Show Me the Money! How to Start Flipping Houses as a Career

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Feb 4, 2019

Feb 4, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

People who flip homes make an average profit of $69,500 per home – a figure that's higher than the average US salary.

If you have an interest in flipping homes, it's important you learn how to go about things the right way. After all, you can lose money as well as make money, when flipping a property.

This post will provide you with a few tips on how to start flipping houses. Keep reading, and you'll understand what it takes to make a fortune from your flips.

Let's begin!

Learn the Basics of the Business

One of the best ways you can do this is by working with someone else that already flips houses for a living. That said, you might not know anyone who owns a house flipping business, and this can make things challenging.

In such a situation, you should find some YouTube channels or Podcasts where experts are sharing their knowledge. By consuming such content, you'll gain an appreciation for what it takes to succeed in this line of work.

You may also want to look out for case studies that document the process of profitably flipping a house. You can find such case studies by typing the keyword 'house flipping case study' into Google.

Select Your Location

You'll need to pick the location where you'll look for potential real estate deals. You may think restricting yourself to one area is going to hurt your ability to find profitable deals. But, more often than not, you'll find the opposite is true.

That's because by selecting a specific area, it becomes a lot easier to understand the market conditions of the region.

For instance, if you study a specific market, you'll see what houses typically sell for, and how long it roughly takes to sell a house. When you have this knowledge, it becomes easier to spot opportunities that'll yield a profit.

It's often better to pick a local region, as this'll make traveling less of an issue. But if you have a particular area in mind, there's no harm in doing deals from a distance. Especially if you happen to know a lot about that area, thereby giving you some kind of edge.

Pick a Segment of the Market

After having selected a location, you need to consider which segment of the market you want to deal with.

For example, do you want to flip small apartments under $150,000? Or do you want to work with family homes that are around $500,000?

Now, as you might've guessed, the 'segment' you select is going to be massively influenced by the location you're working with. After all, some regions might not have apartments under $150,000.

If you're faced with such a scenario, you can take a more simplistic approach by deciding to focus on a certain 'end' of the market. For example, relative to the area you're working on, you can flip properties on the lower end of the market.

If you're adamant about working with a certain 'kind' of property and price range, you may need to reevaluate your chosen area of business. Especially, if that region lacks the kinds of properties that you have an interest in flipping.

Understand How You're Going to Finance Your Business

Perhaps one of the greatest concerns people have about flipping houses is how they're going to finance everything.

This is understandable, as it's not as though you can buy a property using some spare change.

One of the most straightforward options is to take out a loan/mortgage on the property you're looking to flip. Once the house is sold, you then pay back the mortgage and keep the rest (after taxes) as profit.

If you're going to do things this way, you'll need to find a lender that trusts you enough to lend you the correct amount of money. Sometimes, you can establish this trust, by already owning a property of some sort. This works well because the bank will see that property as a form of collateral.

Alternatively, you can offer a large deposit, thereby reducing the amount of risk the lender has to deal with. 

If you don't have any money saved up for a deposit, there's also the option of taking on investors.

If you take this approach, you'll need to create a document that describes how you're going to find opportunities that'll produce a profit. You'll also need to make presentations to investors and persuade them that you're someone worth investing in.

Note that you may have more success with investors if you already have a few successful flips under your belt.

That's because you can take these projects and present them as proof of your ability to profitably flip houses.

If you've already made money doing this, it means that they'll also make money if they invest in you. Thus, before approaching investors, it might be a good idea to take on a small project that showcases your ability. 

Building out Your Team

If you have a good team, you'll find it a lot easier to source opportunities and then turn them into profitable flips.

For instance, if you develop good relationships with local realtors, they may reach out if an opportunity comes across their desk. They may also be able to help you sell your property, once you've refurbished it.

If you'd like to learn more about the importance of hiring an experienced real estate agent, these tips should teach you everything you need to know.

You'll also want to find some reliable contractors that'll help you renovate the homes you plan on flipping. If you know someone else that flips houses for a living, they may be able to point you in the direction of a good contractor.

But, if you don't know an individual like this, you'll need to work with a range of contractors until you find someone that fits your needs.

When working with a contractor for the first time, you may want to give them a small project to work on initially. This might mean you ask them to renovate only one room in the property.  

Doing things this way can be a good way to judge the skills and personality of the contractor. Then, depending on how things go, you'll know whether you can work with this person in the future, or if you need to find someone else.

Do You Know How to Start Flipping Houses?

If you want to learn how to start flipping houses, the tips in this post should help you get started. 

Of course, just because you know the basics, doesn't mean you should just rush into things. Sometimes it can take a long time to find a deal that'll provide you with a reasonable profit.

Unfortunately, this is just the nature of flipping houses. But as long as you're ready to jump on a good deal when it's presented to you, there's no doubt that you'll experience some success in this line of business.

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