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Five Things to Keep in Mind When Flipping Houses

Can you make a quick profit, or are you headed for a fast flop?  

By Mike Hall

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It’s important to know which potential “flippers” are worth your time and effort

You’ve seen the TV shows: Intrepid couples buy a run-down house and give it a stunning makeover for a tidy profit. Fantasy or fact?  Well, in 2019, 6.2 percent of all house sales in the U.S. were flipped homes: properties that needed some TLC to give them a new life and a higher sale price. It takes a lot of work and time to flip a house. Is it worth the effort?

There are a few key things to keep in mind if you’d like to make money by renovating properties: budget, time, skills, knowledge and patience. 

Budget and time. If you’re not a flipping pro, you may underestimate the time it takes or money you’ll need to spend to produce a sale-able property. Finding the right property is key. You’ll want to pay no more than 70 percent of the after-repair value for your fixer upper minus your repairs.  And as time ticks away, so does your profit. Each day the house doesn’t sell costs you money in mortgage, utilities, property taxes,...

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