Clairemont Project going Live!

We wrapped up the Clairemont house at 4164 Mount Hukee SD CA 92117 last week and its On the Market For Sale. MLS# 170026209. Here are some After pics so you can see the final product. I’m really happy with the way this one came out and glad we went the extra mile with design, material choices and landscaping.

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Getting Sideways in Clairemont

Its a big week at the Clairemont project, we are getting sideways today with a new Modern Horizontal Fence made of Clear Redwood. It will be around 42″ finished height, we didn’t want to block the house from the street but rather grab this nice area close to the house and fence it in for kids to safely play. Most of the landscape will be Xeriscape but this front area will get sod on irrigation.

We completed all the backyard hardscape also, my design is a big patio right off the living room pre-plumbed with a gas line for outdoor fire pit, square stepping pads and a smaller rectangle patio off the master bedroom. No sod back here, all Xeriscape. There will be another Horizontal wood fence to add some protection from the canyon critters but only 36″ high so as not to take away from the expansive views.

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The interior paint is now cpmplete. We went with Behr Dolphin Fin Grey for the walls and Sherwin Williams Snowbound for the trims. My new painter kicked ass and completed the whole inside in 2 days with a 5 man crew. The kitchen cabinet install is underway, we opted for White Shaker, Quartz countertops and an island with waterfall slab. It’s looking really sophisticated yet “Beachy”, cant wait to see the wire brushed light colored matte finish flooring we picked out go in this weekend.

Stay tuned to see the Flooring, Tile Jobs and Exterior paint!

New Project ~ Pacific Beach!!

Location, Location, Location! This is a very cute little 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 car garage cottage we just closed on in Pacific Beach! It’s 3 short blocks to Fanuel Park and 5 blocks to one of the most popular beaches and tourist destinations in San Diego. I’m really excited to transform this little house into something special. We are going to do all new surfaces; Kitchen, Bath, Flooring, Paint, Windows and Stucco. I might even take off the burglar bars. I spent a lot of time in Pacific Beach during and after college. I probably rode my bike past this house 100 times over a 15-year time span. Here are the Before pics, we should bring this to market just in time for the Summer. Affordable Pacific Beach House for Sale coming soon!

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Indoor/Outdoor Living in Clairemont

We are deep into this project and really just now starting to put it back together. The front yard demo was massive, we hauled out 4 dumpsters of demo and then 2 days with the Bobcat to break out the multiple layers of old concrete patios and finally hauled it off in a dump truck. The front yard is finally back to a clean slate to work with.

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The master bathroom changes are all done and we are ready to patch the drywall back up. The shower is 7 feet wide with his and hers shower heads. It’s going to be really cool, just wait to see what tile we have picked out. You will notice that we have a Hot Mop Tar shower pan. None of the house flippers do this but I would never settle for anything less.


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I wanted to take advantage of the expansive canyon views so we sprung for a Folding Patio Door. There are several manufacturers of these such as La Cantina and Nanawall, but we opted for a local company right here in Oceanside called Panoramic Doors. It’s a 10 foot wide opening consisting of 3 movable panels that completely open up and lay to the side, providing a seamless indoor/outdoor transition for the awesome San Diego climate. The obvious choice would have been regular French doors that swing out, this is a just way nicer so I think it was a good investment into the house. The backyard is going to get a new patio, some Xeriscape and a gas fire pit. This will be a really good house for entertaining. Stay tuned, we should start patching it all back up soon and moving towards paint, kitchen and tile jobs next.


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Santee Wrap-Up

This Santee project comes to a bittersweet end. It was 8 long weeks of renovation, we were hit with multiple rain delays, material mis-orders, and unexpected mishaps but we finally brought her over the finish line and it’s now active on the market and for sale, ready for a new family. $549,000 MLS#170009540. The previous owners sold this house direct to us As-Is and paid No Realtor Commissions or Closing Costs. We make it easy to Sell a San Diego House!

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This project got a new roof, stucco, windows, doors, complete paint, new kitchen, baths, flooring and landscaping.

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The kitchen came out really nice. We used the Grey Shaker cabinets again but this time with Oil Rubbed Bronze hardware. The Quartz countertops and zero-radius sink gave it a contemporary feel. My favorite is the reclaimed wood look kitchen floor tile.

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The high ceilings in the living room provide for a real refreshing feeling and the light cascades in from all angles with abundant windows bringing in the view to surrounding mountains.

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I continued the Grey Shaker cabinets into the bathroom as well. If you guys are painting your home in brown tones you are really behind the curve. Grey is the New Beige in Home Design and is really On Trend now.

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Chula Vista project done!

