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What to Ask About When Buying a Fixer-Upper

by Relocate 03/15/2020

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When you’re shopping for a new home, the prospect of a fixer-upper being on the market for an unbeatable price sounds great! There are a few things that should be on your checklist to make sure that the juice is worth the squeeze when purchasing a home. A fixer-upper that needs mainly aesthetic repair is usually a good deal. Just make sure you ask your real estate agent or the property owner about some costly, but necessary, repairs.

Foundation

First off, any home that is worth its weight in gold needs to have a good foundation. Foundation issues can be quite expensive, depending on the type of repair needed. For example, all houses will settle over time. It’s only natural. But if your prospective home has settled too much it can lead to slab leaks, cracks and serious structural issues; which may lead to expensive repairs. 

Water

Plumbing issues can range from a minor leak in the faucet to a cracked supply or drain line, which can either be a slight nuisance or a major flooding issue (and flood damage is not a cheap fix on its own). Along with the immediate cost of the plumbing repairs themselves, plumbing problems can cause higher monthly water bills.

Electrical

Electrical issues can not only be costly to repair but very unsafe. If you are shopping for a home, make sure to check with the homeowner or agent about the quality of wiring, electrical sockets, etc. to avoid both the costly repairs.

Remember, when shopping for that great fixer-upper in your new neighborhood make sure to check these three big boxes before choosing your soon-to-be dream home.

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Jacqueline Causey Schroeder

Licensed since 2001, I am a third-generation Realtor covering the Greater Tampa Bay region. Whether working with first-time home buyers, investors that wish to capitalize on Tampa’s continued expansion, or a Seller listing their home, I enjoy all aspects of the residential real estate business.  That being said, my first love has always been working with families relocating to the Tampa Bay Area.   

As a Tampa native I enjoy showing off the beauty of the area to people who will soon be calling it home.  I take great pride in helping families identify what’s important to them in a home selection and then introducing them to the communities and opportunities that meet their needs.    

I believe I possess the many traits that define an excellent real estate professional – integrity, dependability, in-depth local markets knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network.  Most of all, my philosophy is to put the client first by remaining accessible, being a good listener and communicator, and responding quickly to my clients’ needs.     

I am not a salesperson.  I am a consultant who will partner with you through the process of buying or selling a home, providing all the information so that you can make the right decision for you and your family.  If you are looking to relocate to Tampa Bay and its surrounding communities, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me today. I look forward to working with you.   

Lara Manrique

 I have been committed to delivering results in real estate sales since 2009. I was born and raised in Tampa, and I earned an MBA - Marketing from the University of Tampa. My extensive knowledge in business, along with my unique background in specialty sales and marketing, have proven invaluable when negotiating outcomes for my clients.  My personal interest in all things real estate make me an ideal choice when choosing an agent to buy or sell properties.  I am also skilled in online marketing techniques, and have developed a large network of local strategic partners. My professionalism and quick turnaround time is highly regarded among my clients, making me highly recommended. 

Our Story

In 2002, Jacqueline joined Jan at RE/MAX as a licensed assistant and within 3 weeks had been promoted to a buyer's agent on Jan's team. By 2003, Jacqueline and Jan were partners and they continued to grow their business by bringing Jan's husband, Jerry Dammer into the group. Here we are, 17 years later and still going strong! 

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