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What is house flipping? A basic guide

by Vincent Zhang 02/20/2023

House flipping is a popular form of real estate investment which involves improving a property to selling at a profit. Many savvy investors and DIY enthusiasts successfully make money flipping houses, but it’s not always as simple as it seems.

If you’re interested in learning more about house flipping, here are the basics to help:

How house flipping works

Flipping a house basically means investing time and money into improving the house with intent to sell it immediately rather than live in it. Many investors who flip focus on buying and then reselling one or more properties in a short time period. Flipped homes often sell for much higher than their original market value.

Is flipping a house profitable?

Flipping homes may seem like a simple way to profit in real estate, but there are certain factors involved in being successful. One of the main factors is timing. To profit on a flip, you need to complete the necessary renovations and sell as soon as possible.

If your flipping process costs more time and money than you expect, you can quickly burn your potential profits. This also counts for how long the property stays on the market when finished. The longer it takes to sell the home, the longer you’ll have to pay utilities and other expenses that come with it.

Find your ideal real estate market

Another major factor in determining whether a flip succeeds is the state of the real estate market. The market conditions need to be perfect to turn a profit buying and reselling properties. Even if you’re able to complete your work quickly, a competitive buyer’s market might cost you in lost time.

Additionally, you’ll need an excellent real estate agent who can help you sell as soon as possible. While you can certainly take a for sale by owner, or FSBO, approach, it may be worth your money to hire a professional to assist you with the sale.

Real estate investors who enjoy home improvement work are often the most successful house flippers. Knowing what improvements to make - and completing them quickly - is key to profiting from this strategy. With the right knowledge and market savvy, flipping houses can be an excellent way to make money in real estate.

About the Author

Vincent Zhang

I am a real estate broker, property manager, and investor, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To each client, I bring close to a decade of experience in real estate, first as a real estate investor, then manager, and now love to share my experience and knowledge with property buyers and sellers as a real estate broker. Since attending the University of Michigan in 2005, I have lived in Ann Arbor ever since. My exceptional knowledge of the market as an investor and property manager provides a unique perspective and competitive advantage to my clients for selling and buying both residential and investment properties.

I have successfully managed investment properties in Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo and have conducted real estate transactions throughout southeast Michigan. Whether clients are looking for their first home, vacation homes, or the home of their dreams, I will be able to stay on top of the process, remove obstacles and make the real estate deals as pleasurable as possible. I enjoy working with people and finding ways to share a laugh or two in the process. I take pride in being available to my clients and being responsive to their needs.

In addition to my residential property expertise, and my multicultural background, I am capable of working with international investors and home buyers to make their international property purchases smoother and trouble-free. If you are interested in the acquisition of investment homes for your children while they attend the University of Michigan, as a property manager, investor, and broker, I will be able to help you make that reality come true.

I graduated from the University of Michigan and own and operate several businesses in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. In addition to my real estate experience, I am also a technology enthusiast and am always on the hunt to use technology and media to enhance the buying and selling experience. 

If you are looking to make your first home purchase, or are trying to sell your home, give me a call and I can guide you through the services that I can offer you to help you start along the journey. I take great pride in my work and it would be an honor for me to represent you and your needs.

Yours truly, Vincent Zhang