Passive Income In Egypt: How To Invest In Egypt With Little To No Money

How can you create multiple streams of passive income sources in Egypt? How much money do you need to start an investment in Egypt? Learn 5 ways through which you can invest in Egypt with little to no money at all.

Disclaimer: I am an engineer. I have nothing to do with finances and I do not give any financial advice. Thank you.

In this post, there are 5 different ways through which you can invest in Egypt. And there are two reasons as to why I decided to put this post together.

First is that last year, and before starting this blog, when I tried searching for ways to invest in Egypt to be able to start this journey, I couldn’t really find anything helpful that could put me on the right path.

Most of the information I found were created by and for people in other countries like US, UK, Canada, etc. I was very disappointed to be honest. Like why aren’t more people thinking of this and why isn’t it more common?

So, in the back of my mind, I always knew I wanted to go more in depth about how to invest in Egypt, but I was waiting until I have enough information to actually fill a blog post.

The second reason I decided to write this post is because, whenever I talk to someone here about my journey and what I plan to do with creating passive income and all, I’m usually met with a confused face followed by something along the lines of, “wow! you’re different!” (as if I just came up with the concept) or “Investing? Isn’t this for, like, rich people? I don’t really have that much money around.”

And I realized that so many people here don’t have that concept of investing in general. Despite that there are so many opportunities around them to do so, somehow this investment mindset is not that common. At least not in the minds of those around me.

So I thought it would be a great idea if I can put together a post that shows people they can invest in Egypt and they can do it without necessarily being filthy rich or having hundreds of thousands of pounds to start.

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1. Nakhlaty

Nakhlaty (en: my palm trees) is a project that I have come across very recently. This is an agricultural project that basically revolves around planting date palms and selling/exporting the dates.

The location of this project is in Siwa Oasis, located nearly 50 km east of the Libyan border and 560 km from Cairo.

What you do is you visit their website first and register. They will then send you a short guide for the entire project and all the information you may need to know about the investment.

And within a few hours, you will receive a call from one of their representatives to explain things further and see if you are interested and want to book an appointment to sign the contract.

I have not invested with them yet, however, I find this a very good opportunity with a decent return of money. And also a great way to make money through planting more. So it is definitely on the top my list.

How much money do you need to invest in Nakhlaty?

The price of 1 Feddan (that is 40 palm trees) is 210K EGP with a minimum downpayment of 65K EGP and you have the option to pay the remainder on installments over 3 years, paid quarterly.

And there is another option if you are looking for something less expensive, you can opt for investing in only 1/2 Feddan for 110K with a minimum downpayment of 30K EGP and installing the rest same way, over 3 years. 

But note that these prices above are not fixed as they did announce a rise in prices that would take place some time during next month.

The first downpayment would be paid at their branch at the time of signing the contract and the remaining installments can be deposited in their bank account.

Once you are done with the installments, you are not required to make any additional payments for the entirety of your investment period which is 50 years.

And if you decide to invest in the next few days, they actually have an offer going that you can pay the downpayment on a 2-month installment. (Quite the good deal if you ask me!)

How much profit would you get from investing in Nakhlaty?

The profits are quite tempting once you pass the first 3 years. 

Starting from the 4th year, you get a profit of 24% and then it keeps increasing every year until it is 70-75% per year.

The reason your profits start from the 4th year is because this is how long it takes for the planted palm trees to grow and bear fruit.

2. Retirement Accounts

This enables you to set aside money on a regular basis, to be invested over the long-term for your retirement. Most plans I found last somewhere between 15-20 years and you are always free to renew. The minimum would be a 10-year investment.

There are two options for such investments: You can either have a safe investment in markets and areas that are almost risk-free or choose to put your money in a more risky investment option.

I personally chose the safest option to put the money in as I’m not looking to risk my money in any way at this moment due to very limited resources; however, once I have established a decent source of passive income, I would very much like to try investing in one of those more risky investments and see what kind of profit they might provide.

How you get started with one of these is either by directly going to one of their main branches or sign with them through their representative in one of the banks they advertise through. 

I honestly never tried going directly to a branch, because I only ever hear of them when I am in the bank.

And I’m more inclined to registering with ones that are advertised through banks than just Googling random companies online. I don’t know if this makes any difference integrity-wise or security-wise, but it’s just a personal preference.

Two well-known examples that I’m also familiar with are AXA (through CIB) and Allianz (through Emirates NBD).

