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The Fix-and-Flip Market Is Booming in 2021

The fix-and-flip market is red hot right now, and investors are reaping the benefits.

In late 2020, ATTOM Data Solutions reported that house-flipping profits reached their highest level in 20 years. In 2020, flipped homes generated a gross profit of $66,300 nationwide – up from $62,188 in 2019.

While investors saw a gross profit of $66,300, that translated into only a 40.5% ROI because they’re having to pay more for the homes they purchase because the overall housing market is so hot.

Profit margins dipped in 2020 because the median value of the homes flipped increased more slowly than the median price they paid to purchase the homes. The latest ROI reflects a decrease of 1% from 2019 and a decrease of nearly 5% from 2018. This ROI percentage was the lowest point since 2011. This wasn’t a sign of weakness in the flipping market but instead an indicator of just how hot the market for all homes is.

Despite the record-high profit number, the fix-and-flip market also saw a decline in flipping activity. ATTOM data shows that 241,630 single-family homes and condos were flipped in 2020 – a 13% decrease from 2019 and the lowest point since 2016. This reflected an overall lag in housing construction because of pandemic slowdowns in permitting.

The enduring strength of the fix-and-flip real estate investing despite these factors shows that it is still a strong investment—albeit one that’s harder to execute than it may have been a few years ago.

Fix-and-flip properties require investors to buy low and sell high while paying close attention to housing trends. Flippers have an enormous opportunity to make a profit, but they need to be careful to manage timelines that are getting longer nationwide and increasing lumber and materials prices. Flippers who sold homes in 2020 took an average of 181 days to complete the flips, up slightly from an average of 177 days for homes flipped in 2019 and 178 days in 2018.

The national housing shortage and the urban mass exodus also helped contribute to the success of the fix-and-flip market. The inventory of existing homes for sale is at its lowest since 1999, and so nearly 6% of homes sold in 2020 were to fix-and-flip investors – the second highest percentage for any year since 2012. Opportunities are still there for fix-and-flip investors to profit, even though finding properties might be more difficult.

Larger cities like Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Chicago are experiencing tight housing inventories because of the COVID-inspired urban exodus. Because so many people suddenly needed to turn their home into an office or classroom, COVID created a demand for more space in suburban areas less densely populated. As a result, the single-family rental industry flourished, giving fix-and-flip investors a new demographic to reach and the ability to pivot from fix-and-flip to fix-and-hold strategies.

Investors expect that flipping will continue to boom this year. As families continue to leave cities and move into larger suburban homes, AlphaFlow estimates that fix-and-flip investors could sell $75 billion worth of homes over the next two years. For the past three years, that average has been around $56 billion.

With a market this hot, the last thing you want to do is miss out on a profitable investment opportunity. You need a lender that works as efficiently as you do so that you don’t miss out on properties that are harder and harder to find in a tight market. So whether you’re looking at your first fix-and-flip investment or 100th, The Financial Suit Team has the FixNFlip loan options you’re looking for. We offer the industry’s best and most flexible suite of FixNFlip loans. When it’s time to fund your next flip, let The Financial Suit Team help you. Get started today.

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When It’s Time for Your Next Flip, Keep These Ti...

When It’s Time for Your Next Flip, Keep These Tips in Mind

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The fix-and-flip market is red hot right now, and real estate investors are reaping the benefits.

House flipping is when a real estate investor buys a property and holds onto it for a short time before selling it (the flip part) in the hopes of making a profit. Instead of buying a home to live in, the investor is buying a home as a real estate investment.

Sometimes, flipping a house includes a lot of repairs or renovations. Other times it’s owning the property until it can be sold for more than the purchase price plus the after-repair value (ARV).

The goal is to buy low and sell high, invest sweat equity to cut costs and earn a profit in a relatively short amount of time — usually within months or a year.

Houses in areas with rising home values are ripe for flipping, especially when investors can buy run-down homes at a steep discount and then renovate them to today’s tastes. So, a savvy fix-and-flip investor must be prepared in order to capitalize on the real estate opportunities that exist in the market.

Financial Suit Team of NEXA Mortgage offers a wide variety of fix-and-flip property loans for real estate investors looking for bridge loans, a cash-out refinance, or a loan for heavy rehab or new construction. Over the past 10 years, we have worked with thousands of fix-and-flip investors of varying experience levels, and we have developed loan programs and in-house construction management to give these investors the best chance to profit.

