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Alfred Holman…, Home Buyer in Safford, AZ

is this a fix up home??

Asked by Alfred Holman In Tucson, Safford, AZ Thu Jul 18, 2013

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This home has had upgrades of every kind. It is move in ready and delightful in every way. Yard, patio and house are all beautifully done.
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I need mobile home or regular house looking for to buy. I can effort only 30%. Looking for 4bd 2ba house extra room will be nice. My credit rate is excellent
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Opinions vary. This property is already under contract, see link below. Also, it is a short sale, which means it is listed at a price no one knows if the bank will accept, even at full price.

In general terms, in Tucson if a property is less than $100K, yes it most likely will be considered a "fix up" home.,12,1

Best of luck in your search.


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Hello Mr Holman,

Do you mean does it need fix up, or has an investor fixed it up to sell at a profit?

A fix up is in the eye of the beholder. Some of my buyers will tell me a house needs too much work if the carpet is stained and one of the cabinets is missing a door. I don't call that a fix up. I call that a typical $150K Central Tucson house.

There are no standards for listing agents to use to classify a house as a fix up. The agent-only remarks for this house say "Home was broken in and a pc. of carpet was cut from a bedroom". You can see that in the sideways photo with the ceiling fan on the right of the frame. The agent does not list the house as a fix up. This doesn't mean it's ready to move into, but the agent probably doesn't think it has any major problems that would prevent a buyer from getting financing, like missing air conditioner or water heater, all the kitchen cabinets gone, broken windows, leaking roof. That's what I call a fix up, but it's subjective.

By the way, this is a short sale and has been under contract since April 5. Trulia and Zillow have a lot of listings that are not for sale. If you want to see what is for sale, go to

Best regards,

Donna Moulton
Associate Broker
Tierra Antigua Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 18, 2013
Hi Alfred

I just checked on this home for you, and its under contract. This was a short sale
and the house is in great shape.

Are you looking for an investment property to fix up? Or a house to fix up for

I can do some research for you, and find a home your looking for. Contact me at or call me at 520-266-1732.

Have a great day Alfred. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Catherine Donovan

Prudential Foothills Real Estate

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Hi Alfred,

No, there are only light repairs that seem mostly cosmetic from what I can tell. This is listed as a short sale and has gone Active Capa, which means an offer has already been submitted to the seller's creditor (s). Feel free to take a look at my profile and website as I would be more than happy to assist if you are not already working with a local Realtor who can help you navigate the market and answer all your questions.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Michael Shiner
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Good Morning Alfred,

I hope this message finds you doing well. The home is not listed as a fix up, but from the pictures it looks like it could use some paint and flooring to get it updated.

The property is a short sale and already has a seller accepted offer on the property, likely still pending the seller's lender's approval.

There are other properties nearby and I would love to hear more about what you're looking for; feel free to contact if you'd like.

Best of Luck! : )
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