Green flipping out over fixer-uppers

SAMANTHA STELTZER, Production Manager

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Watch out HGTV…there’s a new couple in town flipping houses. When Mrs. Wenke Green, math teacher, isn’t teach­ing, Green and her husband, Da­vid, ‘flip’ houses. “It isn’t a company, it’s just him and I buying a house, moving in and fixing it up while we live there with our three dogs.” Flipping a house is a type of real estate investment strategy in which an investor purchases properties with the goal of reselling them for a profit. Profit is generated either through the price appreciation that oc­curs as a result of a hot housing market and/or from renovations and capital improvements.

Green says that she “always had an interest in home improvement.” Her first brush with redoing a house started when she flipped a house with her friend, Pratik. “Then I met my husband, who was flipping one himself at the time. After Pratik and I sold our house, I bought the next one with my husband and we fixed it up together.” Real life doesn’t have time lapse like TV shows have where they can speed up the workers tearing down walls, put­ting up drywall, painting, etc. and compress it into a neat, seemingly small amount of time. For Green and her husband “[It takes] three to six months working during the summer and nine months during the school year.”

When “overhauling a neglected house,” Green and her husband must redo the “electric, plumb­ing, drywall, painting, and put in a new kitchen and baths.”

Green states, “It is a lot at first, but you have to take it one step at a time and prioritize.”

The all – time favorite house that Green flipped was “a house in Perryville, Cecil County. It was a ranch with a nice fenced in backyard, had a four car garage, and a circle driveway. We redid the basement. It didn’t look like much on the outside but I was surprised I liked it as much as I did.”

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Green flipping out over fixer-uppers