Per Bloomberg, house flippers have pushed the share of sales that are flips, or properties sold twice in 12 months, to its highest level since 2006.
Home flippers, who buy homes as a speculative bet on short-term price appreciation, accounted for 6.1 percent of U.S. home sales in 2016, according to Trulia, which defines a flip as a property sold twice in a 12-month period in arm’s-length transactions. That’s the highest share since 2006, when flips accounted for 7.3 percent of sales.
House prices are, of course, now above the last bubble peak. This is not likely to end any differently than the last time. Thanks, Janet.