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Fix and Flip. The Canadian How–To Guide for Buying, Renovating and Selling Property for Fast Profit

  • ID: 2216131
  • Book
  • November 2013
  • Region: Canada
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A very popular segment of reality TV is how to renovate properties for fun and profit. The fact is it′s not much fun if you don′t know what you′re getting into, and nasty surprises can quickly demolish any return on your hard labour. To be successful at any business, it takes vision and execution. If you′re keen to know how the business of fix–and–flips works, you′ll want to read this book.

Mark Loeffler and Ian Szabo are the perfect pair for teaching fix–and–flip strategies. They are a successful joint venture team with Mark bringing the financing expertise and Ian delivering the contracting expertise. Together they find undervalued and distressed properties with potential and renovate them quickly for fast profits. In Fix & Flip, they show you just how much work flipping really is, strategies to make the process more manageable, and how to earn consistent profits.

Step–by–step, you will be taken through their fix–and–flip process from beginning to end. You′ll learn:

  • what skills and how much time you need to get started;
  • how to build a team: contractor, lender, inspector, lawyer and accountant;
  • how to identify areas and homes that make good potential flips;
  • which areas of the property to focus on for the greatest bang for your buck;
  • how to avoid a money pit: doing it yourself vs. hiring a pro;
  • financing and exit strategies for properties;
  • and much more.

Filled with tips, checklists, analysis forms and time and cost–saving techniques, no investor interested in flipping properties, regardless of their experience, should be without this book.

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Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1


Chapter 1: What Is a Fix and Flip? 9

Chapter 2: What Are the Differences between Flipping and Speculating? 15

Chapter 3: How Much Profi t Can I Expect? 25

Chapter 4: How Much Money Do I Need to Get Started? 31

Chapter 5: How Long Does It Take to Put a Property on the Market? 45

Chapter 6: What Skills Do I Need to Bring on Board for Fixing and Flipping? 63


Chapter 7: Set Up Your Team 95

Chapter 8: How to Find the Right Contractor 107

Chapter 9: How to Break Down a Contractor s Costs versus Materials Costs 133

Chapter 10: How to Set Up a Joint Venture 153


Chapter 11: Identifying Areas and Homes that Make Good Potential Flips 165

Chapter 12: Types of Homes: The Pros and Cons of Townhouses, Semis, Detached Homes, and Condos 169

Chapter 13: Where to Add Value And Avoid the Money Pit 177

Chapter 14: Financing Your Fix and Flip 181

Chapter 15: Getting Started in Real Estate, Making Money, and Joint Ventures 205

Chapter 16: Preparing a Property for Sale 225

Appendix: Flip Horror Story 239

About the Authors 245

Index 249

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Mark Loeffler
Ian Szabo
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