Published 6/22/22

First-Time House-Flipping How-Tos for Seniors

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Have you considered starting a house-flipping business? As a senior with time and the motivation to work hard, it can be a good idea to go into the house-flipping industry. This is one of the businesses that give you the opportunity to get exercise while making some money. Here is an outline the things you should consider that will help you get started with flipping houses.

Consider Financing

To acquire the first house to flip, you need money. There are costs involved when buying a house to flip, including renovations and marketing. The money you need to renovate the house depends on market conditions and you should also consider utilities, taxes, and insurance while working on it. The Mortgage Reports notes that one of the options is getting a loan, which can be difficult sometimes as banks consider first-time flippers risky borrowers. Once you get several houses under your belt, you’ll raise your profile and find it easier to get approved for credit.

Use Software to Your Advantage

As a property flipper, you’re now running your own business, which calls for utilizing technology to help with areas like marketing. Your logo, for example, will be on your business cards, your letterhead, your website, and all your social media accounts. The challenge with designing an eye-catching logo is that the combination of graphics and text must convey your values and your messaging, but you don’t have to spend a fortune on a graphic designer to get this done. You can go online and make a logo for free today using one of thousands of professionally designed logo templates that you can customize to your liking.

SimplyShowing points out that there will likely be pros that you’ll use for repairs and upgrades that you either aren’t equipped to do yourself or don’t have the time to complete. You may also employ a property manager to handle ongoing maintenance like lawncare and appliance upkeep. In any of these cases, your best bet is to check out payroll software that is robust enough to handle timely distribution of paychecks, as well as tracking labor expenses per project. Look for a platform that will generate W-2s and direct deposit.

How to Find the Ideal Property

Not every house out there is a good investment. Buying a house “as is” for example may not be as beneficial as you’d think, as there’s always the possibility of costly repairs in the future. Finding good real estate will help you sell without problems, and you can raise your profits significantly. First, ensure the home is in a great location. Begin with searching local cities and neighborhoods. Consider areas with rising real estate sales, a thriving town, employment growth, and other indicators.

Also, consider safety in each neighborhood. You can use services like ADT to know what’s happening in a neighborhood. Next, check the condition of the home to know if it would require too many renovations. If the condition is not too bad, calculate the market value of the property. Don’t overvalue as you still need money for renovations and other upgrades. 

Understand the 70% Rule

When analyzing the amount they can pay for a house, skilled flippers use the 70% rule. The rule states one should never pay more than 70% of the properties’ value after repair before all those repairs are done. This means if the after repair value (ARV) of the home is $200,000 and you need $30,000 in repairs, the rule states you should not pay anything more than $110,000 for the home. This is a valuable guide you can use when you enter the house flipping business.

Be Cautious About Fixer-Upper Property

When buying fixer-upper property, you need to be cautious. While it’s an option when you want to save money, you can be stuck with massive costs for renovations and repairs. Ensure the home does not require a major overhaul to be ready for the market. Things like foundation problems, HVAC upgrades, mold and asbestos, and electrical work could be a deal-breaker. While estimating repair costs, always add about 20% in the estimate to ensure you don’t end with a property that would take you ages to sell.

Flipping houses is a risky business that can also be rewarding if you understand how to approach it. If you make the right decisions, you will make good money. Learn everything about flipping houses, including payroll processing, dealing with taxes, evaluating a property for repairs, and calculating market value. This guide could be the starting place for your journey in house-flipping.

Franklin Investment Realty specializes in the acquisition of investment properties, leasing, management, sales and development of properties in the Greater Philadelphia area. Contact us today for more info! (215) 382-7368

– Shirley Martin

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