Vandalism and break-ins can be a big problem for investor-owned and REO portfolios, and one former home flipper developed a solution after he realized that alarm systems don’t really offer any protection.
Despite rising rents, investors still prefer fixing and flipping houses as opposed to buying a house for the purpose of renting it out, according to a new report from Auction.com. But results vary depending on whether the house was purchased at a live auction or an online auction.
The drop from 2013’s total of cash sales marks the 23rd straight month that the amount of cash sales has fallen year-over-year. November’s figure did rise slightly from October’s total of 35.5%, but CoreLogic notes that an increase in cash sales is typical in the fall and winter months.
Institutional investors — entities that purchase at least 10 properties in a calendar year — accounted for just 4.3% of all sales of single family homes and condos in the second quarter, according to RealtyTrac’s third quarter 2014 report.
One of the early alarm-sounders on the rise of REO-to-rental is trying to fire up the discussion over what he sees as a potential threat to the housing market in the rise of investor-owned rental homes and the securitization of REO.
Pending home sales fell for the eighth straight month, down 0.8% from the downwardly revised January report and down 10.5% from February 2013, according to the index from the National Association of Realtors.
All-cash sales accounted for 44.4% of all U.S. residential sales in January, the seventh consecutive month where all-cash sales have been above the 35% level. Cash sales are usually investor buyers, be they individuals, mom-and-pop investors, or institutional.
“Nearly every part of the real estate process has been transformed by technology except for home financing. Getting a mortgage is still manual, frustrating and confusing,” said Nick Stamos, CEO and founder of Sindeo..
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