United States – For Doug and Andrea Van Soest, there was not much more to living comfortably than working a typical 9-5 job and settling down in a nice home in their preferred town. That is, until they were introduced to a powerful book that changed their mindsets and got them thinking like entrepreneurs.Married 15 years and in business together for 14.5 of those years, Doug and Andrea use their business and website to explain the benefits to working with a spouse, as well as the benefits of flipping houses. Their business, Spouses Flipping Houses, continues to grow and has been featured on a number of television networks. Despite the highly competitive field of house flipping, the couple’s marriage has not suffered.
The couple had this to say, “initially, we never imagined ourselves running a business together.” They continued, “we had figured out the paths our lives would take after marriage. Doug wanted to be an architect while Andrea’s plan was to work as a school counselor. It didn’t take long for us to consider the merits of starting a business and deciding that this would be the best direction for us to take. We are glad we made this decision because the journey has been wonderful.”
Flipping houses is a common practice in real estate where an individual (or in this case, couple) purchases a piece of property at a low price, renovates and repairs it, and sells it for a higher price. The idea is to improve the value of the property, allowing it to sell higher than the purchase price. The house often has to receive plenty of repairs, replacements and new installations to fetch a good price in the market, and the industry is always competitive. The fact that Doug and Andrea have built a successful business flipping houses is something worth celebrating.
Flipping houses anywhere in the US successfully requires some measure of expertise. Some of the skills needed to do the job successfully include legal and accounting. Some flipping teams even choose to do a portion of the renovations on their own, which requires some contracting skills as well. It’s hard to make money in this line of work for those who aren’t willing to be a bit of a handyman. Doug and Andrea have a passion for flipping houses that they bring to each job, and the results have been obvious.
What’s more, Doug and Andrea have demonstrated a knack for being patient, which is necessary in real estate. At times, houses don’t move as quickly as they should. In such cases, the house flipper has to be patient enough to wait until the right buyer shows up with a good offer. Lack of patience could make the flipper sell a house cheap, which can eat into profits and causes losses on a particular flip. Having more than 14 years of experience in renovating and flipping houses, the Van Soests share their tips and tricks to success through their house flipping blog.
Doug and Andrea are extending their skills, knowledge and experience to others. The couple has opted to do this through a blog and podcasts. The couple hopes to inspire more people to make money flipping houses through these outlets, as couples, individuals, and teams. Thus far, Spouses Flipping Houses has purchased and sold more than 200 homes. The couple says they have survived several challenges that could have destroyed their relationship, and are now stronger together than ever before, which can only stand to improve their business.
To learn more about Spouses Flipping Houses, check out their user friendly website, https://spousesflippinghouses.com/