There is money buying and flipping homes as well as just renting them. When buying and flipping, you have to understand that the right deal is almost all that matters. You are in the game for the sake of a quick gain, rather than the long term ownership and sell approach. You are looking for homes that are sold under value, distressed properties or fixer-uppers. The point is to go into the home, tweak a few things or remodel a few areas that previously made the home a bad bet for others and then remarket the same house at a premium. In general, the typical home buyer lacks imagination and likes to see exactly what he is getting. Many people do not want to undertake remodeling or renovations, and they wouldn’t know where to start. A lot of success quotes will say to invest when others are scared so it’s important to keep that in mind when researching markets. Key areas to buy homes are in good neighborhoods where as a result of the house itself, the value has dropped. You want to stay clear of nice homes in poor neighborhoods, or very old and not so marketable neighborhoods. I would look for the underdog home in a community, rather than the nicest house on the block of a Low to Moderate Income community. There is a good market for families who want to move in affordable homes in great neighborhoods, as this signifies better schools as well as a safer environment. It also helps if you can’t sell the home and instead must resort to renting it. Look for homes about $40,000 under value that require less than $20,000 worth of work. Always leave yourself a $20,000 cushion as a minimum profit you will make on the property.