3 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying That Fixer-upper Home


3 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying That Fixer-upper Home

The idea of buying a home that will need a fair bit of renovating can seem like a great investment opportunity, but some renovations come with high prices and may actually end up costing you more than you think. If you’re trying to determine whether or not a fixer-upper is worth the cost, here are some important things to consider.

What Will It Cost?        

If you’re going into a home expecting a few renovations costs, a minor detail here or there may not add up to much. However, if you’re not interested in spending the big bucks on making changes, you’ll want to estimate an approximate amount of how much the renovations you don’t want to live without will amount to. By including all the necessary labor and materials, you’ll be able to determine if the price-point of your offer will be worth it. Keep in mind that if there are any serious issues with the house, it may not be worth your while to consider the purchase at all.

Will Renovations Increase The Value?        

In the event that you’re buying a home for its investment value, it’s going to be particularly important to consider if the renovations required will actually increase its market value. While adding another bedroom or upgrading a bathroom may not add significantly to a home’s overall price, certain more inexpensive improvements like painting, refinishing and new siding can actually add a lot to the look (and worth) of your home.

How Much Are You Willing To Take On?        

It’s easy to think that you’re prepared to do the dirty work when faced with a fixer-upper, but getting down to brass tacks may not be so simple when the time comes. Before taking on a home that needs a lot of renovation, consider how much you’re willing to do so that you can determine if fixing it up will even be an economic boon after all the labor that may go into it. If you’re not a DIY kind of person, you may want to avoid a house that has a long list of repairs.

A fixer-upper can be tempting for those who want to invest or save on a home purchase, but you’ll want to carefully consider if it will be a good choice when it comes to selling time. If you’re currently perusing the market for a home, you may want to contact one of our real estate professionals for more information.

If you desire to buy or sell a home in Boise or Meridian, please contact me today.

Heath Van Patten, Realtor, Call/Text #208.284.5081
NextHome Treasure Valley
Meridian, Idaho


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9949 W Whirlaway, Boise

Here is a nice home in a great neighborhood.  Watch this VIDEO/Aerial Tour. It’s just like walking through the house.

It was just painted inside and out, has nice looking and easily cleaned manufactured wood flooring. With 2 skylights, a wood burning fireplace, and ample windows throughout this home your energy bills will be very low.

Much of the 9,100 sq. ft. lot is in the back and the few neighbors also have large, tree studded backyards.  There is plenty of room for your ‘white board’ plans to become a reality. There is a good size shed, grow boxes, sitting areas and a large, covered patio. Just right for family and friends to gather for barbecues and activities.

The seller has priced 9949 W Whirlaway such that the home should sell quickly. I wouldn’t hesitate seeing it for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

Happy New Years

Hey All,


As you can see, I have been absent for a little over a week now. It was by design. I know how much everyone loves to read these posts, but I thought it would be best to start setting new traditions with my family as this is the first year for a lot of things. So, one of those new traditions is to spend time completely unplugged from work for a few days so I am solely focused on my wife and new baby.


But, now that the Christmas holiday is over, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Please stay safe and enjoy the end of one 365 day chapter, and the start of the next. I pray that you are all blessed abundantly and that you have a very fruitful 2019.


If there is anything that I can do to help, please let me know! I look forward to talking with everybody I can. I am so excited for what is in store in the coming year.


Blessings to all!! Be good, work hard, and enjoy the things you have been given.

End of Day Thoughts 12.20.18

Good Evening Folks,


I hope that you are having a marvelous day. It is the Thursday before Christmas, so I hope you are finishing up your shopping…or in some cases, I hope that you are starting it soon!


Anyway, my thoughts are short and sweet today. Again, I want to mention the book I am reading by author Grant Cardone, the book is Sell or Be Sold, and I wanted to remind everyone out there that no matter what you do in life, any profession you choose, this basic principal is being lived out. Its not rocket science, its just a reality. Most of the time the product you are selling to people: yourself. You are your biggest commodity that you will trade. When you want to be successful in life, in any aspect, remember that you have to buy into, fully into, whatever it is you want other people to buy into also. This is a skill that takes daily work and a lifetime to master.


