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How to make $1 million ‘flipping’ houses

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How to make $1 million ‘flipping’ houses

HIS last property sale earned him a tidy million-dollar profit, so it’s safe to say when it comes to “flipping”, Tom Hall knows his stuff.

The Melbourne man has been flipping property for 16 years, and has 10 successful “flips” under his toolbelt.

The Brighton property before flipping. Picture: Supplied

The Brighton property before flipping. Picture: Supplied

For the uninitiated, flipping refers to profiting from real estate, either by “buying low and selling high” or buying a run-down home and renovating it for profit.

Mr Hall, a former electrician and real estate agent, ventured into the world of flipping when he bought his first property at 24 for $124,000, renovating it before and after work and on weekends.

He more than doubled that investment when he sold it a couple of years later for $265,000 after shelling out just $14,000 in renovations – and his love affair with flipping began.

Knowing he was onto a winning formula, Mr Hall went on to purchase bigger, more expensive properties each time, culminating in the most recent sale of a Brighton property which he bought for $1.35 million, and sold for $2.35 million 18 months later.

Mr Hall transformed the four-bedroom home. Picture: Supplied

Mr Hall transformed the four-bedroom home. Picture: Supplied

In the early days, Mr Hall and his wife Alicia used to brave the “dust and dirt” and live in each property during the renovations.

With two young boys, that’s no longer possible, but today Mr Hall runs his own renovation business, Overhall Your Property, alongside his flipping passion.

“I’m a visual person and to see the property go from nothing to something amazing gives me a thrill,” he said.

“It can be a bit stressful – it never stops and it’s very consuming.

“But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”

Mr Hall said a successful flip came down to meticulous market research and the ability to do most projects yourself.

When he bought it, the bungalow was looking a little run-down. Picture: Supplied

When he bought it, the bungalow was looking a little run-down. Picture: Supplied

But is flipping always a sure-fire cash-cow?

New analysis from CoreLogic revealed 90 per cent of flipped properties sold last year made a profit – but as house prices ease in Melbourne and Sydney this year, a rise in loss-making flipped properties is expected.

“Although the proportion of flips at a loss has declined from recent highs in 2009 and again in 2012, there has been a clear increase in loss-making flips recently,” CoreLogic’s Property Flipping Report stated.

After flipping, it was transformed. Picture: Supplied

After flipping, it was transformed. Picture: Supplied

Nevertheless, while Mr Hall agreed property prices had already cooled slightly, he said there were still plenty of opportunities to make decent money flipping.

He said lower house prices could even help flippers enter the competitive housing market.

“If you put the right product to the market and keep the purchaser in mind you’ll have no problems selling property,” he said.

“The whole idea of owning your own home and renovating it is a big Australian dream – everyone wants to own property.

“There’s definitely still a future in it.”

The house was in need of a makeover. Picture: Supplied

The house was in need of a makeover. Picture: Supplied

So how do you make it in the flipping business? Mr Hall shared his top tips for flipping success.

DO YOUR RESEARCH

“If you’re looking to buy, educate yourself on the market – entry price is the most important thing. If you pay too much getting in, you won’t make dollars and cents at the end. I read heaps of books, and really annoy real estate agents on trends and what’s going on in the market. I always hassle them because they’re pretty much three months ahead of the market – they see what’s going on in the market before it hits the papers,” Mr Hall said.

“The main thing for me is getting in at the right price. Keep an ear to the ground in your market and don’t look at 10 different suburbs, look at two, otherwise you’ll just confuse yourself.

It’s now a stylish residence. Picture: Supplied

It’s now a stylish residence. Picture: Supplied

“On my way home I always drive a different way so I can see what boards are up and what’s going on. I’m a bit nosy, but you have to be if you want to do this seriously.”

START SMALL

“I have flipped 10 different projects varying from smaller properties and apartments to bigger houses. I really built my way up from something small into property worth millions now, and the way to get into it is to start small and learn from there – I’m self-taught.”

DO IT YOURSELF

“Hiring tradies can really chop into your budget. If you can always build on your skills and learn you will save yourself a hell of a lot of money, so the more you can do yourself the better off you’ll be at the end. Always use a licensed plumber and electrician, but for example if you have someone doing rendering, hang around and learn about a trade if you’re not experienced in it, so next time you can give it a go yourself and save big money.”

Nearly nine out of 10 ‘flipped’ properties sold last year made a profit. Picture: Supplied

Nearly nine out of 10 ‘flipped’ properties sold last year made a profit. Picture: Supplied

INVEST IN A GOOD FOOTPRINT

“My strategy is always renovating what is there – I’m not a new-build man, I’m an add-value man. I try to utilise the home’s footprint to add value. You’ve got to have a bit of forward thinking in terms of what you can do with spaces.”

KNOW YOUR BUYER

“Have a target market in mind. Whether it’s a family with children or a young couple, you need to do your research and tailor your design towards the purchaser. That’s the end game – it’s not necessarily for you, it’s about getting a sale from the right purchaser who will pay the highest price.”

