Good Deal or Not? “Redone Townhouse With Loft” edition

This home is located at 1813 6th St, NW:

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The flier says:


You can find more info here and photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $450,000 – sound about right?

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  • It’s already been redone? Not very attractive. Still, good value. I’d try to knock down the price some because the renovations are not so impressive.

  • Apparently it’s only 714 sq ft. From the pics, that seems about right. Too small for the money.

  • This is a good price for the location. Looks super narrow, so that’s probably why. Quirky house. Is the sitting room in the basement?

  • Tiny! There is no dining space and very little living area on the ground floor. In that pic of BR #1, what is that railing? The top of the staircase (i.e. no door, the stair just leads to the BR)? Enclosed back patio is a plus. In that location it’s not a great deal, but about right. Prototypical “condo alternative”.

  • I like their taste in shower curtains — I have the same one at home!

    I like the small layout, but it’s lacking charm on the inside.

  • Off topic, Holmes, but you hear sumthin bout a taxicab that ran into a beelding las night on conne? ave? shit nearly hit me!

  • Out of curiosity, do people get concerned when they see real estate ads with so many misspellings and typos? I’m always wary of advertisements that look unprofessional, and I just wonder if I’m being snobby or if other people find this kind of thing to be a red flag as well.

    • houseintherear

      YES. I judge both the realtor and sellers after every poorly written ad I read. This was actually one of my biggest hurdles when buying a house, because I’d usually bypass a wonky ad or listing.

    • Yes. Bad spelling/typos would to me be a signal of inattention. Seems like they are signaling that this property is not good enough for their time.

      • +100

        With the amount of attention to detail required for an efficient and clean real estate transaction, I would be especially worried about dealing with a person who posts a poorly edited ad.

        I mean, what’s going to happen later when you need them to execute something that isn’t 100% in their own financial interest?

        • Seriously? Who cares.

          You are not going to be involved with these people after the transaction is done – the seller or their representative.

          You have your own representative for the things that are important:

          – building inspection
          – appraisal
          – title insurance and contract (hopefully a lawyer)

          If you think their good spelling or attention to detail in the listing and other marketing materials are indicative of the quality of the work done behind the drywall (where it costs them something to do it right, and where you can’t see it), then you’re begging for someone to tell you some swampland with a pretty brochure.

          I could care less what they say or how they look or how literate they are – I’m not getting English lessons from them, I’m buying a house. I am relying on the inspector above all.

          • You’re right – *after* the transaction none of this matters…but it is a long road b/w a real estate posting and final signatures on closing documents

            (Damn! I was sure had paid all those back taxes/gotten all those renovation permits before going to market with the house)

            As for your point about the quality of work done on the propoerty….good marketing is certainly no guarantee of quality workmanship, but shoddy editing on something as easy to manage as an internet real estate posting certainly suggests that other “unimportant details” may have been too much for the owner to handle.

            Things like proper registration of the rental with DCHA (so you can evict their tenant) or hiring a series of contractors during piecemeal renovation who obtained the proper permits and didn’t cut corners when building to specs.

            These are just what ifs….and there may be no problems at all…but I’m sure as hell going to have my guard up a lot higher with someone who doesn’t think a $450K real estate transaction is worth a little extra proofreading!

          • My point is only this: all the possible problems you cite are in no way mitigated by having a polished selling agent. Most people are paying (in their purchase price) a buyer’s agent to be their ‘adversary’ in the transaction.

            The buyer (and their agent) have a duty (to themselves) to do the due diligence you describe, no matter HOW polished that ‘prospectus’ looks. Make your agent actually earn their % by providing you a service.

            I’m just saying: this would not materially affect my enthusiasm in the slightest. Of course, the house in this case does nothing for me anyway and kind of fits into the ‘condo-alternative’ someone mentioned already anyway.

            And they are highly unlikely – good grammar and spelling or not – to “execute something that isn’t 100% in their own financial interest”. JMHO 🙂

          • Yes, the flipside of the misspellings not boding well for the transaction, is that the person who thing bode least well for is the seller. Think about it. You hire a great agent to take on Gomer Pile, you do your diligence. The most likely casualty here is the seller whose agent is junk. Also, consider all the buyers who aren’t viewing this place because of the grammar. Less offers = better deal for ultimate buyer. There’s a lot of upside here for someone who’s paying attention.

          • Agreed. As long as YOU know how to spell and what needs to be in order.

          • It’s really a seller’s problem, no? But where I come down from the perspective of the buyer — and admittedly it’s purely proxy for other things — is that it signals to me that the seller really doesn’t care what kind of representation he gets for the 2.5% of the purchase price he’s paying his agent. In the case of this house, that’s over 10k, and it can’t even buy a spell-check. If that’s how the seller feels about the listing agent, I wonder what level of detail/quality he demanded from or how much oversight he exercised over the contractors who did work on the house.

  • Tenant occupied? I have heard horror stories about these situations.

  • tiny

    Also when will the Convention Center no longer be new?
    Overpriced because the tenant is still there and negative points for all caps and no pix of closets. Are there closets in this house? Are they bigger than a bread box?

  • It’s 2010 people, not 2006 when you could demand whatever for a crap-hole. We’ll be watching this one linger for quite a while.

  • I’m shocked that there are no usually POP comments on the pop-up.
    You’re slipping whinners!

  • this seems like a good deal to me. the area is coming along nicely, the renovation look good. its under 500k, which is not that easy to find in a house with 2+ bathrooms. does look small, but are all the rooms featured in the pics?

    as for the tenants, are they really the type that would overstay their lease?

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