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Do You Need a Real Estate License to Quick Flip?

Short Answer: No, and it could actually be a disadvantage starting out.

Longer Answer:

Retail real estate and investment real estate are two different businesses.

In retail real estate, you are representing clients who are buying or selling houses.

In investment real estate, you are buying and selling houses for yourself for some investment purpose.

In retail real estate, you need a license because the state regulates the industry to ensure you are a qualified fiduciary for your client.

In investment real estate, since you are working for yourself, your activity isn’t regulated in the same way.

Getting a real estate license is typically for the purposes of engaging in the retail real estate business.

Quick Flipping is buying and selling houses yourself for a profit which is the investment real estate business.

The reason I’m making these distinctions is two-fold:

1. Sellers who are selling you a distressed, off-market property at a discount are usually looking for an...

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How to Begin a Tentmaking Journey

Maybe you’ve thought about doing some tentmaking on the side but you’re not sure where to begin.

I’d love to help.

By tentmaking, we mean earning money to support your ministry from outside your ministry. This could be supplemental income if you already have a ministry income. Or it could completely replace a ministry income and you could derive all of your income outside of your ministry.

Here are 4 steps to begin a tentmaking journey:

1. Determine how much extra income you need

Are you just needing an extra $5,000 each year? Or are you needing part-time income? Or do you need full-time income? This will help you decide what types of tentmaking opportunities to pursue.

2. Determine how much time you have to generate this extra income

Do you only have a few hours available each week or could you spend more time? Depending on the type of ministry you’re in now, you may either have quite a bit of flexibility to pursue tentmaking on the side or you may have...

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Finding Buyers for Your Quick Flips

flip hacking May 27, 2022

An important step in building a flipping business is to find investor buyers looking for off-market, discounted properties that need work.

I encourage my students to find buyers way before marketing to find deals from sellers. What good is a deal if you don’t have someone to sell it to?

In most markets, there are many investors looking for properties they can flip or hold as rentals.

Here are 3 of the best ways to find them:

  1. ListSource.com
    1. This is a website where you can generate lists of property owners in certain states
    1. Choose your City & State to narrow the search
    1. Then choose Last Market Sale Date of 12 months back
    1. Add Equity Percentage of 100%
    1. Filter this list for Absentee Owners only
    1. This will produce a list of people that have bought investment homes with cash in your area in the last year
    1. Contact those people to see if they want to be added to your list of buyers
  1. Facebook
    1. Many cities have Facebook groups for Real Estate Investors in that city
      ...
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Should You Buy Long-Term Rentals?

flip hacking May 06, 2022

You may be thinking, “Chris, you talk a lot about flipping real estate on this blog, but what about long-term rentals? Isn’t it even more important to create long-term income, rather than just a quick profit that you have to generate again?

This is a great question.

When most people talk about real estate investing, they think in terms of long-term rentals. And you haven’t heard me mention it much here.

There’s a reason for that.

I’m going to share my personal opinion. Clearly not everyone will agree with me, but you’re reading this blog because you want my perspective. So, I’ll give it to you.

In most cases, I think you should only buy long-term rentals if you can pay cash.

And since most people can’t pay cash, I focus in this blog on income producing forms of real estate that don’t require you going into debt.

Now, having said that, I think rental properties are great. My wife and I own rental properties. I just happen...

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The Power of Knocking on a Door

There’s almost nothing more powerful in buying houses (either personal or investment) than having face to face conversations with homeowners who have homes you’re interested in purchasing.

Direct mail, calls, texts, & web forms of marketing all work. But nothing is quite like being face-to-face.

The problem with face-to-face is it’s hard to scale. And because it’s hard to scale, you won’t have a lot of competition when you show up at someone’s doorstep.

We’ve bought so many houses this way, especially personal ones.

Here are some advantages:

  1. People like selling their home, especially if it is sentimental, to people they know & trust.

    As you meet a homeowner at their door & build a relationship with them, you’ll often find that they become more comfortable with the idea of selling to someone they’ve met. When Realtors are involved, it’s more uncommon that the seller actually meets the buyer.

  1. You’ll...
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Running a Business in 2-3 Hours Per Week

flip hacking Feb 25, 2022

If you’re in ministry, flipping houses is great, but not if it takes you a ton of time.

