@Jarvis Davis @Duy Hoang @Trey Goodwin I don't do Fix & Flip anymore. It has the highest tax bracket, takes the longest and is the riskiest. Generally a Fix & Flip runs for 3 to 6 months and and you can only do so many in a year. The market changes and you can be left trying to sell a property people can't afford.
I start with the assumption that I am *not* going to put more than $25,000 into a property, "All in."
So, for instance, if the seller has $8,000 in equity, I give them $8,000 out of the $25,000 I have allocated and use the rest, $17,000 for the expenses. I Purchase (I take over the loan), pay escrow, pay title, pay carrying costs, pay utilities, pay for marketing, pay for property clean up, I do *very little* rehab and I keep $5,000 in reserves from that $17,000 in case I need it later. I've developed a spreadsheet for this model and I can tell pretty quickly if I am within my "safe zone". I assume 3 months to sell. Usually sells within 30 days though.
My typical houses are in the $150,000 - $300,000 range. I invest & coach in multiple states and In the Tri-Cities the numbers are a bit lower of course but relative to the same percentages. Say a property has a PITI of $1,200. I go to rentometer and see what rents are going for in the neighborhood. I then mark up the payment into the first quarter of the "red zone" on the chart, say, $1950. So the difference between what I pay and what I get is my monthly "cash flow" or $750 in that case. (That's from an actual deal.) People are willing to pay more if they will actually own the house rather than rent forever.
I do my comps and mark the sales price *up* beyond what things are currently selling for. Say, $30,000 above market. (Less of course in the Tri-Cities). It's "whatever the market will bear". I don't use real estate agents so I am saving the 6% fee, $12,000 in the case of a $200,000 property.
Then I offer the property on Owner Financing/Lease Option/Wrap/etc to business people who have great incomes, some money set aside and want to own a house but can't get financing because their Tax Returns don't show enough income. (Self employed get *great* tax write offs but that doesn't help when trying to get a loan from a bank).
The first Tenant Buyer who has $25,000 to put down and qualifies under DoddFrank gets the nod. If they have the money to put down, if they have a job that will support the payment under good lending guideline Ratios, (I used to be a loan officer and that is how I was trained), and If they don't have *unpaid* child support, if they aren't *delinquent* on student loans, if they aren't currently in a bankruptcy, if they aren't currently in a divorce, if they aren't currently in a lawsuit, etc. I don't care if they had a bankruptcy discharged last week. I don't care if they have lates and long ago write-offs.
So, I get the $25,000 back when the Tenant Buyer comes along, usually within a month or two. I get the $750 a month ($9,000 a year) cash flow and I don't care how long he wants me to carry the financing. Each year that goes by is another $9,000 to me plus the principal is being paid down. When he eventually does do a refinance, the difference between his payoff amount and my payoff amount I get to keep. This is a more *complex* technique but anybody can be taught how to do it. I read at Realtor.com that the average gross return on a Fix & Flip is about $25,000. This is *far* easier, faster, less risky and more lucrative. IMHO