WiFi Thermostat - Installing a WOW Factor

Installing a Wow Factor -- Make Your Property Stand Out from the Crowd

Volume 2: Episode 5

Whether you are flipping an investment property, or using a property for rental income, one thing that helps your property stand out are simple little wow factors.

At Flip University, we talk about simple things like new light fixtures, cover plates, and a new coat of paint.  These little things make a place feel clean and new.

However, one of the current new trends is smart wifi thermostats.  There are a number of them on the market, and we do not recommend any unit in particular.  But people sure do seem to like them.  This trend goes along with wifi controlled switches and lights.  

Installing features like this in your investment property could very well make it stand out from similar properties.  Standing out makes it memorable -- which increases chances of offers!

In this week's video blog, we show you how to install a smart WiFi thermostat.  We've...

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How To Determine a Construction Budget For Your Flips

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When it comes to construction budgets, you have to start with the end in mind.  You have to ask yourself:

  • is this for a quick flip with maximum profit?
  • is this for a rental property you plan to own?
  • is this a construction project for a friend?

The planned use of the project will most definitely affect the decisions you make in terms of the repairs and renovations you want to tackle, and at what price point the finishes will be for things like paint, flooring, appliances, etc.

The best way to determine a construction budget is to make a complete list of all the anticipated repairs and renovations, and include estimated costs.

This list might include:

  • roof repairs or replacement
  • masonry or siding repairs
  • new paint
  • plumbing
  • lighting fixtures
  • foundation repair
  • etc.

If you haven't already, it is best to develop a rapport with the contractors you use to help get quick estimates on any jobs you yourself cannot accurately put a price on.

Once you have a price for materials and...

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How to Flip As Quickly as Possible

Expert real estate invest Michael Owen gives tips on how to flip a house as quickly as possible.  The quicker you flip, the more properties you can move and thereby maximizing your profit and income.

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The Importance of Doing Your Due Diligence

Importance of Doing Your Due Diligence

Host Michael Owen discusses the importance of doing your due diligence when it comes to flipping houses.

  • Verify the ARV (after repair value)
  • Verify the needed repairs
  • Verify the estimated cost of the repairs
  • wholesalers tend to overestimate ARV and underestimate repairs
  • watch out for contractor liens and tax liens
  • watch out for wholesaler contract fees

While this is not an exhaustive list, missing any one of these details can reduce your potential proft.  Or worse yet, it could put you in a loss position on your flip.

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DIY vs Hiring Contractors

 

Do It Yourself

DIY is a way to keep your costs down on your flip.  If you have the skills, and can do good work this might be an avenue to consider.  Bear in mind, the time you spend doing the work yourself is time you aren’t spending on finding a buyer, or finding your next investment property.  You have to remember that your work will probably be placed under close scrutiny by a home inspector.  If the work isn’t good, it will end up costing you money.  Any sub-standard work or issues found will result in the buyer asking for concessions on the sale price, or demanding the work be repaired or redone.

Hire a Contractor

If you are hiring a contractor, be sure to hire someone who is bonded and licensed.  Check out the contractor online for reviews.  Ask the contractor for references of people that he has done work for.  You may find contractors at home improvement stores such as Home Depot or Lowes, buying larger...

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Tips for Your Real Estate Flip

 

When it comes to flipping houses, Flip University co-founder Michael Owen knows his stuff!  In this video blog, he gives very useful free tips and advice on how to invest in and capitalize on your flip properties.

Tip #1

It is very important to know your numbers and local real estate market factors.  Your research begins well before the foreclosure auctions.  You need to have scoped out the properties you are interested in, and have done the math on the numbers including the bank value (minimum bid), square footage, cost per square foot, budget for anticipated repairs, comparative market values, and the after-repair value.  This will help you decide on the top dollar you should pay for a given property.

Tip #2

Be disciplined at the auction.  Do not let yourself get involved in the heat of the auction.  Do not bid above your researched top dollar value for the property.  Emotions and ego do not pay the bills -- disciplined research will help...

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Foreclosure Auctions

 


 

Making Money in Real Estate: The Foreclosure Auction 

One of the most popular ways make money in real estate is to find homes to flip, rent or invest in, is the foreclosure auction.  The auction process is something any real estate investor should make a strong effort to become familiar with.  The best way to learn about the auction is to go attend one in your area and simply watch and learn.

Auctions usually occur at the county level.  Some counties have judicial auctions that occur in a court house.  Some counties have non-judicial auctions that are performed by substitute trustees.  In order to be successful with the auction process, it is very important that you research the houses you are interested in prior to the auction.  Lists can be obtained by the county clerk, or on foreclosure listing websites.

It is very important that you go over your numbers prior to the auction.  You have to know the data on the house before...

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The Power of Go

 The Power of Go

Flip University co-founder Michael Owen discusses the importance of the correct mindset.  Real Estate Investing for many is a big change in their way of life and it is crucial to approach it with the right attitude.  Michael's own answer to the challenges he faced: The Power of Go.  

Making money in real estate isn't that hard.  In fact once you know the steps, it becomes quite simple.  However, so many of us are stuck in routines.  Routines that we dislike, and complain about.  We seldom change those routines, though, because they are comfortable.  We are accustomed to them even if we don't necessarily like them.

Breaking out of a routine is something we rarely do because they are comfortable.  Going out of your comfort zone gives you anxiety and fear.  You need to exercise the Power of Go and do just that - GO!

There are always reasons and excuses not to change.  "I'm too busy right now with work....

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