I hope that you all have a great Christmas, or whatever holiday you might be celebrating this time of the year. I do how that you will read and enjoy my blog posts, and maybe drop a comment on them. I would love to hear feedback from you, as you are the consumer.


Also, remember to sign up for the raffle. I will be announcing the restaurant that you can win a gift card to. All it takes is for you to register for your Client Portfolio on my website. Quick and simple. The contest is running until the end of the year, so don’t delay, only a few days left.


I hope that you all have a great holiday season.


Merry Christmas!

End of Day Thoughts 12.19.18

Happy Wednesday Evening Everyone!!


I hope that everyone is having a fantastic day. Before I get to my thought for the day, I just wanted to remind everyone that I am waiting for you all to subscribe to your very own Client Portfolio to get yourself entered into my raffle and earn yourself a gift card to a restaurant that I will announce later on this week. Tell as many people about it as you can, have them come on over to the website to get signed up to win!!


Alright, for todays thoughts: I am reading this book Sell Or Be Sold: How to get your way in business and in life by Grant Cardone, and if you are like me you probably have never heard of it, but now you have. I am only a few chapters into the book and I think that everyone in any profession should read it. It will give you a new outlook on how to go about doing your job and it will be a great tool to help move you forward through your career, or maybe even encourage you to start the career you have always wanted. Now, as an aside: like I said, I am only a few chapters into the book (of which the book is not a long read) and because I am only a few chapters into it, I am reserving my right to change my mind at a later date if I think it to be necessary.


Back to the Thoughts. I will probably write a little bit each day about what I learned and the practical applications for my working life. To begin: today, upon starting the book, Sell or Be Sold, author Grand Cardone talks about being aware of people giving you advice and false information (he calls false data). Now, for most of you, this is probably a no-brainer. Like, duh!! For others of you, I want to echo and encourage what Mr. Cardone was talking about; when you start looking into your career paths, looking to change jobs, or take on some new venture, be very careful about the stuff that you absorb and listen to. I am not saying don’t listen to people, that’s not what I am saying at all, but be careful not to take the advice of those that have never gone before you. Shockingly, the example that Mr. Cardone used in his book that applied to his own life is one that I have been looking into as part of my career: owning an apartment complex. Echoing what he wrote, the responses I have gotten when I tell people about my goals are typically negative, and most of them have come from people that have never owned, looked into owning, or even know of someone owning a complex. Which begs the question for someone like myself: why would I listen to those people when they have no working knowledge of what it takes to do (insert whatever it is you want here)?


I want to encourage each of you to take inventory of those around you and really ask yourself if those people are helping you achieve the success you want in your career. Are they people that have intimate knowledge of what you are working on, and is their advice coming to you from a place of understanding and/or experience, or is the stuff they spew something that they heard that is no different than that of an urban legend or myth?


And my final Though for the day about the book I am reading is this, pulled straight off page 28 of Sell or Be Sold, when it comes to whatever you are doing: “Commit and be done with it!” Whatever you do, get into it. You will never be great at your chosen profession if you are not fully committed to being a professional in that field. I would bet money that there isn’t a single person in the world that dominates any one field that isn’t fully vested in whatever it is they are doing. The “greats” of this world hone their craft, they spend countless hours trying, failing, and perfecting what it is they do. So, if you want to be better than you are right now, find a way to dig deep into what you do.


Alrighty all, I hope that wasn’t too much writing for you. I do try to keep these posts to 5-10 minute reads, I don’t want to take up all your time.


If there is anything that I can do to help you, please let me know. Call/text/email, all are perfectly good options of getting ahold of me. And the last thing before I sign off, remember to sign up for your Client Portfolio!! When you do, you will be entered to win a gift card to a restaurant (to be named on Friday).


