Some investors focus on flipping—that is, turning properties over quickly, rather than keeping them long term. In some cases, holding property generates more long-term wealth for you than flipping. Therefore, you may consider flipping some properties and holding others. On the other hand, you may consider using the flipping strategy awhile, and then begin holding properties later. The big question is, “When should you hold versus when should you flip?”
- Do I need additional income now or in the future?
- Am I in a high-income tax bracket that would be adversely affected by more income now?
- Does my local real estate market present opportunities to acquire bargains, yet still command high rents that would cover my expenses if I need to hold on to the properties?
- Do I have other income or savings that I could tap into in case my rental properties become vacant or need major repairs?
- Is the local real estate market rising or falling at this time?
- Does bringing in income now or later fit into my short-term and long-term financial goals?
Most investors start out flipping houses, and then gradually work into managing rental houses or becoming involved in larger, more complex real estate projects. Some people don’t have the temperament to deal with tenants and the headaches that come with rental properties. Some look for side income by flipping. Others want to quit their jobs and make flipping houses their full-time business.
As you can see, many investors were once in your shoes making these decisions. Be sure to consider all options, including a mixture of flipping and holding properties. Reevaluate your financial goals on a regular basis and adjust your real estate strategies to support these goals.
Source by: REIClub
William Bronchick, CEO of Legalwiz Publications, is a Nationally-known attorney, author, entrepreneur and speaker. Mr. Bronchick has been practicing law and real estate since 1990, having been involved in over 600 transactions. He has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and television talk shows including CNBC Power Lunch. He has been featured in Who’s Who in American Business, Money Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the Denver Business Journal. William Bronchick has served as President of the Colorado Association of Real Estate Investors since 1996.
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