Flipping Real Estate: Calculating Costs


If you been in the real estate investing business, or more specifically been flipping real estate, for more than a few days, you’ve inevitably gotten an email that reads something like this:

“Investor’s Dream. This property will go QUICK.

  • Property Address: 1234 Main Street
  • Asking Price: $100,000 (Add or subtract zeros!)
  • After Repair Value: $150,000
  • Repairs: $15,000
  • Profit: $35,000
  • Details: Needs paint, carpet, tile, new kitchen, update bathroom, some roof damage.
  • Tenant occupied. Need to evict!”

STOP! Before you read on… Take a guess at what you think the “real” profit’s going to be on this real estate investment…

If you haven’t ever gotten an email or text broadcast like this, then rest assured, you will! I’m about to probably tick off all of the late night infomercials and pitchmen out there! Sure, I understand that when you’ve got 30 minutes (or 90 minutes, for that matter), that you’ve have to sell what’s sexy… not what’s REAL!

Now it’s my turn to expose the real deal on real estate investing! This goes for flipping real estate itself (i.e. properties) or simply flipping the contract (also known as assigning the contract). When you’re flipping real estate, you need to be able to calculate the “real” bottom line and if your assigning the contract, you need to know your numbers so you don’t get blacklisted from investors! This one piece of information will keep you from getting into trouble because of any “real estate bubble”!

Purchase Costs
Here goes… Have you EVER purchased and sold a piece of real estate for FREE? If you’re not sure what the answer is… It’s an emphatic NO… You are going to have costs to buy, costs to hold and costs to sell. This holds true even if you are buying a property for all cash. (Think title fees, attorney’s fees, recording fees, etc.)

If you’re not getting a mortgage, your purchase costs are obviously much lower, but nonetheless, there are costs associated with any real estate transaction. Plus, more than likely, if you’re relatively new, you’re probably not paying all cash for property anyways. You’re probably going to be using a hard money investor for your initial real estate investing financing!

For a quick calculation, you can estimate anywhere between 3% – 5% for closing costs to just acquire the property. That’s 3%-5% of the purchase price.

Holding Costs
How much is it going to cost you each and every day to own this piece of real estate? See, if you’re making money in real estate, you’d better believe that there are a lot of other people that are going to expect to get paid and they get paid in the form of mortgage interest, property taxes, utilities, property insurance, etc. Each of these is an expense each and every day that you own the property. Here’s an example… A hard money loan on a bread and butter type piece of real estate might run you 15%. Let’s say you got the property for $100,000. Every month, you are paying $1250 in interest alone. Let’s say that taxes and insurance are another $200/month and then utilities at $100. Right there, the property is costing you $1550/month – or roughly $50/day. See, why it’s important to know your not only your holding costs on a real estate investment, but also how long it’s going to be on the market before you can flip the property.

Selling Costs
Here’s the third part of the real estate investing puzzle. When you want to turn around and sell this piece of real estate, it’s going to cost you yet again! Are you going to use a real estate agent and pay a commission or 3-4-5% or even more? On $150,000, that’s anywhere from $4500 to $7500 chopped of the top. Then, you can figure 2-3% in closing fees.

If you can remember this… and apply what you’ve just learned to each and every real estate deal that you do, you’ll be safe flipping real estate in any market. You see, if it’s a hot market, you can calculate less time for holding cost. But, in a slower market, make your offer based on 6 months or 9 months of holding costs. It’s really simple math! And real estate really is a numbers game…

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Real Estate Investing: Succeeding Online, Tech or Strategy?

If you are planning on indulging in real estate investing you should also consider the online real estate market that provides a great resource of buying and selling properties. To begin with, online real estate marketing will involve listing as well as advertising properties over the Internet and it also means getting maximum exposure. Best of all, it also means not having to pay any commissions to real estate brokers. And online real estate is a more convenient way of transacting business and is also a lot quicker than traditional ways of real estate investing.

Evaluate Your Property’s Value

However, before you jump into real estate investing and more particularly into the online real estate market, you would need to first evaluate the true value of your property. For this evaluation you can go online or ask a real estate investing mentor to do the evaluation for you. Next, you need to try and use online videos, which are a wonderful way of advertising your property and a whole lot better than the traditional means of advertising. Be careful here because your income as a wholesaler depends on how well you can evaluate the asset in the way the buyer is looking to pick it up.

