Why Buying A Duplex Is Like Senior Photos

bad duplexesBuying a duplex can be a lot like having your senior photos taken in high school.

Selecting the right outfit and photographer is a bit like getting pre-qualified for a loan and selecting a Realtor.

And if you decide you want to see every duplex on the market,  it’s kind of like digging through all the proofs where your eyes are half-closed or you had a hair sticking up on the back of your head.

What would that experience be like if, instead of weeding through 80 proofs (like I had to) in order to find the one or two good ones, you just saw the good ones?

And what if instead of seeing the duplexes with mold in the basement where the light fixtures had been ripped off the walls, you just saw the ones that were right for you?

There are a lot of duplexes listed for sale all over the Internet. And, if you’re anything like me, it’s easy to write a mental story of how wonderful the property is based on a few good or bad photos.

It’s easy to get discouraged when time and again, those stories don’t come true.

I used to show buyers a lot of duplexes. The more they saw, the more disappointed they became.

So I don’t do that anymore.

I ask my duplex buyers a lot of questions. And then I do my very best to run out and find properties that match their answers.

It saves us both a lot of time. And disappointment.