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Top 9 cities for flipping houses

Profits are soaring in these markets

February 4, 2014

Investors gobbled up 156,862 single family homes and flipped them in 2013, up 16% from 2012 and up 114% from 2011, according to RealtyTrac.

Homes flipped in 2013 accounted for 4.6% of all U.S. single family home sales during the year, up from 4.2% in 2012 and up from 2.6% in 2011. In short, the market is hot for house flippers, but in some areas more than others.

Flips accounted for 3.8% of all sales in the fourth quarter, down slightly from 3.9% of all sales in the third quarter and down from 7.1% of all sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 — the highest percentage of sales represented by flips in a single quarter since RealtyTrac began tracking flipping data in the first quarter of 2011.

The average gross profit for a home flip 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 $62,761, up from $52,746 in the fourth quarter of 2012.

“Investors have not lost interest in purchasing and flipping homes. In fact, now that we are seeing home price appreciation they are more interested than ever,” said Sheldon Detrick, CEO of Prudential Detrick/Alliance Realty.  “The challenge for many would-be flippers in our markets is a shortage of available inventory to flip, as evidenced by the decrease in the number of homes flipped (in 2013 compared to 2012).”

So what are the top nine cities for flipping? According to RealtyTrac’s city numbers as of the third quarter 2013, here they are. Click below for number numbers nine through seven, ranked by profits.



Seattle

9. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.
Flipped price: $319,280
Average profit: $97,002
Number of flips: 485
 

8. Salinas, Calif.
Flipped price: $438,333
Average profit: $100,228
Number of flips: 69
 

7. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif.
Flipped price: $411,909
Average profit: $113,001
Number of flips: 125

Click below for numbers six through four, ranked by average profit.



(Stay classy, San Diego.)

6. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.
Flipped price: $475,306
Average profit: $120,180
Number of flips: 900
 

5. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif.
Flipped price: $513,975
Average profit: $127,634
Number of flips: 2,116
 

4. Ocean City, N.J.
Flipped price: $467,113
Average profit: $140,716
Number of flips: 53

Click below for the top three, ranked by profit.



San Jose

3. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.
Flipped price: $510,906
Average profit: $143,578
Number of flips: 197

2. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.
Flipped price: $621,380
Average profit: $154,130
Number of flips: 584

1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
Average profit: $166,287
Flipped price: $704,762
Number of flips: 202