Find It, Fix It, Flip It!: Make Millions in Real Estate--One House at a Time Paperback – Jan 31 2006
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Much has been written about real estate these days, from inflated prices to the softening of the market. It can be difficult to sort the good from the bad, the reality from the hyperbole, but Corbett, television host and actor, manages to relay practical use-it-now information. What's his gig? Insider-type information and established methods that will drive successful deals. His hints include controlling every step of the process; including a closet for each room legally to be considered a bedroom; upgrading to high-tech digital thermostats; and avoiding FSBOs (for sale by owners). Before-and-after photographs enliven a fairly high-powered text, as do a bundle of flip tips and trade secrets. Occasionally, self-help verbiage creeps in, such as "give yourself the power to accomplish anything you set your sights on." Otherwise, chock-full of value-added information--enough, perhaps, to overcome a saggy real-estate venture. Barbara Jacobs
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About the Author
Michael Corbett has been a household name to television viewers for nearly twenty years, starring as “Daytime’s Most Lovable Cad” (People) on The Young and the Restless. Having personally flipped over thirty homes, this home expert is regularly featured on CNN and HGTV, where he has an eponymous line. As host/producer of Extra’s Mansions and Millionaires, Corbett is watched by 17.5 million viewers a week.
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I highly recommend reading several book on the subject (do your homework) before entering into what is a risky endeavor and this book should be at the top of your 'must read' list.
1) I don't live in California and the book was too specific to California. I would've liked some examples of properties outside of La La Land where values aren't so ridiculous and the profits so unrealistic.
2) The author uses way too many exclamation points! The title is just one example! Overused exclamation points make the tone of the book seem more like a motivational book! Repeat after me: "I can successfully flip homes for a living if I put my mind to it! I will be a wealthy and successful real estate investor someday!"
3) At least half of the book didn't pertain to flipping and just discussed a lot of general homebuyer info. Again, this is good if that's what you're looking for. I wasn't and found myself skimming those sections. He also could've been a little more generic in description because in many states we don't close in escrow, we sign disclosures before an offer is accepted, and inspection and financing contingencies work a little differently than he explains.
3) Pretty sure Coldwell Banker Burnet paid him to plug them so often in the book. Using an agent is essential for many people, but what if you decide to do this full time... wouldn't it really be worth it to get a license and save yourself the commission on both sides? In some states where the profit off these flips is much lower, saving thousands on the commission is huge. I get that he's writing about his experience and what's worked for him, but he doesn't even mention the possibility.
4) Holy ego. He name drops, tells us how he has broken comps on every house he's flipped, and makes it seem like he's doing us a favor by writing this fantastic book full of his secrets.
5) I would've liked a few more horror stories with information on how to salvage your profit if a serious issue comes up after you own the house. Flipping is not as easy as he makes it seem. Although maybe he did address this and the exclamation points and overly enthusiastic language distracted me.
Again I did really like some aspects of this book and will definitely utilize some of the checklists and tips if I decide to flip a house. Like most other "make millions in real estate" books, there are a few things I will takeaway and a bunch of crap I will forget.
The first section on finding flip worth properties was excellent. Michael does a very in-depth job of describing all of the different aspects of locating a property, performing analysis on the property to see if it could be profitable, creating a team, and surviving escrow. I was especially impressed with his profit calculator
Part two focuses on the repairs and renovations involved with the flip. The author does a fantastic job of splitting up all the various renovations that can be potentially done with the renovations that will result in profit upon sale of the property. I absolutely loved his sections on lifestyle upgrades, essentially renovations that will attractive a higher price due to the lifestyle the home gives.
Part three finishes up with the final flip. Here the focus is on dressing the home to attract buyers and create a warm atmosphere, and finally selling the house. Again I was very impressed with the ideas and lists that author Michael Corbett came up with.
In all, this was my first book on flipping, but I might not have to pick up any others. The lists and forms are fantastic and the book is complete. I highly recommend this book to the novice and the experienced flipper alike. 5 out of 5 stars.