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How to make $1 million ‘flipping’ houses

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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: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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Queensland’s population hits 5 million people today

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PHOTO: Is this Queensland’s 5 millionth person? Cordy Kerr-Kennedy was born yesterday in Townsville. (ABC News: Mark Jeffery)

Queensland’s population has tipped the 5 million mark today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has told State Parliament.

Ms Palaszczuk said several expectant families were on standby to welcome the state’s five-millionth resident.

“Somewhere today a brand new mum and dad will be eager to meet their new arrival,” she told the house.

“The whole family will want to know: is it a boy or is it a girl? And the doctor will say, ‘congratulations, it’s a Queenslander’.”

Ms Palaszczuk said the two main drivers of the increase were migration growth, particularly from New South Wales, and from 60,000 babies being born in the past year.

Queensland's population hits 5 million people today
PHOTO:
 The state’s five-millionth resident was born today.(ABC North Queensland: Nathalie Fernbach)

“Overseas and interstate migration is up by 50,000 people in the past year, 19,000 came from interstate … more than 12,000, or 230 a week, move from New South Wales to Queensland,” she said.

ABS data also revealed the fastest and largest-growing area in Queensland in 2016-17 was Pimpama on the Gold Coast, which grew by 3,000 people.

Large growth also occurred in Jimboomba on Brisbane’s south side and in North Lakes — a suburb north of the city — which both increased by 2,100 people.

Coomera on the Gold Coast and Springfield Lakes in Ipswich also experienced large growth up 1,400 people.

The State Government’s population counter gives a “synthetic estimate” of the number of current Queenslanders, assuming a total population increase of one person every 6 minutes and 22 seconds.

Earlier this year the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said Queensland’s population was growing at 1.7 per cent and was projected to tick over to 5 million in May.

ABS data released in March also revealed Brisbane was one of the country’s fastest-growing cities and had increased by 48,000 in 2017, hitting 2.4 million people.

 Queensland's population hits 5 million people today
PHOTO: The ABS estimated Queensland’s population was growing 1.7 per cent a year. (AAP: Dan Peled)

ABS demography director Anthony Grubb said the state’s population had “come a long way” in the last century.

“In 1901 the population was half a million; a tenth of what it is today… it took 37 years to hit the 1 million milestone in 1938 and another 36 years to reach 2 million in 1974,” he said.

But Mr Grubb said population growth “picked up the pace” after that, taking just 18 years to reach 3 million then only another 14 years to hit 4 million in 2006.

Queensland could be leading growth state in future

Population demographer Dr Elin Charles-Edwards said although Queensland is not currently the fastest growing state, it is possible it could top the leader board later down the track.

‘Not in the short-term, but Queensland is coming up off a relatively subdued growth so perhaps we might be entering an era of more rapid growth,” she said.

Dr Charles-Edwards said the challenges that generally come with increased population could be managed in Queensland.

“As long as we keep up and don’t take our eye off the ball we can continue to absorb quite high levels of growth… but really it’s keeping up with the infrastructure that’s the key challenge,” she said.

Dr Charles-Edwards said it was important to note some parts of the state, particularly in western Queensland, were experiencing population decline.

“While the south-east corner is growing and also many Indigenous communities are growing, other parts of the state are shrinking,” she said.

“Perhaps we could do more to encourage people to move outside the south-east corner.

“If we were able to work out some way to decentralise our population, growth a little bit further up into the northern regional centres, I think that would benefit the growth of south-east Queensland.”

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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APRA to end cap on property investor loan growth

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APRA is removing the 10 per cent ‘speed limit’ on investor loan growth.
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The banking regulator is axing a 10 per cent speed limit on bank lending to property investors, saying the cap has served its purpose and improved credit standards.

With Sydney house prices falling and credit growth slowing, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority on Thursday said it would remove the cap for bank boards that could prove they had been following its guidelines on prudent lending.

In late 2014, amid a surge in borrowing by property investors and rapid house price growth, APRA took the rare step of setting a 10 per cent limit on the annual growth in banks’ housing investor loan portfolios.

The measure has rocked the mortgage market in recent years, prompting banks to jack up interest rates for housing investors, and demand borrowers stump up bigger deposits.

But on Thursday, APRA chairman Wayne Byres said it was prepared to remove the measure because there had been an improvement in lending standards and a slowdown in credit growth.

“The temporary benchmark on investor loan growth has served its purpose. Lending growth has moderated, standards have been lifted and oversight has improved,” Mr Byres

Even so, the regulator will retain a separate 2017 policy that requires banks to limit their new interest-only lending to less than 30 per cent of all new home loan approvals.

APRA also said there was “more to do” in improving other aspects of banks’ lending, including how they assessed borrowers’ expenses, their existing debts, and the approval of loans that fell outside of banks’ formal lending policies.

APRA said it expected banks to introduce limits on the proportion of new lending that could be done at “very high” debt-to-income levels.

“In the current environment, APRA supervisors will continue to closely monitor any changes in lending standards,” Mr Byres said.

“The benchmark on interest-only lending will also continue to apply. APRA will consider the need for further changes to its approach as conditions evolve, in consultation with the other members of the Council of Financial Regulators.”

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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Stayin’ alive: How Brisbane’s Redcliffe has captured Bee Gees fever

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Stayin' alive How Brisbane's Redcliffe has captured Bee Gees fever

A long way from Redcliffe … Maurice, Robin and Barry Gibb in Los Angeles in 1979 at the height of their fame.

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Before the brothers Gibb became the Bee Gees, they were carefree boys running around Redcliffe. The Brisbane suburb’s monument to the chart-toppers is a memory trigger for locals, and a reminder of happier times for the band’s last surviving member.

Bee Gees Way is 70 metres of pure nostalgia in a seaside town where memories, real and imagined, haunt the streets like ghosts on holiday. Open 24/7, the outdoor walkway has statues, videos, light shows set to music, photographs, album covers, and a giant mural of the Gibb brothers in their musical heyday.

Redcliffe’s tribute to its most famous sons spans a whole block, from a back street of the town centre, 30 kilometres north of Brisbane, to the foreshore, where whitecaps stud Moreton Bay and the peaks of distant Moreton Island rise through cloud on the eastern horizon. Across the street from Bee Gees Way is the Redcliffe Jetty, an earlier version of which became the naughty Gibb boys’ favourite hangout after they migrated here from Manchester with their family in 1958. The oldest brother, Barry, was 12 then; now, at 71, he’s the sole survivor of the tragedy-prone family act that began here and went on to become one of the world’s most successful pop groups.

The fact that the then-struggling Gibb family lived on Redcliffe Peninsula for only about 18 months – doing runners from one rental house to the next to avoid paying back rents – doesn’t faze Moreton Bay Regional Council mayor Allan Sutherland, a devoted fan who devised the elaborate paean to the Bee Gees after discussions with his now good buddy, Barry Gibb.

Boyishly thrilled by his association with the star – “He’s a lovely human being; you can’t write beautiful music like that and be a nasty person” – the mayor, 62, has built a souped-up version of the HT Holden panel van he owned as an apprentice electrician on the peninsula more than 40 years ago. He calls it “the Wizard”, and likes to unwind after work by rumbling about the same beachside haunts he and the Gibbs frequented in their respective youths.

“Sometimes,” he confesses at a local cafe, “I park under the same tree at the same beach where I parked as a kid. Then I play Bee Gees songs, only instead of cassettes they’re on CD. Everything else is the same: same car, same sound of the doors closing, same rocks where we fished as kids … Time goes on, but nothing really changes.”

Source: www.smh.com.au

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