The Black Bear House – Part 1 (Before)

Front from the street

One morning, about a week after I bought this house, the neighbor told me that I had “an overnight visitor”. I am immediately thinking – Oh no, someone broke in and stole the tools or something. Then neighbor continues: ” You had a 300lb. black bear walking around your house, checking out the backyard, then the […]

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The Closet House – Part 2 (After)

Living room - after

Another exquisite transformation completed. Ok, I may be biased 🙂 This 3 bedroom and 1.5 bath ranch is stunning. Master Bedroom has its own half bath and a walk-in closet. Kitchen is impeccable with granite countertops and top of the line stainless steel applainces. New hardwood floors thru-out, new energy efficient windows, new crown molding etc. The […]

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The Closet House (Part 1)

Kitchen before

We’ve been working on this house for couple of weeks now and are about half way done. I realized I didn’t post any pictures yet. It’s a ranch, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, good size-eat in kitchen, attached 1 car garage and a full basement. Located in a nice, quiet neighborhood, walking distance to school. We’re doing the […]

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The Wallpaper House – Part 2 (After)

Exterior - after

Well, the property is completely redone and actually sold as well. It came out so nice (they all do), we sold it already. Renovations included new roof, windows, doors, floors, kitchen, bath, heating system, central air-conditioning system, entire plumbing, updated electrical system and all new fixtures, fresh paint, new landscaping … Our “usual treatment”. We also opened […]

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The Wallpaper House – Part 1 (Before)

Living room

It’s been a while since I posted about any projects. So here is one. I give you the latest and greatest – The Wallpaper House. It’s a nice long ranch on almost 1,200 sq.ft. Again, nothing is terribly wrong, other than it is completely outdated. The outside is actually looking half decent. The inside feels like the time has […]

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The Water Main House – part 2 (After)

Stairs - After

As I mentioned in the previous post, we had an unpleasant surprise one week into the rehab – broken water main. But the problem was fixed rather quickly and it only set us back one day. Other than that, the project went nice and smooth. The house received a complete update: new roof, plumbing system, heating system, electrical system, kitchen, bath, […]

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FHA mortgage with 500 Credit Score

I have good news to share. We all know that banks made their lending criteria pretty tough after the real estate bubble burst in 2007. Today most major banks require a credit score around 640 before making a loan. Except for Well Fargo. In mid January, Wells Fargo started providing FHA mortgages to borrowers with credit […]

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The Skylights House


Although we don’t usually build new houses, this particular piece of land I couldn’t resist. Nice lot, established neighborhood, convenient location with easy access to everything. The best part – back of the lot is a “conservation area” with woods and a pond. The pond is where the problem started right after I decided that this is my next project. Property was listed […]

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The Red Sink House – part 1 (Before)

Master bath

  Really nice colonial on a dead end street. Didn’t have anything terrible wrong with it, just deferred maintenance and needed a lot of updates. I mean a lot. Roof, windows, siding, kitchen, baths, floors, paint, doors, trim, pool, fence, yard… I’ll let the photos tell the story. Couple of before pictures: I’ll post the after pictures in the […]

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The Piano House

Kitchen - After; New everything: cabinets, counter, apliances, backsplash, walls, insulation, floor ...

Let me start with a property I rehabbed not too long ago. It came with a piano, therefore The Piano house. Nice cape in my neighborhood. It’s on a little side street, so I only drove by it when forced not to take my usual route. Never noticed it until I made a decision to really look for “tired” properties. All of the sudden I […]

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