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.