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Fix and flip single-family houses for quick profit––and long-term prosperity

The Complete Guide to Flipping Properties offers proven, straightforward guidance for anyone interested in flipping properties for quick profits. This comprehensive guide to flipping will help any real estate investor design a detailed plan for achieving their financial goals as quickly as possible. Steve Berges, creator of the value play strategy, shows you step by step how to flip properties and lock in profits. With in-depth explanations of every aspect of the art of flipping––from finding properties and closing the deal, to repairing houses and reselling at the best price––this book is the ultimate resource for novice investors and real estate pros alike.

The Complete Guide to Flipping Properties includes:

  • Time-tested strategies for flipping
  • Ten proven methods for locating great properties
  • Property valuation methods––and which one is right for you
  • Financial analysis and modeling techniques
  • How to create value and maximize your profits
  • Seven steps of successful negotiation
  • How to close the deal
  • Foolproof exit strategies for getting rid of properties
  • How to assemble a winning team of professionals
  • Three keys to maximizing your potential as a real estate investor

With tips on writing business plans, investing on credit or with OPM (other people’s money), and creative financing methods, The Complete Guide to Flipping Properties gives any investor the tools they need to build wealth safely and reliably.

About the Author

STEVE BERGES is a real estate investment professional with over twenty-five years experience in the industry. As Principal of Symphony Homes, Berges is an active investor specializing in single-family houses, multifamily apartment complexes, and the development and construction of single-family housing communities. He is also the author of The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings (Wiley). Steve Berges holds an MBA degree in finance and marketing from Rice University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471463310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471463313
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,353,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read a half dozen or more books on flipping/rehabbing and none of the others come close to this one when it comes to financial analysis. Most authors focus on the "how to's" of flipping, which Berges does also, but he outshines all of them when it comes to analyzing real estate.
Berges walks the reader through using several examples in a financial model to help properly analyze an investment property . At the end of the analysis, if the returns are acceptable, you buy the property and if they are not, you pass on it and go on to the next one. No emotional attachments here. Buying and selling is done strictly on an analytical basis.
A lot of authors tend to focus on getting in to a deal for "nothing down" but say very little, if anything, about value. Just because you can buy a house for nothing down doesn't mean it's a good deal or that you should buy it. Out of all the real estate books I've read over the years, Berges is the only one to really emphasize value.
My guess is that Berges will lead the way among future writers by emphasizing value and financial analysis just like Robert Allen led the way with the nothing down techniques in the 80s and 90s.
Two thumbs up!
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I read Berges' book The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartments about a year ago or so and liked it so well I couldn't wait for him to come out with another book. His book on Flipping is every bit as good as the book on apartments. Berges provides a comprehensive and complete approach to anyone interested in buying and selling houses. He wrote about a similar topic, which he referred to as "the value play" in his apartment book. In the flipping properties book, Berges applies the value play strategy, which is to buy, add value, and sell, all in a very short period of time. The idea is to get in, get out, and make money!
Although Berges covers one of the same topics Bronchick does, he does it in a different way which gives the reader another perspective. Authors write about similar topics all the time. There's nothing wrong with this. Berges also covered several topics that Bronchick did not. No harm there either. It's pretty clear to me that judging by their writing styles and backgrounds, Berges likes the finance end of real estate while Bronchick prefers the legal end. Maybe the two should consider teaming up!
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I just finished reading this book and I must say the author Steve Berges has done it again! I read his book about buying and selling apartment buildings which was very well written, so I decided to give this one a try. I wasn't disappointed as Berges really delivers on the topic of flipping. Not only does he describe in detail the underlying theory about the different types of flipping, but he supports it with actual examples.
My three favorite chapters were Chs 3, 6, and 11. In Ch 3, Berges describes what he refers to as "the value play strategy" which basically has to do with creating value in investment properties and turning them for a profit. Ch 6 was an excellent chapter focusing on several examples which used detailed financial analysis to help really understand how to value properties. Most of all, he explains how to know when to buy a property or when to pass on it. The last chapter of the book, Ch 11, was not so much about real estate as it was about how to succeed in life, regardless of your chosen career path. Well done and inspiring.
I really like this book because it leaves you feeling good about yourself and about your ability to accomplish your goals. In my opinion, the book is a must read for anyone interested in learning about flipping properties.
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I've read most all of the books on flipping and rehabbing. This book is by far the best! The author uses many examples and provides step-by-step instructions that are easy for readers to follow. He also includes an entire chapter on how to actually find these properties which was really helpful to me. I was able to use this information to locate four houses over the last month and currently have one of them under contract.
I highly recommend this book to both beginning investors and to those who are more experienced as the author seems to have a knack for writing to a wide range of audiences. Great book!
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I bought William Bronchick's Flipping Properties book, so I thought I'd buy this one too see if it had any additional tips. On the topic of flipping, it had very little. The first thing I noticed is that Berges uses exactly the same 3 phrases to describe flippers as Bronchick did - Scout, Dealer & Retailer. I am thinking to myself, "isn't this some kind of plaigarism?"
Second, the book does not cover anything about the new FHA "anti-flipping" rules. It does not even discuss the legal vs. illegal flipping debate.
Third, the book has two full chapters on personal development and motivational material. If I wanted that, I would have bought a Tony Robbins book!
Fourth, the only legal forms the appendix contains are property inspection checklist and a TX board of realtors form. That's about 16 pages of blank "standard" broker forms that aren't even filled out by example.
All in all, a few good tips, but certainly far from the "COMPLETE" guide to flipping properties. If you're looking for something to supplement Bronchick's book, look elsewhere!
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