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Be a Real Estate Mogul in The Sims 3

by: Sheri Newton ; edited by: Milawe ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Become self-employed in “The Sims 3” by owning your own businesses around town. If you have the “Ambitions” expansion pack, you can register your Sims as being their own boss and also have them purchase businesses to start making easy money each week. Find out how to own a venue with this guide.

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    The Sims 3: Ambitions

    In “The Sims 3: Ambitions” expansion pack, Sims can now register as being self-employed. They no longer have to work for anyone else and can have a dream career of their choice. Sims can register at City Hall as being a writer, stylist, inventor and much more. Depending on what your Sim likes to do, there is a stay at home job for them!

    One of the other more interesting things that Sims can now do with this expansion is that they can purchase venues in their town to earn money each week. This is an easy way for them to earn money by doing nothing extra. There is an upfront cost associated with purchasing the building, but over time your Sims will earn plenty of extra money from owning these businesses.

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    Buy Venues for Easy Income

    Not all of The Sims 3 lots are available for your Sims to purchase as part of their business ventures. Only certain types of community buildings are available for The Sims 3 real estate, and they have to be purchased with a large sum of money before your Sim will return any profits on them. Start small, unless of course you use the money cheat.

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    Community Buildings Available for All Sims to Purchase

    These are the buildings that are available in all towns and can therefore be purchased by all of the Sims, if they can afford the initial cost of it that is.

    The Sims 3 bookstore and grocery store Diner - Initial Investment: $24,000; Weekly Profit: $1,800

    Bookstore - Initial Investment: $27,000; Weekly Profit: $2,000

    Supermarket - Initial Investment: $27,000; Weekly Profit: $2,000

    Bistro - Initial Investment: $37,500; Weekly Profit: $3,000

    Day Spa - Initial Investment: $50,000; Weekly Profit: $4,000

    Warehouse - Initial Investment: $50,000; Weekly Profit: $4,000

    Office Building - Initial Investment: $58,000; Weekly Profit: $6,000

    Theater - Initial Investment: $58,000; Weekly Profit: $6,000The Sims 3 sports complex 

    Hospital - Initial Investment: $105,000; Weekly Profit: $12,000

    Stadium - Initial Investment: $115,000; Weekly Profit: $13,000

    Science Lab - Initial Investment: $140,000; Weekly Profit: $15,000

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    Real Estate Venues Available for Purchase in “Ambitions”

    There are more lucrative buildings available for Sims to buy with “The Sims 3: Ambitions” expansion pack. To make a building more profitable, you will need to upgrade it. The requirements for this are different for each type of venue. Generally though, it just requires you to edit the building so it has more objects in it, and that brings the lot value to a specific level. Some venues also require certain objects to be placed on the lot. The venues listed below are for prices and levels in the “Sunset Valley” neighborhood. Other towns or The Sims 3 worlds in the game may start at different levels.

    Stoney Falls - Initial Investment: $17,788; Starting Level: 0; Weekly Starting Profit: $0

    • Level 1 requires the lot value to be $10,000. Weekly profit becomes $1,000.
    • Level 2 requires the lot value to be $15,000 and have at least one picnic table. Weekly profit becomes $1,850.
    • Level 3 requires the lot value to be $23,000 and have at least one picnic table, one sink, and one toilet. Weekly profit becomes $3,650.

    Crystal Springs - Initial Investment: $18,749; Starting Level: 0; Weekly Starting Profit: $0

    • Level 1 requires the lot value to be $10,000. Weekly profit becomes $1,000.
    • Level 2 requires the lot value to be $15,000 and have at least one picnic table. Weekly profit becomes $1,850.
    • Level 3 requires the lot value to be $23,000 and have at least one picnic table, one sink, and one toilet. Weekly profit becomes $3,650 for this property as The Sims 3 real estate.

    Pinochle Pond - Initial Investment: $21,610; Starting Level: 1; Weekly Starting Profit: $1,000

    • Level 1 is already achieved by purchasing this lot.
    • Level 2 requires the lot value to be $15,000 and have at least one picnic table. Weekly profit becomes $1,850.
    • Level 3 requires the lot value to be $23,000 and have at least one picnic table, one sink, and one toilet. Weekly profit becomes $3,650.