Have a great week, I will write to you all soon!!

End of Day Thoughts 12.18.18

Howdy All,


Merry Christmas!! My first thought of the day is this, we should say Merry Christmas more. Not happy holidays, its so banal and takes away from the spirit of the holiday and the reason for the season. Ok, that’s my thought.


My second one, going to the doctor sucks. I have managed to get sick after each dr visit for me daughter. I am 3 for 3. She was born, got sick; first check up, got sick; second check up and immunizations, got sick….this is dumb. I get sick more after going to the place that is supposed to make you better than I do outside of it…I am pretty sure the last time I got sick was right after I moved to Texas…that was like 3 years ago now…this is ridiculous. Also, this is why my End of Day Thoughts are being posted so early today, I can’t actually talk so most of what I need to get done is being rescheduled. Ok, end of thought.


My third thought, more work related, I love reading up on what I can do to grow in my new industry. Being new to it, I get to absorb as much as I can and implement it in a way that works for me, or find out that certain things don’t work for me and I can scrap it. So, I was reading about a way to run successful open houses earlier. I have only done 2 to this point and 1 was very successful, and the other was not; however, I got to learn from those experiences and today I received an e-mail specifically talking about how to run them and the techniques to use to successfully follow up with those clients. I absolutely loved it. Great information and I can’t wait to run another open house to try and use those new found tools! Who knew that learning could be fun?! School definitely didn’t teach me that.


Ok, my final thought. A few days ago, I wrote briefly about a contest I am going to do…it’s more of a raffle. I am working on a way to track the results so I can choose a winner, but, the raffle itself is going to be for a $25 gift card to a local Treasure Valley restaurant. I won’t say which one just yet though. You have to keep checking back for that reveal.


Now, the way the raffle will work: in order to qualify, you must go onto my website, which you should be at already as you read this, click on CLIENT PORTFOLIO, and register fully for your personalized Client Portfolio (please include your name and phone number). Once you have completed that, you will have your name included in to the raffle. When the raffle submission period ends, I will do a live video of the drawing with everyone’s names entered, and I will announce who will received the restaurant gift card.


And the last thing to know: the raffle registration starts now and will run through the end of the year! And, I will do the drawing after the start of the new year, Thursday, January 3rd, 2019. What a great way to start the new year: winning a raffle!


Alrighty everyone, thank you for checking in and reading. Let everyone you can think of know about the raffle, sign up and win!


Have a great day, stay healthy, and Merry Christmas!

End of Day Thoughts 12.14.18

Good Evening Folks,


I first want to apologize for not posting much this week. I have had a crazy busy week with meetings and family. No excuses, I should be more diligent and squeeze this in, but I did have a few things to attend to.


Anyway, to the thoughts: I have to say that starting a business can be a challenge, but the thing that I have found to help alleviate the challenge is to establish a group of people around you that are good at what they do so you can lean on them. So, I just want to give a quick shout out to all the people that I have had meetings with and say thank you! It is because of you that my business will thrive. I cannot wait to send referrals to each one of you and work with you to help our customers have the best experiences that they can while buying and selling real estate. I have had a phenomenal time learning about the services that each of you offer and I cannot express my interest enough about doing business with you. It is truly fun to go to work every day when you have the opportunity to meet people like you that are passionate about their work and that want to share that passion with someone like me who is just getting the foundation for a future in real estate built.


Just a fun little tidbit, I have talked to a few people now about building custom homes. So, as I have mentioned, I have sat down with numerous people and discussed what they have to offer my business, and a handful of them have expressed interest in building their own homes. And, I think that is so cool!!! I mean, how many places do you know of that aren’t already developed, that offers you the ability to build your own home, the way you want it, and at a very reasonable price?! I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of many. Now, I leave that thought here because: if that sounds like something that you are interested in, I definitely want to talk to you more!! I want you to hop on over to the ABOUT section of my website (www.jnoblerealty.com just in case you want to share this idea with any of your friends), again, follow the ABOUT section of my website and fill out the CONTACT ME form that is there. I want to get ahold of you and discuss the possibility of you having your home built just the way that you like it.


