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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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Here’s our pick of the best buys in Brisbane and some of its surrounds at the moment — and they’re all under $800,000.

34 Ivy Street, Toowong

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With tongue-and-groove floorboards, a cast-iron fireplace begging for love, a sunroom, and a prime position on 405 square metres, this three-bedroom original workers’ cottage is bound to catch eyes of inner-west renovators. No price has been set yet but agent Alex Jordan says as a vacant block on land it would achieve over $600,000.

By negotiation

McGrath, Alex Jordan 0410 424 749

81 Payne Road, The Gap

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The rear of this multi-tone brick house surprises. There’s a single-garage-cum-workshop or home office between the double carport and an elevated timber sundeck, and there’s also a pool. It is fully fenced on a 625-square-metre block, and has three bedrooms with a further small room inside that could become a fourth bedroom or study.

$725,000

Harcourts, Stephen Dangerfield 0412 145 802

48 Bringelly Street, Arana Hills

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From its white picket fence to its flat sandpit-friendly backyard, the DNA of this three-bedroom, one-bathroom house is pure family. Set on a flat 607-square-metre block about 20 metres from the local bus stop, Grovely State School is 900 metres away and Arana Hills Plaza, restaurants and cafes are at the end of the street.

$486,000

Coronis, Jo Dryden 07 3351 5151

19 Allamanda Crescent, Albany Creek

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This substantial four-bedroom, double-storey house sits on a 1250-square-metre landscaped block. It has ample room for its pool and double garage, and there is a massive covered entertaining area and both casual and formal living and eating rooms. Two state high schools are located within 2.4 kilometres of the front door.

$779,000

Style Real Estate, Claire Little 0422 755 171

40 O’Quinn Street, Nudgee Beach

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This 54-year-old updated beauty on a double block opposite the beach offers three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 1000 square metres of land. Open-plan living and dining space, plenty of natural light, timber floors, and a second living area with clever built-in bench seating and storage are boons. The rear has a storage shed, two garden sheds and a single garage.

$789,000

Calio & Scott Real Estate, Carl Calio 0416 145 288

6 Chase Crescent, North Lakes

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Worth a look if a first-time home buyer, or investor watching budget-friendly growth areas, this super neat, modern three-bedroom, two-bathroom house also has a double garage. It is set on a low-maintenance and landscaped 486-square-metre block. It also has decent-sized, open-plan living and media rooms.

$439,000

Hudson Property, Viv Robinson 0407 918 184

50 Windsor Place, Deception Bay

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This two-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage on a 397-square-metre corner block has serious update or rebuild potential. Set three blocks west of Moreton Bay and one block to the suburban public primary school, it is liveable as a home or easily rentable with a modern kitchen and fenced backyard. It has a separate sunroom and a single carport.

$260,000-$280,000

Ray White, Lydia Robins 0438 166 763

441 Beenleigh Road, Sunnybank

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This renovated, four-bedroom, one-bathroom house has parking space for two cars on a 708-square-metre block. The floor plan is open between living, dining and kitchen areas and the metro rail station is about 400 metres away. Its reserve price is unknown as required by Queensland auction laws, but it was found in a search for homes under $800,000.

Auction, June 29, 12.30pm

RE/MAX, Gary Dellios 0411 879 935

4 Parliament Street, Bethania

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The federal election is done for 2019, but here is another way to get into Parliament. With three bedrooms and one bathroom, this brick-and-tile house also has a double carport and a double garage. On a flat 758-square-metre block, the back section is contained making for a fine play zone. Neutral timber-look flooring in the kitchen-meals area balances the retro swirl carpet in the living-dining.

$339,000-$369,000

LJ Hooker, Trina Wilson 0427 188 500

 

 

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Cbus Property Plans $600m North Quay Tower

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Cbus Property will partner with local Brisbane developer Nielson Properties to deliver a $600 million riverfront commercial building in the city’s CBD.

The 3,000sq m corner site, an amalgamation of 205 North Quay and neighbouring 30 Herschel Street, will now house the city’s latest A-grade commercial building.

The office development, to be known as 205 North Quay, will deliver 50,000sq m of net lettable area.

Cbus Property chief executive Adrian Pozzo said the site was ideal as it takes advantage of Brisbane’s strong economic outlook, employment growth and the state government’s infrastructure investment.

“205 North Quay is a major ­riverfront CBD site, ideally located to capitalise on the major infrastructure projects nearby such as the recently announced Roma Street Station, Brisbane Metro, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Live,” Pozzo said.

