Hubzu Identifies Top 25 Markets for REO Fix-and-Flip Properties -
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Virginia Beach, Richmond and Cleveland top the list

Hubzu, a leading online real estate marketing platform, today released data uncovering the top 25 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) for Real Estate Owned (REO) fix-and-flip properties that were bought and sold from October 2018 to October 2019. Virginia Beach, VA, Richmond, VA and Cleveland, OH came out on top for investors pursuing REO fix-and-flip properties based on a number of factors including the number of REO flip properties in the market, profit after the repairs and average number of days the listing is on the market after repairs are complete.

The Hubzu® data uncovered that the top REO fix-and-flip markets are dominated by areas on the East Coast, with half of the markets located in that area. Meanwhile, the West Coast offers fewer opportunities for fix-and-flip investors with only two markets making the list – Riverside, CA and Tucson, AZ. Additional insights for the top 25 markets, include:

  • On average, investors in the top 25 markets generated an average profit1 of $34,490 after estimated repairs. Washington, DC generated the highest average profit of $51,806, whereas investors in Memphis generated the lowest average profit of $24,892.
  • The top 25 MSAs had an average of 79 days listed on the market. Memphis had the smallest average number of days (65) listed on the market, while Buffalo had the largest number of days (121) listed on the market.
  • Virginia Beach had the highest percentage of REO flip properties at 50.50% and Memphis had the least at 14.83%.
  • Tampa had the highest percentage of flips compared to total housing units (.55%) and Kansas City had the lowest (.10%).

“Investing in fix-and-flip markets can offer interesting cash flow opportunities for investors, particularly in hot real estate markets like those on the East Coast,” said Travis Britsch, Vice President, Auction at Hubzu. “Buying any kind of investment property has the potential to be a lucrative opportunity, but it’s important that savvy investors leverage the right technology and resources to find the right fix-and-flip property at a fair price so they can make the most on their investment.”


Hubzu identified and analyzed MSAs with over one million people. Data was retrieved from October 1, 2018 to October 1, 2019. To identify and rank the top 25 best markets for REO buy, renovate and sell, Hubzu weighted four metrics and summed them into a score. The data was sourced from public property data. The metrics and their weights in the total score were as follows:

  • Percentage of total REO flips to total flips: 30%
  • Percentage of profit after the estimated repairs to average sale price in the MSA: 30%
  • Percentage of total flips to total housing units in the MSA: 20%
  • Average listing days on market: 20%

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