How to Get Started Flipping Houses: My First House Flip

How to Get Started Flipping Houses

how to get started flipping housesI've told this story dozens of times at various real estate investing and house flipping events and seminars, as well as business meetings and networking events - but wherever I go it is still the biggest question people ask me:

How do you get started flipping houses?

For me flipping houses began with a wonderful coincidence of events.

A few years ago a good friend of mine who had some solid real estate investing experience approached me and asked me if I wanted to partner with him on a real estate deal. As it would've been my first real estate investment, I had no experience but I trusted him to do the right thing with the deal.

Needless to say, it turned out to be a great experience because I learned a lot – both what not to do and what to do!

We bought a house flip fixer-upper single-family home at the peak of the real estate market. We fixed it up ourselves and sold it just before the real estate market began to crash.

I ended up losing $1,800 on that first deal.  I'm lucky I didn't lose more.

Despite the less than stellar results of that first deal, I still managed learned something incredibly valuable.  After going through the process of making that first deal, I realized what I wanted to do with my career - I wanted to flip houses for profit.

I resolved that the next time I would try to flip a house, I would know everything I could about the entire real estate investing process. I knew that next time, I would make a profit.

How to Get Started Flipping Houses

In order to do this right I knew I needed to learn everything that I possibly could learn about flipping houses and real estate investing.

How to Get Started Flipping Houses - LEARN

So when people ask me how to get started flipping houses, I tell them to do what I did:

  • I went to seminars, bought books, watched DVDs and listened to audios. I learned from some of the best real estate investors in the business.
  • I engaged in weekly coaching calls and assignments, trying to learn everything I could about flipping houses and real estate investing.

Education is not enough though. If you REALLY want to know how to get started flipping houses, the next (and most important) step is ACTION.

How to Get Started Flipping Houses - TAKE ACTION

Once I felt confident with my real estate education, I took bold action. I sucked up all my courage and made a big move and invested in my first property with the intention of doing a house flip within three months. You can see some of those first properties here.

The point is that you cannot start flipping houses until you take action and actually start doing it. If you have a mental block on how to get started, think about your house flipping mindset. Is it the right mindset to become rich flipping houses and investing in real estate?

If it isn't, start reading our ongoing series on how to flip and grow rich. This ongoing series will help you to overcome your fears and start taking action by giving you concrete steps towards house flip success.

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Mike LaCava

I'm a full time real estate investor, proud Dad and husband. My team and I are working to restore communities - one house at a time. House Flipping School is my way of sharing this vision with other investors who want to do good for their community, and make money flipping houses.