“Queensland’s economic growth also anticipated to continue to outperform the Australian average.”

“We will look to build on these strong economic foundations and our past success with 1 William Street, to deliver a premium and future-focused commercial tower for Brisbane’s CBD in collaboration with our partner, Nielson Properties.”

No stranger to Brisbane CBD’s commercial market, the project follows Cbus Property’s 46-storey “tower of power” at 1 William Street, home to the Queensland government.

The 205 North Quay development will add to the continued regeneration of the burgeoning North Quarter precinct, which will also include Mirvac’s 80 Ann Street tower to be tenanted by Suncorp, Shayher Group’s 300 George Street project and the recently completed W Hotel on George Street.

The development will also be located in Brisbane’s prime commercial district, capitalising on the major infrastructure projects nearby such as the recently announced Roma Street Station, Brisbane Metro, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Live.

“As a local Brisbane developer, we’re excited to be a part of the evolution of the North Quarter as it becomes a vibrant hub bolstered by outstanding connectivity to Brisbane’s CBD and premium infrastructure and amenity,” Nielson Properties director Ross Nielson said.

Cbus and Nielson have commenced preliminary discussions with the Brisbane City Council.

Last week, Brisbane-based Sentinel Property Group snatched up Makerston House, a neighbouring commercial property in Brisbane’s North Quarter precinct from investment management company Challenger for $103 million.

Further along the CBD riverfront, work has also commenced at the $3.6 billion Queens Wharf developed by the Destination Brisbane Consortium, a joint venture led by casino giant Star Entertainment Group, Far East Consortium and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises.

Work is also under way on Brisbane’s newest riverside public space, with the area between the Goodwill Bridge and 1 William Street to be developed into an above-water pedestrian walkway and recreational area called Waterline Park.

 

 

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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‘Why not Hendra?’ The luxury house that is poised to set a new benchmark for this Brisbane suburb

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A prestigious new property in Hendra is tipped to break records when it goes under the hammer in a couple of weeks, setting a new benchmark for luxury in the area.

The five-bedroom, four-bathroom house may be located on General Street, but its myriad of bells and whistles means it’s anything but.

With a plethora of top-line features, including travertine tiles, state-of-the-art fixtures and a mosaic-tiled swimming pool, it includes a climate-controlled wine cellar as well as bespoke cabinetry throughout.

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Marketing agent Patrick McKinnon of Place Ascot said the house was part of an emerging trend in the suburb towards luxury new builds. The developers behind the home, Innovare Builders, were quickly transforming the standard of Hendra homes project by project, he said.

“They’ve really lifted the benchmark for what’s expected in Hendra and set the tone for the quality that people look for here,” he said.

“This house should a set a record for the area for 405-square-metre non-racecourse property. The records are around the $1 millions and I think this is better than anything else comparable on the market right now.”

While perhaps not as well-known as its prestigious neighbouring suburbs of Ascot and Hamilton, Hendra’s gentrification is well underway, partly due to the redevelopment of Eagle Farm Racecourse.

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The 379-square-metre statement home is within an easy canter of the racecourse as well as many cafe precincts.

Orazio D’Arro of Innovare Builders said Hendra’s multitude of attributes made the decision to develop there simple.

“In a nutshell, why not Hendra?” he said.

“We first chose Hendra because it is a gentrified living suburb with wide, tree-lined streets full of traditional and modern character houses and dotted by cafes, boutiques, other community businesses and gorgeous local parklands.”

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Mr D’Arro said the design inspiration was Hamptons exterior meets modern European interior.

“Modern life requires thoughtful use of space and automation as well as comfort and this was at the forefront of each and every design and inclusion decision,” he said.

Located within easy commute of the Brisbane Airport as well motorways north and south, the home can be controlled from anywhere in the world via state-of-the-art automation and electrical integration.

“Part of a busy modern family’s lifestyle demands convenience – even while travelling – and the electronic aids offered up here deliver convenience in spades,” Mr D’Arro said.

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Other features of the home include a rear patio designed for al fresco dining and summer barbecues, with a built-in, custom outdoor kitchen that features a barbecue and beverage centre.

The home also boasts an in-ground swimming pool lined with mosaic tiling and a manicured, drought-resistant lawn with landscaped gardens.

The property is located at 6 General Street, Hendra, and will go to auction on Saturday, June 22.

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