CoreLogic predicts a rise in loss-making flipped property this year. Picture: Supplied

CoreLogic predicts a rise in loss-making flipped property this year. Picture: Supplied

Originally Published: sunshinecoastdaily.com.au

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Will the new Brisbane State High School catchment affect property prices?

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Changes made to Brisbane State High School’s catchment zone are already affecting properties for sale in the area, according to local real estate agents.

The state government released new catchment maps last week which revealed Brisbane State High School’s catchment zone could be cut by 25 per cent to manage pressure on its rising enrolments.

The school’s current catchment stretches through West End and out to Dutton Park but, under the new draft catchment, students from more than 500 households in Dutton Park, Woolloongabba and Highgate Hill would no longer be eligible for direct entry to State High once the neighbouring high-rise school in Dutton Park opens in 2021.

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19A Gloucester Street, Highgate Hill, recently went under contract with four offers in one weekend because it will still fall in the catchment.

It’s been a devastating revelation for homeowners who bought in the area specifically to be in the catchment of Queensland’s top performing state high school, said Sam Peterffy, of Harcourts Homeside.

Not only are they upset at being kicked out of the catchment, they’re worried the value of their property will fall because if it, she said.

“Of course the people who are already living here are worried — many of them bought here for the school,” she said.

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7 Grantham Street, Dutton Park, is a six-bedroom family home that would fall outside of the Brisbane State High School catchment.

“I feel sorry for these people. They might have young children, aged five and under, and bought here planning for their children’s future. Now that’s up in the air. It’s not a great situation for them.”

Ms Peterffy said the local property market had already been affected.

“From a buyer perspective, I have people who were looking in these areas and have straight up said they’re no longer looking at Dutton Park or anywhere that’s out of the catchment,” she said.

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7 Grantham Street, Dutton Park: Marketing agent Ben Salm said being outside the BSHS catchment zone could potentially affect property prices of those homes who are currently in the catchment zone.

Brisbane State High School is a 3200-student strong, selective GPS school, sought-after for its top academic results and extensive extra curricular program.

Demand for places is so high, the school employed an investigator this year to uncover families rorting the catchment system.

Ben Salm of Place Estate Agents is selling a beautiful six-bedroom family home at Grantham Street, Dutton Park, that is currently in the State High catchment, but would be bumped out under the new plan.

He said it had already affected the property’s desirability for some buyers.

“It’s something we’ve seen a fair bit of with feedback from the buyers coming through,” he said.

“They’re unsure about the new school because it’s all so unknown at this stage; that creates a hesitancy and then you get less competition, which potentially means lower prices.

“Because this house is now looking like it’ll be out of the State High catchment, the feedback we’re getting suggests the price could be $50,000 less than what it might have been worth three to six months ago.

“There is a grace period though, so you never know what will happen.”

It’s important to note the effect on current and future families will not be immediate. Brisbane State High School students living in the proposed catchment zone for the new school will be allowed to remain enrolled at State High for the duration of their studies, while their siblings will still be able to enrol under transitional arrangements.

The government also said that families with primary school children living in a street which appears on both catchment maps can choose to enrol their child at either school.

But the changes are causing a lot of uncertainty. Ms Peterffy recently sold a house at Gloucester Street, Highgate Hill, a street where some houses will still fall in the catchment and others won’t.

This particular house will still be in the catchment, so the competition to secure it was strong, with four offers in one weekend, Ms Peterffy said.

“I had a couple who argued about it. The husband was saying that the new school was likely to be great but the wife was really worried about it,” she said.

“She just kept saying, ‘But it’s not going to be Brisbane State High, it won’t be the same’. So for them, the fact this house would still be in the catchment in a few years’ time was very important to them.

“That said, there will always be people who will want to buy in Dutton Park anyway. It’s the best suburb in Brisbane in my view.”

And Ms Peterffy said the silver lining would be in the new school, Inner City South State Secondary College, which had the potential to bring new buyers to the area long term.

“Some buyers who may not previously had Dutton Park and surrounding areas on their radar may come here because there is going to be a shiny new school with the best of everything and a connection to the University of Queensland,” she said.

“I know everyone wants to be in the State High catchment right now but my prediction is this new school will be in the top 10 state high schools in Queensland very quickly.”

Mr Salm said the property market could pick up again in these areas once the plans for the school are finalised and released to the public.

“It could actually create quite a bit of excitment in the area once there’s a lot more detail released and prices could go up again,” he said.

“I think in the long term this school will be competition for State High but at the moment it’s making buyers unsure about being in the area, and will only make competition for property staying in the State High catchment even tougher.”

The maps and the enrolment management plan are out for public consultation until September 30.

Source: www.domain.com.au

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Medium Density Development Round-Up: Brisbane

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The Urban Developer recently published our first medium-density development round-up, covering five low-rise development proposals in Sydney.

