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U.S. Home Flipping Down to 3.7 Percent of All Sales in First Quarter but Average Gross Returns Increase to 30 Percent

Flipping Down in Phoenix, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Up in Dallas, Seattle, Nashville; BuildZoom Analysis Finds Higher Rehab Expenditures Correspond With Better ROI

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/01/14 -- RealtyTrac® (, the nation's leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released its Q1 2014 U.S. Home Flipping Report, which shows 3.7 percent of all U.S. single family home sales were flips -- where a home is purchased and subsequently sold again within six months -- in the first quarter of 2014, down from 4.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 and down from 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013.

The average sales price of single family homes flipped in the first quarter was $55,574 higher than the average original purchase price. That gross profit provided flippers with an unadjusted ROI (return on investment) of 30 percent of the average original purchase price. The average gross profit per flip a year ago was $51,805 for an unadjusted ROI of 28 percent.

"Slowing home price appreciation early this year in many of the most popular flipping markets put some investors in danger of flying too close to the sun," said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. "But investors appear to have recalibrated their flipping strategy, accounting for the slower home price appreciation even if that means fewer flips. This is another good sign that this housing recovery is behaving much more rationally than the last housing boom, which was built largely on unfounded speculation rather than fact-based calculations."

Other high-level findings in the report:

  • Flips completed in the first quarter took an average of 101 days to complete, up from an average of 92 days in the previous quarter and up from an average of 79 days for flips completed in the first quarter of 2013.

  • Among metro areas with a population of at least 1 million and at least 25 single family homes flipped in the first quarter, those with the highest share of flips in the first quarter were New York (10.2 percent), Jacksonville, Fla., (10.0 percent), San Diego (7.1 percent), Las Vegas (6.7 percent) and Miami (5.9 percent).

  • Among metro areas with a population of at least 1 million and at least 25 single family homes flipped in the first quarter, those with the highest average gross ROI percentage on single family homes flipped in the first quarter were Pittsburgh (89 percent), Philadelphia (56 percent), Memphis (51 percent), Detroit (48 percent), and Seattle (48 percent).

  • Among those same major metros, those with the biggest increase from a year ago in home flipping as a share of all sales were San Antonio (up 52 percent), Nashville (up 50 percent), Indianapolis (up 47 percent), Austin (up 35 percent), Providence, R.I. (up 33 percent), and Oklahoma City (up 33 percent).

  • Other major markets with year-over-year increases in flipping as a share of all sales included Los Angeles (up 1 percent), Dallas (up 28 percent), Seattle (up 19 percent), Houston (up 29 percent), and Portland (up 2 percent).

  • Among major metros, those with the biggest decrease from a year ago in home flipping as a share of all sales were New Orleans (down 83 percent), Baltimore (down 81 percent), Minneapolis (down 80 percent), Richmond, Va. (down 80 percent), Detroit (down 76 percent), and Washington, D.C. (down 73 percent).

  • Other major metros with year-over-year decreases in flipping as a share of all sales included New York (down 37 percent), Phoenix (down 39 percent), Riverside-San Bernardino in Southern California (down 22 percent), Atlanta (down 57 percent), Chicago (down 29 percent) and Las Vegas (down 9 percent).

  • Among all metro areas nationwide those with the highest volume of flips in the first quarter were New York (1,791), Phoenix (894), Los Angeles (828), Miami (749), and Riverside-San Bernardino in Southern California (627).

  • 82 percent of all properties flipped in the first quarter were sold to owner-occupants; 18 percent to buyers with a different mailing address than the property.

  • 43 percent of all properties flipped in the first quarter were all-cash sales to the new buyer.

  • 58 percent of all properties flipped in the first quarter were 3-bedroom homes, 21 percent 4 bedroom homes and 17 percent 2-bedroom homes.

Increasing rehab expenditures on flips corresponds with greater ROI
BuildZoom (, a Big Data company that uses building permit and licensure information to help consumers hire contractors, performed an in-depth analysis with RealtyTrac to understand how home improvement expenditures can impact real estate property values.

RealtyTrac home flipping data was matched with corresponding building permit records, from January 2011 to March 2014 in seven major US cities: San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta, Scottsdale, Ariz., Sacramento, Orlando and St. Louis. Analysis was done using a blended set and on an individual basis.