    Summer Hill Springs- Initial Investment: $21,853; Starting Level: 1; Weekly Starting Profit: $1,000

    • Level 1 is already achieved by purchasing this lot.
    • Level 2 requires the lot value to be $15,000 and have at least one picnic table. Weekly profit becomes $1,850.
    • Level 3 requires the lot value to be $23,000 and have at least one picnic table, one sink, and one toilet. Weekly profit becomes $3,650.

    Old Pier Beach - Initial Investment: $34,806; Starting Level: 1; Weekly Starting Profit: $1,650

    • Level 1 is already achieved by purchasing this lot.
    • Level 2 requires the lot value to be $22,000 and have at least one picnic table. Weekly profit becomes $3,000.
    • Level 3 requires the lot value to be $23,000 and have at least one picnic table, one lounge chair, one sink, and one toilet. Weekly profit becomes $5,850.

    Cerulean Blue Pool - Initial Investment: $59,958; Starting Level: 0; Weekly Starting Profit: $0

    • Level 1 requires the lot value to be $30,000 and have at least one sink and one toilet. Weekly profit becomes $3,300.
    • Level 2 requires the lot value to be $42,000 and have at least one sink and one toilet. Weekly profit becomes $5,800.
    • Level 3 requires the lot value to be $67,000 and have at least one sink, one toilet, a pool ladder for the pool, and three lounge chairs. Weekly profit becomes $11,000.

    The Sims 3 consignment store 

    Consignment Store - Initial Investment: $80,774; Starting Level: 2; Weekly Starting Profit: $4,750

    • Levels 1 and 2 are already achieved by purchasing this lot.
    • Level 3 requires the lot value to be $61,500. Weekly profit becomes $10,000.

    Le Petit Pool Center - Initial Investment: $87,726; Starting Level: 2; Weekly Starting Profit: $5,800

    • Levels 1 and 2 are already achieved by purchasing this lot.
    • Level 3 requires the lot value to be $67,000. Weekly profit becomes $11,000.

    Graveyard - Initial Investment: $94,200; Starting Level: 2; Weekly Starting Profit: $4,600

    • Levels 1 and 2 are already achieved by purchasing this lot.
    • Level 3 requires the lot to have at least one mausoleum on the property. Weekly profit becomes $9,000. Use the buydebug The Sims 3 cheat to make this happen.

    The Sims 3 Gothique Library Library - Initial Investment: $129,342; Starting Level: 3; Weekly Starting Profit: $13,250

    • Levels 1, 2 and 3 are already achieved by purchasing this lot. You could always add more to the library though to upgrade it for Sims to enjoy more.

    Central Park - Initial Investment: $138,060; Starting Level: 2; Weekly Starting Profit: $2,300

    • Levels 1 and 2 are already achieved by purchasing this lot.
    • Level 3 requires the lot to have at least one picnic table and an outdoor grill. Weekly profit becomes $4,600.

    Wellness Gym - Initial Investment: $191,764; Starting Level: 1; Weekly Starting Profit: $8,250

    • Level 1 is already achieved by purchasing this lot.
    • Level 2 requires the lot to have at least one stereo and two exercise machines for Sims to workout with. Weekly profit becomes $17,000.
    • Level 3 requires the lot value to be $190,000 and have at least one stereo and two exercise machines. Weekly profit becomes $31,000.

    Art Museum - Initial Investment: $233,743; Starting Level: 2; Weekly Starting Profit: $20,000

    • Levels 1 and 2 are already achieved by purchasing this lot.
    • Level 3 requires the lot value to be $220,000. Weekly profit becomes $36,500.
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    Tips on Upgrading Venues

    To increase the level of The Sims 3 real estate venues, you’ll need to add in new décor and make some upgrades to the lot. This is easily done by just exchanging out the older and cheaper items and putting in the newer and more expensive upgrades. Don’t have the Simoleons? Use The Sims 3 money cheat!

    Adding in decorations such as paintings, statues, and of course foliage will help to make it more appealing for Sims to want to visit the lot. Have fun with it and make it a place you’d want to hang out and Sims in the town will be sure to visit it!

References

  • All screenshots and references from The Sims 3.

    Screenshots provided by the writer.


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