How to Flip a House With No Money Down

How to Flip a House With No Money Down
House in foreclosure sale.

Step 1

Look for someone who has disposable income to invest. Talk to people in your social and business networks. They may know of investors interested in real estate and they can put you in contact.

Step 2

Hire an attorney to draw up a partnership agreement after you find an investor. Establish that you want to buy a house to flip and that your partner will provide the cash to purchase with no down payment required. Include in the terms each partner's role and responsibilities. For example, specify that you will invest the time and labor to rehab the property and that the two of you will split the profits when the property sells. Clarify in the partnership agreement how often you will report the progress of the flip to your investing partner.

Step 3

Find a house to flip. Tax sales, bank-owned foreclosure properties and estate sales offer opportunities to buy homes at discounts, or lower than market value. You can pinpoint auctions through newspaper ads, online searches and through local real estate agents.

Step 4

Inspect the condition of the property. You can't always inspect the interior of a property before a real estate auction, however, if possible, do so before the auction date. You can complete repairs faster on a house that needs minor, cosmetic repairs. Fixer-uppers usually are sold "as is," therefore, you should have it checked out by a certified home inspector or licensed contractor before placing a bid or offer.

Step 5

Set the list price. This should cover the money paid for the home and renovation expenses. Yous should also price the home high enough to cover the time and work you put into the project. Unless you sell the home "for sale by owner," add in the cost of real estate commission fees and all closing costs. Consider, too, that if you own the home for less than a year, profit from the sale is a short-term capital gain which is taxed as ordinary income.