front Yard
  • Irrigated Lot - ~$50/year for Irrigation
  • Beautiful Pebble-Tec pool with Water Feature
  • Block Home in nice condition with newer cabinets & Tile Flooring
  • Fresh Paint
  • Newer Dual Pane Windows
  • Roof & A/C are Good
  • Motorized Entry Gate with Keypad
  • Newer Electrical Service/Panel
  • Large Covered Patio
  • Casita includes Full Bath
  • Barn/shed makes a great Workshop
  • Massive Backyard with Mature Trees
  • Nice Fountain, Bridge, lots of extras
  • RV Gate
  • Great Location, Walk to Downtown Chandler!!
Repairs: Needs nothing for Rental; some Cosmetic Updating for Retail Sale.

Deal Structure - OFF-MLS, Traditional Sale; $3k Non-Refundable Earnest Money to secure
Access - Occupied - Do Not Disturb Tenants - Call or email for access

Property #2: 4 Adjacent Downtown Houses for Fix/Flip *OR* Develop into a cool Loft/Townhouse project --all Parcels Zoned R-3 Multi-Family w/ Excellent Indian School Frontage!

1205, 1209, 1215 & 1219 W Indian School Rd.
Phoenix 85013

Price: $99k Each Parcel; with 5% discount if you buy all 4
ARV = $155-185k each (check out Comps below)


Cross streets: Indian School Rd & 12th Ave.
  • 1205 - 3/1, 1,143 s.f. - Built 1947 - Lot: 6,652
    1209 - 2/1, 999 s.f. - Built 1947 - Lot 6,648
    1215 - 3/1/1cp, 1,143 s.f. - Built 1947 - Lot 6,702
    1219 - 3/1, 1,140 s.f. - Built 1947 - Lot 6,724
  • APN for 1205: 110-10-004; Prop Tax = $486.38/yr
  • APN for 1209: 110-10-003; Prop Tax=  $467.56/yr
  • APN for 1215: 110-10-002; Prop Tax = $444.26/yr
  • APN for 1219: 110-10-001; Prop Tax = $486.38/yr
  • 224 feet of Frontage on Indian School for strong visibility for your project, plus 111 feet along 13th Ave, which provides a corner and a 2nd entrance/exit
  • 26,726 s.f. of land for the project, which is over 6/10 of an acre
  • Walk to Fresh & Easy Market, Phoenix Christian H.S., VA Medical Center, Indian Steele Park, trendy Melrose District, and lots more!
  • Currently there is 1 SFR on each parcel – each was built ~1947 and is 1000-1200 sf in size
  • **(And while you plan the project, you can collect cash flow by renting the houses out)**
Deal Structure - Traditional Sale; $3k  Earnest Money to secure Per Parcel - Short inspection period will be granted upon signed contract.
Tenant/Vacancy info: 
  • 1205 - Tenant will be moving out; no lease or deposit
  • 1209 - Vacant now
  • 1215 - Leased at $750/mo with $800 Security Deposit; tenant is current on rent & term expires next May.
  • 1219 - Long term tenant and has been up and down on rent payments. Current owner has allowed her to stay in return for keeping an eye on the vacant home, etc. (Caretaker type).
Comps (all within 1/2 mile & 6 months)
4019 N 14th Ave -- Sold $215k on 7/17; 1116sf, 2/1, no pool
4238 N 14th Ave -- Sold $212k on 2/7; 1125sf, 3/1, no pool
4243 N 17th Ave -- Sold $191k on 4/31; 1130sf, 3/1, no pool
3611 N 8th Ave -- Sold $185k on 5/22; 1185sf, 3/2, no pool
4203 N 15th Dr -- Sold $177k on 5/1; 1130sf, 3/1, no pool
936 W Heatherbrae -- Sold $171k on 5/23; 1069sf, 2/1, no pool
917 W Heatherbrae -- Sold $259k on 6/2; 1196sf, 2/2, Pool

Access - Occupied - Call or email for access

Property #3: Central Phoenix with Block Construction for just $52k!! 

1642 S 15th Ave., Phoenix 85007
Price: $52k     ARV: ~$75k-$80k 


Cross streets: 15th Ave & Buckeye Rd
  • 3/1
  • 1,056 s.f.
  • Lot = 8,394 s.f. 
  • Built 1953
  • APN: 105-32-116
  • Taxes:  $340.10/yr. (2013) 
  • Block Construction
  • Recently Renovated Bathroom
  • New Kitchen Countertops and Cabinets
  • Roof and AC in Good Condition
  • Tile Throughout
  • Centralized Location, Easy Access to Everything!
Repairs - Needs only paint touchup and carpet in bedrooms to be move in ready! 
Deal Structure - Traditional Sale; $3k Earnest Money to secure (Non-Refundable unless we cannot convey clean title)
Access - Occupied - DRIVE BY ONLY - Call or email for access

Property #4: Turn-key 5-Plex Investment Opportunity In Central Phoenix!! 