How much money do you need to start a retirement account in Egypt?

The one I signed with requires as little as 600 EGP per month. Others may require up to 1k EGP as a minimum installment, and usually it never exceeds the 1k.

It would also depend on the company you choose, but most of them will have some or all of these payment options: monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.

Just a tip if you consider this one, you better start with an amount a little less than what you can afford, because you will need to pay that amount for the entire period of your contract.

And you can of course increase the starting amount at any point during the contract.

How much profit would you get from a retirement account investment in Egypt?

Mostly you are given an average percentage as the profit you get is not always a fixed amount and that is because it is usually connected with other factors such as the financial situation of the country, however, you can expect a profit anywhere between 10-25% after your first year.

This percentage can always increase or decrease, however, the differences are not catastrophic and you can always ask the representative to show you statistics of how this investment has been doing over the years to know what to expect.

And with the current advancement in the economic status of the country and all the new projects happening, I think it is a quite promising climate for finances and investment.

Depending on which company you will sign with, there will be a lot more than just an investment benefit for you. Main features that all companies would have is a decent healthcare coverage and a life insurance that will cover you/your family in case of critical illness, disability, or death.

3. Real Estate Investment

To invest in real estate in Egypt you have a few options depending on how familiar you are with this field and how much money you are willing to put into it.

A. Flipping houses

You can buy apartments that are in a quite poor condition with a cheap price, renovate it with the least amount of cost you can, then sell it again with a high price to match the current market price.

How much money would you need to flip a house?

That will entirely depend on the area you plan to invest in, but an approximate range you can say anywhere from 200K to 900K.

You may also check this article, while it’s not specifically for Egypt, it does give you an idea on how to choose the houses to flip and how to renovate with the least cost possible.

How much profit would you make flipping houses?

I don’t think there is a definite amount as to how much you can make flipping houses, because there are so many variables when it comes to this kind of business; the location, the condition of the place, the market price, and the economic status, etc..

I have seen people make 50-100K profit and I have seen others make 500K+ profit.

So I would say this would depend on your luck and how good you are in choosing the right place at the right time. But I wouldn’t get into this business if I’m not knowledgable in this field.

B. Home construction companies

If you can’t afford buying a house and renovating it, or simply don’t have the time for all that work, you can turn to a hands-free real estate investment.

Turn to investing in real estate companies that would do all the work for you and you would just get the profits at the end of every year.

You can find these companies through realtors or just googling them and see which one is near your city, read reviews and check what people are saying about it first.

If you would like a recommendation, you can contact me and I’ll give you details of the company I’m investing in.

How much money do you need to invest in a home construction company?

Most real estate companies I checked would accept a minimum of 50K for a fund. And in most cases, you can always increase that later on.

How much profit would you get?

That will sort of vary based on the company and the nature of the estate they work with either residential, commercial, or entertainment, etc.. However, you can expect a range between 30-50% as an average yearly profit.

Read: Passive Income: 4 Real Estate Investing Options

C. Real estate funds

This real estate investment option was announced earlier this year that it has finally been introduced in Egypt. This is a mutual fund that focuses on investing in assets offered by public real estate companies.

So this would be a way for you to invest in real estate funds with huge estate projects throughout the country without the risk of buying individual stocks through original stock market investments.

However, as of the writing of this post, the company that announced the beginning of this fund, Naeem Holding, has unfortunately cancelled such plans.

It seems that this is something that is in talks right now though according to this article and this update. However, there hasn’t been any news yet on whether it will be open for the public investors or not, if it does though, it would be one of the best real estate investment options you can opt for.

According to Naeem Holding’s earlier announcement, this fund would have cost a minimum of 50K EGP and yielded a profit of 25% yearly. So this is an expected average of what this investment could be about.

I’ll be on the lookout for any news on it and will be updating this post accordingly.

Read: Passive Income: Investing In Index Funds For Beginners

4. Dryve

Another type of passive income source you can opt for is renting your car to a car rental company like Dryve.

It is a start-up company that is said to be the first digitalized car rental service in Egypt through which you can rent a car or put your car up for rental on a mobile app.

And they don’t only offer rental cars to individuals but they are also partnered with Uber, providing them with rental cars for drivers who don’t own a car.

What’s good about this company is that they are also partnered with AXA insurance company, which provides you with a full car insurance coverage on your rented car.

