House #18: Flip Analysis

September 9, 2010 · 4 comments

In my last post, I provided a detailed financial analysis of what we could expect if we were to hold The Haggle House as a rental. In this post, I want to do a quick financial analysis of what our profits would look like if we were to rehab/flip it instead…

If you recall The Flip Formula that I often refer to, the formula for determining estimated profits on a flip would be (assuming I rearrange the formula correctly):

Profit = Sales Price – Purchase Price – Fixed Costs – Rehab Costs

We estimate that we should be able to sell this property for between $75,000 – $80,000.

Our Purchase Price on this property is $43,500.

Our Rehab Costs are estimated at $6,500.

Our Fixed Costs are along the lines of the following:

Fixed Costs

Our profit on a $75,000 sale would be:

Profit = $75,000 – $43,500 – $8,500 – $6,500 = $16,500

And our profit on an $80,000 sale would be:

Profit = $80,000 – $43,500 – $8,500 – $6,500 = $21,500

So, we could realistically expect profits in the $16-22K range…

That’s pretty much what we’d expect from a property that requires very little work (about 3 days of rehab). If we could generate greater profits than that, it would probably be a slam dunk flip. And if we couldn’t even generate that minimum profit, it would probably be a slam dunk rental. But, with profits in that range, it’s actually a difficult decision…

I’ll post some additional financial analysis in an upcoming post that will hopefully give a better perspective on flip vs rental, given the numbers we have so far…

4 responses to “House #18: Flip Analysis”

  1. ezra says:


    I think you should consult with Brangelina. Cuz it’s looks like they just bought a $40mil lemon! Check it out, maybe you can blog about it!

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  3. Bill (FL) says:

    Do you self-insure properties in this price range? I’m thinking of doing that on properties under $50K where I’m using my own cash.

  4. J Scott says:

    Hi Bill –

    Yes, for properties that I’m rehabbing without any financing, I self-insure. If I get a loan during the rehab portion of the project, my lender requires insurance. And, of course, once the house is rehabbed and rented (if I hold it as a rental), I keep a Landlord Policy…

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