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Is Buying a Historic Home For You?

These days a lot of home buyers prefer a house that looks modern. With the craze of modern designs and features, these types of houses are often sought after by many people and come off the market much quicker. However, while these houses fit some people, others love the idea of owning something more vintage, especially if it comes with an interesting history with it. 

If you are into historic homes and want to own one, it is important to note that it will need maintenance on a more regular basis due to its age.  The exception, of course, is if you you want to renovate and update. In either scenario, of course you need to be prepared for broken pipes, leaks and a lot of other major flaws in the foundation, structure, and finishes. If you’re still on board to search for your dream historic home, there are some other things that should be understood and we’ll go through those together.

Imposed Restrictions

A lot of towns in the United States have planning and zoning commissions within their neighborhoods. This is to help preserve and protect the remaining historic homes within it. Because of this, renovating and rebuilding or altering a historic house requires approval or at times bureaucracy. For example, if you are planning to buy a house that is roughly one hundred years old, you may not be able to repair it as to how you like it because of the planning and zoning commissions. That alone gives you and idea on how serious  you would be if you were to own a historic home. A factor in what is “allowed” is whether the home is considered a landmark by governmental entities. Because of that restriction, repairs can take longer and would even be more expensive. Always consult with an architect when moving forward with owning and updating a home in this situation.

The Expenses of Restoration

Let’s be real, restoring a historic home is expensive from the get go. For example, a Victorian-era house was made with materials that are no longer available. Many more of those types of houses were built in the middle and late 19th century that would have been made with rare materials that will not be easily found today. It is challenging to restore a house with materials that are not equally comparable to the original, and that can often result in having to completely redo rather than restore. An additional element that can be expensive is the ornate details found in them such as the tiles used, wooden carvings, crown moldings and the light fixtures. It could get expensive if you want to track down the original materials or something from that same time period, and often that requires purchasing from overseas which is an additional and usually pricey expense. 

Repairing Can Be Time Consuming

The time it takes to repair a home like this is often why people opt to purchase a new home. The appeal of being able to move in right away – to avoid further expenses – is very strong. Buying a house is expensive by default, but there will be a larger financial cost for something that is historic. Being aware that the repairs are not always quick fixes and could take a long time is a major factor. There have even been instances of homes being in constant maintenance, so the job is not necessarily ever done. 

Pros and Cons of Buying a Historic Home

Like many kinds of homes, buying a historic home has its ups and downs. If you want to know if it’s a good idea to do so, here are the pros and cons of buying one:

Pros

  • A historic house certainly has its charm and character. Buying an old house with good history is like stepping back in time. It’s well-thought decor and design is something that a lot of people appreciate. From old fireplaces to antique chandeliers to unique doorknobs and knockers, owning a historic home is certainly something to be proud of.
  • You help in keeping the memory of the house alive. Buying a historic house is not only a good investment, but it is also a big help to the community or neighborhood you are living in. In many ways you are preserving not only the house’s history but also the community’s. 
  • Historic homes are packed with history, of course. A historic home is not only charming but it is also a place where an interesting story happened. It could be a house where a president was born or it used to be a place owned by someone very rich. Each house has its story to tell and if you are a big fan of history then you will definitely enjoy owning one that has a good story to tell. 
  • The architecture is one of a kind. A lot of old houses have very rare features that you cannot see with other houses. Take a look at houses that were made during the Victorian era, you can always tell that they are a Victorian house because they were built in a specific fashion. You cannot find houses or homebuilders that make them the way they used to. That being said, houses with Spanish, Colonial, and Federal styles all have very remarkable curb appeal.
  • A historic house is an investment. Buying a house is an investment, but buying a historic house is something much more. Studies show that houses with history have higher value in the long run. Not only that, a lot of local or state governments offer tax incentives to the owners or lower their loans in order to help restore it. 

Cons

Of course, it’s not all sunshine and butterflies when you own a historic house. It does come with its own set of difficulties so you have to be ready too:

  • For starters, it is very expensive to maintain. You might have the money today to buy that historic house and maintain, but it is important to be aware you will likely need a constant cash flow to keep up with the home. That is why you have to really think it through before you purchase one otherwise, it will just go to waste or time, money, and resources.
  • When it comes to Insurance, it is expensive to insure a historic home. Why? This is because many insurance companies don’t cover the type of coverage you need for the house. This means you have to get a historic property insurance which is one of the most expensive insurance policies you can get. Not only that, since historic houses are often old, there could be a lot of repairs to do so this could mean skyrocketing monthly insurance payments.
  • You have to follow the planning and zoning laws required by the town or local government. This is given to preserve the historic value of the property. So you can’t just renovate on your own or according to your wishes. There are rules to follow and they’re not always that easy. 
  • There are often more problems at hand than expected. Sure, the house may look okay on the outside but many old houses have other problems. There could be mold growing or even asbestos. Some old houses have termites which can ruin hard wood and the foundation. So before you take on a historic house, make sure to have it inspected by professionals thoroughly. Keep in mind that some old houses like that are not preserved properly so unless you are willing to take it and do the renovations, you have to make sure that the house is safe to live in.

