Find an undervalued property, fix it up and sell it. This house-flipping game is popular among many investors, but of course, like almost anything in business, it’s never as easy as it sounds. However, if you take the real estate maximum of “location, location, location,” you can possibly zero in on where house flipping is most lucrative, and why. Clues to look for, according to auction.com: Property values are trending up for the foreseeable future. Shorter turnaround times from purchase to sale. Labor and construction materials are readily available, at …

Representing investor clients is a very different ballgame than dealing with conventional buyers and sellers. But while seasoned investors generally don’t need much guidance when it comes to the basics of turning a home into a rental property, homeowners who are looking to convert their house into a business often need a lot of help. Here are some things they need to know. Is it legal? Depending on where you’re located, turning an owner-occupied home into a rental property may not be legal. Restrictions are even more likely if they …

Each month, about 1 out of every 10 real estate agents reports that low appraisals killed a home sale deal, according to The National Association of Realtors®. Of course, a low appraisal can cause lenders to not approve mortgages for more than the property’s appraised value, so this could be a real problem. Appraisal is an opinion; it’s subjective. If you feel that a determination was made in error, you have a right to challenge it. According to interest.com, here are four ways to do that: Give the appraiser a …

Strengthened by new home construction and storm-related damage repairs, U.S. roofing contractors are now in their fourth consecutive year of improved profitability and double-digit increases in sales, according to data from Sageworks, a financial information company. It’s no surprise that professional roofers are in demand. Roofs are often overlooked (excuse the pun) when it comes to showing a house. In many cases, preventative maintenance and regular inspection doesn’t even occur to the owner until there is something wrong. However, roofs are designed to age over time and must be replaced …

Marketing a property with historic or landmark status may draw a greater response than when selling your usual, traditional product. You’ll be working with especially knowledgeable buyers — history buffs — who may be more familiar with the home than you are, and they may have questions that you will need to answer in detail. That means it’s time to study. Facts to memorize (for starters): when was the home built? Have famous people lived or visited there? Have there been any significant changes to the house? Every little detail …

First, an important clarification: a property cannot fail a home inspection. It’s not a pass/fail test. The process is simply an examination of the house’s overall condition, with a report on what might need repair or replacement. The inspection can vary by inspector, and can often lead to different interpretations, depending on who is buying and who is selling. That’s why it’s best for you to be involved in the inspection process, and offer advice and navigation should conflicts arise. You can click here to learn more about how agents …

Mold doesn’t discriminate; it can attack even the best and most beautiful properties. It loves warm, damp, humid conditions (think bathrooms and basements), and it lives and reproduces by creating spores. Mold is never okay with potential buyers or with the bank. Needless to say, if you’re helping your client sell a house, the mold problem should be resolved before any further steps are taken. Otherwise, you’ll need to disclose the issue or open yourself up to a lawsuit by the new owner. To avoid this: have the mold removed, …

An incredible house is always a welcoming sight when showing real estate. It could mean a larger commission for the agent, bragging rights for the new owner, and a “mission accomplished” for the seller who poured a great deal of capital into the property. However, love is blind. Make sure to take a look around the neighborhood after the initial excitement wears down. If the other houses are shabby or in disrepair, and if the neighborhood is not exactly known as upscale, the house may be too expensive for its …

Even with the current short inventory for available homes for sale, house flipping continues to be a lucrative incentive for profits. One of the keys to flipping success is the balance of supply and demand — the market your client chooses has to have a healthy dose of both. Of course, the current lack of inventory affects the rule. According to Money, the average flipped house is getting smaller — only 1,422 square feet, on average. Even so, RealtyTrac reports that, in 2016, gross profits for flipped houses was almost …

As we look ahead to 2018, you should still be feeling good about the real estate industry. A number of important economic factors will continue to make housing a profitable profession, but there are some areas of concern that you should be wary of as you craft your long-term business plans. The following are the biggest takeaways from the real estate market as we begin the new year. A strong economy will continue to drive the housing market The stock market is at record highs and so is the consumer …