And, on my last thought, I want to say a huge thank you to Heath Van Patten. He has been a truly fantastic resource for me to start my real estate business and has been helping me build my brand. He has been helping guide my thoughts on what I can do to start getting my name out there, and I just want everyone that reads this to know that Heath has been huge in starting me down a promising career in real estate. Also, thanks to Heath (have to give credit where credit is due), I want everyone to be on the look out for my End of Day Thoughts that I will be doing soon that will introduce the first contest I will hold. Be on the look out and stay tuned in the coming weeks for that announcement and information on how to participate and win!!


I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. Please contact me if you need help in the real estate world. If you want, you can reach me through the website, under the about section, or if it is more immediate call/text/e-mail. All of those work too:


Jonathan Noble




Have a blessed weekend, and I will check in next week!

End of Day Thoughts 12.10.18

Hello All,


I hope that you are having a great start to the week and that the week is full of good news and cheer!!


My thoughts are going to short and sweet today. I was able to get the leads pull from my Facebook ad and I was thoroughly shocked that I had a lead. The ads are relatively inexpensive and I was able to get a lead from it, which turned into a referral for another agent in another state. I was thrilled!! I love that I can help people in other states and areas!


Also, I got my weekly newsletter today from one of my loan officers, and I got confirmation that the lending percentages are the same as they were last week for them. Its nice to see that loan percentages are starting to level out instead of rise, at least for the time being. I know that they are subject to change on a moments notice, but people were starting to get concerned about the rates. I am hoping that they stay where they are for a while.


Last quick thought, as a parent, going to the doctor with your kiddo….SUCKS!!! I am pretty sure there is not a worse feeling that thinking that something might be wrong with your child.  Fortunately, my little girl does not have anything wrong! 🙂 I have never been so thankful to be wrong about something. She is just going through newborn changes 🙂


Anyway, those are my end of day thoughts. Short and sweet. I hope that you all have a great week and I will write again soon!


Let me know if there is anything that I can do to help you in any of your real estate endeavors. Send me an email, call, or text. Whatever works best for you!!


Have a great evening!

End of Day Thoughts 12.7.18

Hey Everyone,


I hope you are all enjoying the weather that you are having, wherever you are!! Today is a great day, everyday is a great day, and I hope you all know that.


My end of day thoughts are going to be geared towards the information I read about to do, a recap if you will 😉 as you all know that I have not been doing this realty thing for too long now. I make no bones, I am new to it, and I love all the information that I am constantly receiving.


Today, I was looking at charts and graphs, reading explanations about what I was looking at, and I realized that the Treasure Valley is a fantastic place to invest in. It is like the best kept secret. Who would think that Idaho would be a desirable place to live? Now, that isn’t a dig at Idaho, because I absolutely love it. But, I do remember when I was talking to my wife, thinking, Idaho…we picked Idaho…what could we possibly be going there for…(aside) doubt is a dream killer. Anyway, I remember saying these things to myself and questioning the decision that we made. And then: we got here! Let me tell you what, when you wake up in the morning to snow covered grasses, snowy mountains, warm/friendly communities of people…all doubt goes away. I wish I moved here sooner, because its perfect.


And, I know that I am not alone in this. The numbers in the charts say it. People are moving here, people are making money on their homes, there is economic diversity and mobility. Right now, there is no downside to the Treasure Valley, except…we need more homes for the people who are trying to relocate. Anyway, the numbers: so year to date, sales continue to increase. So far, there have  been 431 more homes sold that are existing homes, aka resale homes, and, there are over 500 new sales of new constructions…that is a lot of movement in the Valley. And the prices are going up, people who are selling are getting more for their money and they are able to take that money and re-invest into a more expensive home, all while keeping their mortgage payments relatively close to what they had before (I will say this about that statement: not everyone has the same situation, I am generalizing and speaking to the potential your home can sell for and then a new home you can buy. Consult your mortgage officer before making any decisions). It truly is amazing. There is no bad time to buy here in the Treasure Valley.


