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Buying real estate and selling it again fast, and ideally for a profit, is called “flipping”. This type of real estate investing is completely legal and ethical. Negative press over flipping real estate probably comes from media coverage of real estate fraud situations, where people have intentionally overpriced the market value of a home, fraudulently completed documents, or worked with others to take advantage of a buyer. None of this happens in an honest flip.
Finding a property that is a good flip requires a few ambitious steps on your part. You’ll be looking, most likely, for an under priced home in need of repair. Or you will be looking for a seller that wants to sell fast, thus getting you a lower price.
One way to find property leads is to talk to friends, family, business associates, real estate agents, or bankers. Go out to the neighborhood you’re considering and look for “For Sale by Owner” signs, or ring doorbells to see if anyone in the area is considering selling.
Check the public land records and look for “fire sales”. This usually means that the owner of the property is having difficulty making mortgage payments. If you contact them and they agree to sell, you’re helping them out of their difficult financial situation. And you’re getting a property that may make a profit. If done respectfully, there’s nothing unethical about this transaction.