A Beginner's Guide to Fix-and-Flip Homes

by Renee Marie Jordan 07/24/2022

Is it possible to flip houses for profit with no experience? Luckily, this is one area of real estate investment that is viable even for beginners. Here is a simple beginner's guide to house flipping to get you started:

Step 1: Find a Cash Source

Flipping a house requires more cash up front than with a traditional home purchase. This is because besides things like the down payment, you'll need cash to pay for renovation materials, tools and labor. Many flippers save up money before they begin, but there are also specific loans available for renovations. Research your options and compare lenders to find what works for you.

Step 2: Build a Team

Fixing and flipping a house is difficult to do on your own. Having at least one other person available to help you with renovation projects, logistics and planning will help your flip go more quickly and more easily. It's also a good idea to find a real estate agent and a licensed contractor to work with you throughout the project, as well.

Step 3: Work Out the Financials

Just like a traditional home purchase, you'll need to save money for a down payment and whatever type of loan you choose. However, when planning for a flip, it's also crucial to determine your ARV or after resale value. The ARV will tell you the minimum amount you must sell the house for to break even on the project. Obviously, it's ideal to make a profit, but knowing your ARV will help you stay on budget and price accordingly.

Step 4: Sell the House!

Once the renovations are complete, it's time for the payoff. This is where working with your real estate agent comes into play. They can help you list and sell the property efficiently so you don't waste money and time with it on the market. An agent can make sure you list at the right price and handle showings with potential buyers. This will give you the best chance at a profit for all of your hard work.

About the Author
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Renee Marie Jordan

Renee Marie Jordan is a Third Generation Realtor®, who started out her career in residential lending. Jordan Real Estate was established by her grandmother, Jean Kotwitz, who was one of the first female real estate brokers in Solano County! The company was then passed down to her mother, Diane Jordan, over 40 years ago. Renee Marie then took over the company 24 years ago and in 2015 joined forces with RE/MAX Gold.   

Regarded as one of Northern California’s most dependable brokers, Renee Marie has gained industry respect for creating a successful brokerage company. Renee Marie’s unique blend of negotiating expertise, innovative thinking and belief that the client always comes first, has resulted in an extensive client base with many satisfied homeowners. Renee Marie specializes in residential sales, first time buyers, short sale properties, luxury properties, investment properties, foreclosures, 1031 exchanges, and has been the HUD specialist for Solano County since 2009.   

Renee Marie gets to the heart of her clients wants and needs. She attributes a great deal of her success to the many referrals she receives from clients who appreciate the care and thoughtfulness she puts into every transaction. Friends and family members can count on the same excellent service when they are referred to Renee Marie.