The financial downturn has its benefits. For instance, if you are a buyer in this market, chances are you will make a handsome profit because it is a buyer’s market out there. For one thing, rates have crashed. So, anyone making a buy today can be assured that they are buying when rates have bottomed out. Secondly, most sellers have come down from their high horses and are willing to sell if they get a genuine buyer with a reasonably good offer. Some are even ready to sell if they break even. So, if you have the money, there’s no reason to hold yourself back.

Flipping houses is work. It takes hard work to find an exceptionally good deal. It takes knowledge of your market. It takes knowledge of rehabbing. It takes knowledge of the house selling process. It requires holding money and it usually takes longer than you thought it would. That 3-month time frame you had in mind will probably be more like 6 months unless you’ve done a lot of fix and flips before.

A second major challenge, dealing with insurance. Insurance is not a simple “get a policy” issue on a subject-to deal. Since you are not the owner of record on the mortgage, if you drop the previous owner’s policy the lender will be notified and will check why the policy has been dropped. If they discover the change of ownership, they may request full payment of the mortgage using their “Due on Sale” power. Not part of our plan in a subject-to deal. You may need to carry two policies but explore your possibilities.