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The term "flipping" in real estate refers to the practice of purchasing a property, making repairs and/or upgrades and then quickly reselling it for a profit.
Flipping houses is definitely not as easy as it looks on television, but it can be done successfully — even by an amateur — if a person takes the time to understand the process and makes good decisions.
First and foremost, it's important to know your limitations when you're new to real estate investing. If you're just starting out, don't get in over your head with a home that requires a tremendous amount of love and attention.
Understanding a local real estate market before making an investment is perhaps just as important because it can mean the difference between success and failure. Research neighborhoods and learn as much as possible about comparable home prices so that you will be able to recognize a bargain on Foreclosure.com the moment you come across it.
In addition, set a reasonable budget and stick to it. Do your homework — such as pricing out new appliances at the local home improvement store or reaching out to several contractors to find the best rates — prior to getting involved in a renovation project.
If a home appears to be in really bad shape — but you feel it is a goldmine — pay the extra cash to have a professional inspect the property. Problems with the roof or foundation, for example, can be hidden beneath the surface and be costly to fix.
And any big expense could significantly decrease your eventual profit.
Keep these basic tips in mind — and add to them as you gain knowledge through experience — to ensure that your next house flip is more lucrative than the previous.