There are a lot of things to consider before getting started. One of the most important is finding the right kind of property to flip. You have to really research a house before making an offer. One thing you need to know are the comps of the neighborhood. Find out what the other houses in the neighborhood are selling for. Also check for the most recently sold and how much they sold for. You then need to compare other features of the houses such as square footage, land square footage, condition of the house, etc.
Another beginning step is to figure out how you will pay for it. This needs to be decided before you make an offer. You hear a lot about no money down deals and creative financing but those methods will not work in all cases, so you need to be prepared with alternatives.
One of the methods of financing is getting a mortgage loan for the property. This can be long and drawn out and you will need to have good credit and show your ability to handle the note until you can sell the house. You will also have to have enough money to make any necessary repairs.
Another way to finance a real estate deal is to get a HELOC on the house you are living in. A HELOC is a home equity line of credit that you get approved for. You don't have to use the money, but it is there if you need it. For example, you get a HELOC for $100,000.00 (you can only get a HELOC for a percentage of the value of your house). This money will just sit there available until you want to use it. If you want to buy some investment property for $70,000.00 and need another $10,000.00 for repairs, then you could withdraw $80,000.00 from your HELOC. Using this method you can have a quick closing and be able to offer cash for the property. You can sometimes get it cheaper if you pay cash. Some HELOCs require interest only payments to pay back the amount you used.
If you intend to flip the house in a short length of time, you could just pay the interest only (if this is the way your HELOC is set up) and when the investment property sells you would then pay off your HELOC. A HELOC can be very useful but remember that it is a second mortgage against your home so use it wisely. Talk to your mortgage company or banker to find out about HELOCs and if it is advisable for you to get one.
You can also get a hard money loan. These are privately financed loans that have a higher interest rate than a mortgage loan, usually 12% to 18%, and they are short term, usually 6 months to a year. One advantage of these loans is that you can have an early closing, sometimes two weeks. If you get the right property for the right price you can sometimes finance the cost of the property and the repairs. In some cases you will have no out of pocket expenses. You really have to look for the right deal for these to be beneficial to you. Research these loans as they can come in very handy. Your local real estate investment club is a good place to talk to and about hard money lenders.
These were just a few ways you can find and finance a good real estate property to flip. As in anything to do with real estate you need to research, talk to mortgage companies, real estate agents, and other investors. The best thing a beginner can do is join a real estate investment club where you can get good advice and maybe even get your first real estate flip.
Real estate investing is a good business to be in but there is a lot of studying and learning involved before you take on your first house flip. Think smart and be diligent in your efforts to learn as much as you can about investing in real estate before you take that first plunge.
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