Investors Back Away From Home Flipping

Investors are retreating from flipping houses, showing skepticism that the practice will continue to pay off. About 43,615 single-family homes and condos were flipped in the first quarter of 2017, down 8 percent from the previous quarter and 6 percent from a year ago, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q1 2017 U.S. Home Flipping Report. It represents the lowest number of flips in two years. ATTOM Data Solutions defines a flip as a home that has been sold twice within a 12-month period.

Home flips accounted for 6.7 percent of all single-family and condo sales for the quarter, one-third of which were purchased with financing. That’s up from 31.9 percent that were financed in the fourth quarter of 2016, setting the highest level since the third quarter of 2008.

More interesting ‘Home Flipping’ information at: ATTOM Data Solutions/RealtyTrac

Home Flipping is Hot Again!

Homes flipped in the second quarter accounted for 5.5 percent of all single-family and condo sales. A total of 39,775 investors (both individuals or institutions) completed at least one home flip during the quarter, the highest number of home flippers since the second quarter of 2007, according to the Q2 2016 U.S. Home Flipping Report, released by ATTOM Data Solutions.

“We’re starting to see home flipping hit some milestones not seen since prior to the financial crisis, which is somewhat concerning, but there are a couple of important differences in the home flipping of 2016 compared to 2006 when home flipping peaked during the last housing boom,” Blomquist says. “First, home flippers are realizing a much bigger gross ROI in 2016, averaging 49 percent in the first two quarters compared to an average gross ROI of just 27 percent in 2006. Second, while an increasing number of flippers are financing their purchases, more than two-thirds are still using cash to purchase compared to about one-third using cash to purchase back in 2006.”

Data on 10 markets that had the highest flipping rates in the nation at report source: RealtyTrac

If You Want to Flip a Home, Do It Now!

In 2013, home flips snagged sellers a tidy profit. But the trend may not continue.

RealtyTrac’s Home Flipping Report for the fourth quarter of 2013  showed single-family home flips were up 16 percent from 2012 and up 114 percent from 2011. The average gross profit for a home flip—defined as a home being purchased and subsequently sold again within six months—was $58,081 for all U.S. homes flipped in 2013, up from an average gross profit of $45,759 in 2012. The average gross profit for homes flipped in the fourth quarter was even greater, at $62,761.

But while profits are strong in flipping right now, according to Housingwire, “the market may be peaking.” Flips accounted for 3.8 percent of all sales in the fourth quarter, down slightly from the third quarter and down from 7.1 percent year-over-year. Housingwire reports that the diminishing availability of foreclosures may make it difficult for investors to find properties to flip in the coming year.

Source: “Flip now if you plan to flip that house at all,” Housingwire (Jan. 30, 2014)