Case Study – Construction and remodel of Martin St. Project

Case Study – Construction and remodel of Martin St. Project

Case Study over view of construction and remodel of Martin St. Project

3484 Martin Avenue Project

San Diego, CA 92113

Case Study

The Property

Stunning 4 bedroom 2 bath house totally remodeled with unique upgrades.

Purchase Date: January 27, 2011
Sales Date: 4/28/2011
Purchase Price: $132,546.00
Sales Price: $221,953.07
Bed / Bath: 4/2
Total Square Ft: 1700
Price Per Square Foot: $79
Holding Period: 4 Months
Construction Costs: $30,800
Property Type: Residential, Detached
Year Built: 1964
Community: San Diego
Stories: Split Level


About this Location

Martin Ave Project Stunning 4 bedroom 2 bath house totally remodeled with unique upgrades. new stainless steel appliances, new laminate floors, new kitchen with granite counters with a glass tile backsplash, new dual-panel windows, new carpets, 2 car detached garage with separate entrance on alley in back, a large basement for storage. New fence. Bathrooms with new all, beautiful vanities and tiled walls around tubs and tiled floors. cul-d-sac st.

5th Ave Project

5th Ave Project

5th Ave Project

Chula Vista, CA 91910

The Property

A 2 Bed / 1 Bath 850 square foot home on a large lot. When I called to see if it was available, they were just about to submit offers in a couple of hours, so I dropped everything and drove over to take a look.

Purchase Date: June 15, 2010
Purchase Price: $145,000
Sales Date: September
Sales Price: $242,000 to Investor
Bed / Bath: 2/1
Total Square Ft: 1250
Price Per Square Foot: $64
Holding Period: 6
Construction Costs: $25,200
Year Built: 1954

The Opportunity

We found this property using the fresh to the MLS method; a traditional sale not an REO. This is one of the three properties I purchased during a 30- Day Challenge. Please, go to the video section to see that ‘smelly’ first walk, and the picture section to see some before shots.

As soon as I walked it, I called the agent (which I always do before driving to a property) from the front porch and asked him to write- up the offer which was accepted over 30 other bids, after having to raise my price $25,000 and offering a 4 day close (The trust ended up taking about 3 weeks to close)

This property consists of a 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, and 850 square foot home on a large lot. We purchased it for $145,000.

316 5th Ave Chula Vista, CA 91910


The Shape and Color

I wanted to keep the vintage retro look on this property. We usually go through with the usual colors and new cabinets, but I felt this property deserved to be restored to its original beauty.


I liked the idea of using the original colors whenever possible, seeking the original beauty, ironically I saved on my rehab costs. The outside was supposed to be more of a mint color, but it didn’t turn out that way obviously. It seemed REALLY blue until we painted the trim and hung the shutters.





5th Ave Flip

The Chula Vista Cat House


Updates on progress

Chula Vista Flip… Going once, Going twice, Sold the cat pee house…


* trying to get rid of the strongest nastiest cat urine smell I have ever encountered (see video below for the smell O’ vision cam)
* the 30′ septic pit we discovered (which was supposed to be a septic tank – actual picture)
* paying $13,000 in city fees to hook up the septic (pit) to the city.
* An appraisal that came in $20,000 to low.

Besides those little things you couldn’t have asked for a smoother, easier, less stressful transaction.

I must have been on a bathroom break while I was watching those get rich quick late night Real Estate riches infomercial (those nights I wake up thinking about sink holes, low appraisals, and dealing with city governments) hosted by those two midget dudes.

Here is my get rich quick Real Estate infomercial that I directed, produced and starred in. Watch out Billy Mays here comes Curtis “the cat pee terminator” Gabhart.

Final stretch with construction

The plan is to have the inside complete today minus some punch list items, plumbing and final cleaning/touch up paint. Tomorrow the landscaping should be going in and the shutters up. That should really pull the look together. I am undecided as to whether I want to...

5th Avenue Project – Video update from the 21st of June

Here is a quick walk through video from Wednesday. As I speak the exterior is getting prepped for paint which should be going on today or tomorrow and finished Monday. Ahead of schedule for construction grand opening The rest of the Home Depot order will be there...

5th Avenue Project – Updates

About 10 days into the project and everything is going pretty smooth. To save money we painted the inside ourselves and the painting contractor will be there tomorrow.Wood floor guys showed up today and walked off the job because of a mis-communication on the scope of...

