Whatever the reason, Google knows they are with a different owner and I'm assuming they want the new owner to start fresh. This got me thinking, can you really buy a long term business from Flippa and keep the rankings and SERP? Have you lost rankings with a Flippa purchase? Do you try to keep them on the same server?
I'm thinking of Buying a $0000 website from Flippa but the site relies heavily on SEO and it's current trust of PR3.
Love to hear your thoughts..