Is it the house for you?

Buying a house that has contributed to American history is very exciting but before you do, make sure to weigh the pros and cons. If you have nothing to fear, money isn’t a problem and the good elements of the house outweighs the bad…then buying one is a good investment to make. It could be a costly investment but one that is very worth it in the long run so best of luck and enjoy the process!

Steven Kaplan
Steven Kaplan
07:40 18 Aug 21
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jerry gallegos
16:18 09 Aug 21
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Christopher Kampshoff
Christopher Kampshoff
00:30 07 Aug 21
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Kelly Brown
Kelly Brown
18:48 27 Jul 21
I attempted to work with Allen, from this company. He seemed very nice and I was curious about what their company would give me for my home, if there were no realtors commissions involved. He said he needed to see the house. He came over and took a bunch of pictures and said he would talk to his partner Ryan, (the numbers guy), and get back with me in a half an hour. I didn’t hear from him that day. The next day I received a text from him, saying he would contact me on Monday. On Monday, he texted to see if I could talk at 12:00? I said, yes, he never called. Tuesday I receive a call from a random realtor telling me that Allen’s company has referred me to him. I call Allen, of course, to ask him what the heck is going on and he says yes, I work with this realtor, but I didn’t give him your information, he pouched it from our website!! I then say, so are you going to work with me and I find out, exactly what I already knew, they couldn’t offer enough money for my house, so they are not going to make an offer, HUGE SURPRISE!! #1, if you want your personal information safe, do not work with this company and #2, if you want a good offer on your home, don’t work with this company. I bought my home 3 years ago, it’s in great condition, in a great zip code and the market is through the roof!! If you can’t buy a house and get close to what someone needs financially right now, I don’t know when you can! Pick another company besides this one!! There are many!! Stay far away from this particular WE BUY HOUSES FOR CASH!!! You have been warned!!!
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Carolyn Gobel
18:16 22 Jul 21
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Carlos Caballero
Carlos Caballero
19:15 23 Jun 21
Thank you guys for your help with my Grandmas home. It was in rough shape and she left so much stuff. We couldn’t have taken on cleaning it out and the project.
jesse phalin
jesse phalin
01:29 18 May 21
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Went above and beyond assisting me through this process. Helped me move my things and even let me leave what I wasn’t taking with me. Thanks for all of the hard work.
Kelly Stewart
Kelly Stewart
21:27 08 May 21
My husband handled the process but felt good dealing with this local company and they did not try to change price after seeing the house. They actually offered higher once they saw our home. Had 5 companies come our to give us bids and they all were bait and switch. They beat everyone’s offers too. We tried to list before and couldn’t sell. I don’t know why anyone would work with head aches of real estate agents and paying commissions, banks, inspectors and the time to close only to walk away with the same money. Thank you Ryan and Jamie.
degan Stewart
degan Stewart
21:23 08 May 21
Thank you guys so much. Jamie is so sweet and on it. Ryan Is one of the most genuine people I’ve met in Vegas. They did what they said they’d do when they said they would and kept us in the loop the whole time
Brian Higgins
Brian Higgins
22:00 04 May 21
Thank you guys so much for everything. Ryan and Jamie Helped me find a place to get out of our old place. It was so nice to have the moving company just handle everything for me.
Sheila Winn
Sheila Winn
19:05 09 Apr 21
I struggled with the idea of selling my house to a "flipper". This company was fair, professional and extremely helpful every step of the way. I never had to wait for a response from Kelly Schnippel when I had a question or concern.I personally would recommend them to anyone looking to get a fair price for their property all the while getting kindness, professionalism and assistance from the buyer.Thank you Kelly Schnippel! I appreciate YOU and your team!Sheila Winn
Valerie Grijalva
Valerie Grijalva
17:30 27 Feb 21
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Ann Reback
Ann Reback
18:51 25 Feb 21
Thank you for your professional and personal help in this process. You and your team have been so knowledgeable, responsive, courteous and kind...understanding my goals and executing each step in a timely and professional manner! THANK YOU! I will recommend you and your team to friends and others in our community.
