In the last post we went over a great technique to get started in real estate investing with limited funds. If you haven't already read it, check out the good and the bad of Wholesaling.
In this addition we are going to dive into another technique that most people are somewhat familiar with. Fix and Flip is the "sexy" technique that has spawned a plethora of TV reality shows and brand building moguls. While fix and flips can be profitable and fun, there is a lot going on that the TV shows aren't showing you. Let's take a look at the basics.
Fix and Flip - Fix and flip investing is simply the act of purchasing a property, renovating it, and then selling at a profit.
ARV - After Repair Value (ARV) is the estimated value of the property after all of the renovations are completed. The ARV value is based on comparable sales (comps) in the same neighborhood.
Holding Costs - Holding costs are the expenses related to holding on to the property during the rehab and sale period. Holding costs would include such things as; property taxes, insurance, loan payments, utilities, and lawn care.
How it works: To accomplish a successful fix and flip project, you must be able to sell the property for a greater amount than your "all-in" costs, which are the purchase price, rehab expenses, and all holding costs. Obviously, this starts with purchasing a property at a discount compared to what other comparable properties that have already been rehabbed are selling for. You can then either perform the rehab work yourself or hire a contractor to tackle the job. Once the rehab project is completed, you will list the property at it's ARV value which should provide you with a nice profit upon sale. A general rule of thumb is that your purchase price should not exceed 70% of the ARV less the rehab costs. For example, if rehabbed comparable properties in your neighborhood are selling for $120,000 and the estimate to rehab your property to the level of those properties comes in at $20,000, you shouldn't pay more than $70,000 to purchase it:
less $20,000 rehab costs
$70,000 max purchase price
The 30% that is left should cover your holding costs, selling expenses, and profit. As you can see, margins can get pretty tight especially if holding costs are high and/or the property doesn't sell right away. These are the little details that they usually forget to disclose on the TV shows.
How to invest: There are many ways to work the details of a fix and flip project, but in general you need a plan around:
Where to get more information:
Download from Bigger Pockets How to Flip Houses: The Ultimate Guide
How to Flip a House: A Step by Step Guide for Soon To Be Succesful House Flippers
As we near the end of our Eight Proven Techniques we will go over the BRRRR strategy next week. This is one of my favorite real estate investing techniques that really blew my mind the first time someone explained it to me.
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