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9 states have a home investor share of 30% or more

In some states, the share of homes being purchased by investors is through the roof. California ranked the highest at approximately 35%. However, there are eight other states with home investor shares of 30% or more for 2023, according CoreLogic’s analysis:

  • California (35%)
  • Georgia (34%)
  • New Mexico (33%)
  • Kansas (32%)
  • Texas (31%)
  • Nevada (31%)
  • Arizona (30%)
  • Tennessee (30%)
  • Utah (30%)

Investor ownership tends to hurt local housing markets as homes purchased by investors are treated as assets from which to profit. The practice of scooping up single-family homes just to rent them out is driving up the price of homes and rent, creating an increasingly unsustainable and continued housing shortage.

In addition, investor purchases of single-family homes in an already stagnant housing market are reducing the supply of the last remaining affordable homes for home buyers. Just like most buyers, investors target lower-priced properties whenever possible, especially as mortgage rates and home prices remain elevated.

The difference? Home buyers usually aren’t able to compete with all-cash offers that investors can make. As the housing market continues to heat up, increased demand will likely send prices higher and leave prospective homeowners with fewer options.

Advocates say that investors buying up single-family homes not only increases prices, but contributes to the worsening of housing supply. Now, some lawmakers are standing up and looking to take control of greedy hedge funds buying up single-family homes across the U.S.

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How lawmakers are tackling the ‘Wall Street in housing’ issue

Last December, Democrats Rep. Adam Smith of Washington and Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon introduced a bill in Congress to end hedge fund control of Americans homes.

If passed, the law would ban hedge funds and similar investors from buying up and owning single-family homes by introducing measures like federal tax penalties for funds that own an excess of 100 homes and forcing hedge funds and investors to sell a designated percentage of their homes to families each year.

Smith and Merkely aren’t the only politicians sounding the alarm about the hedge fund housing crisis. Georgia Democrat Rep. Nikema Williams, along with Reps. Linda Sanchez and Adam Smith, has introduced similar legislation to Congress.

“If dwindling inventories of affordable housing weren’t enough, too many families in my district and across the country are facing outside competition from massive investment firms. When they think they are ready to make the leap to buying a home, they’re cut off at their ankles by investment firms,” Williams said, in a video posted on X.

State politicians are taking notice and acting as well — especially in California, the state ranked highest for investor-owned single-family homes. In February, Democratic Sen. Nancy Skinner introduced bill SB 1212, which, if passed, would prohibit an investment entity from leasing, acquiring, or purchasing, acquiring a single-family home or duplex in the state of California.

The issue has also drawn California Governor Greg Abbott’s attention. Late last year, Abbott took to Twitter to voice his concerns about how the increased competition for homes has been impacting Texans.

“I strongly support free markets. But this corporate large-scale buying of residential homes seems to be distorting the market and making it harder for the average Texan to purchase a home. This must be added to the legislative agenda to protect Texas families,” Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott posted on X in December 2023.

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Adam Palasciano is a freelance contributor to Moneywise.

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