"This is the first time the industry has been able to quantify how improvement expenditures impact property values," said Jiyan Wei, co-founder of BuildZoom. "The data clearly shows what a lot of shrewd investors have known for years -- that if executed properly, improvement expenditures will yield a positive ROI.

"A lot of questions remain but we're excited about our ability to answer them through this collaborative platform," Wei added.

Here are some of the high-level findings of the analysis:

  • Flips that could be associated with building permits, outperformed the industry average. Unadjusted return-on-investment (ROI) was determined by looking solely at the purchase and sales prices for flipped properties. In the overall set, the median ROI was 13 percent compared to 50 percent across flips with at least one permit.

  • The median expenditure on improvements for flips during the three-year time period was $4,800, representing 3.34 percent of the original purchase price of the property.

  • Cities with the highest median improvement expenditures for flips were Atlanta ($18,250), Scottsdale, Ariz. ($14,772) and San Francisco ($13,900).

  • Improvement expenditures were analyzed to measure their impact on adjusted ROI. The results indicate that increasing expenditures result in increasing ROI up to the point at which the expenditure represents around 23% of the original purchase price, at which point further expenditures result in diminishing returns.

  • Flips were broken into quartiles, based on the size of the improvement expenditure. Investors in the top quartile (who spent the most) experienced the highest ROI whereas those in the bottom quartile experienced the lowest ROI.

  • In San Francisco, ROI was analyzed based on the type of improvements performed. Kitchens, bathrooms and windows were all strong indicators of a high ROI.

Broker perspectives
"The percentage of flips is down as we have experienced a drop in overall inventory," said Wesley Hardin, a managing broker for RE/MAX Alliance, covering the Denver, Colo., market. "Flipping profits are up due to the increase in home price appreciation, and the time it takes to complete a flip has increased as well."

"Investors interested in flipping houses are having to dig deeper into a new pool of inventory as the market surges," said Chris Pollinger, senior vice presidential of sales at First Team Real Estate, covering the Southern California market. "The affordable properties have quickly disappeared, pushing flippers into higher-priced properties with better margins and longer carry times."

"The number of homes being flipped for investor purposes within the Ohio markets has declined during the first quarter of 2014, with much of the decline attributed to a lack of available inventory for smaller investors to choose from," said Michael Mahon, executive vice president/broker at HER Realtors, covering the Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio markets. "Institutional investors have increased their holdings during the first quarter of 2014, which has created noticeable pressure in available investment home inventory throughout Ohio, and equally contributed to rising equity and prices for investors fortunate enough to find qualifying inventory to flip."

Report methodology
RealtyTrac analyzed sales deed data and automated valuation data for this report. A single family home flip was any transaction that occurred in the third quarter where a previous sale on the same property had occurred within the last six months. To determine the top 15 markets for profitable flipping, RealtyTrac narrowed the metro list to only those with at least 100 flips in the third quarter and where flipping had increased from the previous year sorted by total gross profit, in descending order.

Data Licensing and Custom Report Order
Investors, businesses and government institutions can contact RealtyTrac to license bulk foreclosure and neighborhood data or purchase customized reports. For more information contact our Data Licensing Department at 800.462.5193 or [email protected].

About RealtyTrac
RealtyTrac is a leading supplier of U.S. real estate data, with nationwide parcel-level records for more than 125 million U.S. parcels that include property characteristics, tax assessor data, sales and mortgage deed records, Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) and 20 million active and historical default, foreclosure auction and bank-owned properties. RealtyTrac's housing data and foreclosure reports are relied on by many federal government agencies, numerous state housing and banking departments, investment funds as well as millions of real estate professionals and consumers, to help evaluate housing trends and make informed decisions about real estate.

About BuildZoom
BuildZoom is a resource that helps people make smarter decisions about their most valued possession: their home. BuildZoom does this gathering its own information on general contractors from credible third-party resources including government agencies and non-profit organizations. In addition, BuildZoom shows consumers feedback provided by other BuildZoom members and gathers information directly from contractors to provide consumers with more information on who they are and examples of work they have done in the past.

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