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How to Flip a House and Basic Facts

Aug 17, 2007
There are certain basic facts that you should know in order to understand how to flip a house. However, you must keep in mind that it is not unethical to make a good profit from your client. After all you are turning an eyesore into a beauty and this way also upgrading the neighborhood. House flipping usually gets a bad name because there are certain investors who start to disrupt the local property markets. These groups of speculators enter a market that is hot and start to drive the pricing of the houses up hill. This is done in order to make some quick profits. Therefore the affordability of the housing in that area becomes low.

Sometimes these speculators also commit fraud. For instance an unscrupulous investor might acquire the services of an appraiser and then bribe or convince this person to inflate a house artificially in order to make more profits. This helps the investor to make the maximum money in the shortest possible time. However you should never get yourself entangled in these dishonest practices.

An honest investor should always target foreclosures or undervalued homes. These exist in the market and all you need is a bit of time to search these out. Less populated areas or fringe areas have potential for making good profits. It does not take a lot of investment to refurbish a house, if it is done smartly. But it must be kept in mind that foreclosures are associated with risk factors. They usually require a lot of improvement.

There are many sellers who put up their property for sale at very low prices and undervalue them because of certain necessities. You can find such properties through sales or home advertising sections in newspapers. You could also search websites. However there is a word of caution here, there are many sellers who might use the tactic of undervalued homes to attract investors to money pits.

Investors should ensure that fixer uppers are appealing to the prospective buyers. This should be done to mitigate risks that are related to the property improvements. The property should complement the houses in the rest of the neighborhood. Try to stay away from house flips in run down neighborhoods. Even the most amazingly flipped house here is not going to get you much profit.

In the line of house flipping, you can buy a property that is distressed. This then can be done up completely by you with a few coats of paint and minor cosmetic repairs. Not only does the renovated property complement the neighborhood but it also is back in the market. After the sale the property has added more value to the neighborhood and the investor makes good profits too.

You must remember to go for houses that need only cosmetic repairs since these are usually cheaper and yet the easiest to flip and the profits made from them are also greater.

These are some basics that will help to know how to flip a house optimally.
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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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