What the Flip? How a Fixer-Upper in Portland Brought in Big Profits

Flipping a house is a lot of work that can yield a big profit. But not every project is guaranteed to be lucrative. So what’s the key to successfully making over a fixer-upper and selling it for a gain? Our new series “What the Flip?” presents before and after photos to identify the smart construction and design decisions that ultimately helped make the house desirable to buyers.

You don’t have to be an HGTV aficionado to know what house flipping is. Essentially, you buy a house that’s past its prime, at a low cost, and then invest in some improvements before putting it back on the market at a higher price. If you do it right, you make back all the money you spent, plus a healthy profit.

But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Flippers have to be able to look at a house that’s seen better days

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