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How Far will Investors Fade?

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The bloom may be officially off the boom in investment sales as they declined in 2013 for a second straight year after soaring in 2011 at the height of the large foreclosure inventories. Investor purchases declined 15.9 percent last year from the 1.23 million sales peak set in 2011. Investment-home sales fell 8.5 percent to an estimated 1.10 million in ... Read More »

Rising Prices Seen Driving Investors Out

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The salad days of low price tier home sales (homes selling for $95,000 and less) that fueled the recovery over the last two years are ending and with them, the legions of investors that have led the nation’s housing recovery. “The Investors Did Their Job,” headlines Clear Capital’s latest market report.  “Can traditional home buyers take it from here?” Deeply ... Read More »

Texas Tops LMM List of Investment Targets

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Three Texas markets lead the list of markets facing  a housing shortage that will boost home prices even higher than expected in the spring buying season, according to Local Market Monitor’s quarterly top investment targets. “The economy has been growing quickly in these markets, there are lots of renters, and there aren’t many foreclosed properties to provide competition,” noted Ingo ... Read More »

Big Boys Have Moved into Smaller Markets in the South and Midwest

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Big institutional investors — companies that have purchased at least 10 properties in a calendar year — accounted for 5.9 percent of all U.S. residential property sales in February, up from a revised 5.0 percent of sales in January but down from 7.2 percent of sales in February 2013. February was the third consecutive month where the institutional investor share ... Read More »

Consumers do 360 on Price Expectations

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Consumer expectations on home prices rose unexpectedly in February, just in time to build seller confidence to list their houses and restore tight inventories for the fast approaching spring season. Fannie Mae’s February 2014 National Housing Survey took a right turn from January’s results as respondents’ home price expectations climbed significantly  – with 50 percent saying home prices will go ... Read More »

Investors Ended 2013 on a Roll

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Though experts predict investors will be buying fewer residential properties in 2014 (see Experts Raise Price Forecast for 2014, they ended 2013 on a roll. The latest survey of Realtors by the research staff at the National Association of Realtors found that the investor market share topped 21 percent in December, about the same level as during the glory days ... Read More »

Flipping Moves on Up as Profits Rise 19 Percent

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Higher prices and fewer foreclosures have not put a dent in the flipping business.  In fact, last year saw 156,862 single family home flips — where a home is purchased and subsequently sold again within six months — in 2013, up 16 percent from 2012 and up 114 percent from 2011, according to RealtyTrac’s Year-End and Q4 2013 Home Flipping ... Read More »

Big Investors Target Pricey Neighborhoods

Hedge funds and other large investors do much better by buying up rentals in higher rather than lower income neighborhoods, according to a new report sponsored by RealtyTrac. The preference for pricey may be contributing to the deterioration and loss of low-cost rental housing, labeled grave concerns by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Read More »

Fed Economists Sound the Alarm on Investors

Real estate investors large and small have helped clear foreclosure inventories, supported prices in ailing markets and renovated sizable portions of the nation's housing stock. However, if their share of the housing stock or debt financing grows, they could pose significant risk to the nation's financial stability, a new study by two Federal Reserve economists concludes in what is believed be the first study exist on the effect of single-family-real-estate business investor activity on housing markets or other outcomes. Read More »

Hedge Fund Purchases Plummeted in October

Institutional investor purchases in October were lower than a year ago and represented only 6.8 percent of all home sales in October, a sharp drop from a revised 12.1 percent in September and down from 9.7 percent in October 2012. Read More »