Aviv Ben Shimon
Aviv Ben Shimon
16:38 25 Feb 21
Jess Lapensee
Jess Lapensee
16:31 25 Feb 21
From start to finish the selling process was quick and easy!
Eyal Karban
Eyal Karban
16:22 25 Feb 21
The best team in the business!Really helped us to cash out our home, very fast, very professional, great price, thank you!
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jevim kale
04:17 27 Jan 21
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Kate 7Timmons7
Kate 7Timmons7
01:02 26 Nov 20
We were looking to sell our home and called We Buy Any Vegas House so we could get more information. We spoke to Casey Ryan. Ryan was informative, answered our questions, and he went out of his way to give us the best advice on selling our home. Kelly was also helpful and was quick to answer any questions we had.We recommend calling We Buy Any Vegas House to anyone interested in selling their home.
Towik Jes
Towik Jes
05:36 16 Nov 20
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Alexa Pughlet
Alexa Pughlet
04:15 17 Sep 20
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Pauletta Smith
Pauletta Smith
21:08 02 Sep 20
I contacted them on 8/06/2020 and had my check in my hand on 9/01/2020! They were fast, professional, and gave me a very fair offer for my property. I had to get out of my house pretty quick because of a medical problem and I was able to do most of the paperwork on line. The title company they worked with was great. Very fast and very thorough. No snags. Easy transaction! Signed all the papers and had my money 5 days later. I would recommend them to anybody. Plus...packed and took what I needed and left the rest. No cleaning or trying to find someone to take what I didnt want. Awesome! Thank you.
James Aimery
James Aimery
05:11 08 Aug 20
We Buy Any Vegas House was a great business team. Staff were helpful, friendly and responsive. I was able to sell my house within 2 months in an area where real estate agents are struggling with many properties on the market for much longer periods. I would recommend them to anyone thinking of selling.
Wayne Romerobel
Wayne Romerobel
03:57 30 Jun 20
These guys are the best place to sell your house in Las Vegas. They gave me a fair price and closed quick for maximum convenience. These people are professional, efficient, and extremely friendly.
Lynne M
Lynne M
04:52 24 Jun 20
I have nothing but positive things to say about this company! I needed to sell a house quickly after a death in my family. I spoke with several Cash for Houses Companies in Las Vegas and settled on We Buy Any Vegas House. Everyone was very sensitive about my situation, helpful, answered all my questions and extremely responsive when I called. Ryan and Kelly were awesome!After we settled on a price everything went super smoothly in escrow and again if I had any concerns or questions there was immediate feedback. Also the fact that I was able to do this remotely as I live in California was extremely helpful! I am so grateful for all the help I received during a very challenging time in my life.
Frank Lyod
Frank Lyod
04:21 12 Jun 20
Great team! Glad we chose We Buy Any Vegas House team who understood the market of real estate in our city. They gave us a fair cash offer for our home. We accepted and closed very quickly. We are happy with the outcome and the way we were treated from start to finish.
Sharla Olivaresretento
Sharla Olivaresretento
04:20 28 May 20
Had a really great experience working with We Buy Any Vegas House.com! I really needed to sell my house in Las Vegas and they helped out. Thank you so much!!
Tom Cruz
Tom Cruz
04:11 12 May 20
If/when I do decide to list my home, We Buy Any Vegas House will be the first place I call. They are professional, helpful, and friendly. They provided a lot of helpful information during the course of our business.
Robinson Hunk
Robinson Hunk
04:31 25 Apr 20
We Buy Any Vegas House buyers is a great blessing to my family. Our house was actually sold very fast, in just 7 days processed. Thank you so much!
Florinda Shuff
Florinda Shuff
04:42 08 Apr 20
Las Vegas home buyers has been great to work with. They’re very knowledgeable in real estate and always do what they say. I highly recommend We Buy Any Vegas House.
Florinda Shuff
Florinda Shuff
04:53 21 Jan 20
I got an amazing job offer down in Las Vegas and needed to sell my house fast. First, they explained everything to me and how it all works (selling your house for cash). The process was pretty easy and quick which I appreciated greatly!!
Freddy Aleman
Freddy Aleman
18:47 27 Dec 19
