Posts tagged with "fixer upper"

203K better than Credit Cards!

I get calls from a lot of people wanting to buy a fixer upper.  They’re usually motivated by buying something on the cheap and then investing a good deal of themselves into the property to enhance its value.  And that concept works— (drumroll….) when there is enough time and skill to get the work done AND enough money to buy the materials.  (I can’t tell you how many houses I walk through where it’s obvious that the people had good intentions but just ran out of money.)  It’s easy to do.  Fixin’ up houses take chunk money.  A hundered here and a hundred there can work for small stuff, but when it comes to buying furnances, roofs, siding, kitchen cabinets, appliances, carpet, hardwood flooring, etc., etc., etc. you need chunk money.  and if you don’t have the cash on hand then the project stalls out or the cost gets put on credit cards.  Neither strategy works and inevitably puts people in a real bind.

A far better solution is to start out with a 203K loan.  The 203K is a government loan, a FHA product.  It provides the funds to both buy a property and to fix it up.  The total loan amount is capped at $295,550 and the required cash down payment is just 3.5% of the total.  The money is parceled out as the work is being done.  And the interest rate is (right now) somewhere around 3-4%.  Now, that sure beats paying credit card interest rates or letting your project (and the home of your dreams) die a slow death.

Be smart- do it right!  If you’d like to get all the details, call me.

Looking for a house to flip?

I just closed two house purchases for two successful fix n’ flip artists.  It got me to thinkin’ why these two particular individuals are so successful- while others seem to never get off the ground.

You know, I get a LOT of calls from people looking for “good deals” on houses to fix n’ flip.  For the most part, the callers fall into one of two categories.

1)  There are the guys n’ gals who talk to me on a regular basis, and then we select the properties with the best potential and we go look at them— inside and out, in bad weather and good, whenever.  Assuming they can do a decent job of estimating costs and getting the work done, they are the successful ones.

2)  Then there are the people who say, “when you find a good deal call me.”  Sorry, but like I said, I get a LOT of calls for these properties.  So why would I want to work with someone who doesn’t want to get off the couch and dig in and do the work necessary to be a successful fix n’ flipper?  (Btw, the people in this category are not usually the successful ones.)

‘Nuff said.  If you want to be a successful fix n’ flipper then you really need to put in the time so that you buy right.  It all starts there.  And btw, we’re a team.

Have questions about how to do successful fix n’ flips— call me!