The Rehab “White Elephant”

When isn’t bigger better? (Try saying that 3 times!).

When it’s a major rehab.

The dividing line seems to be about 3,000 finished square feet.

Below that, and “bringing up” a house with the proverbial good bones can be done for as “little” as $150k or so, spent strategically (Kitchen: $40k; painting, wall and floor coverings: $30k; windows, roof(?), and mechanicals: $50k; bathrooms: $25k; landscaping: $10k

However, the budget for tackling a very dated, 4,500 square foot-plus house might be easily go north of $500k.

That’s a lot to pop for, at the moment. Especially if you have to pay for it out-of-pocket (vs. financing at today’s cheap mortgage rates).

And it adds inventory to what is already the weakest part of the housing market locally (nationally, too).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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