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Flipping Real Estate: Calculating Costs

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If you been in the real estate investing business, or more specifically been flipping real estate, for more than a few days, you’ve inevitably gotten an email that reads something like this:

“Investor’s Dream. This property will go QUICK.

  • Property Address: 1234 Main Street
  • Asking Price: $100,000 (Add or subtract zeros!)
  • After Repair Value: $150,000
  • Repairs: $15,000
  • Profit: $35,000
  • Details: Needs paint, carpet, tile, new kitchen, update bathroom, some roof damage.
  • Tenant occupied. Need to evict!”

STOP! Before you read on… Take a guess at what you think the “real” profit’s going to be on this real estate investment…

If you haven’t ever gotten an email or fax broadcast like this, then rest assured, you will! I’m about to probably tick off all of the late night infomercials and pitchmen out there! Sure, I understand that when you’ve got 30 minutes (or 90 minutes, for that matter), that you’ve to sell what’s sexy… not what’s real!

Now it’s my turn to expose the real deal on real estate investing! This goes for flipping real estate itself (i.e. properties) or simply flipping the contract (also known as assigning the contract). When you’re flipping real estate, you need to be able to calculate the “real” bottom line and if your assigning the contract, you need to know your numbers so you don’t get blacklisted from investors! This one piece of information will keep you from getting into trouble because of any “real estate bubble”!

Purchase Costs
Here goes… Have you EVER purchased and sold a piece of real estate for FREE? If you’re not sure what the answer is… It’s an emphatic NO… You are going to have costs to buy, costs to hold and costs to sell. This holds true even if you are buying a property for all cash. (Think title fees, attorney’s fees, recording fees, etc.)

If you’re not getting a mortgage, your purchase costs are obviously much lower, but nonetheless, there are costs associated with any real estate transaction. Plus, more than likely, if you’re relatively new, you’re probably not paying all cash for property anyways. You’re probably going to be using a hard money investor for your initial real estate investing financing!

For a quick calculation, you can estimate anywhere between 3% – 5% for closing costs to just acquire the property. That’s 3%-5% of the purchase price.

Holding Costs
How much is it going to cost you each and every day to own this piece of real estate? See, if you’re making money in real estate, you’d better believe that there are a lot of other people that are going to expect to get paid and they get paid in the form of mortgage interest, property taxes, utilities, property insurance, etc. Each of these is an expense each and every day that you own the property. Here’s an example… A hard money loan on a bread and butter type piece of real estate might run you 15%. Let’s say you got the property for $100,000. Every month, you are paying $1250 in interest alone. Let’s say that taxes and insurance are another $200/month and then utilities at $100. Right there, the property is costing you $1550/month – or roughly $50/day. See, why it’s important to know your not only your holding costs on a real estate investment, but also how long it’s going to be on the market before you can flip the property.

Selling Costs
Here’s the third part of the real estate investing puzzle. When you want to turn around and sell this piece of real estate, it’s going to cost you yet again! Are you going to use a real estate agent and pay a commission or 3-4-5% or even more? On $150,000, that’s anywhere from $4500 to $7500 chopped of the top. Then, you can figure 1-2% in closing fees.

If you can remember this… and apply what you’ve just learned to each and every real estate deal that you do, you’ll be safe flipping real estate in any market. You see, if it’s a hot market, you can calculate less time for holding cost. But, in a slower market, make your offer based on 6 months or 9 months of holding costs. It’s really simple math! And real estate really is a numbers game…

Recommended Resources:
Finding Deals: www.motivatedsellermarketing.com
Estimating Repairs: www.fixingandflipping.com
Finding Contractors: www.servicemagic.com

Author Bio
Heather Seitz, the co-creator of Fixing and Flipping software, takes the guesswork out of estimating repairs. Learn how to estimate repairs and calculate profits in seconds. Click below for your free video and mini-course: www.fixingandflipping.com

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Lorraine Strelesky

Tula Thomas recently helped us locate and purchase a home in Oshawa. She is very experienced and helpful and went beyond our expectations , even calling on closing to ensure things were moving as planned. We highly recommend Tula and perhaps we will work together again.

Lorraine Strelesky

Sally and Pat

Thank you for making the sale of our property so seamless. With your experience, we got $15,100.00 more than what we were told was the highest we could get for it. We are over the moon with the results and we can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done. We have told many of our… Read more “Sally and Pat”

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Adam & Melissa

Tula, With deepest sincerity, we want to express how grateful we are with your professionalism, attention to details and willingness to “shout from the rooftops” in order to sell our home. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Best wishes to you and Hayley Adam, Melissa, Dayna & Linda.

Adam & Melissa

Terri – Tony

We would recommend Tula Thomas to anyone we know who is buying or selling a home. Tula helped us with the challenge of finding the perfect home for a very particular 28 year old. We couldn’t have done it without her knowledge, professionalism, patience and mostly her quick action. Tula offered us great advice on… Read more “Terri – Tony”

Terri - Tony 3156 Concession Rd. 8, Orono, Ontario L0B 1M0

Roxanne Miller Oshawa

Our real estate experiences had not been very positive over the past 12 years until we met Tula Thomas. Tula’s real estate expertise, her incredible knowledge of the area we were moving to (Oshawa), and most importantly her honesty made our house purchasing and lifestyle change experience very manageable. Tula was supportive every step of… Read more “Roxanne Miller Oshawa”

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Frank & Cindy Geard

Dear Broker, Our experience with Tula Thomas was an exceptional one. We found her to be professional, knowledgeable and went above and beyond our expectation. We would highly recommend her to all of our family and friends, in fact we have. She helped in the purchase of my daughter and son in laws first home.… Read more “Frank & Cindy Geard”

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