All you would need to do is sign up through their App and list your car up for rent.

How much money would you need to invest with Dryve?

Well, if you do have a car that you are willing to give up for part of the day or give up completely, then that would be 0 EGP.

If you don’t have a car, I honestly wouldn’t suggest buying a car just for this purpose. Whatever the amount you’d put even in a used car can be put in a much better and more stable investment.

How much profit would you get renting to Dryve?

Dryve has a calculator on their website where you can enter the details of your car: brand, model and year, and they provide you with the expected revenue you would make renting it.

However, when listing the car you actually set your own prices, you can choose to set the price you see fit.

Read more about Dryve here.

5. Airbnb

This is a company that connects tourists with available houses offered by locals in the country of their destination to stay in for the period of their visit.

The great thing about this company is that you don’t have to rent an entire house if you don’t have that to spare. You can rent a room only, in the house you already live in.

Renting a room, you would also need to provide them access to the bathroom and the kitchen (too obvious but had to say it, just in case). 

There are a set of rules and things you may want to familiarize yourself with first before stepping into this one. I have an entire article published where I went through all the details you need to know to become an Airbnb host today.

How much money do you need to invest with Airbnb?

Well, it will cost you absolutely nothing. The things you would need to provide the guests would be basic amenities like a towel, toilet paper, a cover, a pillow, who doesn’t have that in their house?

So cost is 0 EGP.

How much profit would you make investing with Airbnb?

That would depend on the location of the place you offer. If you live in an area that is close to sightseeing places, a public transportation route, supermarkets and restaurants and such, then you can set a high price and find interested guests.

You can have an idea of the price range you may set for a room here. They mostly range between $10 and $55 per night.

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I hope this list can help someone take their first step towards starting their own passive income source today, because, as you’ve just read, it is not as complicated and not as costly as most people think it is.

Till next week, happy days!

Passive Income: 5 Ways To Invest Small Amounts Of Money (From $500 To $0)

If you think you must have a lot of money before you can start investing to generate passive income, think again, because in this post you will find 5 different methods through which you can invest your money with amounts as little as $0!

Disclaimer: I am an engineer. I have nothing to do with finances and I do not give any financial advice. Thank you.

Many people are aware that they should invest their money to be able to secure their future and create a better life for themselves and their families.

But many people also assume that in order to be able to start investing and create a passive income source for themselves, they need to have a lot of money first, and that is a wrong perception.

If you really want to start investing and create some passive income sources for yourself, you can start investing right this second. Even if you have $0 in your bank account.

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Investing if you have anything between $500 and $50

1. Mutual funds

Investing in a mutual fund is like investing in a large group of stocks. The money is pooled from multiple investors to invest in these assets.

Many mutual funds require thousands of dollars as a minimum investment, but there are some that can be as low as $50.

What you will need to do to know if this is a good fund for investment or not is to track this fund’s performance over the years to see its pattern and how and when the rates of interest are affected.

You would also want to pay attention to the annual fees deducted from your account and compare it to the interest you would be getting to make sure that the fees are not too high.

While investing a 50$ in a mutual fund, where maybe your annual interest would be something around 7%-10% for most funds, does not seem like much of profit maker, if you can manage to increase this amount over time, like maybe add $50 every month to your profile, this would create a much better profit over time.

You may also want to read this breakdown of how studying the history of a certain fund and investing something as little as $500 can make you more than $520,000.

2. Real estate crowdfunding

Real estate crowdfunding is defined as an online pooling of capital from investors to fund mortgages secured by real estate, such as redevelopment of distressed or abandoned properties, equity for commercial and residential projects, acquisition of pools of distressed mortgages, home buyer downpayments and similar real estate related outlets.

So for someone who is looking to invest a small amount of money, there are a number of crowdfunding websites that work on connecting investors to these kinds of projects that need funding in exchange for a profit from the project.

One of the most well-known real estate crowdfunding websites is Fundraise where you could start with only $500 to invest in real estate and start gaining annual profits. For similar real estate online investing options check this article.
You can also find crowdfunding websites that would accept investments for as little as $100.

The above options are mostly available for US residents only, though. For European countries, you can check the options listed here.

I haven’t been able to find ones that would accept funds from other countries (specifically Egypt since this is where I am), if you happen to pass across one, please let me know in the comments.

3. Retirement account

A retirement account is a form of individual retirement plan, provided by many financial institutions, that provides tax advantages for retirement savings.

