My Second Act Dream is Flipping Houses. What’s Yours?
I’m a sucker for a good “before and after” transformation. My dream job would be to flip houses! TV makes it looks so easy.
I love the idea of finding something broken and fixing it. Broken things are cheap. Fixing them for cheap is the gamble. Selling the completed work for a profit is the goal. Sounds simple, right?
When I watch Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, First Time Flippers, Masters of Flip, Love It or List It, and Property Brothers, I am so inspired. I love watching the risks and design challenges that all of the flippers come up against.
The choices required to ensure successful outcomes are overwhelming. When things go wrong, the results can catastrophic! On the other hand – it can turn into something magnificent.
What Would You Do if Time, Money and Resources Were not Barriers?
I would be looking for a “diamond in the rough” piece of real estate to magically transform into an instant best seller.
I love the fact that it takes guts and imagination to take something that is less desirable into a happy home. I think I am drawn to houses and real estate because I am a homebody.
Home is my happy place. What scares me is the upfront cash and the gamble you take by putting everything into the flip. On the other side of the coin, it could turn out to be a huge success!
Just like in life, the secret to a successful flip is patience.
Trying not to panic and waiting for what I want is a big hurtle for me. You should know your strengths… and when to call in the experts. For me, there is the fear of making a mistake. There is no middle ground here – you’re either in or you’re out!
Knowing that your life will never be perfect, while trying to maintain a strong belief in yourself, is hard. In fact, this fundamental struggle is defining my Second Act.
Until I take the plunge and actually flip a house, I will continue to live vicariously through the lives of “flippers” on TV.
What exotic, fun, crazy or unusual Second Act dreams do you have, now that you are in your 60s or better? What is stopping you from making them a reality? Please join the conversation.
Mileah Curtis is managing My 2nd Act, a blog where she is re-inventing furniture and flea market finds, as well as her life. Visit her on her website and in social media.