Suzanne Clark…, Home Owner in Dallas, TX

Hello. I am interested in a historic 4plex in Junius Heights. for 395k . It's a solid brick building, with

Asked by Suzanne Clark O'Brien, Dallas, TX Sat Dec 1, 2007

interior concrete/plaster walls. It will need a new roof within the next 7 years and will need some tweaking here and there. Window units and newer gas heat units are installed as well as decent kitchen appliances and washer/dryers. Each unit is an ample 1300 Sq foot 1/1 with gated parking in back. rents are 800 now, but once leases are up, I know I can get 1,000.00 per unit. Considering the market, am I getting a fair deal? Looking for something today in the 75214 zip that will pay for itself (mortgage/taxes) and provide income in retirement, or go up substantially enough to sell in ten years for profit.

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T.E. & Naima…, Agent, Dallas, TX
Sat Dec 1, 2007
Hi Suzanne, I believe that it's still a little on the high side considering that there is no central heat/air and the units are only 1/1. Yes the rent is pretty good now, but there is also hefty competition there too for rentals. There is a reason why it's been on the market for so long. Besides, the current owner only purchased it in January of last year and put it on the market 13 months later for 150K more than he paid for it. The area is going through a revitalization but not fast enough IMO, and the taxes around 9K are not very cheap either. If you break even between rent/taxes and insurance/maintenance/property management/vacancy time... then may be it will be ok for 10 years to see a good return, otherwise, I think you should rethink the price you are paying.

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