Flipping Real Estate in Central Ohio

Buying, renovating, and re-selling homes is a great way to make money in real estate!

Flipping Real Estate

Why "Flip" Real Estate?

First off, let's address the question of what is flipping? While this term can have different meanings, for the sake of this page, I'm referring to the buying, rehabbing, and re-selling of homes. 

So why choose flipping, versus traditional real estate investing (i.e. long-term rentals)? The obvious reason is money. Flipping tends to be more profitable than other types of real estate investing, primarily because it requires more money and more time. If you have excess time, money, and perhaps a knack for fixing things, then flipping houses might be for you!

How To Do It Profitably

Historically, there are two main ways to make money by flipping real estate:

  1. Buy, hope property values go up, and sell for a profit
  2. Buy, remodel the home to add tangible value, and sell for a profit

Option 1 works in boom markets, but is highly speculative. This is generally not the type of flipping I engage in. Rather, flippers should focus on making money by adding real value to a property. Now more than ever, people are busy and simply aren't as handy as they used to be. Most people balk at the idea of buying a home that requires a lot of work. Therefore, you as a flipper, can make a lot of money by turning an outdated, obsolete home into a stylish, modern abode. 

Here are some of the best things you can do to add value to a home:

  • Convert unused space into an extra bedroom or bathroom (a 4 bedroom home is worth a lot more than a 3 bedroom home with the same square footage)
  • Increase the size of a master bedroom, bathroom, or closet (especially in old homes with small spaces)
  • Re-paint walls and trim
  • Completely remodel the kitchen and all bathrooms
  • Add a patio
  • Basic landscaping (new mulch, flowers, trimming, etc.)
  • Tear down walls to create an open, modern floorplan

If these strategies are properly applied, there's a lot of money to be made. Let's look at an example...

Purchase Price: $100,000

Down Payment: $20,000 (20% down)

Remodel Cost: $50,000

Resale Value: $175,000

Carry Cost: $5,000

Closing Costs: $12,000

Project Length: 6 months


Project Profit

Resale Value - Purchase Price - Remodel Cost - Carry Cost = Project Profit

$175,000 - $100,000 - $50,000 - $5,000 = $20,000


Project Profit / (Down Payment + Remodel Cost + Carry Cost + Closing Costs) x Project Length / 2 = ROI

$20,000 / ($20,000 + $50,000 + $5,000 + $12,000) x 0.5 = 46%


How Do I Get Started?

Now that you know some of the basics of real estate investing, it's time to take it to the next level. Below are links to some of my favorite investor resources, as well as some featured investment properties in Central Ohio. You can also contact me at info@alfriendgroup.com or 614-395-1776 to schedule a free investment consultation. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

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