In the US, there is the 401(k) which in most cases is available for employees through their employers, and the good thing about this is that you can actually decide how much money you would like to have deducted from your salary to put into this account.

You also get to choose the kind of investment you would like to have your money put into. Investment options available include individual stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs. You can read more about the benefits of this plan here.

So if you do have that provided through your job, you already have an investment going, you should just decide how much of your salary you would like to deduct to make for a better long-term profit.

However, if you don’t have a retirement account, you probably should. You can start your own retirement plan by following the steps in this article.

Here, in Egypt, it’s not the same process. Because what employees get is mainly a pension. It is a fund into which a sum of money is added during an employee’s employment years, and from which payments are drawn to support the person’s retirement from work in the form of periodic payments.

So I would suggest starting your own retirement plan through any of the available insurance companies. I am more inclined to registering with ones that are advertised through banks, I don’t know if this makes any difference integrity-wise or security-wise, but it’s just a personal preference.

Some well-known examples include AXA (through CIB) and Allianz (through Emirates NBD). Some of these plans you can start with as little as a 600-pound payment per month.

Investing if you have $0

Now let’s say you don’t even have a dollar/pound to spare, you literally have no money, can you not start an investment that can bring you passive income?

Of course you can!

4. Airbnb

This is a company that facilitates tourists’ stay in a country by providing them with an online service to rent apartments, rooms, and hostel beds, etc, for the short period of their stay.

The best thing about Aribnb is that you don’t need to have a spare house to be able to make money renting, you can simply rent a room in the house you already live in and gain income with literally no extra cost on your part.

What you will be required to provide your guests with will all be things that you already have in your house which are the basic amenities for living.

You can read more about the requirements here.

One other great thing about Airbnb is that even if you don’t have a spare room at your place, you can still make money with them through providing an experience instead.

This is not exactly a passive investment; however, I couldn’t bring up Airbnb and not mention it, since you will be making really easy money.

An experience, as defined by Airbnb, is an activity designed and led by inspiring locals. They go beyond typical tours or classes by immersing guests in each host’s unique world. It’s an opportunity for anyone to share their hobbies, skills, or expertise without needing an extra room.

So, offering an experience can be anything from cooking them traditional home made dishes to taking them on special tours in places they wouldn’t be able to reach on their own, and many more examples.

This would be an easy and fun way to earn money. If you want to learn more about how you can easily make money with Airbnb, you can read this article I published earlier Passive Income: How To Make Money With Airbnb 

5. Use your skills

If you have certain skills that can be put into use (or are willing to learn) this could be a great source of passive income for you. But what kind of things can you create that would help you generate passive income?

5.1 The world of design

Design can be in more than one form. If you are a web designer, for example, you could create and sell website themes. You can find here the best markets where you could sell your themes.

If you’re a graphic designer, you have various options to make money, you can design and sell book covers, or printables that you can provide as PDF files (downloadable material) such as calendars and planners, or even create print-on-demand designs for notebooks, T-shirts, and mugs, etc..

5.2 Photography

You can make money simply by taking photos and putting them up for sale on the various websites available such as iStockphoto or Shutterstock.

All it takes is the camera which is already in your phone, given that most smartphones at the moment have a good camera quality, and a few videos, like this one, to help you take good photos, and probably some passion for photography in the first place.

5.3 Create an online course

Another option where you can make passive income is if you put together an online course. If you have a particular skill or an expertise in any field, you can put together a course material and upload it as a series of lessons on a teaching website. And every time someone enrolls in this course you get paid.

There are plenty of websites available where you could create and sell such course. Teachable is one great example where you would also find resources and a lot of useful material to help you create a professional looking course.

5.4 Write an ebook

The last and probably most time consuming option (maybe it’s a tie with the online course) on this list is to create an ebook.

This can be something as simple as a how-to guide to walk someone through using a certain device or create something DIY or anything else that you think someone might need help with and is not already available or that you think you can deliver in a better and easier way.

Or you can create a more in-depth book where you share extensive information through your knowledge and experience in a certain topic. Check this list of websites to see where you can sell your ebook.

You can also find more details on how to make money online in Passive Income: 5 Online Businesses That Work

Till next week, happy days!

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Real Estate Investing: Buying, Flipping, and Renting (A Realtor Experience)

If you’re interested in investing in real estate but not quite sure how to go about it, how to choose the right house, how to flip or choose the tenants to rent to, in this guest post, by Erin Goddard, you will find the answers to all this and more.

