If you're considering buying a Metro Atlanta home, one of the things you want to be cautious about is buying a flipped home.
What Is a Flipped Metro Atlanta Home?
Profits from flipping a Metro Atlanta home come from either buying low and selling high (often in a rapidly-rising market), or buying a house that needs repair and fixing it up before reselling it for a profit ("fix and flip").
Under the "fix and flip" scenario, an investor or flipper will buy a Metro Atlanta home at a price often deeply discounted from the home's market value. The discount may be due to the home's condition (e.g., the home needs major renovations and/or repairs which the owner either does not want, or cannot afford to make) or the owner(s) needing to sell a home quickly (e.g., relocation, divorce, pending foreclosure).
The investor will then perform necessary renovations and repairs, and attempt to make a profit by selling the Metro Atlanta home quickly at a higher price (closer to or maybe a bit above market value). The "fix and flip" scenario is profitable to investors because the average home buyer lacks the time and funds to repair and update the home, so they seek out a move-in ready home instead, even if it is a little above market price.
Here is one report where a buyer got stuck for more than she bargained for when buying a flipped home…
It should be pretty obvious from watching the video, but we'll say it anyway. When buying a Metro Atlanta home, always use the services of a real estate agent or broker, and have your agent research the history of a home before you buy it to make sure it's not a flipped Metro Atlanta home.
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