Rehabbing homes newbie

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Hey guys! I've been doing a ton of research over the last year, and lately, I have felt much more comfortable moving towards the taking-action part of investing. Im already working towards putting together a business plan in order to use a VA loan to house hack for a year while we do small renovations to force appreciation on an outdated duplex or quad; we are mostly just waiting to fix our credit a bit before we put that action into play (we, me and my husband). In the long run, the goal is to do a 1031 exchange over and over again until we acquire more units/an apartment building for passive income.

I am, however, also very interested in rehabbing and flipping homes. I have done a lot of research on this as well because personally, it's a dream of mine to get into the fix and flip business. I, unfortunately, do not know anyone who has experience with this. Although I am a newbie, I have read many many blog posts from the forums here on bigger pockets, I have read a couple of books like Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and I have also started to listen to other investors' videos/podcasts on YouTube and attending some seminars. I'm really just looking to gain hands on experience, more knowledge, and hopefully build healthy relationships along the way. I am in the part of my research where I am trying to figure out my best options for funding a fix and flip. I'm aware that there are hard money lenders, FHA options, private money lenders, etc., but any suggestions, guidance, tips, referrals, etc. for figuring out the best little-to-no-money down option. I thought about seller financing, but I wasn't too sure that was an option if you were looking to have the actual renovation expenses included in the financing. If the seller financing is an option, is it possible to sell the home while the seller is technically still the "bank" in order to pay off whatever is owed to the seller?

Originally posted by @Paola Vera :

Hey guys! I've been doing a ton of research over the last year, and lately, I have felt much more comfortable moving towards the taking-action part of investing. Im already working towards putting together a business plan in order to use a VA loan to house hack for a year while we do small renovations to force appreciation on an outdated duplex or quad; we are mostly just waiting to fix our credit a bit before we put that action into play (we, me and my husband). In the long run, the goal is to do a 1031 exchange over and over again until we acquire more units/an apartment building for passive income.

I am, however, also very interested in rehabbing and flipping homes. I have done a lot of research on this as well because personally, it's a dream of mine to get into the fix and flip business. I, unfortunately, do not know anyone who has experience with this. Although I am a newbie, I have read many many blog posts from the forums here on bigger pockets, I have read a couple of books like Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and I have also started to listen to other investors' videos/podcasts on YouTube and attending some seminars. I'm really just looking to gain hands on experience, more knowledge, and hopefully build healthy relationships along the way. I am in the part of my research where I am trying to figure out my best options for funding a fix and flip. I'm aware that there are hard money lenders, FHA options, private money lenders, etc., but any suggestions, guidance, tips, referrals, etc. for figuring out the best little-to-no-money down option. I thought about seller financing, but I wasn't too sure that was an option if you were looking to have the actual renovation expenses included in the financing. If the seller financing is an option, is it possible to sell the home while the seller is technically still the "bank" in order to pay off whatever is owed to the seller?

You do not want to use hard money for flips until you have done several and know exactly what you're doing. Hard money is very expensive and will eat up your profits and put you in the whole fast. The best bet is bank financing or private lenders.

Yes you can sell an owner financed deal anytime and pay them off. The owner will not finance repairs only the purchase of the property.

@Paola Vera I'm having a little trouble understanding what you're trying to do...you're looking to seller finance a property and roll rehab costs into the loan? So for instance, purchase from the seller at a price of $150K whereby $100 is the actual purchase price and $50K is for the rehab? 

For your 2nd question, you're asking if you can sell the property and pay the seller out of the sale proceeds? That's typically how real estate transactions work, existing liens are paid off at closing.

Do you have a seller financing deal that you already have arranged? Until you're experienced or decide on a very specific niche, I wouldn't recommend planning ahead for an as yet undiscovered seller financing deal. It's more a tool in the toolbox option to consider if a deal comes across your table. 

@Odie Ayaga Hey, so I do not have a deal under seller financing, I’ve only recently gained knowledge that it exists as an option. So yeah, I was trying to absolutely confirm that I’d be able to sell the property before I had paid off the debt in order to pay off the debt.

Also, yes, I was wondering if it could work that through seller financing (combining the cost of the purchase and renovations) but I do believe I was recently informed that it’s not possible.

The only thing I have become more comfortable taking action towards after extensive research is using a VA loan to house hack a multi family property, and eventually trade it for a bigger property with more units through a 1031 exchange. We should be set to do that in a month or so, but I wanted to figure out all of my financing options to do a fix and flip in the future because I am trying to do as much research as possible on this type of market now.