I am honored to be a guest on Ray’s blog. This is something very special, but I can only hope to be as helpful as Ray.

I hope to offer some ideas on the great potential investing in real estate can be through our experiences of flipping and renting out homes. I do believe we have had successes, done mistakes, and learned a lot that are all worth sharing.


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Our Background

My husband and I started a small business in the real estate market in the beginning of 2016.  It is a relatively new endeavor to us, but in that time we have bought a total of 6 homes: 3 of them we turned into rentals, and 3 of them we flipped.

We also sold the first home we ever bought and owned to move when my husband changed jobs and relocated. So far, we have learned that no experience has been the same and the learning experiences in each process have been great, as in massive, but also good.

I was a math teacher with very little construction knowledge. My husband was an environment compliance manager at the time we started, so he also had an unrelated job. He, however, did have finish carpentry experience, plumbing experience, and roofing experience from past jobs and working with family members in these fields.

How to find the right real estate property for investment

To buy a home at a low cost is ideal obviously. This takes a lot of time searching, establishing good connections, and sometimes having plain old luck.

The Search

MLS feeds

Multiple Listing Services are the networks real estate agents in regions of each state link into to post the listings they have. Companies like Zillow and Auction will connect all of these regional networks nationwide.

Zillow and Realtor are what we use. I am afraid we have not ventured outside of these two.

Realtor does update its MLS feeds more often. This allows you to see the listings go up a little quicker and also the statuses change.

The various filters on Zillow, like looking at the maps, comparing costs, looking at tax histories, all make Zillow a little more user friendly. We constantly would be surfing and checking into these sites.

Sheriff sales

Sheriff sale schedules can be found on county websites. The sheriff sales are homes in foreclosure that the lender has handed over to the county to try to sell. On the sheriff sale site, there will be a time and location (often the courthouse), and it is an auction where the house goes to the highest bidder.

Buyers do not necessarily get to see or know the condition of the house. There is usually a reserve price (a starting bid), and the home tends to be sold in “As Is” condition. The risk, of course, is not knowing the conditions of the home, unless you have snooped around it- which I confess, I encourage.

Be aware of  the “As Is” contract. In most contracts, the home comes with disclosures. The contract between buyer and seller is based on the agreement of the truths of the disclosures.

If the roof is leaky, and the seller lied, there are legal means the buyer can get out of the contract. Not in an “As Is” contract.

Our experience with buying through a sheriff sale was great. The reserve price/starting bids sometimes are surprisingly high, but those we just walked away from.

The homes eventually go up for auction again for another opportunity to buy at a lower reserve. Keep an eye on them. Go in with a set price you want and try not to budge.

Auction.com

This is an interesting company which I compare to ebay for houses. Sometimes Zillow will link to an Auction file for a home. These again are bank repossessions.

The fine print really needs to be read for these homes because sometimes the foreclosure process is not as far along as you would hope. Closing could take a long time, and may not close at all..

Banks go to Auction.com to try to get a sale on their homes. These run the same risks as the sheriff sales with the “As Is” conditions.  

I registered for a user name, and it was very easy to do. I also easily placed a bid. Four days later, after no one upped my bid, we won, and I was kind of in shock in the fact I had clicked a few buttons, and now we had bought a house. So, this was easy to use.. Almost too easy.

Auction had people contact me right away. Communication was very quick and also helpful. I would say Auction had good customer support, but they are an even more distant third person seller than a sheriff sale.

The one hiccup we had was the abstract never came to us. We ended up having to pay for getting a new one made. Abstracts run between $1000- $2000. Still, overall I would say our experience with Auction was very good.

Connections

Getting in touch with the real estate agents in your area can really save time on the searching; however, one thing to know is often times real estate agents already have a calling list of established real estate investor; be persistent!

Call and politely inquire. Really present yourself as someone ready to renovate or invest. If you can get a trustworthy, strong relationship with a real estate agent, that really sets you up for more success in the search.

Luck

Sometimes after all of that time, nothing will show up. Sometimes, it really just takes a little luck and good timing.

Learn how to choose the right property for investment.

How to start investing in rental properties

Something we heard repeatedly as we looked into renting properties was screen your tenants.

