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How to Be Successful in House Flipping

by Maxine Smyth

In this Beginner’s Guide to House Flipping! In this post, we will go into the fundamentals of house flipping. We’ve got you covered on everything from what house flipping is to finding the right house, how to budget, how to make a profit, and what to expect along the wild path that is house flipping. If you want to get into real estate investments but are concerned about house flipping, read our guide on Buying Rental Properties. Rental properties are an excellent way to get your foot wet in real estate investing and are less expensive than property flipping.

We discuss all of the fundamentals in the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Flipping Houses to help you get started in the world of real estate investing. This article covers everything from selecting a home to obtaining a loan and insurance to assembling the ideal team. Investing in a house to flip is a huge choice, and you should be as well-informed as possible.



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What is House Flipping?

Flipping houses is when you take an older or not updated home and bring it back to life. Essentially, it is taking a house that is a little run down or has an awkward layout or just needs some TLC and making it a place you would want your family to live. The business of flipping a house is to buy a house at a low cost and then to sell it for a profit. The key to success for house flipping is speed. The sooner you can sell the house for a profit, the better. Now that we’re familiar with what flipping houses is, let’s talk about how to do it.


Rules to House Flipping

The first rule of house flipping is to have a schedule. Before investing in a house, you must see the whole process through and map out each move. Do your reading, consult with consultants, learn your negotiation, carpentry, plumbing, and other techniques, and then practice them again. The worst way to discover what not to do to flip houses is to lose $100,000 on a flip! So plan ahead of time, plan carefully, and defend yourself.

There are a few steps you will always take before flipping every house to give you an understanding of how the process works. To help you imagine the whole house flipping process, we included a quick rundown of those steps. Seeing everything involved in the process can make you feel more secure in learning what to prepare and beginning to formulate your strategy.


Step 1: Create and stick to a budget

The most critical move in flipping a house is creating – and sticking to – a financial budget. You must first raise funds and then guarantee that any decision you make in the future holds you under the budget. Staying within your budget would allow you to make a profit when you sell the house and avoid having to tap into your savings or personal funds to supplement.

When planning your budget strategy, look for a return of 10% to 20% when selling your house. Taking a peek at how often homes in similar condition sell for in the same region to help you decide a target for each project.

The ARV model is essential in real estate, especially investment real estate. ARV is an acronym that stands for After Repair Value, which is the average value of a house after it has been fully repaired. This is the figure you should have in mind when creating your budget. It is important to consider the ARV number so that you can prepare for enough additional coverage in case anything goes wrong. You do lose money if you do not have enough covering.

The 70 percent law is incorporated into the ARV model. This notes that an investor should pay 70% of the ARV of a property minus any necessary repairs. The 70% rule will assist you in determining how much you can pay for a house. Take, for example, $100,000 as the ARV. Assume the property would need $25,000 in renovations.


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Step 2: Save or Secure money to finance the house flipping operation

Very likely, you would need to get a loan in order to purchase the house and do all of the necessary repairs before selling it. Obtaining a loan for a house you want to flip differs from obtaining a loan for a home in which your own family would reside. If you do not want to remain in the home, a mortgage loan will not be appropriate. Purchasing a house to flip is classified as an investment property, which affects your eligibility for a mortgage loan.

If you’re new to selling and don’t have the discretionary cash to pay for a house in full, the safest option is to get a hard money loan from a private investor. These loans would finance the purchase price of the house as well as the expense of maintenance. A significant advantage of obtaining funds from a hard money lender is that the procedure goes much faster than it does with home loans.

When working with a hard money investor, make sure to ask if the loan is dependent on the LTV or the ARV. LTV stands for loan to value ratio, and ARV stands for after repair value.


Step 3: Locate a house that you believe is both feasible and within your price range

There’s a saying that goes “buy the worst house on the best street” so try to find the most affordable house in the most affluent neighborhood. A fantastic community with top-rated school districts is a wise place to choose which house to invest in. Your house would sell for more money and sell faster in this area than in a less attractive neighborhood. Look for homes that only need structural upgrades including new floors, upgraded countertops, painted cabinets, painted walls, and landscaping. The return on investment (ROI) in new paint is among the best of any potential home renovation. Having an eye for architecture and the ability to imagine what a room might look like is a desirable asset for a house flipper because it can result in the greatest increase in value for the least additional expense.

Look for the unappealing. Look for a house with poor landscaping, a bad bathroom, or a bad style. These factors usually turn off clients, but if you know what you’re doing, they will contribute to some of the best flips. You’ll sometimes wander past houses that are just plain ugly. However, house flipping is all about finding the potential of every home to be something elegant, new, and livable.


Step 4: Make a list of the upgrades and improvements you intend to make to your home

The hard work starts after you’ve found the ideal house, secured sufficient money, and received the keys. You must sell this house as soon as possible. You’ll need a roadmap and a massive army of people to help you carry it out. Hopefully, the inspection you had before buying gives you a good idea of what needs to be completed first. When you have significant technical or foundational concerns, they become a priority and the house would not sell if it has major issues such as plumbing, lighting, or water problems. We suggest keeping a list of trusted handymen in and profession on hand for service. It’s a major bonus if you’re handy yourself.

You may require the assistance of a builder (unless you are one yourself) in the renovation process. A licensed contractor is someone who has shown success and expertise in the building industry. Any internal upgrades to the building, such as plumbing, electrical, windows, or doors, may be overseen by the builder. Contractors understand the rules and laws that must be followed, as well as how to deal with all of the various parties involved in a home renovation.



Step 5: Begin the house’s restoration and redesign

Once you’ve completed all of the necessary fixes, it’s time to move on to the cosmetic improvements. You can hire a designer or do it yourself, but it is important to keep the home cohesive, up to date, and functional. Know when to splurge on a costly item and when to save money by antiquing or incorporating a DIY project.  Increasing the value using landscaping and “curb appeal” are both critical pieces of the flipping puzzle. Don’t underestimate the importance of first impressions to home buyers!


Step 6: Preparing the house to sell

When you finish repairing a house and are able to sell it, it will seem to be the end of the project, but it is still the final stretch of the race. You must continue to work hard to sell the property as well as possible in order to maximize the return on your investment.

Work on making the house feel welcoming and as if someone lives there. When prospective buyers move through the house, you want them to be able to imagine themselves living there comfortably. Staging is a perfect way to do this. Staging is the process of decorating a house and using new and revamped furniture and decor to make it feel ready to move in. Instead of only bare walls and spacious wood floors, this allows prospective buyers to envision themselves in the home and see the potential for the house. You can do this buy hiring furniture and decor or having your own that you keep in storage unit until it’s time to sell.


Forming your House Flipping Team

When getting into the house flipping market, it is critical to have a reliable team by your side. A typical house flipping team would include:

  • Contractor
  • Electrician
  • subcontractors
  • Carpenter or Builder
  • Plumber
  • Financial Lenders
  • Insurance Agent
  • Real Estate Agent


There is a spot for you in the market if you are serious about jumping into the house flipping game. Taking the first move is always the most difficult, but you can do it! The process of flipping houses is fraught with confusion, but the purchase and selling don’t have to be.


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