5013 N 22nd Ave., Phoenix 85015
Price: $160k


Cross streets: Camelback & 22nd Ave.
  • 5-Plex
  • Lot = 24,430 s.f. 
  • Built 1947
  • APN: 153-25-083
  • Taxes:  $908.68/yr. (2013) 
  • 5-Plex on .56 Acre
  • All units currently occupied.  Great cash flow from day 1!
  • 3 buildings with plenty of land to expand
  • 2 x 2 bed/1 bath
  • 2 x 1 bed/1 bath
  • 1 x studio
  • All units have separate electrical meters and rooftop AC units
  • Centralized location
  • Total gross rent is $1852/ month. Landlord pays for water, approx $250/month; tenants pay for electric, separate meters for each unit.
  • Multiple exit strategies
  • Listed on MLS for $250k, yours for only $160k!
Deal Structure - Traditional Sale; $3k Earnest Money to secure (Non-Refundable unless we cannot convey clean title)
Access - Occupied - DRIVE BY ONLY - Call or email for access

Property #5: Gigantic Beautiful Home in Laveen! 

4616 W Pleasant Ln., Laveen 85339
Price: $175k  -  ARV: $225k-$230k


Cross streets: 51st Ave & Southern
  • 5/3/3cg
  • 3,336 s.f.
  • Lot = 6,600 s.f. 
  • Built 2005
  • APN: 104-77-026
  • Taxes:  $1,622.58/yr. (2013) 
  • 5 large beds & 3 full baths
  • Huge 3336 sf on 6600sf lot, built 2005
  • 3 car garage
  • Beautiful stairs with soaring ceilings
  • Large loft area upstairs
  • Full bed and bath downstair
  • Huge master w/ 2 walk in closet, dual sink, separate shower and soak in tub
  • Granite counter tops
Repairs - Needs paint, carpet, tile in laundry room, & misc minor items to be move in ready. 
Deal Structure - Traditional Sale; $3k Earnest Money to secure (Non-Refundable unless we cannot convey clean title)
Access - Vacant - Call or email for access

Property #6: Fantastic West Valley Property on a Corner Lot!

7815 W Elm St., Phoenix 85033
Price: $91k     ARV: ~$140k-$145k


Cross streets: 75th Ave Camelback Rd.
  • 3/2/1cp
  • 1,669 s.f.
  • Lot = 7,240 s.f. 
  • Built 1978
  • APN: 102-20-685
  • Taxes:  $685.60/yr. (2013) 
  • Addition was a 2 car garage conversion- very well finished, looks like part of original house! That takes actual sf to 1669sf
  • Nice Corner Lot
  • Vaulted Ceilings w/ Nice Wood Beam in Living Area
  • 2 Fireplaces
  • RV Gate
  • Newer Roof
  • Newer AC
  • Large Covered Patio
  • Good Sized Backyard with Mature Trees
  • Great Location, Close to Everything!!
Repairs: Paint, Carpet, Some Drywall Repair on Ceiling from Water Stain, Minor Items.

Deal Structure - $3k Non-Refundable Earnest Money to secure
Access - Occupied - Do Not Disturb Tenants - Call or email for access

Property #7: Walk to Old Town Scottsdale from this Fix/Flip Deal with Equity

2641 N 71st St., Scottsdale 85257
Price: $163k   ARV = $250k+ after enclosing back patio


Cross-streets: Scottsdale Rd & Thomas Rd.
  • 3/1
  • 960 s.f. with massive cement pad to add 2nd bath & ~340 s.f easily
  • Lot = 8,489 s.f. 
  • Built 1954
  • APN: 129-01-060
  • Taxes:  $597.06/yr. (2013) 
  • 1300 sf after enclosing back patio which is ~340 s.f.
  • Great Scottsdale Location
  • Huge Lot on a Cul-De-Sac
  • Camelback Mountain Views from Backyard
  • Custom BBQ & Backyard Fireplace
  • Granite Countertops in Kitchen
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Nice Tile and Wood Flooring Throughout
  • Great Upside especially w/ s.f. Addition
Deal Structure - $3k Non-Refundable Earnest Money to secure

Comps:  (all within 1 mile & sold within 6 months. Subject has larger lot than ALL of these.)
This shows that $200/sf is very attainable.  Once the cement pad on the back of the subject is enclosed as a Master Suite, you would have a 4/2 with 1300sf x $200 = ~$260k.    
     6510 E 5th St -- sold 309k on 5/23; only 1113sf, has pool but still sold for $278/sf.
     3239 N 70th St -- sold 350k on 5/7; 1304sf + guest house; OFF-MLS sale for $268/sf
     6731 E 2nd St -- sold $250k on 7/1; 1113sf sold OFF-MLS at $225/sf
     7630 E Osborn -- sold 289k on 2/21; pool & 1602sf per owner; sold for $208/sf
     7753 E Pinchot -- sold 250k on 1/31; 1311sf per owner, at $191/sf
     6750 E Lewis  -- sold 220k on 2/12; only 1106sf and not a great remodel; $199/sf
     6827 E 5th St -- sold 219k on 5/7; only 1101sf at $199/sf
     7625 E Catalina -- sold 220k on 5/8; only 1131sf at $195/sf

Access - Occupied - Do Not Disturb Tenants or Drive By Slowly!! - Must set appointment to view

Property #8: Wow!! 1.67 Acres of R-4 (zoned High Density)Land in Glendale!!

