And in Other News: Investor Frenzy Over Housing has Peaked

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Investor frenzy over housing has peaked

FORTUNE – When the U.S. housing market crashed in 2007, millions lost their homes to foreclosure. With their finances in shambles, they picked up the pieces by renting rather than buying. Big institutional investors quickly caught on, snapping up foreclosed properties on the cheap and renting them out.

All this has helped drive the recovery we’re seeing today: Investors effectively absorbed the excess inventory of homes for sale, which in turn has helped push home prices higher. Prices for rentals have also risen rapidly, as families who either lost their homes or put off buying found rentals to live in.

While this has gone on for some time, the investor frenzy might have peaked. Rents for single-family homes have essentially flattened — rising just 0.1% in March from a year earlier, according to a report released Thursday by real estate listing website Trulia. What’s more, in some cities where investors had the biggest appetite for properties on the cheap, rents have fallen: Take Los Angeles, where rents fell 1.9%; rents in Orange County slipped down 0.7%; Las Vegas saw a 1.9% drop. And in two other key investor markets — Atlanta and Phoenix — single-family home rents remained flat, rising less than 1%.

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2 Responses to “And in Other News: Investor Frenzy Over Housing has Peaked”
  1. Poof says:

    Many of these types of properties sit empty in the area which I live ! Looks like no one wants to rent those type of houses ! One of my neighbors went as far as putting a 4 bye 8 foot sign warning prospective tenants not rent those houses ! There are about 5 of them on my neighbors block.The houses sit empty.

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