New Otay Mesa Project!

New Otay Mesa Project!

Look at this new purchase we just made down near the Mexico/USA border in Otay Mesa! This house was a long term rental with a lot of deferred maintenance although it is on a great street with really good neighbors. I had been in disussions with this homeowner for quite a while and then when COVID hit (they actually got sick) the plans to sell the house were put on hold.

I always personally follow up with the leads we get. When you sell to us you deal with me personally through the whole transaction. Hundreds of San Diego homeowners have sold to me personally over the years. I have more experience navigating through the sale process than most real state agents. We always use a local escrow company that handle the transactions for us. These sellers appreciated my non-pushy nature and we finally struck a deal and closed the sale within 2 weeks with the tenant in place. Selling a house usually requires cleaning and fixing things as well as getting it vacant. In this case I acquired the tenants with the house and worked with them in a legal and ethical manner to relocate. In the case of this property, we paid $40,000 more than a competitor that solicited them! With 15 years of local homebuying experience, we are the most trusted choice for an easy home sale in San Diego with no realtors involved getting commissions.

Stay tuned for the remodel on this one and we appreciate referrals and are always looking to buy more houses in San Diego.


Vista Flip Sold!

Vista Flip Sold!

No sooner did this hit the market than we got multiple offers and it is now SOLD to the new owner. We got $860,000 which was way more than anticipated in the sellers market we are experiencing in San Diego. This was a massive project that took 2 months to remodel. We hauled off 9 dumpsters of debris from the property during the job. This was one of the best lots at the end of a private culdesac and coming in at nearly 1/3 of an acre.

The house was a 3 bedroom, 2 bath with a huge master suite that included attached indoor laundryroom and a fireplace. This area of Vista in San Diego is a little more commercial than most areas we work in but it was a nice location just a block from a Elementary school. We did everything possible to this house from a new roof down to fixing a crack in the slab foundation. 

 We opened up this kitchen to make the most of our space. Clean white Shaker cabinets and quartz counterops were used per our normal package. I love the open shelving area next to the fridge and the abundance of white subway tile gives a real timeless look that wont go out of style. Home design trends for 2022 have leaned a little more modern, but I hesitate to follow so as to appeal to most homebuyers. We buy a lot of houses FSBO, For Sale By Owner to remodel and resell. 

We bought this property directly from an out-of-state landlord who was tired of the tenants and lack of timely rent payments. We paid cash and took it “as-is” and it took almost a year to get things turned around.

We left the backyard a huge blank canvas for the future homeowner to create the space of their dreams however I did add a gravel driveway guessing that someone would have big trucks who would want to live in this location. You never know who will end up buying the property, my landscaper fell in love with it but the buyer ended up not even having the need for it.

The colors for this project were:

Exterior Siding: James Hardi Evening Blue

*special note. The pics are shot in HDR and do not accurately reflect this true color which is way darker and more of a grey/blue.

Exterior Trim: SW Pure White

Interior Walls: SW Drift of Mist

Interior Trim: SW Snowbound

Another Serra Mesa Remodel Complete!

Another Serra Mesa Remodel Complete!

We wrapped up what turned out to be my favorite house flipping project in Serra Mesa. I’ve bought and remodeled probably 5-6 in this neighborhood, but this one came out to perfection! No faster did the home  hit the market for sale over the Labor Day weekend than we got multiple offers and it is now in escrow sold to a new buyer. Thanks to everyone who helped and made this transformation come to life! Keep us in mind for any fixer-upper “as-is” homes, we are always looking for a house to buy and transform into something special!

Exterior Paint Color: SW 7008 Alabaster

Interior Paint Color: SW 9166 Drift of Mist

Front Door Color: HDC-CL-18 Cellini Gold

Bamboo Woven Kitchen Pendant Lights: Urban Outfitters


Emerald Hills Project Done!

Emerald Hills Project Done!

