Before the housing meltdown, we purchased a really nice rehab property that we decided to keep for our personal home (and its still a great deal even after housing prices have tanked). However, the words “trashed and destroyed” doesn’t quite cut it with describing this house. The previous owners even took the ceiling fan that was in the entry way.which has a 16′ ceiling. The ladder needed to reach that high costs more than the ceiling fan is worth!
Flipping houses is work. It takes hard work to find an exceptionally good deal. It takes knowledge of your market. It takes knowledge of rehabbing. It takes knowledge of the house selling process. It requires holding money and it usually takes longer than you thought it would. That 3 month time frame you had in mind will probably be more like 6 months unless you’ve done a lot of fix and flips before.
Prepare to spend. Land does not come cheap. Prime property can run up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and competition can get very stiff. You need to make your bid competitive, but make sure that you don’t short-sell yourself in the process. Negotiate a very competitive price that you and the seller are happy with.
Executive Summary. This is where you round up your business venture briefly. You are also meant to try and transmit the values and long term vision of your business. Some people make the mistake of making executive summaries really long. Don’t do it. Investors get as bored as the rest of us if you don’t hook them at this point with clear concise language, you will not be doing yourself any favors.
Interview to build a real estate investing team – After searching on line and finding out who is buying and selling a lot of property, make a list and interview them. Find out who their support staff is. Does this buyer and seller work specifically with rehab crews? How about management companies? Closing Attorneys or Escrow Agents? You should interview 3 of each of these or more. Be brutally honest. If you can tap the wisdom of a team, the process of owning property outside your area can be easy. Make sure the management companies are willing to work with the real estate invesment contractors, the sellers of your property, and so on. Ask about the reputations of each to the others.
You’re a natural budget-er. You’re a coupon clipper and a sale shopper. You know exactly how much is in your bank account and budget your household expenses to the last penny. This is one skill you’ll definitely need for property investment and one that can help you stay on track. In real estate, going way over budget as you renovate a house is a huge no-no.
The last idea is real estate day trading. This is the idea of buying and holding on to a property for only a few months. The goal here is to sell the property for a profit. Note that when doing this method you will make little or if any repairs to the property before reselling it! Most investors will purchase homes that are very attractive in the market and have the best potential for reselling it. The key to this process is to negotiate the deal well below market value to insure that the deal is unbearable to the savvy investor!. Lastly, keeping tabs on the housing market is important. With this being said be sure to have a positive and well-respected mentor who is actually doing deals in today’s market to help guide you to your goals.
That didn’t make any sense to me–to have competing stores next door to each other. However, when i began really looking at our retail areas, I saw that it was true. Shoe stores tended to flock together. Other types of businesses did, too. Some of that was regional, some was related to our own particular marketplace, but some businesses seemed constant, one of which was shoe stores.