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Beginners Guide To Flipping Houses

Aug 17, 2007
If you are a beginner who wants to be part of the thriving business of flipping houses then you need to know certain things such as the ones listed below in order to make the most of the situation. It is all about planning the correct procedures.

Ensure that you have plenty of credit or cash available to complete a project - rehab financing is an option used by many investors for flipping houses. This covers the costs for purchase or remodeling.

Making a spreadsheet of many houses in a locality is the best way to determine which house will make money. Therefore, you should be prepared to do research and understand your chosen real estate market. You will not get any success unless you actually do this.

Find out how much it will cost to do the repairs and upgrades on a house. You need to know how to make estimates on the cost of materials and labor. A visit to the local home improvement store can come in quite handy in order to know the prices of materials.

Flipping houses means that you must be adept at comparing the purchase price, labor, materials, expected sales price etc. You must not forget to include closing costs, holding cost and unexpected costs funds to this total. Only after this can you determine which houses offer the best profit and accordingly you should make your offers.

Take into account the best financing for your situation. Try to figure out that whether you will use your own money, rehab financing or an investment property loan. In fact you must talk to a loan officer in order to explore the options that will make for the best deal for flipping houses.

You must know who to hire for making the repairs. Another factor to keep in mind is that you have to make changes according to the desires of your future buyers. Learn which patterns, colors and features bring top dollars without spending any extra money. You should have a plan of action that has already been formulated before your buyer sees anything. This will ensure that you can immediately start to make repairs. A house that sees no activity after closing costs more money daily for the utilities and mortgages. When you initially get into the business of flipping houses, you should look for houses that need only cosmetic work such as painting, cleaning up, new flooring, etc. When you view these houses you should use some imagination to visualize how the finished house will look.
Flipping houses is more than just a way to make money. You can also help improve neighborhoods or turn a shabby house into a buyers dream. Flipping houses can be made to a fun activity.
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James Klobasa, once broke with no job and $20,000 in debt made a choice that changed his life forever. That choice was investing in Real Estate. With the founder of, The Little Building Co. you too, can learn at Real-Real Estate Investing
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