Flipping Properties for Profit

So, you want to get into the flipping game and make money or possibly you had a bad experience with flipping a property and want to learn how to flip a property and actually make money? First of all, let me say that I don’t believe in expecting a large return on a flip if all you do is sign your name on a closing statement and expect to turn it around quickly. It’s just not that easy.

What can happen though is that if you follow some of my techniques you can expect to earn a nice profit for yourself. There are five keys to success that I would like to discuss in this article. They are: (1) you must buy the property right, (2) you should be willing to shop for good deals, (3) you must not be afraid to get your hands dirty, (4) you must be reasonably handy, and (5) you need to do most of the work yourself.

How to buy the property right. Here’s where you need to either be a real estate agent or work with one. Knowing the market area is essential to getting the right house at the right price. Are prices in this area increasing? Are others improving their homes? Is the home’s sale price consistent with the repairs needed? Does the listing allow for an easy out of the contract should you learn something during the home inspection stage? It is my opinion that you definitely need a home inspection because you want to know everything that is wrong with this house before you start.

You should be willing to shop for good deals. First thing I always do is set a budget. It’s not iron clad, but it is a starting point. You know what you bought the home for and you know roughly how much you want to get out of it, so now work backwards. What needs to be done and how much money can you allocate to it? Be methodical, make a list and try to stick to it. Shop hard for sales, closeouts, and alternatives. Many of the home improvement stores put closeouts out front early in the morning. Swing by on your way to work. Check garage sales, newspaper ads, and even the internet. While you certainly should buy quality materials, you need to resist the urge to buy the nicer faucet or the prettier cabinet pulls. Always buy with price and quality in mind with a close eye on the budget. Over-spending is a common pitfall.

You must not be afraid to get your hands dirty. If a home needs to be remodeled, chances are it is pretty dirty too. Hiring a cleaning person is expensive and not necessary. Anyone can scrub. It’s good exercise too. The yard most likely is a mess since the previous owners probably neglected it. Some of the hardest work is done in the yard. Having the right tools is key, but you don’t have to buy them, most of them can be rented.

You must be reasonably handy and you need to do most of the work yourself pretty much go hand in hand. You should consider finding another hobby if you cannot do average repairs yourself or if you don’t enjoy it. If you get stuck and have to bring the professionals in for a botched job, your profits will quickly go down the drain. Labor is very expensive to pay someone for and should be used sparingly.

Foreclosure Investing – The Pros And Cons Of Investing In Foreclosures

Investing in foreclosures is no doubt one of the best opportunities to make money in today’s economy. As with any type of business venture, there are risks involved. Investing in foreclosed properties offers great opportunity to buy homes significantly under market, but there are some risks such as considerable research, under lying lien problems, long-term carrying costs and several others. If you are willing to take the chance on a property or two you may prosper in the end.

Foreclosed homes can be purchased at several stages. First is the pre-foreclosure phase, then the auction phase and finally the REO phase each of these presents their own set of pros and cons. Familiarize yourself with each of these different types of foreclosures, weigh the pros and cons for each, you may be able to avoid a costly mistakes and headaches through the process of investing in home foreclosures.

Take a look at the possible pros and cons at the various stages of a foreclosure:

Pre-Foreclosure Phase
This is the stage where the homeowner is still in control of the property. Although the loan is in default and the pressure from the lenders is just beginning. The homeowner is usually in a position to sell the property quickly and avoid the foreclosure process all together. This means hue savings and large potential profits for you.

Pros
20-40% discounts on the estimate value
Low or no down payment, due to the built in equity
Research and inspection opportunities
Sales agreements that are flexible

Cons
Home owner may not be reachable
Fierce competition, many investors are trying to buy these type foreclosures
Time to research documents and court filings
Undisclosed or underlying liens against the property

Auction Phase
Possibly the most profitable stage of a foreclosure. Auctioned properties usually offer the best potential profit when buying foreclosures. An auctioned property is sold during a public auction to the highest bidder. If you have done you, research these types of properties are sometimes sold way under market value.

Pros
Greater discounts can be as high as 35-50%
Great ROI, return on investment
Greater potential profit

Cons
Property inspection is generally not available
Postponed auctions mean valuable time lost and research wasted
Large down payments that must be paid at the time of auction
Incomplete research can cost you a lot of money
You may not win the auction at all

Emerging Trends in Dubai Property Market

Dubai real estate is witnessing a number of changes in the commercial sector.

One of the emerging trends in the commercial property market is the conversion of warehouse space to office premises. Companies that require large open plan spaces, such as advertising or marketing companies have been seen to lease warehouse space and easily transform it into efficient office space. This provides a cost effective solution for businesses that need to be near the business centre but may not wish to pay the premium rates of prime location office space. Warehouse rental rates suitable for office conversions fluctuate between 40-65AED per sq. ft (warehouse space rent exclusively used for storage purposes averages 28-35AED per sq. ft), whereas rents in the Central Business District (CBD) may be 225-250AED per sq. ft.

The property market in Dubai is tight and therefore the concept of Split Offices has come into being. Many professional services firms, faced with the prospect of particularly high rents in prime locations tend to lease a small space suitable for client meetings in the Central Business District so as to boast an address on a prestigious location such as e.g. Sheikh Zayed Road, and move their operations to a secondary location where rents may be more affordable e.g. Garhoud, thus effectively saving on huge overheads.

Thus, supply of the real estate market in Dubai is shaping up to meet the property demand.