You’ve probably heard the old saying, “It’s easier to keep a customer than it is to find a new one.” This rings true in the fix-and-flip business too. Relationships are everything. If you treat your crews well, they’ll do good quality work and come back for repeat projects. If your broker gets you a great deal, you’ll return to him when you need funding for your next project. The same thing goes for your Arizona Hard money lenders as well. They want you to be successful because it ensures an ongoing mutually-beneficial relationship. But, if you’re new to the business, it’s all too easy to strike out on the first round, and it typically comes from one of three common errors.
1. No Cushion: Call it an emergency fund, a cushion, or any other name, you’ve got to have some sort of back-up funds ready for when things don’t go as planned. Even seasoned pros will find flood damage, bad wiring, and other expensive issues with their projects when things get going. They get through it because they plan ahead for issues. If you find a great deal on a property, sometimes the cushion can come from the Arizona Hard money lenders and your initial loan, but more often than not, you’ll need to have some of your own cash available.
2. Making Emotional Decisions: You knew the second you saw the property that it would be the one. Maybe it was a quaint little historic bungalow or foreclosure in a quiet community, just waiting for some TLC and a family. The location was great, the repair needs were minimal, and the pricing was amazing. Then, the bidding war started. It’s hard to walk away when you’ve already made plans and know exactly what you’ll do with a place, but at some point, the deal stopped making financial sense and you began bidding because your heart was set. It happens to the best of us, but if you find yourself making any kind of decisions based on emotions, walk away.
3. Failure to Create an Accurate Timeline: Like the financial cushion, all your projects should have a time cushion as well. Not only can unforeseen repairs make a job take longer, but sometimes crews fail to show or coordinating teams doesn’t work out. Give yourself some breathing room. At the very least, it will make the project less stressful, but there’s a good chance that cushion will save the project at some point too.
The more fix-and-flip projects you take on, the easier it will become to gauge what needs to be done, as well as how much time and money it will take to do it. When you’re getting your start, you’ll need to pad your expense list and timeline to compensate for that.
When you align yourself with industry experts, they can be valuable sources of information and help point you in the right direction when you hit a snag. The more often you work with your dream team, the smoother your projects will go and the more lucrative your work will become.
Level 4 Funding LLC
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Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO
NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave | Austin | Texas | 78701
About the Author: Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.