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88 88 INVESTMENT GOVERNMENT PROPERTY PRESERVATION Journal INVESTOR HOME SALES SLIDE IN Q3 With rising rates, instability in home prices, and overall economic uncertainty, an increasing number of investors held back from purchasing homes in the third quarter of 2022. According to Redfin, investor home pur- chases fell 30.2% year over year nationwide in Q3 of 2022—marking the largest decline since the Great Recession aside from the Q2 of 2020, when investor activity plummeted due to the onset of the pandemic. e dip in investor home purchases outpaced a 27.4% drop in overall home purchases nationwide in Q3. From Q2 to Q3, investor home purchases slumped 26.1%, the largest quarterly decline on record except for the start of the pandemic— compared to a 17.4% quarterly drop in overall home purchases. Investors purchased $42.4 billion worth of homes in Q3, down 26.3% from $57.6 billion one year earlier, and down 30.5% from $61 billion one quarter earlier. Redfin reported the typical home that investors purchased cost $451,975, up 6.4% year over year, but down 4.3% from Q2 of 2022. "It's unlikely that investors will return to the market in a big way anytime soon. Home prices would need to fall significantly for that to happen," Redfin Senior Economist Sheharyar Bokhari said. "is means that regular buyers who are still in the market are no longer facing fierce competition from hordes of cash-rich investors like they were last year." Investors lost their market share for the second consecutive quarter, as they decelerated on purchases. ey bought roughly 65,000 homes in the metros tracked by Redfin in Q3, or 17.5% of all homes that were purchased—that total was down from 19.5% in Q2 and 18.2% year over year, but still up slightly from roughly 15% pre-pandemic. In Phoenix, Q3 investor home purchases slumped 49.4% year over year, the largest decline among the 40 metros Redfin analyzed. Phoenix was followed by Portland, Oregon (-47.4%); Las Vegas (-44.8%); Sacramento, California (-43.2%); and Atlanta (-42.2%). Rounding out the top 10 were Charlotte, North Carolina; Miami; Denver; San Diego; and Riverside, California. Many of the metros where investor purchas- es declined significantly were areas that soared in popularity during the pandemic. Phoenix, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Miami, and San Diego consistently ranked on Redfin's list of top migra- tion destinations, which is based on net inflow or how many more Redfin.com users were looking to move into a metro than out. "e housing markets that investors are backing out of fastest are those that rose rapidly during the pandemic and are now falling rap- idly," Bokhari said. "at volatility creates a lot of uncertainty, which raises the risk of investors losing money." Investor home purchases only increased in five of the metros Redfin analyzed, rising 46.4% year over year in Philadelphia, 11.2% in New York; 8% in Baltimore; 5% in Cleveland; and less than 1% in Newark, New Jersey. Baltimore and Newark were among the markets holding up best as the overall market slows, along with other relatively affordable places on the East Coast and in the Midwest. Investors lost market share in 14 of the 40 markets Redfin analyzed, as many of those markets were places where investor purchases dropped significantly. In Charlotte, North Carolina, investors bought 25.2% of the homes purchased in Q3, down from 32.3% a year earlier. at 7.1-per- centage-point drop was the largest decline among the metros in Redfin's analysis. Charlotte was followed by Phoenix (25.8% vs. 31.9%; -6.1 percentage points), Atlanta (27.6% vs. 33.1%; -5.5 percentage points), Portland (10.7% vs. 14%; -3.3 percentage points), and Sacramento (16.4% vs. 19.2%; -2.8 percentage points). Conversely, investors gained the most market share in Philadelphia, where they bought 17.2% of the homes purchased in Q3, up from 13.4% a year earlier (+3.8 percentage points). Philly was followed by New York (14.9% vs. 12.2%; +2.7 percentage points); Nassau County, New York (12.4% vs. 9.8%; +2.6 percentage points); Anaheim, California (21.4% vs. 18.8%; +2.6 percentage points); and Baltimore (14.7% vs. 12.4%; +2.3 percentage points). While investor market share is highest in Jacksonville, investors bought 31.9% fewer properties than they did a year earlier. Many investors are looking to offload properties, ac- cording to Heather Kruayai, local Redfin Agent. "Almost all of my listings right now are people looking to sell investment properties or second homes," Kruayai said. "ey want to get rid of them now while they still have some value because they're scared there's going to be another big crash."

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