6543 N 67th Ave, Glendale 85301
Price: $127k


Cross streets: 67th Ave & Maryland
  • Lot = 72,917 s.f. 
  • APN: 144-14-015-A
  • Taxes: $511.68/yr (2013)
  • 1.67 Acres of Nice, Flat Land
  • Zoned R-4 / M-H
  • Could Build up to 12 Houses
  • 2-Story, 1800sf homes could sell for $199k EACH
  • Perfect for Small/Medium Builder or for someone to entitle and sell platted lots to a Builder
  • Flat, rectangular lot that is ideal for building upon
Deal Structure - Traditional Sale. $3k Non-Refundable Earnest Money to secure
Access Vacant - Drive by to View

Property #9: Off-Market Gilbert Home with SELLER FINANCING -- Perfect for your Owner Occupied Buyer!

Front of Home
1315 S Riata St., Gilbert 85296
Price: $214k with $39k down and $175k seller financing at
6.25% on 30 yr amortization (monthly P&I payment $1077.51)
Cross-streets: Lindsay & Ray Rd.
  • 3/2/2 car Garage 
  • 1,648 s.f. 
  • Lot = 5,419 s.f.  
  • Built 1996
  • APN: 304-24-419
  • Taxes:  $1,284.34/yr. (2013)
  • Move-In Ready
  • Fresh Paint & upgrades
  • Beautiful green grass
  • Fireplace
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Park and Greenbelt just 1 block away
  • Mature Shade Trees
  • Great Split Floor Plan 
  • Open Kitchen/Living Room Area
  • Excellent neighborhood
Deal Structure - Off-Market. Traditional Sale. $3k Non-Refundable Earnest Money to secure
Access Vacant - Call or email for access

Property #10: NOW VACANT & READY TO SHOW! Rare Arcadia Commercial or Residential Opportunity next to La Grande Orange, Postino, Ingo's, etc.!  

3926 E Campbell Ave., Phoenix 85018
Wholesale Price = $355k  Now Vacant!!
Price = $355k  <<< Cash or Hard Money >>>ARV to $550k-650k

Cross streets: 40th Street & Campbell Ave.
  • 3-4 beds / 3 baths / 1 carport
  • ~2300 (much larger than tax records)
  • Lot = 9601 sf
  • Built 1955
  • APN: 170-24-102
  • Taxes: $2,764.90/yr. (2013)
  • Location, location, location!
  • Steps from LGO, Postino, Ingo’s, etc.
  • Could apply for COMMERCIAL Zoning
  • Sides to an alley and Commercial on East Side
  • Corner Lot – sides to Street & Remodeled Home on West Side
  • Large addition could be converted to a 2nd Master or a Theater Room
  • Existing Master is Huge, and includes a nursery or Den/Office behind it.
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Good Cabinets
  • Large Yard; room to add a garage if desired
  • Covered Back Patio, Green Grass, Lots of Storage
Repairs:  Needs remodeling.  Workable floor plan but could use some revisions. Budget ~$60k. 
Deal Structure: Traditional Sale. $5k Non-Refundable Earnest Money to secure
Access Vacant & Easy to Show - Call or email for appt.

Property #11: CHEAP Getaway Lot in Prescott, Just in Time to Escape the Summer Heat!!  
Front of Home
Lot 1457 in Holiday Lake Estates, Yavapai County
Price: $10k Cash or hard money
Cross-streets: Grand Canyon Rd. & State Route 89
  • Vacant Land
  • Lot = .06 Acres
  • APN: 304-06-294
  • Taxes:  only $16/yr. (2013)
  • Quick access to Route 89
  • Empty Lot
  • Ready to build a Cabin or Place a Motorhome
  • Chino Valley School District
  • Off-Market
Deal Structure - Vacant Land - Traditional Sale. Off-Market. $3k Non-Refundable Earnest Money to secure
Access - Vacant - Call or email for access

Property #12: 11.2 Acres - Perfect for a Ranch Getaway!

39450 W Buckeye Rd, Tonopah, 85354 
$42k (only ~$4k an Acre!!) - Off-Market


5 contiguous parcels totaling 11.2 acres, on SEC of Buckeye Rd and 395th Ave.
Great Investment Property or Ready to Build on!

Cross-streets: Winterberg Rd & Salome Hwy.
  • Land
  • APN's: 506-44-103-H
  • 506-44-103-J
  • 506-44-103-K
  • 506-44-103-L
  • 506-44-103-M
  • Taxes:  $479.38/yr. (2013) 
  • Power & Phone are on the North Property Line
  • Traditional Sale
  • Ready to Build on
  • Gravel Roadways
  • Fenced on one side
  • Corners are Marked with PVC Poles and Orange Ribbons
  • No HOA
Deal Structure - Traditional Sale; Off-Market. $3k Non-Refundable Earnest Money to secure
Access - Vacant Land

Click the link below to view other homes that are available. 
-Mike Lima

Freedom Achievers, LLC
True Freedom Achievers, LLC
cell 602.538.7331
fax 602.801.2694

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