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Common Risks Faced by Property “Flippers”

“The first thing that should be noted is that flipping houses is a great way to bring home a rather large profit in a relatively short amount of time when doing so in a seller’s market so to speak. The problem is that we currently seem to be experiencing what is known as a buyer’s market from one end of the United States to another. Foreclosures are at an all time high, which means that the market has suddenly been saturated with properties for sale.

While this is excellent news (believe it or not) when it comes to getting your hands on a property at a lower price, it also makes a difficult time of convincing buyers to pay top dollar when there are better bargains down the road. This of course is one of the primary risks involved in the real estate investment venture that is known as flipping properties. The massive profits that most investors seek cannot be accomplished if the property cannot be purchased, rehabbed, and sold quickly.

Unfortunately, at the moment, very few properties in any city are selling too terribly quickly. The worst case scenario in a situation like this is that you are forced to either absorb the loss (which can in extreme cases result in serious financial hardship or bankruptcy) or rent the property out (which will in most cases negate all the efforts that were made to rehab the property. An inability to sell the property that is being flipped is probably the worst fear of every property investor who engages in this sort of investment. In these cases it is often better to drop the price and take a loss than hold out for a better price risking further losses in the future.

These are not the only risks associated with flipping properties unfortunately. Another risk would be the risk of seriously underestimating the amount of money that will be required in order to do the necessary work. This is something that many first time investors find is a fairly common occurrence. Most people have unrealistic expectations of exactly how far their dollars will go when it comes to investing in the materials and labor needed to properly rehab a property. Even minor cosmetic repairs throughout a house can easily run into several thousands of dollars in order to repair. The flip side is that once these repairs are made the potential profits run into several tens of thousands of dollars.

Another risk that isn’t often considered is the risk of overestimating abilities. This is one risk that costs not only precious time but valuable money as well. Not only is material wasted in the process of discovering you aren’t exactly skilled in any particular tasks but also there are further expenses (often unplanned) involved in hiring the professional to repair the damage and replace the material that was wasted. When in doubt, it is almost always best to hire a professional if at all possible. This also leads to missing deadlines, going seriously off schedule, and adding yet another mortgage payment (if not more than one) to the overall price of the project.

The final risk is often something that simply cannot be seen or anticipated. This was experienced in the days immediately following 9-11 and should not be forgotten. The unforeseen happens every day. Markets crash; local economies can be devastated by the announcement of a major employer that it is going out of business (thinks of the collapse of companies such as Enron and World Comm and what they did to local economies). In these instances, the market will take quite a while to recover from the shock to its system and ‘flippers’ among other investors are often left feeling just as lost and devastated as those that were victimized by these companies-both through no fault of their own.

Stuff happens and those things that we have absolutely no control over are almost always the things that affect us most profoundly. The same holds true when it comes to property investment. The state of the economy, the housing market in an area, and sudden announcements that affect either can often have the most profound impact on those who are investing in property in those areas whether for better or for worse. The trick is in deciding which risks are acceptable.”

By: Beverly & Brooks Spellings

Beverly Spellings Beverly’s parents lived in the same home for more than 50 years. When she began the search for her first home she not only found a place to call home, but a life-time career and passion. Beverly expects to sell around 1,000 homes by the time she passes her business on to her daughter and business partner Brooks. She would be honored to get the chance to make one of those your home. • Bachelor of Science, University of Tennessee • Joined Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, 1995 • Elected to GNAR Board of Directors in 2013 • Licensed Broker • Active in Tennessee Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and Greater • Nashville Association of Realtors • Leadership GNAR 2002 • Greater Nashville Association of Realtors Awards of Excellence, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 • Awards of Excellence, Life Membership, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, 2005 - 2007, 2012, 2014 & 2015 • Chaplain, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, 2004 • Active member Christ Presbyterian Church, loyal fan of University of Tennessee, and enjoying her best role as Grandmother to Martha Ainsley and John Calvin • Involved in relocating many clients to Middle Tennessee area • Works closely with President/Managing Broker of Worth Properties who has extensive relocation experience Brooks Spellings Brooks is a native Nashvillian who has recently moved back after 7 years in New York. Her love of Nashville brought her back and quickly led to a new career at Worth Properties. Brooks looks forward to building Spellings Real Estate with her mother, Beverly, who has over 30 years’ experience in the industry - over 15 years in the Middle Tennessee area. Brooks' Background: • Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts - University of Tennessee, Knoxville • 2005-2011 New York City - sales and marketing professional at national publications Cooking Light and Better Homes and Gardens • Avid traveler - over 20 countries lived in or visited • Nashville Association of Realtors, Tennessee Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors - 2013 • Affiliate Broker Brooks' is an enthusiastic East Nashville resident active in East-side events, resulting in friendships in the neighborhood and with owners and/or employees at local businesses including: • Historic East Nashville Merchants Association • Edley's BBQ on Main Street • Rumours East on Woodland Street • Fat Bottom Brewing Company on Main Street • Jackalope Brewing Company on 8th Avenue • Margot Café on Woodland Street • Bayberry Moon Productions on Woodland Street • Catholic Charities on 6th Street

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