My wife and I recently bought a home from Casey Ryan. The home we purchased is located in Centennial Hills. Gorgeous remodel. Casey and his team did a great job of designing the home. We ran into a couple of issues shortly after moving in. Casey had his people out quickly during Christmas week to make a couple of repairs. He gave my wife and I peace of mind during a chaotic holiday week and for that we will always appreciate him. I would recommend a Casey Ryan home to my friends and relatives.
Angela Rienstra
Angela Rienstra
21:06 26 Dec 19
I needed to sell my house from out of state ASAP. I looked into some other larger name companies and was disappointed with their turn-around time and lack of customer service. I'm so grateful to have found Ryan (and Kelly)! They understood my time crunch and moved heaven and earth to buy my house at a fair price and closed by the promised date. They were with me every step of the way and offered world class service! 100% would recommend to anyone!
Sue Kuckelmann
Sue Kuckelmann
17:02 16 Nov 19
We couldn’t be more pleased with the service provided. From start to finish the team was professional and extremely helpful. All the deadlines were met or exceeded even when I was in Arizona and my husband was in Las Vegas. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking to sell in Las Vegas.
Sam Thompson
Sam Thompson
17:47 25 Oct 19
Great people and very professional. Treated me and my situation fairly and with care.
Mandy Majano
Mandy Majano
01:49 07 Oct 19
They did exactly what they said they would. Great company! Highly suggest!
Anthony Montonini
Anthony Montonini
01:31 07 Oct 19
Thank you guys. We were selling our house to Casey And Ryan and there was some HOA liens that totaled over $40k and they met with the HOA board with me and got them reduced to less than $5k so I walked away with $35k more than I thought I was going to. True professionals!
Nicole Dur
Nicole Dur
01:20 07 Oct 19
My grandma needed help selling after my grandpa passed :( anyways I found them through google and they really treated her like their own family. And let us leave a lot of the stuff she had accumulated over 40 years in the house. Thank you Casey and Ryan!!
pat rolman
pat rolman
01:13 07 Oct 19
These guys have true character. We signed agreement to buy my house then my situation changed and they didn’t force me to move forward. Then 2 months later I needed to sell it and they helped me find a new place any everything. They are really Great people.
That_one_random_ Crafter
That_one_random_ Crafter
00:06 24 May 19
This was so easy Casey was very helpful and kept in contact through the entire process thank you again for everything. Highly recommend this company.
Lela Leedham
Lela Leedham
03:08 22 Feb 19
Great experience working with Casey and Ryan. We would recommend them anytime. They are very knowledgeable and very professional.
Emily Binder
Emily Binder
21:16 18 Feb 19
Jennifer Gibbs
Jennifer Gibbs
19:58 18 Feb 19
A very impressive operation. Very professional and knowledgeable. They follow up when they say they will. Very helpful Team. If you're looking for a fast and fair cash offer on your home, these are the guys to call!
Mario Elizondo
Mario Elizondo
19:58 18 Feb 19
Very professional and a pleasure to work with.
Danny O'Bannon
Danny O'Bannon
19:53 18 Feb 19
I called 5 different companies from google trying to find a company that would pay the most for my rental and their offer was higher than the others. Extremely streamlined process. Easiest transaction I’ve done
Ross Greene
Ross Greene
18:04 17 Feb 19
Ryan & Casey were great to work with! Absolute pro's in the business. I would definitely recommend them. If only I could give them more than 5 stars. Hope to work with them again soon! Thanks guys!
Pam Dickerson
Pam Dickerson
23:53 15 Feb 19
Excellent customer service! Helped us through the entire process. Highly recommend!
steve Balsacker
steve Balsacker
19:35 14 Feb 19
Me and my wife had gone through a divorce and we wanted a quick way to get rid of our property so we could just move on with our lives, Thankfully Ryan came in and helped us out, I didn't have the time to deal with the headache of people coming in and out as well as all the repairs that were needed. He gave me top dollar for my home and I was out in 7 days!
jason almeida
jason almeida
16:52 14 Feb 19
We have seen their signs around town and thought it was a scam, we decided to give them a call and I couldn't have been happier with our experience. They were professional and knowledgable, they paid for all closing costs and even helped with our family move. Great guys and great company! Thanks again!
Peter Floratos
Peter Floratos
04:51 14 Feb 19
This team handles their business right. They are a pleasure to work with.
Tyler Hubbs
Tyler Hubbs
04:38 14 Feb 19
Ryan and Casey treated me with patience and respect during the whole transaction! Very trustworthy and explained each and every question I had!! I would highly recommend We Buy Any Vegas House!!
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