Quinte, On. real estate agent: 252 Coleman street, Belleville, Ontario $79,900

252 Coleman street, Belleville, Ontario $79,900

Wow, what can I say about this one. Needs a little work? I would be lying to you. This place needs a lot of work.

It's a semi detached, so you can't very well go and knock it down now, can you? I have pictures of the inside, but I don't think you are brave enough to see them. I required therapy for a couple of weeks after going in there to snap them. Usually I will lounge around a new listing to get a feel for the place, but I couldn't hold my breath for long enough to get any type of feel other than that tingly sensation that I get down the back when I witness a disaster of some sort.

There is no heating system, apparently someone has absconded with it. There were a couple of ferocious dogs living in the house and it certainly smells like it. The dogs have left and the rodents have moved in, they are less ferocious, but they breed more prolifically.

The upside.

Great location in the heart of Belleville. Coleman street is undergoing a gentrification process, and pretty soon all these old buildings will be brought back to life, much like what has occured in Cabbagetown.

$79,900 is pretty reflective of the amount of work that has to be done. Please don't call me up for a showing and then complain that the place looks like crap. Of course it does, it's being sold for $79,900. There are no free lunches. Do not think you can buy the place, put 20 grand into it and then sell it for a couple of hundred thousand. That will not happen. Do not think that you can move in and do the work to the place while you are living there. That won't happen either. Be realistic.

If you seriously have the wherewithal to bring this place back to life, this could be the bargain of a lifetime.This place could be restored back to its former glory and be sitting pretty on one of Belleville's main streets. If you don't, please don't waste both our times, this could be your ruination.

Comment balloon 8 commentsMalcolm Johnston • March 17 2010 03:42PM


Well Malcolm, kudos to you for being upfront about everything! Good luck with this!

Posted by Christine Hynes, Orange County Senior Loan Consultant (American Capital Corporation) about 9 years ago

hi Malcolm,

I remember driving by those places on Coleman when I lived in Belleville....hard to believe you can still get something for $79,900.

Best of luck in having the right buyer come along quickly,


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 9 years ago

Malcolm, I love the realism in your listing description!  All it takes is the right person with a vision! All the best!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 9 years ago

Christine Hynes - Loans & Loan Modifications (Loans & Loan Modifications) Thanks Christine, I will probably need some patience with this one.

Jo-Anne Smith- Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga Region Real Estate, Ont (Brekland Realty Group) Jo, next time you're driving down Coleman you might notice a bit of upgrading going on. Some of the old buildings are being renovated.

Silvia Dukes, BSBA, CIPS, TRC, SFR, AHWD, (Tropic Shores Realty --- Ich spreche Deutsch!) I'm hoping for that Silvia. Thanks.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Hi Malcolm. Congratulations for taking that one on. Our office manager keeps reminding us that there is a fbuyer for every property, and I hope that is true for you in this case.

Posted by Bob Foster (Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Bob Foster (Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario) Hi Bob, your office manager is right, I just had an offer on it that was accepted by the bank. Yippee.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Way to go Malcolm.  I bet some real estate representatives walked away from that one.


Posted by Cathy Polan, Royal Lepage Proalliance Realty Sales Rep. (Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty,Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Catherine Polan (Re/Max Quinte Ltd. Brokerage) Thanks Cathy, I guess it pays not to be too picky sometimes.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago