More women flipping houses for profit

By Nikki Kimbleton, The Morning Show anchor, consumer reporter, nkimbleton@wjxt.com
Published On: Jul 14 2014 11:23:29 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 18 2014 06:00:00 AM EDT

With interest rates still low, and with so many people moving back to urban areas, house flipping has become a popular and profitable way for women to make a good income and still have time to be mom.

Real estate investor Jody Johansen is exploring the Dallas housing market, looking for a good property to renovate and flip for a profit. “This real estate market is pretty incredible,” Johansen, said. “It’s a hot market, everybody is moving here, and staying here.”


She can buy a house for $159,000, put $70,000 in renovations, and sell it for $299,000. A profit of $70,000 sounds good, but the house is not for her.
“This will be a study area for the kids,” Johansen said.


House flippers reaped a 30 percent gross return on their investment during the first quarter of this year, according to RealtyTrac.com, a national database used to find homes for sale.


Amy Bloom’s company, NetWorth Realty, works with investors, especially the growing number of women who want to juggle business with motherhood.
“Renovating houses has worked for me as a mom,” Bloom said. “I can spend time in the evenings looking at furnishings and finishes and doing some research on the MLS of what sales prices are.”


Bloom said inexperienced house flippers often underestimate the amount of work needed to renovate a house. They also underestimate the amount of cash needed for the job, she said.


Another mistake, they hire unreliable contractors and pay them before the job is completed. They overbuild for the neighborhood and they set prices too high. “My advice is be prepared and have enough money in the bank that if something happens, that it’s not [going to] bankrupt you,” Bloom explained.
For potential house flippers, developing a team you can trust can be the key to success.


Last year, 21 percent of all the houses that were flipped were purchased out of foreclosure. However, that number is dropping, so investors are looking at other ways to buy discounted properties to flip.


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