Well, no ghosts in the shell, race fans, but we are now at the ghost of a shell stage on Main Avenue. Here are a few photos of a demolition week that included taking out a fireplace and cleaning out the crawl space.
porta-potty, dumpster, house montage.
We also dropped the price a little on the old Hazel One. Strange market right now, so we'll see what shakes out. We are prepared to go to our old fallback position of renting the property if it does not sell in a reasonable amount of time.
Also, no news for our alleged "really interested" buyer on the Richmond Road property, so we may be listing that bad boy in a day or two.
Barbour Store should be finished and listed shortly. That's all we're going to say on that one -for now.
We hope to have more updates soon.
Have a great week, race fans.
A lot of people talk about flipping. And some do. But rehabbing is not for the faint of heart. Take a run down house, demo like a madman on PCP -ignoring the pain of reality around you, and move forward. Easier said than done.
Here's what we're talking about -utilizing Main as our poster boy of going to a worsening state of affairs in order to get "better:"
Demo taking place outside...
Now the trick is to put it all back together. Are we ready to rock?
Ok. You got us. We're ripping off John Oliver. But all the Englishmen commenting about Americans aside, here is a brief pictorial summary of last week.
Hazel is still for sale.
Main in received a dumpster. Ta-dahhhh!:
We went on two early morning scouting missions to find our next score. ("C'mon Louie, baby. I need it real bad." 1980's movie drug reference from "Trading Places.") Here's a photo from one of the two early AM drives:
Our new contractor smoothed things over with the city, started the permit process on Main, and had his demo crew on site. A demolition photo or two follows:
We also spent some time considering the purpose of life, not to mention picking our noses due to the insufferable amount of green pollen floating through our local atmosphere. Multitasking?
Other than that...
Well, well, well, welcome back race fans!
Today we sign a new contract on Main Avenue. Remember Main Avenue? If not, here is a visual reminder:
This bad boy has been sitting idle as we wrestled with the Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B. Or Hazel, in our case. (The Beastly Beatitudes... is a book by J.P. DonLeavy for our literary friends... or Jeopardy contestants. "I'll take Obscure American Authors Who Lived in Ireland for $1,000, Alex.")
We have it mostly cleared out, but the city is tired of waiting. So while we get Hazel out there and hopefully SOLD, SOLD, SOLD!, we will juggle our finances in the hope that we see some notable progress on Main shortly.
We've also put on our Doc Brown lab coat and have gone back in time to evaluate our original ARV on this bad boy -all while Marty dicks around in the garage with an oversized speaker cabinet. The neighborhood is starting to wake up and we think we are now looking at a roughly "Somewhere North of 400" After Repair Value.
Until next time, please return your library books on time, don't juggle your books -only your finances, and keep the amplifier for your guitar 🎸 below 11.
Oh, and stay tuned.
We took a little breath this past week. Two things took place:
First, we had a new team member join the day gig, and getting her up to speed on all things day and all things gig has been all consuming. She and her family come from the day gig's sister office in Australia.
Second, we had Combs Electric back at Hazel to correct a few issues that came up. This is A-Okay, as we expect a few bugs in a new building, and we also want to make sure that we put out a great product. After all, we are putting the old Double B imprint on this little plan book jewel. (A good name is worth more than temporary profits. Or, at least that is what we believe.)
A third item -unrelated to our delays on Hazel -involved the death of our friend's father. Our deepest condolences to Judson V. of Century 21, and all of his family. Jud is a brother, and our hearts ache for him.
Hey Race Fans,
Our offering individual resurfaced with another offer this morning on Hazel Baby. We countered.
Speaking of the Hazed...
check out the new replacement window:
Also, HVAC and other issues have been/or are being sorted. Combs Electric is going back in next week for a once over on all things Electric. We've been throwing a lot of cash towards this honey. But it has been worth it... This baby is just about ready for a new Sugar Daddy.
Its just like an old fashioned love song.
Have a great weekend, folks.
Welcome back, Race Fans.
Hazel Baby (our new build/spec home) gets a few last punch list items taken care of, and a wonderful little spit and polish treatment from super Realtor, the mighty Jud, today. (Judson from Century 21 Triangle Group here in the Triangle of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill.).
We are pretty stoked. The appraisal came in at list price. ($309,000 -in case you were wondering.). Combs Electric is going to do a once over today on all things Electric. And then, folks, we are off to the races. Oh... We have one window that needs replacing, but it is on order and should be here soon. That won't stop us from rolling forward.
And, knock on whatever you want -wood, Formica, plastic, a small and fast moving furry animal -we may have a buyer already lined up. We won't count that chicken before it is hatched, but let's just say that we're in the car and possibly headed to KFC.
This week might see a double header for the old double B. Usually a game is called for a rain delay. But in our case we're thinking that the long drought may finally be over. Is that rain on the horizon? Rain would be good.
All this to say that we may be listing Richmond Road and Hazel by Saturday.
Greetings Race Fans!
We've been out of the Box Bend mode for a few weeks due to a huge personal event in our lives. Our apologies. We have that event fresh on or minds, but (cue Aerosmith) we are baaaaack... back in the saddle again.
It's good to be back. And not fighting with Joe Perry.
Hazel has has been playing the pass-inspection-fail-inspection game, but we are finally moving with a permanent power pole going in today. Yippee! (As our four year old would say.) Ye big ol' bad listing should be on the docket soon, your honor.
Main is slated to pick up the pace again next week.
Barbour Store is being manhandled into a state of refinement and grace. However, spoiler alert, we may keep that bad boy as a rental. We'll see.
We are going to get back to listing Richmond Road. Honest. We promise.
And we are still debating our strategy for the Lot on Hazel 2. Small house. Sell the lot. Secret lair. Or nuclear facility for a NATO super power. Decisions?, decisions.
The other big, big news is the ongoing flamenco dance we are doing with the Spanish company from Madrid, Barcelona, or some other city in beautiful Spain. (They told us, but we've forgotten.). We are literally within a hair's breadth of inking this deal on a long term lease for 52 of our 72 acres. But, it is not over until the topless fat lady sings on the beach, Rodrigo y Gabriella play their covers of Metallica with a Spanish flair, or Gaudi finishes his gorgeous Sagrada Familia. Or until we ink this deal.
At any rate, stay tuned.
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