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Fixing and Flipping Real Estate

Let’s face it—fixing and flipping houses is sexy. Who doesn’t love the idea of buying a rundown, mold-infested shack and transforming it into someone’s dream home for massive profits? Reality TV shows make it look so easy. A little paint here, some new kitchen cabinets there, and presto! The house is sold for big bucks and everyone lives happily ever after.

If only it were that simple. Fixing and flipping houses is a business. In order for a business to survive, prosper, and grow, systems must be put in place. Fixing and Flipping Real Estate: Strategies for the Post-Boom Era is a book that breaks down the four essential components of a fix-and-flip business, giving you the building blocks to efficiently buy and sell 1 to 20 properties a month in today’s post-boom era housing market. You’ll learn about each of the boxes:

  • Acquisition—How to find and buy a profitable real estate deal.
  • Rehabbing—How to systematically remodel a house and how not to underimprove, or overimprove, your property.
  • Sales—How to sell your flip for the highest possible price in the shortest possible time.
  • Raising Capital—How to get the capital you need to grow your business, including using other people’s money, for your real estate deals without getting sued or going to jail.

In the post-real estate boom era, fixing and flipping is again a solid business–especially in the “sand” states—Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and Florida, among others. It’s also a good bet in states as diverse as North Carolina and Washington State. And with the real estate market projected to bottom out nationally in 2012 (this time for real), there are plenty of houses to be renovated and plenty of money to be made by the enterprising in all fifty states. This book shows real estate investors everything they need to know to get started fixing and reselling houses either as a substantial sideline or a full-on business.

What you’ll learn
Readers will learn how to:

  • Buy bank-owned houses, short sales from underwater homeowners, and foreclosures at auction.
  • Determine your target neighborhood, price point, and property.
  • Calculate accurately repair expenses, holding, and closing costs.
  • Negotiate with contractors, tradespeople,  and suppliers for the best pricing.
  • Get distressed home sellers and Realtors calling you first about great deals.
  • Use other people’s money to help you reach your financial goals.
  • Manage risk and invest conservatively and responsibly in real estate to protect your capital.
  • Improve greatly your chances of success by fixing and flipping houses as a business rather than as a hobby or a lark.

Who this book is for
If you’ve ever thought about supplementing your current income by fixing and flipping a house, or quitting your job to make flipping houses your full-time business, then Fixing and Flipping Real Estate: Strategies for the Post-Boom Era is the book you need. It is for motivated, entrepreneurial self-starters who want to earn an extra $10,000 to $200,000 a year while reducing the risk any real estate investment entails.

Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started
Chapter 1. Begin with the End in Mind

Part II: Box One: Acquisition
Chapter 2. Identifying Your Niche
Chapter 3. Analyzing Deals
Chapter 4. Acquisition Strategies
Chapter 5. Common Mistakes

Part III: Box Two: Rehab
Chapter 6. First Steps
Chapter 7. Team Building
Chapter 8. What to Fix
Chapter 9. Cost Control
Chapter 10. Common Mistakes

Part IV: Box Three: Sales
Chapter 11. Selling Your House
Chapter 12. Contract Analysis
Chapter 13. Talking with Lenders
Chapter 14. Influencing Appraisals
Chapter 15. Low Appraisals
Chapter 16. Settlement Statements
Chapter 17. Common Mistakes in Selling

Part V: Box Four: Raising Capital
Chapter 18. Creating a Track Record
Chapter 19. Where Is the Money?
Chapter 20. Types of Investors
Chapter 21. Partnerships: Equity Partners
Chapter 22. Private Money: Debt Partners
Chapter 23. Conclusion

Part VI Appendices
Appendix A. Scope of Work
Appendix B. Independent Contractor Agreement
Appendix C. Deed of Trust and Assignment of Rents
Appendix D. Promissory Note
Appendix E. Sample HUD Settlement Statement
Appendix F. IRS Form W-9

Book Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (December 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430246448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430246442
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