Sat, 5 April 2008
April 5, 2008
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New statistics reveal the big difference
You've read that speculators didn't drive up home prices in
Here are recent numbers that provide specifics:
The National Association of Realtors says investors bought 22 percent of homes sold across the country in 2006.
Doesn't seem like a huge difference -- until you consider that's half again as much buying and flipping of houses.
The Realtors last week released their annual survey of vacation and investment home buying. Because it's a survey, not a study of buying data, information for specific markets like
"Second home owners are not very good at responding to surveys," said Realtors spokesman Walter Malony. "We have to do a lot to get usable samples."
But here are interesting tidbits:
• Nationally, investors bought 21 percent of homes last year. That doesn't seem like a big drop either -- until you realize that's a share of a down market. Total sales of investment homes fell 18 percent from 2006 to 2007.
• The typical investment home cost $150,000 last year.
• Most investment homes -- 61 percent -- were single family; 20 percent were condos and 11 percent were townhouses.
• Seventy-one percent were existing homes.
• Thirty-nine percent were in the suburbs, and 20 percent were in urban areas. The rest were in small towns or rural or resort areas.
• The median income of investment home buyers last year was $92,900.
All this to say Charlotte did have flipping, did have investors, speculators and as some are prone to say, criminals, but not as many as the rest of the nation. We were more conservative as we are want to be. Thank Heavens. Our market appreciated 1.8.
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