The Best Housing Markets for Home Flippers

The Best Housing Markets for Home Flippers
realtor.com   article by Daily Real Estate News | May 23, 2018

East Nashville 37206House flipping activity surged to an 11-year high this year, with more than 207,000 homes flipped, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate data firm. But the key is knowing where to be and when. “The sweet spot for successful home flipping is finding the neighborhoods just emerging as the next hot neighborhoods in a city,” says Daren Blomquist, a senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. The firm says the average profit for a housing flip in 2017 was $68,100.

Realtor.com® ranked the 200 largest metros according to the share of all home sales categorized as a flip (defined as any type of home that is bought and resold within a three- to 12-month period). Researchers limited their rankings to two metros per state for geographic diversity and only included markets where the average profit was at least $30,000.

The following are the best housing markets for home flippers, according to realtor.com®:

  1. Nashville, Tennessee
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 4.1%
    Average flip profit: $87,200
  2. Fresno, California
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.5%
    Average flip profit: $53,200
  3. Palm Bay, Florida
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.3%
    Average flip profit: $71,500
  4. North Port, Florida
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.3%
    Average flip profit: $85,300
  5. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.2%
    Average flip profit: $70,000
  6. Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.1%
    Average flip profit: $65,800
  7. Los Angeles, California
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3%
    Average flip profit: $169,400
  8. Lubbock, Texas
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 2.7%
    Average flip profit: $46,000

Source: “Flip It Good! Top 10 Home-Flipping Hotbeds Where Profits Are Through the Roof,” realtor.com® (May 23, 2018); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 052318

Nashville among 8 Best Markets for Flipping Houses

NASHVILE AMONG 8 BEST MARKETS FOR FLIPPING HOUSES
Daily Real Estate News | Friday, May 03, 2013

More investors are rehabilitating homes and looking to sell them for profit, a move known as flipping.

RealtyTrac recently evaluated more than 600 metro areas to find where flipping single-family homes offers some of the highest returns based on the investor’s gross profit. The top eight metros for house-flipping are:

Orlando FL
Average purchase price: $103,701
Average flipped price: $168,677
Gross profit percent: 63 percent

Las Vegas NV
Average purchase price: $133,198
Average flipped price: $203,945
Gross profit percent: 53 percent

Phoenix AZ
Average purchase price: $146,528
Average flipped price: $210,290
Gross profit percent: 44 percent

Tampa FL
Average purchase price: $79,538
Average flipped price: $113,676
Gross profit percent: 43 percent

Memphis TN
Average purchase price: $68,318
Average flipped price: $96,870
Gross profit percent: 42 percent

Miami FL
Average purchase price: $138,064
Average flipped price: $189,291
Gross profit percent: 37 percent

Lakeland FL
Average purchase price: $68,444
Average flipped price: $93,715
Gross profit percent: 37 percent

Nashville TN
Average purchase price: $108,851
Average flipped price: $146,872
Gross profit percent: 35 percent

Source: “Best Markets for Flipping Homes,” HousingWire (May 2, 2013); Daily Real Estate News (050313) | Blog, In The News, distribution provided by Kenneth Bargers and Bargers Solutions, member of Pilkerton Realtors, residential real estate services

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House Flippers Return; Still Finding Profits

More investors are taking on the risk of flipping homes, despite falling home prices and sluggish real estate markets across the country. But investors say there are still profits to be made in the house flipping business. 

Nearly 1 million homes were bought as investment properties in 2010, according to the National Association of REALTORS®, and a record number of buyers purchasing properties with cash currently are flooding the market. 

Flipping homes for profit is easier in rising markets, but not many markets are reporting increases in home prices, analysts say. In Washington, D.C., Justin Konz of RestorationCapital says his clients are going through four of five properties a month and are making gross profit margins of 35 percent or higher. 

Where to Find the Deals

Flippers mostly are finding their homes through foreclosures auctions, REOs, and short sales. They seek homes at rock-bottom prices that will have low fix-up costs, no more than about 5 percent or 10 percent of the purchase price. 

In Florida, where investors are finding it more difficult to flip homes because of the drastic drop in prices and high inventories, flippers are targeting inner-city properties that are being sold at steep discounts. For example, some of houses are selling for $30,000 when they once sold for $200,000. 

