Flipping Responsibly

lambsThe Las Vegas Review Journal reports that some flippers (people who buy and then quickly sell a property with the goal of making a large profit) have filed a class-action lawsuit against a home builder (Pulte) because they’ve lost money!

The crux of the story is that Pulte lowered the price on many of their homes across Las Vegas a few weeks after the flippers purchased homes from Pulte. The result is that the resale value of the homes the flippers had purchased dropped considerably.

Jason Beaver of San Francisco followed some untimely advice from a friend who’d made a hefty profit flipping homes in Las Vegas.

He paid $350,000 for a three-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot new home in the Solera subdivision of Anthem last September, just weeks before the builder, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Pulte Homes, lowered prices in several communities across Las Vegas Valley.

It’s ridiculous of the people to sue Pulte or any of the other home builders. These people bought homes in a highly speculative market. They obviously didn’t do their research to find out a glut of homes were on the market and so they lost a lot of money. It is really hard for me to feel sorry for them.

Via The Housing Bubble 2 (which is currently the most active real estate blog for people anticipating a large correction in housing prices at some point in the future.)

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