We just wrapped up this 2021 house flip in the great San Diego neighborhood called Emerald Hills. This is one of the still semi-affordable neighborhoods left with prices in the mid 600’s. I had purchased this house directly from the homeowner who wanted to sell it without making ay repairs or paying realtor commissions. The remodel came out great as you can see. After listing for $650,000,  this home went under contract and is now in escrow to a new owner. It’s a very rewarding to improve the neighborhoods and make a difference in the community we love and call home.

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The design styles we picked for this project are meant to appeal to a large number of buyers. I did not want to get too specific or trendy and turn anyone away. When working within a budget it is critical to spend the money in the right places and not cut corners. Most house flippers in San Diego use flooring that costs close to $1.00 per square foot. We use water resistent wide plank and spend over $3.00 per square foor. All the interior doors and base boards are changed as well using a higher end single panel design instead of the less-expensive 6-panel door others use.  I like the second driveway this house has and ability provided for boat or RV parking off street. You can even pull all the way back into the back yard if you want. We did new kitchen, bathrooms, flooring and paint to make this great home ready for a new family.

The design styles we picked for this project are meant to appeal to a large number of buyers. I did not want to get too specific or trendy and turn anyone away. I like the second driveway this house has and ability provided for boat or RV parking off street. You can even pull all the way back into the back yard if you want. We did new kitchen, bathrooms, flooring and paint to make this great home ready for a new family.

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Green Button Homes is the original We Buy Houses company in San Diego. We have bought hundreds of houses directly from San Diegans and provided solutions to real estate problems and alternative home selling options for almost 20 years. If you have an unwanted rental house, inherited property or just want an easy hassle-free sale please contact us here on the website. 

Uni Hts Restoration

Uni Hts Restoration

I am so proud of what we have done with this project that just wrapped up today and is hitting the market for sale for $899.000. While this home is built in 1947, it’s not technically “historic” per se, but the neighborhood of Mission Cliff Gardens is second to none as far as history goes for San Diego Metro neighborhoods. Located in University Heights near Trolley Barn Park, this is one truly special pocket of homes, some of which overlook expansive Mission Valley.

The mid-century architecture on this home was all left intact so as not to alter the character. Casement windows, bold horizontal lines, big overhangs and horizontal wood siding all give this the Palm Springs vibe but in a million-dollar San Diego view location very close to downtown.

The exterior house colors are Sherwin Williams HGSW3282 Woodland Lichen for the body and Sherwin William HGSW3174 Lennox Hill Tan for the trim. These Sherwin Willams colors are from a new collection they did in partnership with HGTV and you can find the at Home Depot. The front door accent color is SW6606. The green body is very bold and makes a huge masculine statement in person. The satin sheen was perfect on our 70-year-old wood siding.

We kept the inside of this home mostly period correct and didnt even take out the original kitchen cabinets. Interior wall colors are SW9166 Drift of Mist which is our current favorite, trims are SW7004 Snowbound. The flooring we picked is light and beachy from Floor and Decor and is waterproof to allow it running straignt into the Retro kitchen.

We buy houses in San Diego. If you are considering selling your house as-is to a house flipper, or someone like Green Button Homes who will take great care of it, please call us for an offer. Purchaseing homes direct without agents involved makes it very easy and hassle-free. When Green Button Homes buys your house you are not asked to make any repairs or pay agent comissions. We remove all the uncertainty out of the process.

Rancho PQ Remodel is Live!

Rancho PQ Remodel is Live!

We did it! My Rancho Penasquitos project is complete and now live on the market. I am so proud how this came out, we really went above and beyond and took the time to make things right as always. It hit the San Diego MLS on Thursday just before the long 3 day holiday weekend. There has been 40 showings and we have multiple overs over asking. It is really a great house and best wishes to the lucky buyer who will make this their new home.

I sent these photos to the lady who sold us the house in December, she was so happy to see what we have done. 

Hi Tom, 
The house looks absolutely amazing!   I love the lowered entryway, everything you did with the kitchen, the bathrooms, they all have great finishes.  The outside looks soo much better.  
Thanks so much for sharing!

Here are the final pictures that were shot by Rancho Photos.

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Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen. We continue to look for more outdated properties to buy, please keep an eye out and reach out to us if you think we might be interested.