Is Flipping Real Estate for You?
If you watch home-and-garden cable channels, it looks like everyone is flipping houses. i.e. buying a piece of Magnolia TX real estate, making minor repairs, and quickly selling it at a substantially higher price. Basic investing 101: Buy low, sell high.
Certainly sounds appealing–and you may be tempted to join the ranks of those who have been successful in this field. Be forewarned, however, that like most money-making endeavors, flipping real estate requires time, money, patience and skill
For tips on how to begin, steps to follow, and advice on how to avoid pitfalls, read on…
Do your research and be knowledgeable well in advance:
- Talk to (and learn from) successful flippers, read up on the subject, follow real estate deals in the newspaper, use the Internet as a teaching resource, attend open houses and auctions.
- Identify possible house locations, size, and style. Educate yourself on how to recognize promising properties and how to spot a lemon.
- Familiarize yourself with current prices, taxes, utility rates, HOA fees, municipal and restrictions in each area you are considering. Study your market. Get to know it as well as you possibly can. Understand the trends, the kinds of houses, the neighborhoods, the streets.
- Visit the potential homes and neighborhoods in person. Talk to residents, Realtors, and repair companies who are familiar with the area.
Set up a budget, a time line, and financing:
- Figure out how much money you have (or can put your hands on using investors) without borrowing
- Calculate the cost of repairs, taxes, utilities, materials, contractor/labor expenses, and the like. Professional contractors advise flippers to add an extra 10% to their repair estimate. Also, to be on the safe side, make sure that you’ll be able to hold on to the home as a rental property for a while, if need be.
- Experts suggest factoring in the flip time into your budget and your potential profit before you purchase the home. According to investors, a successful flip is one that makes you around a 15% profit.
- When you find the right piece of Magnolia TX real estate, you must act quickly to buy it.
- Have appraisers, agents, contractors, skilled laborers lined up so they can start work immediately upon your purchase. Remember, in flipping, time is money!
- Be ready to make quick decisions, devote a great deal of time (and possibly sweat equity) to this project, and face unexpected expenses.
Two major caveats: Be patient and don’t get greedy!
Whether you are new to the Magnolia Texas real estate market, thinking of moving up, or you’re an experienced investor, Pam Sitterly has the expertise, proven track record, and resources to help you buy Magnolia TX real estate for sale or market Magnolia TX homes for sale. Enthusiasm, knowledge of the area and personal concern for her client’s interests combine to make Pam an outstanding resource for your real estate transactions.
Pam works extensively to help Buyers and Sellers meet their Magnolia Texas real estate goals. For more information about buying or selling your Magnolia TX home, please call Pam at 281-723-0324 or via email with this convenient contact form.