House flipping has been getting a lot of attention in the media lately, and most of it is definitely not kind. Many investors who took out multiple loans to purchase properties intending to flip them, ended up getting stuck when the market started to stall. Many of the properties purchased by these investors are now in default or have already been foreclosed on.

But house flipping has been around for longer than the current boom-bust cycle. People have been buying fixer-uppers cheap, fixing them, and then reselling them for decades. It was looked on as an honest way to make a living. You’d find a nice neighborhood that had one or two properties that were run-down and often vacant (many times the owners had passed away and the heirs didn’t really want anything to do with the property). They were considered eyesores by others in the neighborhood. You’d track down the owner, make them an offer, and purchase the home at a good price. Then you’d go in and remodel the place to meet the needs of the current market. Then you’d sell the home for a nice profit, maybe $10,000 or so. The neighborhood came out a winner because it got rid of the eyesore and increased everyone’s property values.

For more on this type of house flipping, click here for an article from Minneapolis Real Estate Blog.