Our new Chula Vista project in done! We finished and sold it over the holidays. I am really happy with the way it came out, we did a complete cosmetic rehab and opened the floorplan up. The original hardwood floors were refinished instead of putting down laminate like most guys do. This project got a new kitchen, 2 new baths, paint in and out, new windows and some landscaping. The seller contacted us after inheriting the property, it was a great family home with lots of memories.  I paid Cash for this house and of course we always buy them As-Is. We closed on their optimal date after giving them time to do an Estate Sale, it was a win-win for everyone. It is a great house in the popular Chula Vista neighborhood, just was very outdated and in need of a remodel. I really like the way it came out with the island kitchen and open floorplan. We Buy Houses in San Diego County if you are thinking of selling!


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Clairemont Remodel Sold in 2 days!

We love Clairemont and own several rental properties in this neighborhood. I’ve been buying houses in Clairemont since 2004 so we know the neighborhood well. These homes were built in the late 50’s for the troops coming home after the war and it was named after the builders wife, Claire.  This house we bought “As-Is” and completely remodeled it for resale. The white Shaker style kitchen cabinets and ceramic subway backsplash are timeless. We did grey quartz counters to break it up and matched the grout. It sold in the first weekend with multiple offers over asking price! If you want to Sell Your San Diego House in Clairemont please call us! We pay cash, pay all closing costs and escrow fees, and always buy As-Is! This seller saved $$24,000 by not hiring a Realtor and selling straight to me!

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Green Button Homes Favorite Projects

Modern Bungalow ~ New Construction

Mid Century Modern ~ Remodel

Historic Victorian ~ Remodel

Craftsman Bungalow ~ Remodel

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We Buy Houses With Code Violations

The City Of San Diego has a department called Neighborhood Code Compliance that will respond to complaints from the community and will visit your property and look for health, safety and building code violations. Once you have been targeted there is no way to get them off your back without bringing your home into compliance. They commonly show up for what they call substandard buildings which include illegal room additions, abandoned vehicles, unkept lawns, high grass and un-permitted construction work. As defined by California Health and Safety Code (H&SC), Section 17920.3, a substandard building is any building or portion thereof in which certain conditions exist to the extent that it endangers the health and safety of its occupants or the public

Once they determine the violations, you will receive a Civil Penalty Notice and Order. This notifies you that fines will be imposed if the violation is not corrected by a certain date. If these fines go unpaid they turn into Liens on the Property, which could eventually result in court order to pay from the City Attorney. If the fines plus admin fees are still not paid you will lose the property to foreclosure. You will not be able to refinance or sell without paying these liens. In addition, its hard to sell the property listing with Realtors if you have a Code Violation because buyers will typically try and get a loan for the house and the Code Violation shows up as a cloud on the Title Report and banks wont lend on it.

If you are in this situation and have received a Code Compliance Violation from the City of San Diego and cannot remedy the situation, please call us and we will buy the house. We pay cash from private investors so there is no problem when the code violation on the title report for us. Here is a house we bought this week in Imperial Beach that has 9 City violations that include an illegal room addition, un-permitted front porch enclosure, illegal use of garage as a dwelling unit, and a violation for disabled vehicles in the driveway. Once we close on the transaction we will remodel the house with permits and work together with the City to remove the violations.

If you have a house with a Code Violation or Code Compliance issue in San Diego that is turning into a headache, Contact Us and I will make you a hassle free offer. We use licensed 3rd party Escrow and Title companies to handle the transaction and can close in 10 days.

It’s a Family Tradition ~ Green Button Homes

The Tarrant boys like to build. 77 years later and here I am following in my grandfathers footsteps, developing real estate and building spec houses. Here’s a fun picture of my Grandfather R.W. “Poppy” Tarrant’s custom home that he built for his family in the late 1930’s.  The house was on Overbrook Lane in the upscale area of Houston, Texas known today as River Oaks. This house was torn down in the early 2000’s.

After selling the first house to a local attorney, he then drew up his own plans and specs and built this home in the 3600 block of Wickersham Lane in River Oaks. In 1943 this house only cost $15,000 to build. In today’s inflation adjusted dollars that equals $202, 460.00.

Here is Poppy, my dad Tom Tarrant Sr. and uncle Bobby Tarrant outside the Wickersham house

Carlsbad Plans

Here’s a glimpse at the front elevation of the modern Carlsbad new construction house we have in the works. It’s a 4/3 at roughly 4000 total square feet. I’m real happy with the design.. its got clean lines, big horizontal planes and heavy overhangs. More design detail to come as well as some 3D modeling so you can get a feel for the floorplan. The Carlsbad permitting process wont be a quick process, we are now only working towards Coastal Development Approval and then we get to submit the detailed house plans. Completion date in 2014.

Sell Your San Diego House

We are still busy Buying Houses here in San Diego and helping homeowners find solutions to their Real Estate problems. It’s been a busy Summer but we are still looking to buy more houses!

