When you decide that you're going to buy a fix and flip property, you're undertaking an investment venture. While highly rewarding in many ways, fixing and flipping properties is not a task to take on uninformed. If you're ready to start your fix and flip property journey, make sure you know these things before you get started.
Like many Southern Californians this time of year, I was ready to book my annual trip to the mountains after repeatedly hearing radio ads for Big Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. In the past, my options in Big Bear Lake were limited to a few lodges and hotels that had websites or ran ads. Now, vacation rental websites like VRBO.com and AirBnB.com have forever changed the hospitality industry. Travelers can easily locate their ideal vacation rental property by going online and sorting through hundreds of privately owned and operated vacation rental properties. At Trust Deed Capital we are seeing more borrowers that want to purchase real estate in vacation destinations to take advantage of the new investment opportunities these new technologies create. Before you start making offers on that beautiful cabin in Big Bear or that beach bungalow on the Mission Beach peninsula in San Diego, here is what you should know about financing these types of properties:
D-Class properties are homes or apartments located in neighborhoods considered "bad" or unsafe.
These properties are usually run-down or even outright decrepit, and require a considerable amount of work to achieve livable standards. Though these properties may seem like a good investment because of their cheap prices, here are five reasons to avoid D-Class properties.
If you are interested in investing in real estate, you might have thought about purchasing a fixer-upper and "flipping it." If you have been putting it off, you should know that there are a few reasons why now is the ultimate time to get a fix and flip loan.
When you first begin to plan a fix and flip investment strategy, it is likely that you will be looking for a lender to help with financing. While more traditional banking institutions may be an option, it is often the case that a better fit for fix and flips is a hard money lender. Because hard money lenders fund loans faster and base their lending decisions on the merits of the property more than your own credit-worthiness, they have more flexibility than do traditional lenders.
Anyone who has not been keeping a close eye on their portfolio and their property inventory in this economy is not in the Real Estate Investing business. Part of the problem is that it isn't just your business you have to take into account. Suppliers, labor, and buyers for the flip market all play into the situation.
Fix and flip financing, also called hard money loans, sometimes conjures up images of boogeymen in pin-striped suits making obscure threats about what will happen if they don't get their money back on time. Real hard money loans, though, are simply investments given to a real estate buyer by a business person who expects to make a profit off of that funding. There's no broken knee caps, pinky rings, or other Hollywood elements involved. A hard money lender is just a private lender who often steps in when the bank won't to offer the financial support a property flipper needs.
For real estate investors, pre-foreclosure or short sale listings are a potential gold mine. The owners of these homes are often in serious default and they desperately need to sell fast. Homes that fit this category are plentiful and a savvy investor can score some incredible deals. Here are some tips for investors on how to find and navigate a short sale.
Anyone involved in REI knows that there must be a solid team for the process to work. Part of that team is the lender. There is the choice of traditional mortgage, however, that can take 30 to 60 days on average and with the banking regulations may not be a suitable fit. The regular market mortgage may not be your best option.
While many real estate investors like to rely on their own intuition and experience, it is always a good idea to get a second opinion when buying a property. For this task, there is no one more qualified than a reputable real estate appraiser. Equipped with the right tools and expertise, they can confirm or negate your impression of a property. Here is what they typically look for when determining the value of a property: