Homes Under the Hammer buyer makes impressive £138k profit on ‘rough diamond’ London flat


Homes Under the Hammer visited Streatham in a recent episode, where Jacqui Joseph looked around a small, two-bedroom flat which had original 1930’s features hidden beneath the poorly maintained exterior. The dwelling, which was located in a historic 1938 building, had a guide price of £160,000 and was snapped up by Jordan for £186,000 at auction. While the compact space was broken and dingy inside, its “rough diamond” appearance had strong potential to be transformed into an attractive city abode.

Despite being tucked away on the fourth floor of a rather unappealing building, the flat was in a desirable location in South London.

Three railway stations were nearby, one of which was located directly opposite the property.

An array of green spaces, shops, bars, and restaurants could also be found just a stone’s throw away.

After climbing up the wooden, parquet staircase to avoid the broken lift, presenter Jacqui Joseph noted that she was “breathless” once she reached the dated front door of the flat.

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Original metal frame windows gave “great views” onto the street, which was noticeable quiet for the London spot.

While the property had many positives, the dated wiring and “eye-watering” annual service charge of £3,000 per year posed some challenges for the buyer, Jordan.

In March 2021, a local property agent visited the property and estimated a rental value of £1,500 per calendar month and a potential sale price of £250,000 with the right renovations. 

However, the experienced property investor managed to exceed these estimations by a staggering £100,000.

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With a budget of £21,100, Jordan planned a “top to bottom” renovation which included new wiring and plumbing.

He planned to “rip out and reinstate the lot” with the hopes of getting the top development price for his first solo project.

Three months later, Homes Under the Hammer returned to Streatham to see the flat. It had been transformed into a sleek, modern home.

A crisp and contemporary bathroom had been fitted with both bedrooms fully redecorated with new carpets and doors too.

The ensuite was also completely ripped out and redone to a high standard.

In the main kitchen and living space, the parquet flooring had been replaced with polished wooden boards.

The white walls combined with touches of oak and hints of grey made for a clean and inviting finish.

In June 2021, local property agent Ken Hume of James Alexander returned to the fully refurbished flat. He revealed that the property could fetch as much as £350,000 on the sale market – £100,000 more than he originally predicted.

Despite Jordan’s project coming in over budget by £5,000, his total investment of £212,000 total investment still earned him a healthy £138,000 pre-tax profit.


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