Last month we bought this Paradise Hills house directly from the sellers who were retired veterans and had got a couple months behind on their mortgage payments. They didn’t want to work with realtors because most of their equity would have been spent on the realtor commissions. Their lender Green Tree, wouldn’t cooperate with a loan modification and refinancing of their VA loan was out of the question because there were major repairs that needed to be made to the property, namely an empty swimming pool in the backyard which needed to be filled in.

After visiting the house we made them a cash offer and immediately contacted their lender for a payoff amount so the harassing phone calls stopped. To help the elderly sellers we even advanced some funds before the sale closed so they could rent a suitable house. They will walk away with over $25,000 cash in their pocket and be saved of having a foreclosure on their credit. We love helping people and make sure its a win-win for both parties.

I bought this house in Clairemont this month after the seller, who is the executor of a family trust, contacted me and wanted to liquidate the asset so the beneficiaries could cash out. The challenging issue with this deal was that the home needed extensive repairs so a lender would likely not lend on it.

We made the sellers a cash offer and agreed to take the house in its As-Is condition, we never request anyone to make repairs. We closed escrow 12 days later and the heirs to the estate received their portion of the proceeds.  Another win-win situation for both parties, no other homebuyer in town would let the seller stay in the house for a year after receiving their funds!

Another purchase this month was this house on Dictionary Hill in Spring Valley. It’s a huge 3200 sf custom but needs an extensive remodel. The house had great bones, but years of deferred maintenance. The sellers had been busy with their careers and didn’t have the time to make repairs or keep up with this huge house. They didn’t want to list it with a realtor and have to clean, pay to fix everything, and then hassle with all the showings so they called us.

Out of their equity they would have also paid $15,000 in Realtor fees which was a big portion of their equity they needed to put down on their new house. Here is how fast we work; after getting the call on a Friday, I visited the home Saturday morning and made an offer. By Monday we agreed on a sale price and opened escrow.  5 days later the deal closed and they got their check! The sellers had accumulated a lot of little stuff in the house that would have been time consuming and costly to haul out, so they were happy that we didn’t require them to haul it off or clean anything on the way out.

If you want to Sell a San Diego House Fast, give us a call and we will work around your specific situation to try and structure a deal that works for both parties. More information about the homebuying process and how we arrive at an offer price can be found at the following link: http://tomtarrant.com/we-buy-houses-san-diego/

Contact me by clicking here or simply call (619) 438-0234 for a hassle free, no-obligation offer for your unwanted real estate. Your privacy is our main concern and we don’t share your information with anyone.

Happy Independence Day!

Flipping San Diego

It looks like A&E finally green lighted the announcement of a new Flip This House team for 2013. It’s our friend Chief Denney here in San Diego with a new show called Flipping San Diego. Chief does really nice work, has a lot of integrity when it comes to renovating houses and furthermore is a graduate of New School of Architecture here in San Diego.  What you guys are in store for this upcoming season on Flip This House from the San Diego team will be unlike any other season in the past so its a must see for house flipping fans. Sorry but there wont be any painting over rotten wood, shoddy lipstick rehabs, faked arguments with contractors or staged open house sales. I’m looking forward to the spotlight on the hot San Diego house flipping scene, and happy to see that it will involve someone ethical with good design sense and doing quality rehabs to show the nation how California does it! Tune into the new Flip This House season debuting July 20th on A&E.

Over the years we’ve been approached by 3 different production companies to do realty shows but never found the right “fit”, you might remember this old post http://tomtarrant.com/another-real-estate-reality-show-offer/

New Carlsbad Lagoon Lot

I picked up this 1.3 acre parcel in Old Carlsbad on Aqua Hedionda Lagoon last week and am getting started on plans for a 3500+ s.f. contemporary custom home. You can see its very close to Carlsbad Lagoon where there are fun summer activities like wakeboarding, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding although the beach is still only 1 mile away. I’ve got about 30 hours of due diligence in with The City already and feel pretty good about the parcel although its never had a house on it after a sub division lot split in 1980. There are a lot of challenges with this lot but neighboring parcels have all been developed or received approval. This lot is also in the Coastal Commission area which requires Coastal Development Approval before any grading, public improvement or building plans can be approved.

Home values in this area of Carlsbad are very strong with values in the $1M range. It’s going to be a long permitting process this summer though before we can break ground, I’ve already hired a civil engineer to do a new Topography Survey from which we can do a Preliminary Site Plan with elevations, drainage and grading. Additionally, we are required to submit a Geo Report for the soils and a Bio Report that documents endangered plant and wildlife on the lot, namely Coastal Scrub Brush and the infamous Gnat Catcher bird. Once we can get all this in to the City we’ll be considered for a Coastal Development Permit after a 30-day wait, and then we can start actually working on the house plans. This whole process could easily take 6 months from what I’m told so don’t expect to see me start grading next weekend. This is going to be a really fun project, we are really excited to also be doing something in North County and leaning more modern with this home design.  I’ll share some of the prelim info as we get into this and start playing with conceptual designs and eventually work towards another 3D model of the house and site.