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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
Originally Published: sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
The most in-demand Brisbane suburbs for July 2018
Brisbane may not be the most popular Queensland location to invest into compared to other markets, but it is certainly seeing a rise in demand and in median price, according to new data.
Data from realestate.com.au’s Property Outlook – July 2018 report shows that demand in Brisbane is up 5.9 per cent year-on-year. Both houses and apartments are up, with rises of 6.7 per cent and 4.5 per cent respectively.
The report stated that offshore property searches are very active and is the most popular capital city for demand from this particular investor type.
The overall median price saw a rise of 1 per cent to $485,000, with the report noting that the timing in the cycle seems to be moving out of sync with Sydney and Melbourne, claiming “prices never increased to the same level and it remains far more affordable”.
Overall, metro Brisbane was fairly in demand and experienced positive price growth. The eastern region of Brisbane was the most in demand and saw the largest median price growth, with a rise in demand of 16.7 per cent and a median price rise of 5.7 per cent to $556,000. The next best region in demand was the inner city region, which saw demand rise to 13.7 per cent, but was the only region to experience a price growth decline by 3.1 per cent down to $628,000.
The most 10 popular suburbs in Brisbane, according to realestate.com.au, are:
- East Brisbane
- Holland Park
- Camp Hill
- Holland Park
- New Farm
Regional Queensland saw every single area rise in demand with the exception of the Gold Coast, which declined by 9.1 per cent. The strongest rise in demand was Gladstone, which was up 39.1 per cent and a median price of $230,000 and was followed by Fraser Coast, which was up 33.8 per cent and a median price of 33.8 per cent and Gympie, which was up 32.2 per cent and a median price of $295,000.
Despite the demand, price growth was fairly down, aside from four areas; theCoast which rose 5.8 per cent to $545,000, the Gold Coast which rose 4.1 per cent, Mackay which rose 0.3 of a percentage point to $321,000 and Gympie, which held steady.
Gladstone saw the largest median price growth decline, falling 14.8 per cent, and was followed by Rockhampton, which declined 12.7 per cent to $240,000 and Bundaberg, which declined 7 per cent to a median price of $265,000.
Metro Brisbane median price and demand
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Regional Queensland median price and demand
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Mega mansion sells for $11m plus
The riverfront property in Hawthorne sits on a 2137 sqm riverfront block.
ONE of Brisbane’s most enviable trophy homes has sold for more than $11 million in the city’s biggest sale of the year so far.
The mega mansion, on a sprawling 2137 sqm riverfront block in Hawthorne, has been home to energy executive Shaun Scott and his wife, Sarah, for the past eight years.
The Scotts’ property has been snapped up by self-made millionaire Anthony Yap, who founded Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse.
Mr Yap and his wife, Hahn Luu, happen to be selling their current, six-bedroom home in neighbouring Balmoral, which is scheduled to go to auction next month.
Ms Luu declined to comment when contacted by The Courier-Mail.
Mr Yap also owns another mansion in Balmoral, but his new digs in Hawthorne really are something else.
The home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, two swimming pools, a heated spa, a north-south facing championship-size tennis court, a boat house, putting green and private 12m jetty.
Wait, there’s more.
There’s also a wine cellar, music room, library, gym and games room with built-in bar.
Records show Mr Scott, who is the former chief executive of Arrow Energy, bought the original property for $6.85 million in 2010.
They employed architect Donovan Hill to design a brand new house, which was completed in 2014.
Selling agent David Price of Ray White – East Brisbane said the property attracted interest from potential buyers in London, New York and Dubai, as well Sydney and Melbourne.
“It was a truly international campaign,” Mr Price said.
“It’s a spectacular home. The house really had the lot because of the views over New Farm Park and the city, as well as being a flat block with a tennis court.”
There’s been some big money changing hands between the movers and shakers of Brisbane’s property market in the past year, with prestige homes attracting strong demand and increasing interest from interstate buyers.
This latest sale is the biggest of 2018 in Brisbane so far, eclipsing the $11 million sale of a mansion at 27 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, in March, and the $10.138 million sale in February of the Hamilton Hill mansion built by Christopher Skase at 36 Dickson Terrace.
Mr Price also recently sold a riverfront home at 15 Laidlaw Parade, East Brisbane, for $3.45 million and has listed another executive address at 10 Aaron Ave, Hawthorne.
“The top end’s very strong,” he said.
Brisbane’s Top Performing Growth Suburbs
Canny property owners in Brisbane have made huge cash gains after investing in suburbs which have recorded high capital growth.
Despite reports of a stalling real estate market, Place Advisory research has identified high performing suburbs in Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan, in the six months to March 2018.
Brisbane recorded an average capital gain of 6.2 per cent, with the inner suburb of Milton landing the highest capital growth of 19.9 per cent with median house values of $892,500.
Place Advisory’s Lachlan Walker said the growth has resulted in significant yields for property owners who have sold in the current climate.
“These gains are however the result of long-term strategies, crystallising capital growth if their initial investment was made based on the underlying drivers of population growth and the delivery of planned strategic local infrastructure,” Walker said.
Ipswich has lead the market in terms of a general rise in demand and pricing.
“The Ipswich corridor has undergone significant change over the past few years,” Walker said.
“Low entry level prices have allowed for strong growth to be achieved and value to be recognised by purchasers as this area continues to develop.
“The suburb of Bundamba recorded the highest capital growth in the Ipswich area, a significant 9.7 per cent.”
The Ipswich property market has also benefited from the awarding of a $5 billion defence contract to the region, which is forecast to generate jobs and infrastructure for the next 40 years.
In Logan, the top performing suburb was Park Ridge, with 6.9 per cent capital growth.
“The wider Logan area is a long-term investment opportunity,” Walker said.
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