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5 Inexpensive Items That Give Your Fix and Flip a Million Dollar Look

They call it the Happiest Place on Earth. As I child, I loved going to Disneyland because of the rides. Each of them provided a unique experience. One minute I was a swashbuckling pirate sailing through the Caribbean, and another I was traveling at light speed through deep space. Okay, maybe it wasn’t minutes between rides. More like hours. Those lines were terrible. These days when I...
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The 4 Categories for Every Fix and Flip Project

Each Saturday I ask my wife “What would like me to get done for you this weekend?” Then she reads me her list, which is longer than my arm. My next question for her is “Okay, what’s the most important thing on this list you want me to get done for you?” I once heard that if everything is important, nothing is important. This truth applies whether you’re getting your honey-do list done ...
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Why You Should Partner Up to Fix and Flip Houses

Since 2009 Manny Romero, my business partner, and I have fixed and flipped more than 100 houses in Phoenix, Arizona and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our partnership began out of necessity. At the time I was working for a local real estate investor in Phoenix who was buying houses at the courthouse steps (known as trustee’s sales in Arizona). Manny was on the road, a traveling salesman of sorts. ...
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5 Easy Steps for Finishing Your Fix and Flip Project Fast

I do all of the grocery shopping for my family. And I hate it. First, I have to come up with the list. That means planning all our meals for the week. Good luck getting two pre-teen girls and a wife to not only to decide on a menu, but agree to eat what's on it as well. Then there’s the store. Always crowded on the weekends, I’m lucky to find a cart and make it through the meat department wi...
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3 Simple Tips for Calculating Your Rehab Costs

Last summer, over a span of two months, Manny and I made 6 trips to Milwaukee. It wasn’t that we were trying to escape the Phoenix heat (well, sort of). No, it was a fact-finding mission. Our rehabs there were taking too long, and costing too much, to finish. Something had to be done. What we learned surprised us both. After hours of meetings, driving to and from our properties, and analysis...
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The 2 Things You Must Have to Successfully Fix and Flip Houses

I started fixing and flipping houses in 2002 after working for 15 years in the TV news business. I was a photojournalist, although most people just referred to me as a cameraman. During my time in the business I was fortunate to cover some major stories, including the 1994 Super Bowl, the 2000 Presidential election and the Columbine shootings in Littleton, Colorado. I traveled all over the coun...
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2 Reasons You Shouldn’t Do ANY Work at Your Fix and Flip Project

When I started fixing and flipping houses back in 2002 I didn’t know anything about home remodeling or construction. After 14 years in the business, and more than 200 houses later, I still don’t. The truth is I don’t know how to… Paint Install cabinets Lay tile Hang doors Plumb Electrify Neither does my partner Manny. To be successful at fixing and flipping houses you don...
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3 Ways to Add Massive Value to Your Next Fix and Flip Project

My wife has a quote from Zig Ziglar written on the whiteboard next to our garage door. It says… “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” She put it there for our daughters to see everyday as they walk out into the world. However, I also like reading the quote. It reminds me that we should all be trying something new, from time to time, and work hard to become...
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The North Phoenix Cat Pee House: Before and After

When we purchased the cat pee house in north Phoenix back in July of this year from a wholesaler, Manny and I knew it would be different from any other fix and flip project we’d ever completed. The rehab itself was fairly straightforward. All of the normal stuff was done, like exterior/interior paint, new kitchen cabinets and countertops, flooring, lighting and plumbing fixtures. Bot...
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The North Phoenix Cat Pee House: Part 3

A lot of fix and flip investors will tell you that they love the smell of cat pee, dog poop and spoiled food. “Smells like money” they say. But dog poop and spoiled food can be easily picked up and thrown away. Cat pee, on the other hand, well, it penetrates everything. The walls, brick, even the concrete slab. The risk to investors like us that take on projects like the cat pee house in nor...
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