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.
Evaluating Investment Opportunity
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.
In real estate your make money when you buy. What it means that you need to put a property under contract at a price that will allow you to make a reasonable profit after the costs of owning, renovating and selling that property. The process of estimating these moving parts might be better described by the former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: “There are known knowns; things we know we know… There are known unknowns – things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” I’m sure he wasn’t referring to the real estate rehab business, but you get my drift.
Okay folks, it’s time for a checkup from the neck up as we begin a new year on the path to your DC real estate investment dreams. I am especially talking to you fix and flippers out there because this could be a great year for you. You have to get in the game if you want to score though. If you want to score big, then remember these five things that are going to be at the core of your DC real estate investment strategy.