Cheat Sheet to Quick Turning Houses: Steps To Your First Flip

Flipping homes can be confusing when you are just starting out. Especially if you are new to the real estate industry. For you newcomers, here are some quick start steps:

1. Prepare yourself mentally.

Determine your motivation for wanting to flip homes. Ideally, it should be emotional. For example, “I want to provide for my mom’s retirement”. This may seem silly, but your strong motivation is what will get you through the rough patches and will help you overcome your fears. Always remember your motivation during times of doubt or stress. Sharpen your mental attitude and energy. Believe that you can be successful flipping homes. Have faith that if someone else can do it, you can too. Another seemingly silly step, but if you don’t have this, you will give up when fear raises its ugly head, or when there is real work to be done. You have to believe you can be successful at flipping homes.

2. Continue your education.

All you need is my course, but you need to keep reading and stay up to date with my methods, and get on the monthly training calls.  It has an amazing wealth of information, but there is so much; you’ll need to be careful not to get overwhelmed. Read enough so that you are familiar with the process, but realize that I will help you along the way. You don’t need to be the expert, at least not yet. That will come with experience. Just understand and accept that you will need to start before you are 100% comfortable.

3. Determine your investing target market in your chosen city. Focus all of your energies on that one type of property and one area. You can branch out later. Understand the local market so you have a realistic turnaround time.

4. Find a real estate agent to represent you as buyer. Select one that focuses on the types of properties you want to flip. Speak with several. You will want one that not only understands the needs of investors, but one whose personality that meshes with yours. Be sure they understand your goals. You’ll likely be asking them to make offers that traditional agents may be comfortable with (creative financing, etc.), so this is why you want someone who invests themselves or who routinely works with investors.

5. Get your financial ducks in a row. Check your credit. Do what you can to improve it. Determine the capital you have to invest. Determine potential partners. Determine your funding source. Research potential lenders. Don’t forget Hard Money Lenders. Get pre-qualified from three of these lenders. These steps are biggies, but don’t let them overwhelm you. Take them one at a time and remember your motivation. Don’t forget to set goals.

6. Join a local Real Estate Investors Club. Attend meetings. Being around like-minded people will keep you motivated, not to mention networking opportunities.

8. Find your property/ies. Yes, do your due diligence. That means, research area comparables. Visit the property. Have an inspection completed. Determine what you’ll need to do to flip it quickly.  Decide if the property is a good candidate or not to market to your buyers list.

9. Make an offer by contacting the owner directly, the bank or real estate broker. Be prepared with a pre-qual letter and earnest money. This could be a very nominal amount. Do not forget your addendums to the offer that will protect you!!! Negotiate as necessary. Make as many offers as necessary. Remember, it’s a numbers game. Expect many offers to get rejected, that just means it wasn’t the right deal for. Know that the right deal for you will be accepted. Be patient.

10. Close on your property.  Rehab it or flip it! Start out flipping one property at a time. With more experience, you’ll be ready to handle multiple properties.

To your success flipping homes!