As I've posted before, I have been searching for a cheap investment property. There are numerous properties available due to the large number of foreclosures in the Atlanta area. I put in an offer last week on a nice bank owned single family home but was I was outbid by another buyer.

I had a few backup properties and saw those yesterday with my agent. After looking at 3 properties, I decided to put in an offer on this one.

This property is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath fee-simple townhouse built in 1990. The property was originally listed for $61,600 but was reduced to $31,600 on 8/4/07. The last sale price was $80,000 on March 3, 2005. The county tax assessor has the value of the property at $76,600. The value range on Eppraisal is $78,563 - $106,413. The value range on Housefront is $87,000 - $97,000. There are about 5 properties for sale in the community with asking prices from $48,000 - $89,000. Rental rates in the area range from $650 for a 2bedroom and $850 for a 4 bedroom.

The property appears to be structurally sound and only needs cosmetic repairs. A condition of my offer is that the property inspection is satisfactory. The previous owners were apparently upset that they were losing their home and caused a little damage to the property. They smeared the walls with a unknown substance, broke all the light fixtures and caused minor damage to a few of the walls. The front and rear doors and the carpet will need to be replaced. There are also a couple of broken windows. I estimate I will need to put about $10,000 in the property to make it livable.

The offer was faxed over yesterday afternoon so I should hopefully hear something on Monday.

7 comments

  1. Anonymous // October 21, 2007 at 12:11 PM  

    Where do you get the sales price history for a property? I know the county or city tax office will have the appraised tax value, but in TX they can only ask for the your purchase price - you are not required to provide it to them.

  2. SingleGuyMoney // October 21, 2007 at 12:55 PM  

    I am able to view the sales price history on the county website. They list the appraised value and sales history.

  3. mike-TWA // October 21, 2007 at 1:51 PM  

    singleguymoney,

    With a 3 bedroom/2.5 bath, that would sure seem to be a great price point for a rental. Is this a condo or fee-simple townhome?

    Good luck on the offer!

  4. SingleGuyMoney // October 21, 2007 at 1:54 PM  

    @mike-twa - Thanks for asking those questions. I have modified the post to answer your questions. It is a fee-simple townhome and renal rates are about $650-$850/mo.

  5. Debt Dieter // October 21, 2007 at 5:20 PM  

    Wow, that's a nice looking place, I'd live there myself, after you'd made it 'liveable' of course! :-)

  6. kitty // October 21, 2007 at 11:32 PM  

    This is a great looking place. Over here, you'd almost have to add a zero at the end to buy something like this.

    OK, maybe not quite, but easily over 500K for a two bedroom townhouse (or townhouse-style condo) with a garage. Over 600K if the place is large. I can't believe there are places where anything can be bought for five digits. Over here, a one bedroom co-op (not a condo) would go for twice this price. Not too easy to invest...

  7. SingleGuyMoney // October 22, 2007 at 6:17 AM  

    @Debt Dieter - Sure, you can live there once I make it liveable. I am a great landlord! LOL

    @kitty - This price is definitely not the norm. Prices are usually at least double that price.