The quality of tenants can make a world of difference in the experience and the profit of your real estate. You must be careful to be fair, however; and it is illegal to deny tenants for reasons related to sex, gender, race, sexual orientation, etc…

We did applications for our tenants. Applications serve a lot of purpose. You have the right to know who will be living in your property and the potential tenant can show their initiative and a bit of their character by fully completing an application.

You need fair rules for your screening. Check your state for laws on being a landlord.

When it comes to screening tenants, I would say of the most important things to include on the application would be information about the following:

  1. Criminal record: look into their records. I suggest state online court records. I also suggest looking at facebook.
  2. Work history: Look for steady employment.
  3. References: Call the references. You could even have something for the references to fill out.

You want responsible, respectful, and financially able tenants.

Eforms have tweakable applications for free and can be downloaded as a word or PDF file.

Are rental properties a good investment?

We purchased two rentals at about the same time a year into the start of our small real estate business. After a successful renovation and sale of our first flip, we rolled the profit we got into two low cost homes.

They have been doing great for us in bringing a nice stream of income. We have had good relationships with our tenants, low maintenance requirements, and a steady stream of income.

I highly recommend rental properties as a fairly  passive income. We continue to be on the search to add more rentals to our binder, and will be happy to move on the right property.

The pros of investing in rental properties

1. Doesn’t require A giant capital

You are usually not looking for ritzy and glamorous homes. For the rentals we have, we never went in to transform them; we cleaned them. That’s it. Rentals are a good starter up project for passive income in real estate.

2. Passive income

With good screening practices, there should notbe a lot of the hands on stress of maintaining a good property with good tenants.

I do not think I need to say how great passive money is. Really we are just sitting back from a month to month basis, and we have an investment which is an asset to our financial folder bringing in income.

Again, assuming you have good renters, the property is for the most part maintaining itself. The home is truly an investment, growing in value with the market under the care of the renters and a little bit of your overseeing.

The steady monthly income is not huge after considering costs, but it is better than nothing. It is a $450 check a month in our hands that offset any of the costs, so we are losing nothing and coming out ahead.

3. A double money maker

After the home has provided affordable living for the rentee, and brought in a nice income for the renter, it can be brought up to date for resale.

Whether you have met the break even point or not through the renting period, the home can bring in a profit should you decide to sell.

The cons of investing in rental properties

1. Money gets tied up

Money gets tied up specially if you have a mortgage on the rental. I almost said a steady trickle of income above in the pros. The costs of mortgage, taxes, and insurance, not to mention maintenance, take away from a strong flow.

Make sure to do the math that you are coming out ahead. This is a slow and steady journey to break even, and your money is not as fluid to roll into other investments.

As an example, we have one rental we put $4000 down on. Based on our carrying costs and the rental amount, it will be about two years for us to break even on it.

2. Renter drama

We have not experienced renter drama. We have been fortunate to have great people renting. I’d like to say we did a good job screening.

But even with screening, tenants can go wild and thing can get legally ugly. The time taken to meet your renter’s needs and establish a respectful relationship is so worth the while.

3. Property damages

Things break. My husband has done some dryer troubleshooting. We have had to buy a new refrigerator all of a sudden. There has also been hail storms where we had to deal with a lot of insurance and hiring for repairs.

The responsibility as landlords to the tenants can cause for some sudden stress.

How to get started in the flipping houses business

We had a first dream flip that started us out. There was a little luck involved. We found a home that had been sitting on Auction. It was a first flip home in consideration, so we were kind of weary of Auction.

The auction ended having not met the reserve. Now, most times, the homes go right back up and through another “auction.” We did not know this and called a local real estate agent. It just so happened, the bank had listed it with a real estate agent specializing in foreclosures, and we called the day she got it.

We ended up with it. Here are some of the before and afters.

It was a mess, but we got it for very low. Again, this price will be trivial because it totally depends on the city you are buying in, but we landed this home for $27,500.

After you think you have found a good house- low in price and shabby, but not too shabby, you will want to weigh the possibility of flippling.

Flipping takes a leap. It is risky, but you also can arm yourself with some risk minimizers.

Mistakes to avoid when buying a house to flip

  • Drug houses. Homes with ammonia smells are commonly associated with meth.
  • Structural issues. We just are not knowledgeable of foundation fixes, and we would have to hire it out. Foundations can be expensive.
  • Ugly Houses. This may be weird, but you should be able to have vision of what you can do to the house. We do not tear down walls and transform. This, I think, is a common mistake for new flippers. The goal is not to pour a fortune into making an entirely new house.

