Condos are rarely the first come to mind when you think about flipping homes. However, there is no reason to avoid them as a real estate investment arbitrarily. The inventory in the DC area is tight, so if a good deal comes along, there is no reason to pass on it just because it’s a condo. Like with everything else in life there are pros and cons of investing in condos. What gets less experienced rehabbers in trouble is that they fail to recognize the unique differences between investing in single family homes and investing in condos.
Evaluating Investment Opportunity
Let’s not beat around the bush. The best source of real estate information is the Multiple Listing System (MLS). Fortunately for the licensed real estate agents and unfortunately for the real estate investors who are not licensed, only realtors have access to it. The good news is that today you have more information than ever floating around. It might be not as nuanced as MLS’s, however, if used correctly, it can help you determine your rehab’s after repair value without a realtor.
This blog is a continuation of our series on how to use our hard money calculator to evaluate a real estate flip, maximize profits and avoid costly mistakes. To read the first installment, please click here. Today we will be covering a fun part: profits, return on investment and my personal favorite – return on the cash you invested in the transaction.
We want all our investors to succeed. A success in real estate flipping means realizing a profit that makes your efforts worthwhile to you financially. It’s a highly personal number. Someone might be content in making 20K per transaction, while others might need double that amount to justify the time they spent. This is why we created our hard money calculator: to ensure that our investors – especially those new to the business – are aware of other costs and do take them into consideration when calculating their potential profits.
In our previous real estate investment blogs on flipping homes vs buy-and-hold we talked about why different types of investors are better suited for each strategy. Choosing whether to flip or hold may depend on your financial situation, your goals, and the time you have.
On one side of the spectrum might be a young real estate agent who chooses to supplement her income by flipping several properties a year. She is well-positioned to find a good property by the nature of her business. Her current work doesn’t require her to be in the office from nine to five. In fact, it offers her ample opportunities to efficiently manage her rehab project. Her goals is to boost her income to enjoy a better life style. She also wants to accumulate capital to expand her rehabbing business.
In the previous article we talked about the differences between flipping homes and keeping them as rentals. The first strategy makes money right away. The other serves as a long-term savings vehicle. Which strategy is right for you depends on many factors. Among them are your financial goals, your current financial situation, and how much time you can afford to spend on the project.