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Some House Flipping Tips

By: Joseph Then

House flipping is a process that involves buying a house with a low market value, making repairs to raise the value, and then selling the house to make a profit. Many average people are getting involved in house flipping. If you're interested in getting started in this part of real estate, there are a few tips that can help you learn how to flip a house.

1. Research

Most beginners don't have the slightest bit of knowledge in any area of real estate. It is important that you understand what processes are involved in house flipping, from start to finish. In the beginning, you should use a real estate agent to help you through your first few flips so that you can learn about the steps involved. Additionally, you should stay updated on the conditions of the housing market.

2. Property Selection

Choosing ideal properties to purchase is an important part of house flipping. Learning how to flip a house also involves learning how to choose properties. Most people assume that the falling apart and dilapidated homes are the only candidates for flipping. While these properties are good candidates, almost any home can be flipped. Look for structurally sound homes in decent neighborhoods. Auctions are ideal shopping spots; the homes are valued based on monies owed on mortgage loans and tax defaults.

3. Renovations

Learning how to flip a house also involves gauging the level of renovation that may be needed - and knowing when to call in professionals for estimates. Home inspectors can tell you what needs to be repaired to make a home legal for occupancy. Major renovations on properties that are extremely neglected will generally require some kind of loan to cover the expenses. Minor repairs are less expensive. It's a good idea to choose the first few properties that do not require as much work. Simple landscaping upgrades, exterior refreshing, and interior sprucing up is ideal.

4. Selling

Lastly, once you learn all the previous parts of how to flip a house you reach the selling aspect. The biggest influencing factor of house flipping is the current real estate market conditions. Generally, pricing the property you're flipping involves going by an appraisal of the value of the property. From this point, you figure out how much you originally purchased the property, the cost of renovations, and then you get the approximate profit you'll make. Appraisals aren't set in stone and it's always a good idea to mark up the selling price to anticipate the possibility of negotiations with buyers.

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