Here was another home. You can see how we really just worked on what was there; refinished the floors and painted.

How much money do you need to flip a house?

This is hard to go into because it will vary entirely on the region you are working in. I did just want to show a glimpse of some costs to consider.

For our first home, our most successful, here is the profit we got.

cost details of flipping houses, real estate investments

It is also good to keep track of how many hours you spend. We tracked our time doing all of the work as well as any expenses we made using a shared Google spreadsheet. We documented about 800 hours.

Keep the receipts and this documentation to help with income taxes, which as seen in the table is a big chunk we kissed goodbye.

Is flipping houses a good investment?

We were hooked on flipping homes on our first home, and it profited enough to get us rolling into more rentals and more flip homes.

Despite the hard work, the satisfaction and profitability makes flipping another great investment if you are willing to put in the work and time.

I have to sometimes remind myself of the great light at the end of the tunnel when we are in the middle of the project, sweaty and on our knees in renovations, but the investment is worth the while.  

The pros to investing in flipping houses

1. can be very profitable

I put this statement here ignoring its counter argument. There is risk, obviously of the opposite, a flop. Some homes can be huge money pits, and we have seen some in the walk through where it would take more renovations than you could ever get out.

With good managing, however, the profits can be huge- another whole income to the yearly income. As I showed in our table above, we nearly doubled our investment in the end in a year’s time. We walked away that year with an amount written on a check larger than we had ever seen on one little piece of paper.

We have not ever gotten into the larger markets around here (we have tried, but they are very competitive). We have stuck to rural locations with smaller home costs. The gross profit in the larger markets would be riskier, but as the saying goes, also could be much a much higher reward.

2. Being your own boss

Our flips have been done on the side of full time jobs. My husband would go to his job, and then off to the renovation home he would go. Or, he would come home to watch the kids, and I would go do my jobs. I am a stay at home mom, but I too consider that a full-time job.

We worked with our schedules, and it was manageable- tiring, but manageable! We both enjoyed having the power in our hands to make this business work.

3. Satisfaction

We have had great satisfaction in the end. Though the process is rough at times, the finished product is amazing. We had the opportunity to dive into something we really loved to do. This job is a job of being the boss of yourself.

I do believe, the harder you work in this job of flipping houses, the better the pay off. It takes a lot of time, bargaining, work, and sweat, but if all of those are played right, a hugely profitable reward comes.

The cons to investing in flipping houses

1. It is A LOT of work

The man hours we recorded were on the low end of 800 hours. On shows, you see crews getting homes done in a month. We, being just two people took a lot longer. It always seemed we would miss our goal to finish by a couple months.

The end is particularly difficult, getting the last touch ups and details done, cleaning all of the construction out. It is not glamorous; it is dirty, sweaty, ugly, and exhausting.

I also do not know I would encourage flipping without having some construction skills and background. The profit margin would be greatly reduced if needing to hire out the jobs.  

2. Flops happen

We have not had any loss, but it is tricky. The costs add up, and you need to be careful. Having said it is a lot of work, we have had a home come out to have $8,000 of gross profit. The return rate was still better than putting gaining interest from letting that money grow in a savings.

Still, better than nothing, but if you consider we put about 1000 hours into it, we were managing and working an $8 per hour wage. The type of work that goes into it this is not an $8 an hour job. Flops will happen. This market can be risky.

Do your research and GO FOR IT

If you have read all of this, I commend you. You are getting a good start with researching. If you have not already found “Bigger Pockets,” I definitely recommend their content and joining their network.

They have a vast amount of experience to offer dealing with most of the questions concerning investing in real estate, whether it is renting, flipping, airbnb, or whatever else. They have a podcast and blog, and they are both great with very relevant and helpful experiences.

A lot of being a successful real estate investor is to be proactive and not reactive. With any business endeavor, the more risk, the more reward.

Real estate is risky, yes. We have found it very rewarding. We have been able to use our skills, learn new ones, and pave a foundation for a working business we enjoy. I wish this fortune to everyone.

Thanks, everyone, and thank you, Ray.

Author: Erin

A blogger at Erin Baby Steps where she ponders out and takes on a mission to spread an awareness for math as it relates to toddler home learning/education, finances, projects, and even date night activity ideas.
She would love any support and suggestions as she takes one baby step at a time in raising family and meeting some personal goals.