IRVINE, CA—Markets with certain supply-and-demand traits are more ideal for flipping homes than those without these traits, RealtyTrac‘s VP Daren Blomquist tells As we recently reported, according to RealtyTrac’s latest buy-to-rent analysis and buy-or-rent analysis on three-bedroom residential properties in 285 counties nationwide, potential returns from buy-to-rent purchases of these properties in the first five months of 2015 decreased from the same time period a year ago in 59% of the 285 counties analyzed. We spoke exclusively with Blomquist about what factors lead to rent vs. purchase affordability in various markets and what circumstances cause flipping to be more profitable than a buy-to-rent strategy. What drives a market to be more affordable to rent than buy, and vice versa?

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