http://www.REIClub.com – Rehabbing Houses Can Be Scary For New Investors. Here Are Eight Common Rehab Mistakes Real Estate Investors Make…
Hi, this is Frank Chen with REIClub.com, the only site you need as a real estate investor. Today I’ve got a quick video on eight common mistakes made by investors when rehabbing houses.
Rehabbing Houses Mistake 1: Get Rich Quick Mentality
– requires time and meticulous effort
– can’t rush the process for a quick payday
– lots of pitfalls if you don’t perform the necessary due diligence
Rehabbing Houses Mistake 2: Lack of research on rehab procedures — preparation before application (paint)
– finding contractors in only 50%
– how good is their work?
– before giving them the job, start them on a smaller one and see how they do
– Do they have a portfolio, or sample properties you could go look at?
– Multiple quotes will give you a good idea of what needs to be done
Rehabbing Houses Mistake 3: Do All the Work yourself to save money
– quality of workmanship
– time investment vs. cost
Rehabbing Houses Mistake 4: Not enough funds – can’t pay bills, holding costs
– at least 90-120 days of holding costs
– 30-days is NOT enough
– much consider other variables – utilities, property tax, insurance, mortgage, realtor fees at closing
Rehabbing Houses Mistake 5: Pay Too Much When You Buy
– Emotions get in the way
– Have to consider all the costs involved – repair estimates
– Market condition and trends – showing growth? Rental or Sales market?
– Quick Formula – Start with final selling price – subtract costs as needed – is the final number over or under the selling price?
Rehabbing Houses Mistake 6: Lack of Knowledge of Target Market — décor, rehab conditions, competition
– Over or under-scoping a project
– Not understanding the Keep It Simple rule
– Focus on “wow” factors that actually sell the house
Rehabbing Houses Mistake 7: Spending Too much on Rehabs
– Focus on areas that are not as important as the major renovations – bath, kitchen, bedrooms etc…
– Expensive amenities, appliances, windows… etc…
– Reserve a 10-15% buffer for misc costs and unplanned repairs
– Multiple quotes and preparation will minimize your risk here
Rehabbing Houses Mistake 8: No Exit Strategy
– What happens if the property doesn’t sell?
– never enter a project if you cannot afford any unforeseen holding costs
– Its just as good to hold a property for cash flow than sell it for a loss
– Rehabs – rental property is usually the best exit strategy after holding the property
Understand that things can and do go wrong in this business. Hopefully this video has helped you become more aware of the common mistakes investors make when they rehab houses. All these mistakes can be avoided, or the risk can be minimized simply by preparation. Ask questions, get multiple quotes and opinions, and trust your inner compass based on the FACTS and not emotions.
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