Flipping Drops to 2-Year Low

buy fix sell sign(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – RealtyTrac® reports in its Q2 2014 U.S. Home Flipping Report that nearly 31,000 single family homes were flipped in the second quarter of 2014. This represents 4.6 percent of all sales nationwide, down from 5.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014 and down from 6.2 percent in the second quarter of 2013. A home is considered “flipped” when is is purchased and then sold again within 12 months.

The report shows a average gross profit around $46,000 per flip in the second quarter of 2014, a 21 percent gross return on in initial investment. This average gross return is down 24 percent in the first quarter and down 31 percent a year ago, the peak for return on flips.

“Home flipping is settling back into a more historically normal pattern after a flurry of flipping during the recent run-up in home prices in 2012 and 2013,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. “Flippers no longer have the luxury of 20 to 30 percent annual price gains to pad their profits. As the market softens, successful flippers will need to focus on finding properties that they can buy at a discount and efficiently add value to.”

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Jeff Sorg is a co-founder of OnlineEd®, a Web-based vocational school founded in 1997 where he also serves as Corporate Secretary, Chief Operating Officer, and School Director. Sorg holds vocational instructor licenses in Oregon, Washington, California, and Nevada and has authored numerous pre-licensing and continuing education courses. Sorg was awarded the International Distance Education Certification Center's CDEi Designation for distance education in 2008. OnlineEd® provides real estate, mortgage broker, insurance, and contractor pre-license, post-license, continuing education, career enhancement, and professional development and designation courses over the Internet.