House Flipping is Easy, Not so Much, Fairfield County, Ct.

Reblogger David Popoff
Real Estate Broker/Owner with DMK Real Estate Ct RE Broker 0789963

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Original content by Joe Petrowsky NMLS # 6869

“House Flipping is Easy, Not so Much”


I love listening to experienced house flippers talk about their war stories. When I first started flipping houses, many years ago, there were no, how too courses. So, for me it was self-taught which is the way many got started. We all learn more from the failures or missteps of others, than we can from their successes.

 House Flipping

Here are a couple of the important lessons, I learned along my path:

1)   I’m not into location, location &  location, but rather price, price & price. If it is purchased wrong, it is almost impossible to fix this problem. A profit can be made in any location, as long as the property is purchased at the right price.

2)   Never cheat and cover stuff up. When I watch some of these flip this house type programs on TV, I am always amazed how much stuff they cover up and never really fix.

3)   Learn from others that have done this before and surround yourself with the best possible trades people and ones that are trustworthy.

4)   Have a marketing plan in place. So you have done a great job buying and renovating, now what. If you don’t sell the property quickly, you lose money every day the property doesn’t sell.

5)   Make sure you don’t over price the property.



School of Hard Knocks in Real Estate Investing: 3 Tales of Newbie Lessons Learned

The best real estate investing schools just can’t prepare you for the school of hard knocks in real estate investing. The following stories come from 3 newbie real estate investors who all have formal educations in real estate investing. They all took courses, and some had mentors, who helped them learn the game of real estate investing. But sometimes the tuition is paid on the street, outside of the school. Here are 3 tales of newbie lessons learned in real estate investing:

  • James and Miranda: After months of painstaking work and number crunching, making offers, and doing due diligence, this couple finally got a real deal under contract. A good friend referred a contractor who would do the repairs to the property. The contractor turned out to be flaky and kept making excuses. The couple was afraid to fire him, since the contractor was referred by a close friend, and they wanted to save face. After nearly 3 weeks of delays and excuses, no work had been done to the house. The couple finally fired the contractor, but their holding costs for the 3 weeks in limbo ate up a ton of their profit in the deal. The Lesson Learned: If your contractor delays in the beginning, fire him and find another. A contractor who makes up excuses is waving a red flag, so pay attention.
  • Tamera: This newbie was taught to do more than one “flip” at a time, so she could really make money and quit her day job. She came to us for a rehab loan on a good deal in a nice area. We were concerned that she only had one flip under her belt, and it wasn’t even completed and sold yet. She purchased the 2nd property using our real estate loan for rehabs, and promised that the 1st property would be finished and sold in a matter of weeks. Two months later, she called us with an update. The 1st property had a few false start buyers, but was under contract again. The 2nd property was about halfway through the rehab, but was on hold until she had money from the sale of the 1st property to finish it. The Lesson Learned: Do only one deal at a time when you’re first starting out. Don’t try to quit your day job until you have a couple successful deals under your belt.
  • Connie and Luke: The house seemed perfect and was listed at the right price. With only $9,000 in repairs, the house would easily fetch a much higher after repaired price. The couple quickly fixed up the home and listed it at the target selling price. The house was identical to sold listings at the target selling price that were ¼ mile from their house. After nearly 90 days on the market at the target selling price, the couple lowered the price. But why was the house not selling at the target price? The house was located on a busy street near an intersection. Getting in and out of the driveway was a chore with the traffic. The other sold comparables were on quiet streets with no traffic. The couple did not know to look at this fact before buying the home, and of course the realtor didn’t mention it. The Lesson Learned: How is your property different than the comparables? This couple did not know what to look for and in this case it cost them.

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Joe Petrowsky, NMLS #6869

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Ki Gray LLC - Aspen, CO - the ultimate snowsport home search!

Very true, David.  Lots of inexperienced persons make the erroneous assumption that flipping a house is always easy and immensely profitable.  It isn't always as simple as lots of folks would like to believe.

Jan 27, 2013 03:12 AM #1
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine

I have had some expierence with contractors on flip houses. My contactor devleoped a cocaine & alcohol problem & low & behold I lost a lot of money. He went completely out of control.  Be careful.  Jim

Jan 27, 2013 03:13 AM #2
Alan Grizzle
Chestatee Real Estate - Dahlonega, GA
Full Time Realtor, Lifelong Resident of Dahlonega

It is best to start small and learn as you go. It is easy to get in over your head if you take on too much without the experience and resources to handle it.

Jan 27, 2013 03:14 AM #3
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Best to start small and work your way up, build up alliances with local experience contractors, good luck.

Jan 27, 2013 04:29 AM #4
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

As you well know, the flipping business isn't for everyone, as most who participate fail, never to be heard from again.  

Jan 27, 2013 05:13 AM #5
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Flipping is not easy.  Doing it wrong is very costly.  Great info for your CT investors to have.

All the best, Michelle

Jan 27, 2013 08:50 AM #6
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Doing most of the demo and remodeling work yourself is the BEST way to flip so that there is $$$ at the "out"...being able to hold and rent the property until the comps in the area recover is the BEST flip

Jan 27, 2013 06:53 PM #7
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

All great advice, thanks for the comments.

Jan 27, 2013 10:16 PM #8
Jonathan Hall
William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty - Danbury, CT
Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523

There's been several successful flips up here in the Northern end of the county,usually starter homes.

Feb 05, 2013 04:29 AM #9
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