Case Study E 8th St Stockton CA Inherited House, Vacant House, Code Violations, Fire Damage, Termite Damage

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1835 E 8th St Stockton After
This 2 Bedroom 1 Bath House was Completely Remodeled and Converted into a 4 Bedroom 2 Bath Beautiful Home.

If this E 8th St house in Stockton CA didn’t already have enough issues to keep its owner up at night, the fire was the last straw.

The owner was used to dealing with maintenance issues at the vacant 2 bedroom 1 bathroom family house that he had inherited from his parents 7 years ago. The distressed house had sat vacant all of that time and was a bit of a target in south Stockton relatively close to a corner liquor store.

The house was a 2 bedroom 1 bath with 743 square feet and was built in 1945. The House had numerous deferred maintenance issues including, a collapsing roof and front porch,the  electrical had been stripped, the copper plumbing stolen, the sewer connection was broken and never reconnected to city services, deteriorated siding and the substructure was collapsing with termite infestation just to name a few.

Although the owner had tried to maintain the property, and planned to remodel and eventually rent it out he could not keep up with the maintenance and the ongoing vandalism that beset the property. After years of dealing with code violations, the cleanup and their fines and fees the last straw was a break-in and fire that was purposefully set by a vagrant.  To make matters worse the house was uninsured and the owner finally decided to sell when the health department stepped in a demanded he fix it or level it. The owner had no money and had run out of time.

Homeowner Concerns:

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With Extensive Fire Damage The Health Department Demanded a Clean up

The owner felt guilty that he had been unable to secure the house, keep up with all of the repairs and maintenance and was now saddled with a health Department order to fix the house or bulldoze it. The problem was that he didn’t have the money to do either and the Health Department did NOT care. They wanted the problem gone. Neighbors were complaining and the property had turned into a problem for everyone concerned.

The Owner was interested making sure he had no residual liability after it was sold and he was also interested in getting a fair price for the property. His initial calls were very skeptical and yet we continued to talk until he felt comfortable.

To his credit we negotiated an all cash purchase that would allow him to walk away without and further liability and to close within one week of our agreement. In order to do that we needed to get the county code enforcement and health departments to abate any more fines and fees until we could submit a plan for the cleanup and repairs. In the process the County approved the sale by transferring all code enforcement and health code violations to us as the new owners.

With that agreement in hand we purchased the property from the owner with the intention of fixing and updating the existing structure and also adding another bedroom and bath. The house lacked curb appeal and our challenges we numerous if we were going to be successful in this project.


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With a fire that leveled the garage and burned the back side of the House the owner needed to sell the house

With the San Joaquin County Code Enforcement and Health Departments demanding a massive cleanup a plan for securing the property and required repairs we immediately called for a meeting to negotiate our options. The first objective was to negotiate a time table in which both departments would satisfied without levying any new fines and penalties.

Our strategy was aggressive and we committed to having plans for a remodel and addition submitted within one week of the purchase. We also committed to completing the project with in 60 days of building plan approval.


Once we took ownership of the property and had plan approval we invested heavily into the clean up and renovating the property and converted the once 2 Bedroom 1 bath home into a 4 Bedroom 2 Bath home.




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