Thinking of "Flipping" a Chicagoland Home?
"Flipping" shows are increasingly popular on TV these days ...
"Flip or Flop", "Masters of Flip", "Flip this House" represent just a small sampling of the shows currently on air featuring the buying, renovating and selling of homes within a short timeframe for investment and profit.
While entertaining to watch, the rise in popularity of these shows really showcases American's ongoing fascination with home and real estate. It's also is an indicator of the return of a healthier U.S. housing market.
It seems Americans are once again willing and more capable of facing the monetary risks involved in "flipping". And real estate investors are seeing a higher likelihood of making good money.
Most of the shows shown above spotlight couples focused on "flipping" as a way to make a living. It's their family business and it generates them income.
But "First Time Flippers" on the DIY network, features friends, family members, and couples that tackle flipping a home for the first time as a way to make extra income. They have no previous experience renovating a home, it's not their main form of employment or their main source of income.
As a Mortgage Originator, over the recent months, I've definitely seen a spike in the interest and number of questions I'm receiving regarding "flipping". Both from contractors and investors, but from non-business related individuals too.
I think much of the interest is due to the popularity of the TV shows mentioned above. But the fact that local housing markets have improved have also contributed. They once again are better able to support this type of investment buying and selling.
For those considering entrance into the "flipping" or housing investment market, there's much to know and consider. The choice and purchase of property, its financing, and source of capital for its renovation probably head the list.
- Does the proposed property and neighborhood support the improvements to be made? (Work with a knowledgeable local agent.)
- Where are the funds to come from for the purchase and renovation of the investment home?
- Are down payment funds available for an investment property purchase? (Investment properties typically need a larger down payment made. Interest Rates on investment properties are also typically higher than on primary residences.)
- What financing program best suits the purchase and renovation being considered? (Consider "seasoning" rules for each)
- What term of loan should be considered?
- How long will the renovation take?
- How long must the title to the renovated property be held before it can be "flipped" or sold?
- Will "Comparables" be available to support the newly renovated property's new (sale) Appraisal?
- Tax ramifications ... both property taxes and personal (capital gains) taxes
- More ...
The following are the typical "seasoning" periods for mortgages most often utilized by buyers:
- FHA Loan: FHA Loans typically require a 90-Day "seasoning" period, meaning if the seller bought and closed less than 90 days from the FHA loan (Case Number Request), the deal is NOT eligible for FHA Financing at that point.
- Conventional Loans: Most Conventional Loans, backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, have no true waiting periods (Some individual Banks that buy and service loans may have a different policy)
- VA Loans: Va Loans do not have a "seasoning" period
- The Seller bought the property for sale in the previous 6 months or less, and the profit is 100% above the initial price paid
- The First appraisal is inconclusive, and the Lender's Underwriter requires a second Appraisal Report be done
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