Alright, as promised, I won’t drone on. I just wanted to share a little bit about what I have gathered that I found important today. Also, for any of you reading this after seeing my Facebook Live video, I am still learning and getting comfortable with the whole live streaming thing. I am not a photo person, and certainly not a video person (my wife will attest to that) and so I am far out of my comfort zone when doing it. I say this only because I want to make a point: stepping out of your comfort zone is not a bad thing!! There is a ton of stuff in this world to experience, and not all of it will be comfortable but it can be very rewarding if you take the leap. Video blogging and discussion, certainly one of the last things I want to do with my day, but you know what…it is worth it. I can reach more people that way, and they can see my face so they feel connect to me, I think it’s all a good thing. Plus, I learn a new skill: talking to a camera! In today’s digital age, it is something that we should all be familiar with, in my opinion.


Anyway, everyone: Have a fantastic weekend!! I hope you enjoy your holiday festivities. Stay safe, keep your loved ones close, and enjoy them! I am going to get a small tree this weekend with my wife so we can decorate and have some holiday cheer around or place, you all should do the same 🙂


Have a great weekend! I will post again soon.


Let me know if you have any sort of questions regarding anything in the real estate world, I would love to talk to you. If you want to talk about moving to the Treasure Valley, let me know! I would love to help you out.

End of Day Thoughts 12.6.18

Hello World,


I hope that you are all having a wonderful and blessed day; I know that I am.


Today’s thoughts…it’s been a long day…that’s a thought 😉 But, seriously. Today, I was able to attend a networking group that was probably the coolest networking group I have attended to date, and heard of…pretty much ever!! Treasure Valley Givers, google it and check out their Facebook…or just go to their Facebook. Anyway, I was able to sit through the meeting today and listen to what this networking group is really about. And, like other networking groups, they do have a business focus, but really, their attention is turned towards helping out in the community. They choose a local non-profit organization every year and they work on finding ways to help them. It was said that there are something like 7000 non-profits in Idaho (If anyone is reading this that is apart of Treasure Valley Givers, please, correct anything I mistake). 7000!! That is crazy! And then, to follow that up, apparently Idaho is ranked 47th in the US is charitable contributions by the public.


Stop. Pause. Wait a minute. Hold the phone…..I could keep going, but I won’t…Let’s take a minute and think about this. I had to look it up because I was curious; Idaho, according to the Pew Research Center out of Washington, D.C., identifies as 67% Christian…now, the Pew Research Center lumps a lot of faiths under Christianity, but that isn’t the point. The point is, if there are that many people in the state that identify themselves this way, why then do we rank at 47th in charitable giving? I want you to ponder that for a second.


As I sat in this meeting today, I couldn’t help but be disappointed that this is the case. The best help people get isn’t from a government handout, but from people being in the community and attending to their immediate needs. And, that is exactly what this group of people do; they go into the community, they assist these non-profits, and they help them flourish in the community so the community can reap the benefits of these people who are so willing and dedicated to helping others. It is truly fantastic.


Anyway, I will leave my thoughts there, I could type and write all night, spewing my thoughts everywhere, but I won’t do that to you guys. If you want to check them out, https://www.facebook.com/TreasureValleyGivers/ , it is totally worth it. Maybe you too can get plugged in. Also, if you want to see where I got the 67% stat: www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/state/Idaho/


Thank you everyone for reading. I hope that you were at least slightly entertained.


If there is anything that I can do to help you find your NextHome, let me know the best way to contact you and I will get with you ASAP.


Thank you and God bless!