Dave Clabeaux – Why Do You Want to Flip Houses?

People have different reasons for wanting to get into flipping houses.


Some get into it to get rich.


Some enjoy making an ugly house beautiful and improving their  neighborhood.


Some people do it because they love working with their hands and cannot stand desk jobs.



I did it for several reasons:


1.  I wanted to be my own boss.

2.  I wanted to be flexible and be able to set my own schedule.

3.  I wanted to be able to spend more time with my family.

4.  I have always loved real estate.

5.  I was not built for a desk job.

6.  Yes, part of me did get into it for the money ; )


What are your reasons?  Why do you want to flip houses?  What motivates you?


And what is holding you back?  Why haven’t you started?


You can do this!  Heck, if I can do it, anyone can.  After all, I am a former high school English teacher.  


I had not background in real estate, and no real skills.


I just had a desire to change my life.


You can do the same.  Follow my path.  

Dave Clabeaux – 2017 Increadible Year for House Flipping

2017 has been another incredible year for house flipping, and 2018  is shaping up to be another outstanding year.

For example, take a look at this incredible deal that just came on the market:

324 E 42nd St, Covington, KY 41015.  1
bed, 1 bath, 1040 sq ft.

Since this is a smaller house, the rehab cost will be much lower.

Let’s look at the numbers:

Purchase price: $8,500

Rehab and all costs: $29,000

Sell it fast price: $69,000

Total potential profit: $31,500

That’s a great return on such a small, inexpensive flip. If I didn’t already have my contractor working on multiple projects, I would buy this house in a heart beat!

But that’s just it: there is literally so much opportunity out there that you have to walk away from great deals like this.

What are you waiting for?  Take advantage of the opportunity right in front of you and flip your first house!

Dave Clabeaux – What Are Lenders Looking For?

One of the hard money lenders we know of frequently asks that we send them  deals.

They are looking to work with people who are doing lots of deals currently or looking to start rehabbing houses.

he lend to projects ranging from $20,000 up to $1,000,000. There is no minimum score required when it comes to your credit.

Because the deal you bring them is more important than your credit, they use a checklist to help determine whether you’ve found a great potential property to flip.

Here is the checklist they use: – Property must be a single family residential home.

(They also lend if you’re flipping a rental property with 1-4 units).  – Not owner occupied, meaning it is not a house that you personally live in.

– Not located in a flood plain.  – Not have any major environmental issues.

– Not located a high crime area. – Preferably located in or near a large city, in a stable or growing neighborhood.

– Priced within the median price range for the neighborhood.  (In other words, the house should not be priced way above other houses in the same neighborhood.)

Having a hard money lender use a checklist to evaluate your deal is a hidden benefit of using hard money.

It’s another set of eyeballs checking out the property for you.

This can help you spot something you may have overlooked on a property.  Or, it gives you the confirmation you need to move forward on a project.

This lender likes to see a down payment of at least 8%, but is open to other arrangements if you are short on the down payment.

For example, you can “cross-collateralize” another property that you own for the down payment or have the seller carry-back the mortgage.

They also have a program where they lend 100% of the deal for a share in the profits.

The 100% lending program can work if you have experience rehabbing homes or are partnered up with someone with experience.

Dave Clabeaux – Does House Flipping Work Near You?

One of the most common questions I get via email goes something like this:

“Coach Dave, that’s great that you live in Florida, where the real estate market is booming.  But I live in Nowheresville, Nebraska. Are there any good deals near me?”

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say something like this.

For some reason, there is a false belief that in order to make money in real estate, you must live in either Texas, Florida, or California.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The fact is, there are opportunities to flip houses in every city and town in the US.

I’m sure your friends and family are among the naysayers telling you that you don’t live in the “right market” to flip houses.

The fact is, while I get emails from people who seem to be stuck on believing that there are no deals near them, I also get emails from people who are completing amazing deals and sharing their success story with me.

Just this past weekend alone, I received at least a half-dozen emails from people landing deals and selling houses netting  anywhere from $19,000 to $120,000  in profit.

In fact, 2 different people emailed with questions this weekend about how to legally tax shelter $90,000 and $110,000 from the sale of their recent flips.

These are not real estate gurus.  These are common folks just like you and me. They simply found a good deal near them, made an offer, rehabbed it, and sold it for an honest profit.

Does this excite you?  I hope it does. My goal in writing this email was to give you that “nudge” you need to get out there and flip your first house.

I want to let you know that if other people can do it, so can you.  Common folks all across America are successfully flipping houses every day.

Dave Clabeaux – I Hope This Inspires You

Some people are easily discouraged when they get into flipping houses.

They see the price of houses on the market and think…

“I can’t buy a house for that price and still make a profit. All the houses around me are just too expensive.”

Here is the mistake they are making:

They look at a seller’s ASKING price. Many sellers will accept far less than asking price.

Case in point:

Last week a lady came to us looking to sell her house. She needed to sell quick because she owed back taxes, and the county was
about to foreclose on her house and take everything. (This is what happens when you refuse to pay property taxes for 5 years

Her asking price was $159,000. We offered $90,000.

She accepted.

We get a deal with a huge equity spread and the home owner gets cash out of a house she would have lost to foreclosure.

It’s a win-win.

Question for you:
Do you know of a house right now that’s perfect for a rehab but the owner is asking too much?

Make an offer that works for you. It might be 50%, 40%, or even 30% of asking price.

You never know what somebody will accept for a house until you make an offer.

Here’s the big takeaway:

Don’t be afraid to make low ball offers. You may get a dozen “no’s” for one “yes” that leads to a $50,000 deal.