St Louis Is Number One Market For Flipping Homes

St Louis is the top marketing for flipping homes, according to an article published yesterday on Realtor.com.  It’s not all just flipping activity however in the article a very notable and credible St Louis industry source (unabashed self-promotion) stated that “flipping is more common in homes in the $175,000-plus range, while many of those listed for $125,000 and less are being turned into rentals, says Norman.”

The Realtor.com article gave an overview of the market data I produced for them so I wanted to share the market data behind the overview.

St Louis Neighborhoods With Large Investor Presence:

  • 63137 Zip Code Area (Bellefontaine Neighbors/Glasgow Village) – 43.5% of housing units are investor-owned
  • 63135 Zip Code Area (Ferguson) – 39.2% of housing units are investor-owned
  • 63033 Zip Code Area (Florissant Area) – 21.8% of housing units are investor-owned

Home Prices In St Louis’ Active Investor Markets:

Home Flipping In St Louis Hits Lowest Level In A Year

St Louis flipped homes accounted for 6.6% of home sales in the St Louis MSA during the 3rd quarter of 2017, the lowest level since the 3rd quarter of 2016 when flips made up 6.3% of the St Louis home sales.  For the purposes of this report, a “flip” was defined as a property that was sold in an arms-length sale for the second time within a 12-month period.

Slow times are good flip times…

As the table below shows, with very few exceptions, for the 17 year period covered in the table, home flips have accounted for a larger percentage of the overall home sales in St Louis during the slow-selling seasons, the 1st and 4th quarters.  This makes sense as lenders are more apt to make deals toward the end of the year to get foreclosures off the books before closing out the year.

Opportunities to flip homes in St Louis on the decline…

As our chart below the table shows, the number of distressed home sales (foreclosures, short sales, and bank-owned property) in the St Louis area has steadily declined during the past 2 years as the economy, including the housing market, continues to improve.

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Home Flips in St Louis 2000-2017 – St Louis House Flipping

Home Flips in St Louis 2000-2017 - St Louis House Flipping

St Louis 5-County Core Market – Distressed Home Sales – Past 24 Months

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St Louis Area Distressed Home Sales (Foreclosures, REO's, Bank-Owned Properties, Short Sales) Past 2 Years - Chart

Baltimore Tops List Of Metros For Highest Returns From Flipping Homes

Flipping homes accounts for a smaller percentage of home sales today at about 4 percent of total home sales in the U.S., then in the recent past when they accounted for 6 percent of more of the homes being sold (6.8% at the recent peak in 1st quarter 2012), according to a report released today by RealtyTrac.

According to RealtyTrac, Baltimore Maryland is the best place to flip homes based upon the gross profit margin calculated as a return on investment (ROI) coming with a 94.1% ROI!  Before you get too excited, don’t think that is what the investor walked away with, the gross margin is just based upon the difference between the purchase price and sale price and does not take into account any expenses for remodeling, resale, etc.  As the table below shows, the next 4 out of 5 cities at the top of the list can all be found in Florida.

Memphis Tennessee is the metro area with the highest percentage of flips with home flipping accounting for over 10 percent (10.6%) of all the home sales. The table at the bottom lists the 20 markets with the highest percentage of flipping.

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