A recent story in the Wall Street Journal (reposted on Realtor.com) says Wall Street has made a mountain of money available to house flippers, and selling move-in-ready rehabs has rarely been easier. They point out that the challenge is finding beat-up and out-of-date properties that can be renovated and resold for a profit. The article discusses fix-n-flip loans from the lender and loan-buying perspective.
“Investors like me, we’re like ants on a sugar hill all fighting for the same projects,” said Ed Stock, who started fixing and flipping houses on New York’s Long Island after the 2008 mortgage meltdown. “It’s the greatest time to be in this market; it’s just hard to find the inventory.”
“Mr. Stock’s lender, Roc360, last week received a $2 billion infusion from insurer Athene Holding Ltd. to make more loans to house flippers as well as landlords, who buy a lot of rehabbed houses. Arvind Raghunathan, Roc360’s chief executive, said his firm would have little trouble raising several billion more given the hunt for yield that has sent investors into less-familiar pockets of fixed income.”