Perry Henderson, a real estate agent and investor in Austin, Texas, says the biggest opportunities in flipping are the “ugly” houses that have lingered on the market or “old houses that somebody’s grandma lived in for 40 years and didn’t do anything to. Now, she’s passed away and her family wants to sell quickly.” 

Real estate investor Brian Fuller, who with partners buys and sells more than 200 properties a year in the San Diego area, says he’s drawn to the “biggest eyesore on the block.” He says they then “ turn it into the best looking house there. We’re helping pull up values in the neighborhood.” 

Source: “Vulture Investors Flipping Their Ways to Big Profits,” CNNMoney.com (April 13, 2011); Blog distribution provided by Kenneth Bargers and Bargers Solutions residential real estate services located in Nashville, Tennessee

Market Comment for Week of December 27, 2010…

MARKET COMMENT   Mortgage bond prices started the week in positive territory. Unfortunately those gains were short-lived as trading was thin and choppy with continued large market swings. Most of the data was neutral. We received some positive news that inflation remained in check as the PCE core came in up 0.1% exactly as expected. As the economy improves inflation will become a focal point for investors. Mortgage bonds ended the week slightly positive by about a 1/8 of a discount point. 

Look for the possibility of volatility amid likely thin trading conditions and a shortened trading week. The bond market will close early Friday afternoon ahead of the New Year’s holiday. 

LOOKING AHEAD 

  • 2-year Treasury Note Auction; Dec. 27; Important. $35 billion of notes will be auctioned. Strong demand may lead to lower mortgage rates.
  • Consumer Confidence; Dec. 28; Consensus Estimate 56; Important. An indication of consumers’ willingness to spend. Weakness may lead to lower mortgage rates.
  • 5-year Treasury Note Auction; Dec. 28; Important. $35 billion of notes will be auctioned. Strong demand may lead to lower mortgage rates.
  • 7-year Treasury Note Auction; Dec. 29; Important. $29 billion of notes will be auctioned. Strong demand may lead to lower mortgage rates.
  • Weekly Jobless Claims; Dec. 30; Consensus Estimate 423k; Important. An indication of employment. Higher claims may result in lower rates.

FOREIGN DEMAND   China is the largest foreign holder of US debt and continues to debate future purchases. Recent talk from China indicates a desire to diversify. Many stories hit the wires last week indicating that diversification may take the form of European debt purchases. A Chinese spokesperson told reporters that the EU will “be one of the major markets for our (future) forex investment.” These remarks caused some weakness in the US debt market Thursday. The concerns were eventually calmed but uncertainties remain regarding the future of the entire US debt market. 

Global investors are constantly searching for opportunities that will provide the greatest return with the least amount of acceptable risk. That is one of the major problems with China investing in EU debt. While the higher rates of return are enticing, they are not without considerably higher risk. 

Investment products inherently all possess some sort of risk. As global financial markets struggled, many market participants searched for a safe haven in the US financial markets even with their shortcomings. With the backing of the US Government, investors viewed the US Treasury and mortgage bond markets as less risky investment opportunities amid global economic uncertainty. This resulted in an increased demand for US investments, such as the mortgage-backed securities that affect mortgage interest rates. Increased demand for mortgage bonds moved prices higher and interest rates lower. A reversal of this foreign demand has and may continue to result in future spikes in mortgage interest rates. 

Caution is the key heading into the auctions this week. There is a real possibility of wild market swings with thin trading conditions likely. Mortgage interest rates remain historically favorable. The future remains uncertain. Today’s rates are a given. Lower rates are not a given as is evident from the overall upward trend seen the past few months. 

Source: Todd Kabel, US Bank; blog distribution provided by Kenneth Bargers and Bargers Solutions residential real estate services located in Nashville, Tennessee

Shadow Inventory Unlikely to Hurt Market

Nearly 5 million houses and condos, of which the mortgages are delinquent, will go through foreclosure over the next few years, a new study by John Burns Real Estate Consulting Inc. concludes.

This represents more than half of the 7.7 million households now behind on their mortgage payments. The situation is worst in Arizona, California, Florida, and Nevada. Burns calculates that there is an inventory equivalent to 27 months of sales in Orlando, 24 months in Miami, and 18 months in Las Vegas.

Consulting firm CEO John Burns says there is strong investor demand for these properties, so as long as employment continues to recover and interest rates remain moderate, these sales won’t have much impact on overall prices.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, James R. Hagerty (02/16/2010)