5 Things You Should Know Before You Flip A Property

September 18, 2007 by

1. Money is made at the buy, not the sell of your flip. When flipping a house your money is made at the purchase not at the sell of the house. So, many times people buy a house with the intensions of making a huge profit only to find out that they could not make any money after all the renovations because the purchased price of the house was to high. When you purchase your property you need to be sure that you buy the house with enough money to make renovations, have carrying cost, and add about 5% for extra expenses, and see what type of profit margin you will be left with.

Example: If you buy a house for $120,000 and the houses in the area sell for $155,000, and the house needs $15,000 to fix it up. You are now at $135,000. Carrying cost for six months on the home is $6,000. Now, at $141,000, and the fees and closing cost my extra 5% $6,000. Now, cost is at $147,000, and that is if everything goes as planned. Profit is under 10,000 dollars. The mistake was made at the purchase at the home, not the sell.

2. Get an inspection on the home – Get a complete inspection done on your property. By, spending a few hundred dollars on this expense you can save thousands in problems that you cannot see. Foundation, Pest, Wood Rot, Etc… By, getting a full inspection you can rest assured that you know every thing that is wrong with the property before its to late. In the contact for the house you need to make sure that you have 7 days to have a inspection preformed, and if the inspection finds problems that are going to cost more money that you are willing to spend you can get out of the contract with no penalties.

3. Don’t do the work yourself: – Get a contractor or several sub-contractors and have the work done quickly. You need to have you house flipped ASAP, so that you can get it on the market and get it sold. When I started flipping my brother and me did a house together, and we did all the construction. I had a construction background and figured it would save thousands, but it took us over 4 months to get the work done that a contractor could have had the work done in a month. But, we trying to save money on our flip did all the work on our time off and after work, and it just took to long. On our 2’nd flip we used contractors for almost everything and had the house completely flipped with a new roof, new air conditioning, new hardwood, and much more in only 3 weeks. We did not have to spend all our time working on the property and were able to spend that time looking for the next deal. This is how you get rich in real estate.

4. Place the property 1 to 2 percent below market value: If you are wanting to flip real estate and make money the object is to buy and sell the property as quickly as possible, so that you can move on to the next house. If you purchase a house and try to sell it at top dollar to make and extra couple of thousand dollars on your flip, and end up holding it for 6 months you are loosing money. Get the house on the market at a price that is going to blow the competition away, and you will sell it no matter what the market conditions. On our second house the market for selling house went down do to the housing market as a whole, and the tightening of the loans across America. We were told that you could not sell a property in this market, but we went ahead anyway and flipped our house. After 3 weeks on the market we had 3 people wanting to buy the house. Why, because we offered it at such a great deal that people wanted to jump on it. That is what you have to do especially if the market is slow.

5. Use a real estate agent – Do not try to sell you house on your own. Harness the power of a real estate agent and the power of the MLS system. When you do a FSBO you are depending on people driving by your house and seeing you sign, with a real estate agent you have some one actively marketing you house to get it sold. Once again this will free up more time for you to look for more great deals. If you want to help the process I have found that craigslist and listing you house in google adwords help to, but I use these tools with the help of a agent to make sure I have all my bases covered.

I hope this article has been helpful with the basics needs of flipping a house. If you will study and learn you will make money. But, do your homework before you purchase a house, and make sure that you can pull a profit on your deal. Then, make it happen!

By: Chad Wiley


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12 Responses to “5 Things You Should Know Before You Flip A Property”

  1. New Condos on May 4th, 2009 9:16 pm

    I read this article many time it is so nice, it contain lots of important information, thanks for share it

  2. Walter Grande on May 27th, 2009 5:28 am

    I think number 2 is the most important! It goes for buying any home. An inspection can point out major faults within the home, that can be seen. If there is any structural faults were a home would cost more to repair then you can make an inspection save you money.

  3. Staten Island Real Estate Agent on July 30th, 2009 10:35 am

    I believe getting an inspection on any property you plan on purchasing is a smart idea. It gives you a great idea on the condition of the home/property before you buy.

  4. Kyle D Jan on September 15th, 2009 11:42 am

    I actually think that the first point is the most important. Too many times, an uneducated flipper has difficulty selling the home because they purchased it too high and are trying to resell it too high.

  5. Marry Colorado on September 16th, 2009 8:25 am

    I agree with Walter Grande opinion, Money is made at the buy, not the sell of your flip, is the most important although all of those five is truly important as well.


  6. Janet on March 18th, 2010 3:24 pm

    Right. The biggest problem in flipping is buying too high. Then flipping it within a reasonable timeframe becomes difficult at best.

    The second problem is over-improving the property.

  7. Dick Plumb on August 15th, 2010 6:40 am

    In my humble judgment, fliping is not an activity for amateurs. If you try it and get burned, you deserve that result.

    If folks haven’t figured this out yet, ask anyone who does this full-time for a living. It’s hard work, demanding work and not for those who aren’t fully familiar with the risks involved in picking the right properites, ivesting only the right amount in it, and then getting back out quickly at a modest profit.

    A “get rich quick scheme,” this ain’t

  8. Waycross GA on May 8th, 2011 6:57 pm

    I have been interested in flipping properties for quite some time now but I’ve been nervous. I definitely will not do the work myself as I don’t know how to do anything of that nature so I guess that’s actually a plus lol. I’m a pretty shrewd buyer though, I think that will pay off if I can catch a great deal in the first place.

  9. Phils. Condo on May 12th, 2011 9:21 pm

    This article is very very informative, thanks for sharing you help a lot of agents!! keep it up.

  10. Investinlife25 on May 19th, 2011 4:55 pm

    Great article! Item number 1 is so important! And definitely get an inspection – better to know if you’re getting a house full of huge repairs before buying it. Nothing more stressful than buying what seems to be a great house, then starting the rehab work and finding a nightmare of repairs needed! Number 4 is also great. You want the house to sell fast!

  11. Real Estate Investment Trust on May 31st, 2011 11:01 am

    Janet is right, over improving the property is also a problem!

  12. Archer Tunnecliff on November 5th, 2011 9:41 pm

    The Inspection stage is very crucial if you are going to buy a property for flipping. You can have the upper hand in the negotiation part if you know the real condition of the house.

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