The musty smell of neglect greeted the two investors as they stepped past the waist-high weeds and peeling paint to cross the threshold of the latest prize: a boarded-up two-story house in South Los Angeles. Shards of glass crunched underfoot. The men spied a shoe-sized hole in one wall and an empty can of Steel Reserve beer on the floor. “This is not bad,” chirped Robert Fragoso, complimenting his friend Olivier Clamagirand on his new purchase. Two days before, Clamagirand paid $180,000 for the lender-owned home on Second Avenue, six blocks east of Crenshaw High. His plan is to spend $45,000 on repairs and sell the house for about $320,000.
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With home prices reaching unprecedented heights and interest rates soaring, the discerning nature of today’s buyers requires all agents to employ every possible advantage. Simply put, cutting corners on staging is a risky move that risks prolonged market presence.