What Does "Flipping a House" Really Mean?

One thing's for sure, it's not as easy as it looks on TV

Photography: Marc Jao

Simply put, flipping a house means buying a run-down property below market price and doing necessary renovations before reselling it for a quick profit. 

However, like any other business venture, you may encounter a few bumps along the way—you can lose the home to restoration mishaps or accidentally go over your budget. Before getting involved with flipping houses, make sure you arm yourself with basic real estate knowledge and read through these tips to help you run a smooth house flipping project! 

What makes a good investment? 

  • Check the location. Try looking for a home in a sensible neighborhood. Start by researching local cities with rising property sales, business hubs, good schools, and other indications that make the place a great spot to live. 
  • Make sure it's accessible to you. Flipping a house takes weeks or even months to finish. Spending on a property that's too far away from you will cost you more with the extra gas bills and meal allowances you have to pay.  
  • Consider it's current value. Make sure the price is below it's value in the local market. The key is to find the house in the worst condition in a good neighborhood.

What should you avoid? 

  • Rushing to finish the project. Real estate, by nature, is a tedious business. Once you find the right property, make sure you take the time to fix it up to make sure you pass all safety inspections without any hassle. 
  • Not seeking the advice of professionals. It's always best to meet with contractors, architects, and real estate agents first to make sure you would be able to pull it off. Relying on your own knowledge might prevent you from gaining good profit. 

Sources: Money Crashers and Investopedia 

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