Buying and Flipping in the Raleigh North Carolina Area

Real Estate Agent with Raleigh Cary Realty


“Buying and Flipping” a house in the Raleigh North Carolina area 


One of the prime ways to tell that the real estate market in the Raleigh Cary Apex area is picking up is the reemergence of investors In particular I’m seeing many out of town investors that don't know the area or the market. Many people hear that Raleigh and Cary are great places to live with a low crime rate and reasonable priced housing and that's true! It's a good place to invest in a home.


However, is it a good place to buy a home cheap, do a little paint and clean up, and then flip it in a few months and make a huge profit?


I recently had an investor from out of state who wanted me to help him do just that.


First of all,  as I tell ALL of my buyers, you can't buy a house on the Internet! Pictures don't always tell the true story. And in most foreclosure cases, they don't tell 90% of the story!


For instance, I showed a foreclosure home recently to a nice couple. The house looked relatively okay, just needing some carpet, cleaning,,etc. from the pictures on the web. However, when we arrived at the home, there was a blue tarp over the roof and many branches down. The bedroom ceiling was moldy from the rain coming in the hole in the roof. Worse, there was a lot of rodent droppings all over as well as bat dung. Of course this can't be seen on the Internet. That house was a hazardous waste at any price!


If you are seriously considering investing in the area I feel that it's really a necessity to plan a visit to the area. You need to be able to drive around the area and learn where and what you want to invest in.


When you do find a potential house to buy, don't expect that the bank or the seller is going to accept an offer that is 50- 70% of the list price, or less! The bank knows the condition that the home is in, what is needed to repair the home, and has priced the home accordingly.


This is a recent comparable summary report showing what Foreclosures sold at compared to the list price: Search for NC homes LInda Jandura


As you can see, the average sale to list price is 96% of the list price, with the lowest SP/LP being 87% and many others sold at 100% or more of the list price, indicating there were probably multiple bids.


Investors know that you make your money on the buy end. You can't make that much money on the buy end for a quick flip in most cases because the banks won't lower the prices that much. The bank will know how much it costs to fix it and what the value will be after the repairs. 


The best way right now to make money here appears to be with investing in homes to rent out. Rents are increasing nicely! We still have a growing population and many people moving here want to rent for a year or so instead of buying right away. Or they don't have the credit to buy a house, but have a job and can pay the rent with no problem


As a Realtor, I would love to help you buy many houses and then sell them for you if buying and flipping would work!  But I want to be honest with you and help you in the best way I can for the future. I will tell you what the house should be worth compared to other homes in the area.  If you can do the repairs for less than the difference, than the home might work. But if it will take the difference in money to fix it, you won’t make much of a profit.


When you want to come down for a visit, let me know and I'll be glad to meet with you and show you any homes.


And if you’re here in North Carolina now and are interested in investing, give me a call! I’ll be glad to help.



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Linda Jandura is a North Carolina Residential Real Estate Specialist that can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of homes in the Raleigh Cary Metro area, or any place else in the country by connecting you with a relocation professional in your destination of choice.

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Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Great information on the Raleigh area. Buying online without seeing a property is such a crazy idea. I can't believe anyone would even consider it. They need to consult an expert like you!

Sep 05, 2012 11:18 PM #1
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Linda - it's amazing that people will buy a home without seeing it, investors or not. I had a friend who lived in Texas and bought her home here in NJ without coming to see it. Of course she was disappointed to find stained carpets, chipped paint and molding.....but what did she expect?! You can't see everything in a photo and who knows how old the MLS photo are? You make an excellent point!

Sep 05, 2012 11:20 PM #2
Linda Jandura
Raleigh Cary Realty - Apex, NC
Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist

Tanya- Especially when the home is a foreclosue! only they can tell if they can handle the repairs. Thanks for commenting

Kristine- I feel sorry for your friend. I know someone else who did that here and when the inspection was done it showed a lot of hidden faults.  The buyer backed out, but lost a lot of money in inspections, earnest money, etc.  He still thinks it was okay.  You just can't teach some people.  Next time your friend buys a house, she should consult you! Thanks for commenting.

Sep 06, 2012 12:03 AM #3
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Good morning, Linda. Excellent advice, but so many think otherwise until they walk in the door as Kristine's friend.  It is amazing what a little photo-shopping can do to 'improve' the image seen online.

It is so nice to connect with you again.  I will be back.

Oct 24, 2012 11:14 PM #4
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