This week we turn to sunny Queensland to seek out the latest in low- to medium-rise development in Brisbane – uncovering nearly $200 million worth of proposals that have recently entered planning assessment.


1. 79 Swann Road, Taringa

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Developer Sanchi’s proposal for “Green Spines” at 79 Swann Road, Taringa.

Its proximity to the University of Queensland and public transport makes Swann Road a popular destination for developers.

Sanchi Development has proposed a 6-storey Cottee Parker-designed project that will include 3-levels of basement parking.

The proposal is located nearby the Indooroopilly shopping centre and south-east bikeway with the Taringa Train Station and bus stops within 400 metres of the site.

The building will host a communal roof top terrace with views of Mt Coot-tha which will include a gym and BBQ facilities.


2. 69-71 Swann Road, Taringa

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Artist impression of Mosaic Property Group’s Swann Road, Taringa project.

Local developer Mosaic Property has proposed a low-rise, five-storey development at 69-71 Swann Road in Taringa.

The 1,256sq m site was purchased for $3.1 million and will be developed to deliver 16 dwellings.

Subject to approvals, construction will start early next year and is expected to cost $19.2 million.


3. 8-10 Amersham Street, West End

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Arkhefield implemented the Breath Design Philosophy to embrace natural light, ventilation, and passive cooling.

Developer Amersham Street Pty Ltd has lodged a proposal for a 5-storey residential development in Brisbane’s hip suburb of West End.

The $20 million project will create 23 units as well as 39 car parks with an estimated $9 million construction cost.

Each apartment has its own balcony or private terraces with the building topped by a rooftop garden with a fireplace and BBQ for tenants to take advantage of city views.

The project will launch to market early-2019.

Editor’s note: Adam Di Marco, founder of the Urban Developer, is a director of Amersham Street Pty Ltd.


4. 77 Walkers Way, Nundah

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Dennis Family Corporation’s proposal for 32 triple-storey townhouses in Nundah.

Dennis Family Corporation has lodged plans for 32 triple-storey townhouses along 77 Walkers Way in Nundah.

The $21 million development, designed by Ellivo Architects, is spread across 7,069sq m of rural zoning.

The project will include of 4,902sq m of communal space and 1,556sq m of private open space.

The site is located in within a 1 km of Toombul Shopping Centre and 3.5 km of Brisbane Airport.

The Dennis Family told The Urban Developer construction was expected to start late-2019 following pre-sales.

The property group is also going to tender to select a construction partner for the project.


5. Parkside, Springfield (Stage 2).

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Springfield City Group $39 million second stage in the heart of Springfield Central.

Springfield City Group’s second stage development in the heart of Springfield Central will create 74 apartments as well as 196sq m of ground floor commercial and retail space.

The $39 million development, designed by Plus Architecture, will overlook Robelle Domain Parklands and will be walking distance from Orion Town Centre and Springfield Central Train Station.

Construction commencement will be dependent on pre-sales, however, Springfield City Group told The Urban Developer the target commencement date was forecasted for the second or third quarter of 2019.

A builder has not yet been appointed to the project.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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Brisbane House Price hits all-time high

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Brisbane house price has hit an all-time high.

The median brisbane house price is peaking at $673 000, which Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) says is a very good sign.

“It tells us that this market has well and truly recovered from the post GFC slump” CEO, Antonia Mercorella, said.

The latest Market Monitor report by REIQ revealed Brisbane’s median house price has increased 2.5% in the past year and 30% over five years.

The top growth suburbs across the city’s south include Holland Park West, Manly West and Carindale.

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Brisbane’s median house price has hit an all-time high. The median house price is peaking at $673 000, which Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) says is a very good sign. (9News)

In the city’s North, it’s Mitchelton, Stafford Heights and McDowall.

“Those suburbs are really popular with families in particular. And what they demonstrate is that there is good affordability.” Ms Mercorella said.

David Conboy is currently selling a five-bedroom, two-bathroom home at Mitchellton, asking $675,000.

He is not surprised the suburb is booming.

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Antonia Mercorella, said the post-GFC slump is over in the Brisbane property market. (9News)

“In this area we have a fantastic access to infrastructure to local schools, shops and public transport as well,” the Harcourts Property Sales and Marketing Consultant said.

A bit further out, the best performer in Greater Brisbane has been Caboolture South.

It has seen an increase of 30.4% to a median house price of $327 000.

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Brisbane’s median house price has hit an all-time high. (9News)

“With the Bruce Highway improvements, we should continue to see those suburbs performing strongly, into the future” Ms Mercorella said.

Across Queensland, the coastal markets have seen the most growth.

Noosa on the Sunshine Coast taking out the top spot, up 6.9% to a median house price of $695,000.

It takes the title from the Gold Coast, where the median house price sits at $622,000.

“They offer just such a good lifestyle. You’re close to the water, close to nature” Ms Mercorella said.

Source: 9news.com

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