You, Flippers And The DC Rowhouse
November 16, 2012
Hosted by Steven Clipp, AIA
If there is a hot real estate market it is Washington DC . Because I have a daughter there I have spent many Sundays visiting Open Houses in the downtown Rowhouse neighborhoods. Does it make sense to buy and renovate a 100 year old home yourself? Or should you buy the efforts of a Flipper? Many of the Flipper projects are unimaginative, poorly executed, and will bite the Buyer on resale. I will help you spot the good ones.
Winning the Dream Home Race
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If you think of building a custom home or renovating an existing home as a race, most people who leave the starting gate do finish. However, very few are WINNERS. Winning means creating a home that relaxes us and strengthens our bonds, in which waking is a joy and coming home a reward. Winning is a home that speaks to our inner soul. Winning is creating an investment that returns at better than the norm, no matter the market conditions.
Most of us have a dream home in our minds but live in houses that are mass produced to standard plans and standard expectations. We can do better!
Most of us only build a dream home once in our life. We learn much along the journey, but primarily in hindsight. It is possible to achieve a design winner and to achieve a wonderful living environment. It is possible to realize a winning long term investment. My goal is to impart the knowledge that makes this possible.
Steven Clipp, AIA
Steven Clipp, AIA is Principal of Steven Clipp Architecture in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. He is a Registered Architect with almost thirty years of experience and the winner of numerous awards including ‘Best Home Design in North Carolina Under 5000 Square Feet.’ SCA now limits its practice to the design of high end custom homes and renovations.
Steve Clipp has spent years thinking about the psychology of space, how people relate to it and how space can be manipulated to affect the user’s behavior. On over 500 retail stores he honed the art of motivating shoppers to become buyers. Now, his homes are crafted to find peace, elicit joy and bring families together.
Steve Clipp is also of Scottish ancestry and analytical bent. Money, whether his or his clients, has to be spent wisely. Each expenditure on a home has to make sense and be at the lowest, but fair, price. He has shown through his work that a well designed home will sell more quickly, at a better price. Even in this market he has never had a home resell at less than what the owners originally invested.