Most of us want extra income for our families, but we want it in a way that allows us to still be devoted to ministry full-time.

That’s why it’s essential that if you flip houses, you do it in a way that frees up your time for what matters most to you!

When we started flipping houses many years ago, we did all of the work ourselves. I was in full-time ministry & we were doing it on the side to supplement our income (and ultimately to help us pay off our house).

We couldn’t flip many houses this way or it would’ve taken way too much time.

I knew there were 2 keys to turning this side hustle into a business where I could work only a few hours a week.

  1. Great people
  1. Great systems

Great people are what make a great business. No doubt about it. You need to find and hire the best people you can. I did this by only hiring people I knew or people that someone I...

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The Power of Direct Mail

flip hacking Jan 21, 2022

Whether you’re looking to buy a house for your family off-market or you’re looking to buy houses to flip, direct mail can be a powerful tool.

Direct mail refers to any type of mail piece you send directly to a seller. It could be a letter, a postcard, a brochure, or any other type of mail piece.

I can’t even tell you the number of houses we’ve bought by sending people letters & postcards. It’s likely more than 100 by now. We’ve bought both personal homes & investment property this way.

Our best-performing letter usually had a picture of our family at the top & a short note letting the seller know we were looking for a house to buy in their neighborhood. We’d mention some of the benefits of selling to us like:

  • Not having to pay 6% in real estate commissions
  • Not having the hassle of listing it, cleaning it up & showing it
  • Not having to worry about making any repairs
  • Not having to wait for a long closing process

And so...

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Our 1st Quick Flip

flip hacking Nov 19, 2021

I recently posted a blog entitled, The Story Behind Our 1st Flip. This was about the first flip we had ever done. It was a Cosmetic (or Lipstick) Flip. Check out this article which explains the types of flips — 3 Ways to Flip a House.

In this post, I want to talk about our 1st Quick Flip.

Remember, with a Quick Flip, you don't fix up the house at all. You buy it and sell it again as-is, usually a few hours later. You don't make as much money as you would on a Cosmetic Flip or Fix & Flip, but it's more convenient and you can do more of them quickly.

Here's the story behind our 1st Quick Flip:

  1. We built a list of investors who we knew could close quickly with cash & were looking for investment property.
  1. We sent out letters to homeowners in multiple zip codes where we knew these investor buyers were looking for houses to purchase. In the letter, we offered to buy the seller's home quickly, as-is, & with cash. We knew this would likely appeal to sellers who had...
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Is Flipping Houses Really That Easy?

flip hacking Oct 15, 2021

Flipping Houses is simple, but not easy.

The process to flip a house is simple.

  1. Find a property off-market that's in need of some work
  1. Buy direct from the seller at a discount
  1. Fix it up (fix & flip) or leave it as-is (quick flip)
  1. Resell it for a profit

See. It's simple.

What's difficult is taking action.

A lot of people understand how flipping works, but they never take action and actually do it themselves.

Here are the common objections:

  1. I don't have enough money to flip houses
  1. Flipping houses would take way too much time
  1. I'm afraid I might lose money flipping a house

The problem is, these objections don’t apply to all types of flips.

Remember, there are 3 Ways to Flip a House.

The one I focus on and teach other pastors, missionaries and Christian leaders to focus on is Quick Flipping (aka Flip Hacking).

With Quick Flipping:

  1. You don't have to have money to buy or remodel the house
  1. You don't have to spend as much time as a retail fix & flip
  1. There's...
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Q&A About Our 1st Flip

flip hacking Aug 27, 2021

I'm sure after reading The Story Behind Our 1st Flip last week, your mind may be filled with questions. I want to address some of those in this post.

How do you find deals like this?

Contrary to what people may tell you, deals are everywhere. That doesn't mean they're always easy to find. But if you're persistent in looking, you'll find them.

On this particular deal, we just happened to be attentive to what the previous owner of our house told us. He mentioned the owner across the street was looking to sell, and we knew we needed to talk to him.

One of your first steps to finding deals is to let people around you know that you're looking to purchase a house that needs some work. Tell them to contact you if they ever hear of anyone looking to sell.

In addition, you can start proactively reaching out to people in neighborhoods you'd like to flip in. Drive up & down the streets. Look for people outside. Pull over & talk to them. Let them know you're looking to buy in the...

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