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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley Publishing; 1 edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470043458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470043455
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It promised to teach would-be property moguls how to "lay the foundation for successful flipping and bring home bucks”." (Economist, March 2007)

From the Back Cover

Covers taxes, mortgages, and inspections

Lay the foundation for successful flipping and bring home the bucks

Want to flip houses? This no-nonsense guide gives you the inside scoop on buying, renovating, and selling property, with plenty of time- and money-saving tips to keep you on budget and on schedule. You get savvy strategies for negotiating deals, modernizing for maximum profit, marketing your home, avoiding common blunders, and staying afloat in a slow market.

Discover how to

  • Find properties to flip
  • Project your profits
  • Secure financing
  • Draw in buyers
  • Work with contractors, agents, and other real estate professionals
  • Steer clear of legal gray areas

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Customer Reviews

A great read and buy even in today's economy.
Francisco Del Toro
Said it was easy to read and that he learned a lot, he is now on to reading a more advanced book on the topic.
B. Thomlison
This book very realistic and gives great information.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Fairbanks on March 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
With the red hot real estate market many people became obsessed with flippping homes. Anyone could have made money in the last several years. Times are changing and it is extremely important to increase your knowledge and learn from experienced investors like Ralph Roberts. Learn from their mistakes, profit from their advice. Don't be one of those people who overpay for a property or make the wrong choices when trying to flip a home.

Use this book as a reference manual, keep it with you and study it.

I have personally flipped several homes and with the tips and advice from "Flipping Homes For Dummies" I realize where I could have made better decisions to have helped increase my profits.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Book Dealer on March 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
For one new to the real estate market, Flipping Houses... by Ralph and Joe provided me with a comprehensive overview of all the important things worth considering. These two guys know how to explain, provide examples, and guide. It's a terrific book, and not just for dummies :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Oceanfront HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is really filled with great information, especially for someone new to flipping. I have been in RE and buying homes for awhile and I still found some advice that might have saved me a few more dollars.

His book is realistic about what is going on out in the market. He explains how to buy right, how to rehab the property and the how to sell it for a profit. Then also explains what pitfalls not to fall into. There is very important information in here, especially for the newbie.

Obviously discussed is how to make the most profit (goal has to be over 20%, or you could be setting yourself up for heartache).
Mr. Roberts also explains how to pick your house, how to clean it and what to detail, and of course to paint it...then sell it. This may sound simple, but there are many pitfalls you can fall into during this process, such as paying too much for the items you use to fix up.

Be smart, and do not be the person who makes all the beginner mistakes and overlays for a house.
There is a new 2014 edition I recommend.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Paul G. on July 24, 2007
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I read this book after getting caught up in the TV frenzy of house flipping. I soon realized that I do not have the time required to put into house flipping for now. There is a lot of other good advice in this book that will better prepare for flipping(or not in my case). Very worthy purchase.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Stagg on April 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book covers absolutely EVERYTHING involved in flipping houses. It doesn't leave one topic out. It even talks about all the negatives. Topics are covered very well, even has a cheat sheet to take with you!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on January 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
One reviewer, who is a realtor, wrote that this book was the greatest ever. It's not, but it is a good book worth owning. Particularily explaining the things to look for when inspecting the property, rehabbing, developing your farm area, and selling your flip. I did learn several things.

There are several things that I'd never recommend that the author expouses and eventually a reader after years of flipping experience will learn. One example is using realtors on the acquiring end. Maybe that's why the reviewer labeled the book the greatest ever. That said the advice given overall is probably good for the novice flipper. No book can keep you from losing money, and realize that most first-time flippers either lose money or make so little that the endeavor was not worth their time of investment. If you don't believe me, just watch the TV shows on flipping. Just understand that they are better ways to find and buy properties, and eventually you'll learn them if you invest in real estate long enough. The advice not to go FSBO is very wise, and I'm not a realtor.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Scotty P on April 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
How could you not like the "Dummies" format - after all, it makes for easy reading and puts in a step-by-step format.

But that's not where I have a problem... the problem lies in the fact that some of the strategies and information is out of date - and out of touch with what's happening in today's market. A good book to put on the shelf for reference, but wouldn't bet the farm on making a lot of cash using this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bradley G. on February 21, 2011
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What I really like about this book is that it goes through the whole process of flipping homes in the order that it should be completed. Everyone knows that you need to buy, fix, and sell in that order but what a lot of people starting out don't realise is the little things that are essential to finding the RIGHT property for you, fixing the things that give you the BEST return, and different techniques to sell for the MOST profit. He also goes into detail about different types of financing, and explains other important things like title insurance and inspections and staging.

Another good thing about this book is that it really contains no "fluff". It doesn't tell you to "follow you heart" or say "you can do it" or any similar junk that usually fills pages in similar books. It gives you facts about what should be done, and gives different routes on how you can get there.

The only problem (if I sould even call it that) is that he does not go into much detail about any particular subject. I understand that if he would, the book could easily be 4 times as thick. But I belive this is a good book to read first if you are planning on flipping so you can get that good chronological order of what needs to be done, and then concentrate on the route in which you choose to go. Ex. If you choose to invest in foreclosure properties,(my area of concentration) you can research further into them.

Overall, I gave this book 4 stars because it is very good.
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