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How To Buy a Fix and Flip: The First Key Steps

How To Buy a Fix and Flip: The First Key Steps

How To Buy a Fix and Flip: The First Key Steps

Do you know how to buy a fix and flip? Because if you’re new to investing in real estate, there’s a chance you’re not sure where to begin this process.

You might think, “Well, I’ll just get a loan.” But do you know what “getting a loan” really means?

That’s why today we’re going to take a look at the different real estate lenders you can rely on—and which ones you might have to rely on until you boost your credit score, build a real estate portfolio, or complete one of the other qualifications that some lenders require.

To begin, there are 5 popular real estate lenders. Each one has various pros and cons, so let’s start with the most simple and basic lenders.

Friend or Family Member

The upside to asking a friend or family member for a loan is, well, you’re asking a friend or family member for a loan. You know them, and you probably know them very well…well enough to ask them for money.  The only qualification you really need is a decent relationship.

The downside is, well, you know them. They’re your friend, your dad, your sister, or someone else you have deep roots with. That makes the entire loan process way more personal, which means there’s a lot of potential for drama—both now and in the future.

Business Partner

Instead of going through a family member or friend, you can get a business partner. A business partner can lend you the money to buy a value-add property with very few if any qualifications. The big pro here is they take on most—if not all—of the financial risks. It’s their money, not yours.

On the flip side, it’s their money, not yours. That means some business partners get greedy. Rather than splitting profits fairly, they demand the lion’s share. To them, it might not matter if you were the one who did all the actual work. They took the risk, so they should get a bigger reward at the end of the day.

Hard Money

If you have some basic qualifications, you can skip the first two lenders we’ve talked about and get a loan through a hard money lender. Hard money loans (aka, Fix and Flip loans) are great when you need to close a real estate deal FAST. We’re talking days instead of weeks or months.

Unfortunately, hard money can be expensive. Rates tend to be higher than other lenders. But every hard money lender varies, so it’s absolutely worth shopping around. Plus, hard money loans aren’t intended to be long term, so the high cost can actually save you a lot of pain AND money in the long run.

What is hard money? Check out our truth revealing series on YouTube!


Banks are the most traditional lender out there. In fact, most real estate investors look to this type of lender before they consider any other. And, why not? Banks usually have the lowest rates available.

Unfortunately, banks also have the strictest requirements, and if you don’t meet those requirements, you’ll get rejected. Worse, the application process is a lot more in-depth, which means closing can take A LOT longer. Which means that perfect investment property you wanted gets snatched up by someone using a faster lender.


Aka, “Other People’s Money.” This is exactly how it sounds. You use other people’s money to buy a property. This is different than asking a family member, friend, or business partner for financial help because there are more boundaries. With OPM, a lender charges interest. That’s it. There aren’t points or profits involved. It’s simple and easy.

The only downside of OPM is finding those who are willing to lend their money to you. But that’s where gaining experience and knowledge in real estate investing helps. The more you know, the more you can prove you’re worth the investment.

So, there you have it. Those are the 5 ways to buy a fix and flip property. Each one has its pros and cons, but each one is a viable option. It just depends on YOU and your financial situation.

Bad credit? No credit? You might have to start with a family member, friend, or business partner

Great credit? Solid income? Extensive real estate portfolio? You probably can jump straight to hard money or a bank loan. Or, better yet, OPM.

Each investor has a different path.

Ready to find out what your path is? Great! Our team is here to help. We’re excited to set you on a path that helps you make the kind of money you need…to live the life you want.

Happy investing!

Reach Your Cash Flow Goals

Hard Money Mike: Reach Your Cash Flow Goals

Hard Money Mike: Reach Your Cash Flow Goals

So, why do you need Hard Money Mike?

Well, our company goes far beyond providing quick hard money loans for your value-add properties. We also strive to help you reach your cash flow goals.

We think it’s fair to say that in real estate investing, cash flow is king. Right?

Generating positive cash flow is probably the key similarity among all investors. Whether you’re interested in fix and flips, rentals, or another value-add property, it’s likely main reason you risk your money, dedicate your time, and shed your tears is to make money.

A lot of it.

And the Hard Money Mike team gets that. In fact, we make it our main focus here. Because we know that cash flow means everything. It also means different things to different people. Such as:

  • Freedom from a 9-5 job
  • More time with family
  • Extra vacations
  • A safer, happier retirement
  • A comfier lifestyle
  • Daily Starbucks
  • A new house…Or, you know, a second house that you can escape to when winter hits. Because wouldn’t you’d rather spend the winter sipping piña coladas on a sandy beach than drinking hot cocoa in an ice-covered city? Well, to each their own, right?

Anyway, there are a million reasons why you might want more money in your life, and we want to support you by helping you create specific goals. And then a plan to reach each goal as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Because no matter what kind of real estate investing you’re interested in, it all comes down to numbers. If the numbers don’t work, then the real estate deal doesn’t work. And if the deal doesn’t work, then you won’t be able to generate extra income.

Then it’s bye-bye to those piña coladas. Or, you know, whatever your reason is for investing in real estate and making money.

So, if you’re ready to talk about your goals and creating a strategy to achieve them, then go ahead and reach out to us. Our experienced team is always here and eager to assist you.

Happy investing!

What To Look For In A BRRRR Property Walk-Through

Interested in succeeding as a BRRRR investor? Then check out this video! Matt Faircloth from Bigger Pockets gives us a tour of a property he invested in, and talks about numbers, lessons, and tips. Check it out!

Ready to tackle the BRRRR method and invest in your first property? Our team is here to guide you through the process and help you reach your investment goals. Contact us today.


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