GDoN Revisited by Hipchickidc


In real life, hipchickindc is licensed as a real estate broker in the District of Columbia and Virginia, and as a real estate salesperson in Maryland. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1430 Taylor St NW

Original List Price: $665,000. (1st listing team)

List Price at Contract: $599,999. (2nd listing team)

List Date: 1st Listing Team 1/10/2008

List Date for 2nd Try: 09/12/2008

Days on Market: 373 between both listing attempts

Settled Sales Price: $590,000.

Settlement Date: 03/06/2009

Seller Subsidy: 900.

Bank Owned?: No

Type Of Financing: Conventional

Recent Purchase and Re-Sale?: Purchased in June 2005

Original GDoN Post is: Here

Interior Pics: Click Here

Continues after the jump.

Before I dive into 1430 Taylor, I wanted to follow up to last week’s “Good Deal or Not Revisited” (GDoN-R), which was a small property located at 529 Newton Pl NW. That was a cash purchase, which I assumed was an investor buy. Since that post was written, I learned that it was indeed bought by an investor group, one that I happen to know quite well. Previous properties they have done have been completely and nicely rehabbed. They expect to get it back on the market for sale in a relatively short period of time.

On to Taylor…The final price of this home may surprise some who commented on the original GDoN post. At the time it was featured on GDoN, it had been priced quite a bit higher than it was when it finally went under contract. PoP readers questioned distance from public transportation, although noted proximity to Rock Creek Park and Parkway. The presence of a sole full bath bothered a few. Others were not sure about the modern renovation which removed much of the original detail of the 1922-built house. Notably, the lot, at 2561 square feet, is huge by downtown DC standards. Personally, I thought they did a nice job with the rehab, even though I generally tend to go for original details.

The most recent sellers purchased the home (during what I consider to be the pivotal height of the DC real estate price peak) for $582,500. in June of 2005. At that time, information from a withdrawn listing describes the property as having radiator heat and window units for cooling, and an additional half bath located in the basement. The text reports “an upgraded kitchen…remodeled 3 Bedroom still retains its historic charm”. The listing from earlier 2008 (priced at $665,000. that was ultimately withdrawn) notes “6 figures + worth of renovations”, including a new roof and windows, as well as central heat and air.

Lesson to be learned? If you’re motivated to do a thorough renovation, buy something cheap to begin with and then invest in it. What people may not remember or may not know if they were not in the market in ’05, is that with speculators and easy peasy low low money down investor loans, the prices for unrenovated properties had been driven way up. The great news about the 2009 market is that the prices for houses in not so perfect condition have returned back to earth quite a bit and rehab loan products for owners planning to live in their homes are surprisingly affordable.

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  • Wow. I remember this house and remember thinking that there’s no way it would go over $550k, so I was surprised when I saw this sale price. I was even more surprised when I saw that it was actually higher (even just by a tiny bit) than the 2005 purchase price. But I didn’t see at first that they put $100,000 (or more) in renovations into the house… I assumed the 2005 purchase price was post-renovation. So I am still surprised that they were able to get $590k but I am dumbfounded that they paid almost that much pre-renovation in 2005.

  • Was Jan 2008 definitely the first listing? Seems like I remember three different signs on that property (first one maybe Sothebys?) and an even higher asking price — which would make sense, since $582K + $100K + 6% commision > $665K.

    The was something a little poignant about the way the listing called out the designer names for certain bathroom details.

  • Mark, my bad…the TTR Sotheby’s listing was originally at $725,000. The first date of entry is the January ’08. The virtual tour linked above was from their listing.

  • oh i looked at this house when it was listed for $699k, i think. i LOVED it. but the 1.5 baths was what kept me away – price tag aside, which i felt was too steep. if i had been able to get it for 590k i would have bought it on-site and then spent some cash on putting in a 2nd full bath. the renovations were immaculate.

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