Bullrush Project

Bullrush Project

Bullrush Glen Project

Escondido, CA 92027

Case Study



Purchase Date: June 17, 2014
Purchase Price: $200,000
Sales Date: August 20
Sales Price: $300,000
Bed / Bath: 3/3
Total Square Ft: 1,291
Price Per Square Foot: $155
Holding Period: 6 Months
Construction Costs: $25,410.00
Year Built: 1986



2057 Bullrush Glen Project Escondido, CA 92027


Initial look

Interior exterior evaluation

Interior and Exterior

Initial walk through with evaluation

Interior evaluation


Updates on progress

Caminito Agadir Project

Caminito Agadir Project

10323 Caminito Agadir

San Diego, CA 92131

Case Study


Acquiring this property was a direct result of a cold call we made to an agent, we were contacted in regards to this property as it was falling out of escrow. 

Purchase Date: Purchased 07/17/14
Sales Date:
Purchase Price: $230,000
Bed / Bath: 3/3
Total Square Ft: 1,513
Price Per Square Foot: $
Sales Price: $330,000.00
Holding Period: 5 Months
Construction Costs: $14,174
Property Type: Year Built: 1977


Acquiring the property

We were called on this property as a result of the marketing we have been doing with agents. This agent was contacted by me originally when I was selling Pennsylvania. She was a “cold call” I made to inform her of what I did and was looking for, she called me about 2 weeks later when this property was falling out of escrow. 

After analyzing the comparable properties in the area, estimated construction costs, and projected construction time of the project an offer was made.

The appraisal on this came back at $350,000 based on our repairs we are going to do. The property has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 1550 sq ft, and was built in 1977 but was remodeled in 2006. Given the convenient proximity of the remodel GII hopes to have a turn around time of two weeks with construction and five months of holding the property.

10323 Caminito Agadir San Diego, CA 92131



First time I saw the property – 3


comments on planned improvements


walkthrough with comments

Caminito Agadir

Before Construction



Updates on progress

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4312 Falcon Street

4312 Falcon Street

4312 Falcon Street

San Diego, CA 92103

Case Study

Falcon Street

Falcon street was an REO we picked up from an agent who represented us on the purchase of the property.

Purchase Date: Purchased 7/28/10
Sales Date:
Purchase Price: $427,000
Bed / Bath: 2/2
Total Square Ft: 952
Price Per Square Foot: $604
Sales Price: $705,000
Holding Period:
Construction Costs:
Property Type: Residential, Detached
Year Built: 1962
Community: Mission Hills


This gorgeous home is “like-new” again with all systems new – elect. , plumbing, heating. This 2 Bed / 2 Bath, 952 sf home has new EVERYTHING! Gourmet kitchen with granite and stainless steel. Glass “subway tile” backsplash. Incredible views from two full decks – one on each level puts you on top of the world where you can be at peace. New flooring, paint, and baths. Master Suite has own deck and modern full bath with big walk-in shower. Gated storage area to R of garage. Small dog run. Permits and Insp.

4312 Falcon Street San Diego, CA 92103

Construction Complete

This purchase was an REO that was brought to us by an agent we had bought a few deals from. It is located in the very good neighborhood of Mission Hills near San Diego, California.

The hair on this deal is that the City had put a lien on the property due to numerous code violations.

Before we bought the property we met with the City to assess what had to be done and bought it. Well after a bureaucratic nightmare it took us from September until the end of December to get through plan check

Construction Complete
4312 Falcon Street
San Diego, CA 92103





We did the garage in white stucco – keeping it simple with a nice dark gray cement.

Living Room

Hand scraped/distressed dark walnut floors in living room and at bottom of the steps

Custom Storage

To the right of the garage I decided to add cement and will also add a gate to the front and a door from the garage so the new owner will have more storage and can put things like trash cans, bikes, misc. outside and secure.


A vessel sink will sit on top of granite.


To break up all the cement everywhere I decided to create stepping stones out of the cement and aggregate to go in between.

Various stages of construction

The Falcon Blog

Updates on progress of the Falcon

Passed our nailing inspection on falcon

Hit another milestone today by passing our nailing and insulation inspection and have a crew working on taping and texturing the drywall and putting stucco at the garage. I am making my finish materials order today so we can start installing later this week. Here is...


Well we only have one more inspection to go and the place is looking great. Cabinets are in tile is in color coat of stucco and cement this week beginning of next. Send pictures soon. Driving the comps...

Aaaaaaaalmost done with falcon flip!

Here are the latest pictures from last week - weve been very busy and have not been able to post everything I would like to. This week we should have   Granite Painting Cement  ADD VIDEO HERE I have not had the chance to upload the videos on the comps in the area but...

Garage Almost Complete

Here is a video of the Brand New Garage at Falcon. Just need to have it painted. Look for this gem to hit the market soon!!!!!!!!!!