Flipping Houses - 7 Ways to Flip a House
|by William Bronchick, J.D.|
"Flipping" is the buzzword of the year in real estate: Flipping books, flipping articles in the newspaper, and even flipping shows on TV! What is flipping, how does it work, and how you can profit?
Flipping Strategy #1: Buy, fix, and flip
Let's start with the most common form--the good, old "fix 'n flip." This involves buying a property that needs work, fixing it up, then selling on the "retail" market, that is, to a person who will live in the house.
Flipping Strategy #2: Buy, refinance, and lease option
Rather than sell the fixed up property for all cash, sell for terms. Once you have completed the rehab, refinance the property at its new appraised value. If you did the math correctly, you should have little or no money in the deal. Sell the property on a lease with option to buy.
Flipping Strategy #3: Buy and flip "as is"
Don't like to do fix-up work? Consider selling the property "as is" as a light fixer upper. If the local real estate market is hot, you should be able to sell the property in poor condition just a little below market.
Flipping Strategy #4: Wholesale
Strategy #1, the fix and flip, is very popular, which means there are a lot of investors looking for rehabs. You can buy the property cheap and sell it for just a few thousand dollars more to another investor without doing any work. You won't make nearly as much as the rehabber, but you will realize your profit quickly.
Flipping Strategy #5: Pre-construction
In very hot real estate markets, prices are appreciating as much as 2% per month. If you time things right, you can put a contract on a pre-construction house or condominium, then flip it to someone else when the development is complete.
Flipping Strategy #6: Scouting
The Scout is an information gatherer, so not technically a property flipper. He is the "bird dog" who finds potential deals and sells the information to other investors. Many people get started as a Scout for other investors because it does not take any cash or prior knowledge to look for distressed properties.
Flipping Strategy #7: Illegal flipping
Okay, I am NOT advocating this approach because it is illegal. Illegal property-flipping schemes work as follows: Unscrupulous investors buy cheap, run-down properties in mostly low-income neighborhoods. They do shoddy renovations to the properties and sell them to unsophisticated buyers at inflated prices.
About the Author:
William Bronchick, J.D. is an author and attorney who regularly presents workshops and do-it-yourself seminars at real estate and landlord associations around the country. He is the president and co-founder of the Colorado Association of Real Estate Investors. Bill specializes in all forms of asset protection and is the author of several great home study courses:
William Bronchick, J.D. is an author and attorney who regularly presents workshops and do-it-yourself seminars at real estate and landlord associations around the country. He is the president and co-founder of the Colorado Association of Real Estate Investors.
Bill specializes in all forms of asset protection and is the author of several great home study courses: