There are many options for searching for your next big deal.

     > On line ... options will be listed below

     > Find a Realtor

     > Friends, family, flyers, ads, 

 

 ON LINE

This option is endless and dangerous. The internet is your friend and due diligence is a must when looking for good sites you can trust.

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PARTNERS FOR LIFE

        Deb and I have been in business for over 40 years. We started out in the Antique business which transitioned into a full line furniture store for 20 years. During that period we experimented with real estate until our retail business took off and consumed all our time. We eventually sold our business and shortly learned health care and growing expenses were rising and our retirement was decreasing.

  We decided to give antiques another try after 20 year off and found our original love rekindled. Allot of fun but we needed more income. We thought about all the interest in flipping houses so we dove in head first. It started with our first house and to our benefit it was a multiple offer and sold for more then asking...oh yea! That was all it took and we continued until I got cancer.

 I will elaborate on that journey later but following my throat cancer I found out I had lung cancer. After about 2 years of recovery my son and daughter (in-law) had an interest in starting a new business now called Restoration Cleveland, LLC. The link will take you to their Instagram page. Another long story but they invited my wife and I to partner up for a time of learning and sharing our experience as their business grows.

 We will continue to share as our new partnership grows...hopefully we can keep on a friendly basics.

   Deb has has stayed so youthful, boy am I lucky. Actually this is an old picture but she is still is my queen. Deb has been the anchor of our family as I spent two decades following my addiction acting as a child. Its only through the Grace of God that we endured many trial and tribulations in our life. She is not only beautiful, but smart, hard worker, awesome wife, mother and grandmother,


Deb has been the backbone of our business and deals with all the details that make a business run while I work the tools and do the books while she has a set of eyes for design and knows how to demo with the crew. Working with Matt and Michelle has been a blessing for Deb and me except for that hour drive to Cleveland.

I neglected to mention we are FBA merchants at Amazon. Again Deb has taken the bull by the horns and spends allot of time doing arbitrage. I have sourced some items for importing for our Amazon business which you can see by clicking the link then click products. We have over 1500 items listed from toys to kitchen items, We also have over 20 booths in Amish country, Berlin Ohio. Also at Berlin Antique mall.  

Your first action should be getting familiar with contractors, realtors, suppliers and competition. Using the internet is very important and I will also supply links soon.

If you are not qualified to inspect the condition of your purchase definitely hire  a qualified inspector, it can make or brake your success. I am sure you heard it before, the 3 most important items in real estate, location, location, location. More details to follow.

Don't make short cuts, they will come back and bite you. I have been bitten. Money:A good way to loose friends and family...just spell it out in writing. I have done it with success and failure.Know what you can do and learn what you don't know. Starting out can be a financial drain. Choose contractors wisely .

 

Just a few preliminary thoughts. I have been in business for over 40 years and made all the mistakes possible.

  1. Do your comps before you buy

  2. A budget is critical

  3. Biggest mistake people make is over doing the remodel.

  4. Follow the budget and remember your not living in it.

  5. You can make a house very nice without busting the budget.

  6. Everyone has an opinion, if your not into design there are many sources to use for free.

  7. Details to follow

I thought a little insight into flipping a house might be of interest as the real estate business has attracted allot of entrepreneurs.

 

Start here.

Just a few preliminary thoughts. I have been in business for over 40 years and made all the mistakes possible.


From trash to treasure

I buy what most home owners would not even consider. I bought homes that were scheduled for the wrecking ball but still had good bones. I must admit some of these homes were overwhelming and beyond my skill set. I will show some of these properties and how we over came some difficulties.

 

Finding those bargains

Patience and due diligence will pay off in the long run.With the internet at your finger tips there are many sources to find and research properties. I will give links on Auctions page.