There are two ways that you can categorize online real estate videos and these are promotional content and pod cast content. Each category catering to different types of buyers and sellers.

In any case, by listing your property online you will get a wider audience for your property and so you must be prepared to get queries from many different places. There is no doubt that real estate investing in the online real estate market can be hugely profitable though at the same time it also has its fair share of associated risks, especially if you are not well acquainted with online real estate. Caution, make sure that you understand real well how to “construct real estate transactions”; otherwise you treading on thin ice.

You need to be very careful about each aspect of the online real estate deal and this means learning about the proper financing, decide whether you wish to rehab or not and also know how to hire a landlord. Fortunately, there are some websites that deal with these aspects and which allow you to take part in online discussions with others who are interested in real estate investing. In fact, you should also check out articles written on online real estate sites and even sign up for free e-newsletters pertaining to investing so that you are on top of the subject of real estate investing in the online real estate market.

One of the better resources that deal with real estate investing and more particularly online real estate is REI Club Freebies where you will find tons of information as well as numerous resources regarding online real estate. You can read e-books on real estate investing and it is even possible to download these e-books for reading at a later time on your computer monitor. There are also many other resources such as software to analyze properties and information on how to indulge in real estate investing in the online real estate market.

You must also remember that real estate investing and online real estate involves hard work and there are no short cuts that will help you make quick money. Furthermore, because you will be dealing with people who you can’t see (at least in the beginning) you need to be very careful about divulging information without first verifying the credentials of prospective buyers and sellers. One way past this is work with a mentor or coach that can inject you into their existing warm market and then coach you from behind the scenes while you close on the deals.

Once you get past this hurdle, you should then try and buy properties that are in a rundown condition and then repair and upgrade until it looks attractive to buyers. Also, you should look for properties that are located in places where the rentals are on the high side because in this way you can be sure that your real estate investing endeavors will pay you back good returns. Now, buying run down does NOT mean a complete tear down use caution here as well. Look for the pretty rundown so that you won’t run into problems where your profit will be eaten up by unexpected repairs associated with properties that need a full gut job.

There are many online foreclosed properties’ lists that you should tap into because you can buy these properties for less money and then sell them at a higher price and thus profit from your real estate investing actions. Another gold mine are reo properties; you can find some real gold here with properties that are in pre-auction status and have huge amounts of equity already built into them.

The online real estate market abounds with many profitable opportunities, and if you use things such as online videos and perhaps even take a course in online real estate, you will be able to profit from your real estate investing activities. A word of caution, do not get so caught up in the learning that you begin to suffer from analysis paralysis and never really start. Looking for a coaching program that will inject you into working the market as you are learning the market. something that will be structured like an OJT program.. Yes showing my age here.. OJT young people means “On The Job training” and that is exactly how I got my start in the field.

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The Benefits of Real Estate Investing


Real estate investing is increasing at a staggering rate these days. More and more individuals are learning that real estate investments can offer wonderful earning potential. Real estate investing is a process which has many attractive qualities that make it a viable money-producing opportunity. There are a number of benefits that go along with purchasing real estate investments and the following paragraphs will highlight some of these benefits. As you will see these attributes make it quite apparent why individuals are becoming interested in investment opportunities of this type.

Build Equity in the Property:

For those individuals who are looking to invest in real estate on a long-term scale, there are certain benefits to doing so. When individuals purchase real estate and hold onto it for awhile, they are ultimately able to build a good deal of equity in the home they are purchasing as an investment property. Equity is a beneficial aspect for the homeowners since the more equity a property has, the more that it adds to the net worth thereof. This is an important and frequently cited reason why individuals do choose to invest in real estate and maintain the property as an investment for a long period of time thereafter.

Possible Tax Advantages:

Another benefit of purchasing real estate for investment purposes is the possible tax advantages that one may receive as a result of owning the investment property. Depending on a variety of factors, individuals who own investment property may just see some gracious tax advantages as a result. Therefore, individuals may be more than ready to invest in real estate once they have looked into possible tax advantages that result from engaging in a transaction of this type.

