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Archive of Michael LaCava

Michael LaCava is a full time real estate investor, house flipping coach and the President of Hold Em Realty located in Wareham, MA. He runs the website House Flipping School to teach new real estate investors how to flip houses and is the author of "How to Flip a House in 5 Simple Steps".

Michael has written 103 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


General Real Estate

6 Bathroom Remodel Tips Every House Flipper Should Know

by Michael LaCava September 14, 2014
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You probably know that the bathroom is one of the most important rooms when renovating a house flip. This is why you need to equip yourself with a wealth of knowledge, tips and ideas on how to go about remodeling the bathroom before you begin the house flipping process. The kitchen is considered to be […]

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General Real Estate

7 Signs You’re Entering Into a House Flipping Disaster

by Michael LaCava September 10, 2014
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Without a doubt, the best way to succeed at house flipping is to identify early warning signs that a deal can potentially go south before it happens. Read on for tell-tale clues that you might be walking into a nightmare of a deal that could cost you thousands. Related: The Five Fundamental House Flipping Team […]

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General Real Estate

Why Probate Properties Could Be The Best Deals In Real Estate

by Michael LaCava August 31, 2014
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If you want to be a successful house flipper, you need to find good properties to purchase. It’s just that simple. If you look hard enough and network enough, you might find these houses below market value through some unconventional means. For instance, you can purchase a house through a short sale. You can also […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Get A Loan To Flip Houses in 4 Steps

by Michael LaCava August 24, 2014
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Nearly everybody I talk to says that “money” is the number one issue that prevents them from getting started flipping houses. I get this question all the time. Thousands of people have asked me this in fact through meetups, REIA meetings, on the BP forum here as well as well as my own personal email list […]

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Real Estate Investing

The 5 Steps To Becoming A Pro At Wholesaling!

by Michael LaCava August 17, 2014
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In order to become a pro at wholesaling, you need to learn the tricks of the trade. A few clever tips can get you on the right track. Real estate usually revolves around long term buying and holding or house flipping but wholesaling is often overlooked. Wholesaling is simply finding property and putting it under […]

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General Real Estate

3 Curb Appeal Tips To Attract More Buyers to Your Flips

by Michael LaCava August 3, 2014
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“Curb appeal” is one of the most important factors that determine how fast you sell your flip. As they drive up the driveway, the outside of the house is the first impression that prospective buyers will get of your property – so what they see first is super important. The curb appeal will give the prospective […]

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General Real Estate

9 Blunders Every Wholesaler Must Avoid (Or Else!)

by Michael LaCava July 27, 2014
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If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that real estate investing is an incredibly popular field with immense opportunity for profit. Many people who are interested in real estate investing but don’t have immediate cash, or just want to get in fast – start their careers with real estate wholesaling. […]

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General Real Estate

How to Start Investing In Real Estate Doing The Things Nobody Else Wants To Do

by Michael LaCava July 21, 2014
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Getting deals is challenging these days. All that means is you have to be like Avis and Try Harder. And if you’re new to real estate investing, real estate wholesaling is one of those ways to try harder by doing the things other people are unwilling to do. Real estate wholesaling is ideal for beginners or people […]

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Real Estate

7 Sure Ways To Ensure Your Next House Flip Is An Epic Fail

by Michael LaCava July 13, 2014
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Ever since house flipping became a “thing”, thanks to reality television, many people have come out to try their luck with it. Many of them have the desire to do it, but it takes a whole lot more than that to succeed in house flipping. You first need to understand the hard realities of the business […]

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General Real Estate

The SHOCKING Truth About Getting Money For Your First House Flip

by Michael LaCava July 7, 2014
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Last week, I talked all about the many benefits of using hard money to fund your first flip. Although there’s lots of people who are “in the know” and completely understand hard money, there are far too many who still think the opposite. Let me tell you why this is so wrong… The “Big Question” […]

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Financing Real Estate

8 Things The Real Estate Experts Won’t Tell You About Hard Money

by Michael LaCava June 29, 2014
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The biggest issue I hear when it comes to starting a house flipping business is “I have no money”. In fact, the second reason is so far behind this one, it doesn’t even register as a legit number two. Sure, there’s fear, “knowing what steps to take” and “where do I start” reasons why people […]

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General Real Estate

The 5 Things You Will Probably Forget When Rehabbing a House Flip

by Michael LaCava June 22, 2014
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When rehabbing, we often hear about what we should do and what we shouldn’t do…but rarely do people talk about the things we are likely to forget. Admittedly, one of the most difficult part of house flipping is rehabbing. Every house you come across is different since there are so many variables to consider. As […]

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Flipping Houses & Rehabbing

8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Believe The Hype About Flipping Houses

by Michael LaCava June 8, 2014
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I’m not old school rappin’ here…. Like Chuck D and Flavor Flav say in their 1988 anthem, some of the things you hear about house flipping may not be true. There’s just so much hype…so don’t believe it. Real estate investing and house flipping in particular, is a field of business where you can earn large amounts of cash. […]

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General Real Estate

5 Motivated Sellers Every House Flipper Should Look For

by Michael LaCava June 3, 2014
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When you’re first getting into flipping houses, you have to keep your eyes and ears open at all times. As a house flipper or real estate investor, its wise to be aware of these situations as they may spell opportunity for you as well as help the other person get out a of a difficult […]

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Financing Real Estate

6 Wicked Cool Ways To Finance Your Next House Flip

by Michael LaCava May 26, 2014
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OK, I’m from Boston… and I make no bones about it. If you’ve ever seen any of my videos on Youtube, you know that my Boston accent is wicked bad. And when I’m excited or really passionate about something, I say it’s “wicked cool” or its “wicked awesome” *. I’ve come to realize that no […]

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