Based on our experience and our investors’ expertise, here are five of the most important basics that fix-and-flip investors should remember, whether it’s their first flip or their 500th.

Understand fix-and-flip financing

Whether it’s a light flip that requires mainly aesthetic changes or a heavy rehab with major upgrades, a fix-and-flip loan gives you access to the capital you need.

Most fix-and-flip loans differ from traditional mortgages in two ways. First, they are short-term to cover the amount of time it takes to completely rehab and sell the property. Our typical fix-and-flip loan is 12-24 months. Second, our lending partners and other funding sources offer interest-only loans, unlike traditional mortgages where borrowers pay both principal and interest.

Of course, with flipping a house, you need to run the numbers based on loan terms like purchase price, origination fee, and interest rate. Unlike with a primary residence, you need to make sure these costs plus rehab leave money for a healthy profit. It’s also important to know how construction draws work – how long they take, are you paying interest on undrawn construction funds, and more – so you can manage cash flow throughout the life of the loan. The best private lenders, like Lima One, will ensure the numbers and the process work before extending you a loan.

Location, Location, Location

You may love the fix-and-flip you just purchased, but will your potential buyer?

Home shoppers aren’t just looking for a home that meets their needs. Families are looking for a neighborhood with access to great schools. Retirees are looking for more serenity. A young single may want nightlife. Before you invest in a property, know what the surrounding area looks and feels like. Get a feel for what it will look like in 10 years.

Know what kind of people are moving into the neighborhood, and make sure your project fits their desires and budgets. This takes more than a desktop appraisal view of an area—especially in times when home prices are volatile.

Location doesn’t just determine where you buy—it also impacts what rehab you do. You’ll have trouble selling a home with luxury-level bathrooms and kitchens in a neighborhood where most houses sell for market value. Keep your rehab expectations (and budget) in line so that the final sales price befits the neighborhood. This will give your investment the best chance of success.

Create a realistic renovation timeline

No matter what you’ve seen on HGTV, fix-and-flip projects take time. You need to account for the time it might take so you can budget and schedule accordingly. Too often, first-time flippers have very unrealistic timelines on how long it will take to get a house ready to flip.

Even seasoned flippers can’t chart out a timeline that works every time because of factors from weather to labor shortages. The COVID-19 pandemic incited additional unusual delays due to government permitting office closures and construction supply shortages. And although the housing market is moving very quickly right now, you don’t have a guarantee that your property won’t sit on the market for a few months.

While it’s fine to create an ideal timeline, your budgeting and planning process needs to account for contingencies and delays. If your entire profit opportunity is based on a tight timeline, then you’re risking a complete failure of a flip. Don’t make that mistake.

Make a budget and keep it

Before you even purchase a property, know how the numbers work. Does the purchase price leave enough room for the right rehab to make the property a hot seller? Can you do an aesthetic flip focused on new countertops and fixtures, or do you need to do more like taking down walls or adding square footage? Make sure there’s enough difference between your costs (purchase, rehab, and others) and the ARV of the home to make the flip worth your time.

Once you get started, ensure that you run it like a business. Track timelines and expenditures so that you can keep the project on track. Schedule contractors and sub-contractors early so you don’t have long delays where the house sits empty, because these kinds of time gaps cost you money. It’s not enough to make the numbers work at the outset—you need to manage the project to your budget to ensure your ultimate profit.

Pick partners you can trust.

The shows on TV make celebrities out of flippers, but the truth is that any fix-and-flip investor needs a strong network to succeed. You’ll need to find general contractors, real estate agents, insurance providers, lenders, and others that can use their expertise to help you complete your flips quickly and profitably.

At the Financial Suit Team of NEXA Mortgage, we are committed to being that kind of partner for real estate investors. That’s why we work to provide the best fix-and-flip financing solutions for real estate investors across the country. We know funding quality fix-and-flip projects is a keyway to accomplish our mission of building, improving, and stabilizing neighborhoods nationwide.

When you’re ready to find the right lender to partner with on your next fix-and-flip investment, you’ll find that our team of experienced professionals guide you to the right loan for your strategy so you can capitalize on your next investment.

Our quick online pre-qual application is simple and easy to complete. You’ll be guided through the process step-by-step, and document tracking is a breeze. So, take the first step toward your next FixNFlip by contacting us or get pre-qualified today.