High Rate of Return on the Sale of the Property:

When the investment property is sold somewhere down the road, the homeowners will most likely see a high rate of return on the sale of the property. Depending on the market at the time of the purchase and sale, this rate of return may be more than generous when one looks at the profit margin. Some factors to consider if looking to purchase property and sell it within a short period of time after the initial purchase include current market for property sales, renovations and upkeep necessary to get the property ready for the sale and ability to hold on to the property longer if a sale does not come as quickly as one had expected. If one has considered all of these possibilities and still feels that they will be able to sell the property quickly, then this is a wonderful benefit of real estate investment.

Lease the Property to Tenants


While some real estate investors choose to purchase the property and then sell it shortly thereafter, there are other individuals who have a different reason for purchasing investment properties and wish to obtain a profit by other means. These individuals are ones who prefer to purchase the property and then lease it out to tenants. By doing so, the homeowners are able to pay for any mortgage which may be present on the property plus receive any additional income from leasing the property to tenants.

Investing in real estate is a wonderful way to gain equity in a piece of property, take advantage of possible tax benefits and maybe even make a considerable profit from the sale of the property once the individual feels like doing so. These are some of the many reasons why individuals are purchasing real estate as investment property and current low interest rates make now a perfect time to buy. The benefits of real estate investing are difficult to pass up, so go ahead and find your first real estate investment property!

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Tax Liens and Distress Sales – Opportunities for Real Estate Investing

With the current real estate hiccup going on the U.S., more and more people are losing their homes because they failed to pay their home mortgages. But what happens to the homes is something few people think about. This can be a very good real estate investing opportunity for the shrewd, and one can quickly earn profits in a very short amount of time.

How To Earn Through Tax Liens

If a homeowner has defaulted on his payment, then the mortgaging bank will start the pre-foreclosure process. A tax lien will then be issued for the property, so that the right to retain the property can be gained. You can do real estate investing in tax liens for a certain property that has been issued a lien and put out for an auction sale. The way you can earn profit from this is that the state will pay fixed interest on a tax lien and there are others that will start the bidding price at auctions in the amount of the lien.

If the tax lien is unpaid during the duration of the redemption period, then all other mortgages and liabilities on the house are extinguished, and the title to the property will be cleared. The investor will now own his or her new property with a clean title. If the owner can pay the liability on his property however, the investor can still earn through interest earned on the lien. (Check with your local state, time restrictions may apply). Real estate investing in this manner can lead to profits both ways.

Real Estate Investing Through Auctions

Sales of properties by tax-distressed owners can be quite a steal. However, you’ll need to find out if your real estate investing opportunity is going to be worth it. Check the property location beforehand, because you might be buying something worthless, like purchasing a piece of land that is routinely flooded. If you are able to acquire and own a piece of land legally, you can participate in property auctions as well. But, you’ll have to have ready cash on hand or in easy access, because auction sites will typically require that those who win the bidding on their chosen properties to pay a down payment or the full amount in a short span of time, if not cash up front. This is one of those investments not for those without capital.

Starting Up Your Own Real Estate Investing Business

You can always start-up your own business in the real estate investing industry. Given that you have enough capital, and you have enough knowledge on the state rules on tax liens in your area, you can start investing in property tax liens immediately. One of the most important things to do when doing business in this nature is to check the property liens that you’ll be buying. Physical inspection is needed, but since it can be so time-consuming, limit your searches to somewhere you can drive to. A real estate investing business will also require that you have adequate knowledge of the legal processes involved, since tax-distressed sales by homeowners will involve banks and other institutions, most notably the government. You can earn high profits with just a few pieces of properties sold, but you can also spread the profit out and sell properties for a smaller markup, provided that the turnover for those profits will be faster so you can move on to other properties for sale.

A distress sale is a great opportunity for investment, but one should always be careful since at auctions you won’t know if the property you’re buying is a good buy, and not a lemon. You should also check if the owner of the property is not on the verge of bankruptcy, because the IRS can override your lien and take first priority as well as your real estate investing opportunity away from you. Even in this case, the interest rules for each state still apply and can be a tax deduction as well.

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