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Building A Fixer Upper Home Business

Nov 29, 2007
Building a business focused specifically on fixing up homes to make a profit can be done fairly easily if you understand the right core steps. Not only is it an interesting business, but such a venture can be quite profitable as well. When you know how to locate and purchase the right types of homes for a relatively low cost - and without using much of your own money - you are well on your way to building a business that can reap significant rewards as an owner.

Before you start your business, there are a few basics with which you need to become familiar. These include learning what a "fixer upper" is in the first place. It's a real estate term that means a home is in distress in some way. Consequently, the buyer needs to renovate or fix it up to maximize the profit when the intent is to resell. Once you buy the home - usually at a reduced cost because of some degree of deterioration - you will have a limited amount of time to fix it up for maximum profit.

Your first objective should be to set a realistic time frame to fix up the home. If when beginning you buy more than one home at the same time and think you will fix them up in only a month or so, you will be deluding yourself concerning what the complexity and wisdom required to most efficiently utilize your limited resources. A profit is possible if you aren't spending a huge amount of money on monthly mortgages.

Often, homes take much more time to repair than you may naturally think, so by starting with a realistic time frame in mind, you have an advantage. This preparation includes setting a capable goal for the amount of earnings you may realize during your first year in business. If you over-buy in your first year, you will likely find yourself with much more debt than anticipated. Such an oversight can lead to decreased sales because you no longer have the funds to continue ongoing renovations. By starting slowly, you can build up your profits before attempting to tackle more homes that you may not be able to afford.

A large percentage of this business includes learning which homes you should sell immediately upon renovating, as well as which houses you should hang onto for an extended period of time. If you buy a home that you can easily determine will earn a large profit by renting it out, then consider doing so. When owning rental properties, you may be able to earn even more money because the monthly income you realize from rentals is hopefully sufficient to cover your monthly loan installments and allow for the building of equity in the property over time. That way, you retain the profit you make over the loan amount either to invest in other properties or simply tuck away for later use.

Building a fixer upper business certainly comes with inherent risks. This investment entails the exchange of a great deal of money. Making an assumption that purchased property can be sold again at a higher price also is a significant risk. The real estate market changes, and you could reach a point where your selling options are limited, possibly resulting in an expensive financial burden for many months before you locate a buyer. For some investors, the risk might simply be too great. However if you are comfortable with the risks and have some experience in picking out the "right" homes, you could find yourself in a very profitable venture.
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