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New Survey Finds Real Estate Investors Spend $9.2 Billion a Year to Rehab Foreclosures

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A new, joint BiggerPockets.com / Memphis Invest survey reveals that most active real estate investors plan to buy as many or more properties over the next 12 months. Additionally, the survey found that Investors spend 9.2 billion a year to rehabilitate distressed houses.

For the complete survey, see:
http://www.biggerpockets.com/rei/residential-real-estate-investor-survey-biggerpockets-memphisinvest/
OR
http://www.memphisinvest.com/biggerpockets-memphis-invest-real-estate-investor-survey/

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New Survey Finds Real Estate Investors Spend $9.2 Billion a Year to Rehab Foreclosures

  1. 1. Contact:    Steve  Cook  202  257-­‐3652  scook@commsconsulting.com       Most  Active  Real  Estate  Investors  Plan  to  Buy  as  Many  or  More  Properties  over   Next  12  Months       New  Survey  Finds  Investors  Spend  $9.2  Billion  a  Year  to  Rehab  Foreclosures    MEMPHIS,  TN    September  20,  2012  ─  Despite  rising  prices  and  shrinking  foreclosure  inventories,  65  percent  of  active  real  estate  investors  plan  to  buy  as  many  or  more  residential  properties  in  the  next  12  months  as  they  did  in  the  past  year,  according  to  a  new  joint  BiggerPockets.com/Memphis  Invest  national  survey  conducted  by  ORC  International  for  BiggerPockets.com,  the  nation’s  largest  and  most  active  real  estate  investing  social  network,  and  Memphis  Invest,  one  of  the  nations  leading  providers  of  single-­‐family  rental  real  estate  investment  services.    Founded  in  1938,  ORC  International  is  a  leading  global  market  research  firm  and  since  2007  has  conducted  the  CNN|ORC  International  poll.      More  than  a  Third  of  Investors  Plan  to  Buy  More  The  survey  found  that  39  percent  of  active  investors  intend  to  increase  their  purchases  over  the  next  twelve  months  while  26  percent  plan  to  buy  as  many  in  the  year  to  come  as  they  did  in  the  past  year.    The  65  percent  of  investors  who  plan  to  buy  the  same  amount  or  more  in  the  next  twelve  months  than  they  did  in  the  past  represents  4.5  million  investors.      Only  30  percent  said  they  plan  to  buy  fewer  properties  than  they  have  in  the  past.    Last  year  investors  purchased  1.23  million  homes,  a  64.5  percent  increase  over  749,000  in  2010,  according  to  the  National  Association  of  Realtors.      Some  3  percent  of  American  adults,  or  7  million  people,  consider  themselves  to  be  real  estate  investors  An  additional  9  percent  of  all  Americans  own  investment  property  today  but  have  no  current  plans  to  buy  more.    Thus,  one  out  of  eight,  or  28.1  million  Americans,  either  consider  themselves  to  be  residential  real  estate  investors  or  own  residential  investment  properties  today,  according  the  survey  .    “Though  housing  markets  are  changing  across  the  nation,  investors  are  still  seeing  great  opportunities.    Hundreds  of  thousands  of  foreclosures  and  short  sales  are  coming  to  market  and  rents  are  continuing  to  improve  in  most  markets,  creating  a  positive  environment  for  the  nation’s    28.1  million  residential  real  estate  investors.    They  will  certainly  continue  to  be  major  players  in  the  nation’s  housing  economy  for  the  foreseeable  future,”  said  Joshua  Dorkin,  founder  and  CEO  of  BiggerPockets.com.  “We’re  talking  about  a  group  of  Americans  that  is  about  the  same  in  number  as  the  number  of  Americans  who  own  Roth  IRAs  (28.5  million)  or  the  total  number  of  money  market  fund  shareholders  (29  million).  They  have  significant  buying  power.”  
  2. 2.  Investors  Spend  $9.2  Billion  a  Year  to  Repair  Housing  The  survey  also  found  that  real  estate  investors  are  spending  more  than  four  times  as  much  as  the  federal  Neighborhood  Stabilization  Program  to  repair  and  rehabilitate  the  nation’s  housing  stock.      At  a  median  expenditure  of  $7500  per  property,  investors  are  spending  a  total  of  $9.2  billion  per  year  to  repair  the  damage  caused  by  foreclosures  and  rehabilitate  the  nation’s  housing  stock.    By  comparison,  over  the  past  four  years  Congress  has  authorized  a  total  of  about  $7  billion  for  the  Neighborhood  Stabilization  Program,  the  government’s  primary  response  to  repair  housing  damaged  by  foreclosure.    Twenty  percent  will  spend  $10,000  to  $30,000  on  their  next  property  and  16  percent  plan  to  spend  more  than  $30,000.        “This  survey  puts  some  hard  numbers  behind  the  contribution  that  investors  are  making  towards  not  only  improving  neighborhoods  and  fighting  blight,  but  also  the  towards  driving  the  economy.    Investors  are  purchasing  homes  that  in  some  cases  sit  for  months  and  add  a  drag  on  local  home  prices.    This  survey  shows  that  those  investors  are  driving  their  local  economies  by  spending  billions  in  repair  costs  with  local  electricians,  plumbers,  flooring  companies  and  laborers  just  to  name  a  few.    Those  dollars  provide  jobs  and  put  money  into  local  economies  with  local  companies.    It’s  clear  that  investors  are  the  ones  who  have  risking  their  own  money  to  improve  and  stabilize  neighborhoods  for  new  owners  or  tenants,”  said  Chris  Clothier,  a  partner  with  Memphis  Invest.    Lower  Interest  Rates  and  Access  to  Credit  Top  Investor  Incentives  The  survey  found  that  lower  interest  rates  and  the  removal  of  limits  on  access  to  financing  would  provide  incentives  for  investors  to  be  even  more  active  in  the  nation’s  housing  markets.    Lower  interest  rates  topped  the  list  of  incentives  that  would  make  active  investors  more  willing  to  invest  in  additional  properties  (70  percent).    A  distant  second  was  additional  tax  incentives  for  capital  spent  to  purchase,  rehab  or  renovate  investment  properties  (54  percent).    Third  place  went  to  elimination  of  limits  imposed  by  lenders  on  the  amount  they  will  lend  an  investor  (46  percent)  and  fourth  to  easing  of  rules  on  section  1031  Exchanges  (44  percent).    Only  30  percent  said  that  the  easing  of  securities  laws  limiting  the  pooling  of  capital  by  investors  for  purchases  would  encourage  them  to  buy  more.    Access  to  financing  is  a  critical  issue  for  most  investors,  however  most  lenders  put  limits  on  the  amount  they  will  lend  an  investor,  regardless  of  credit  history,  property  values  or  track  record.      Nearly  half,  44  percent,  would  be  willing  to  put  down  more  than  20  to  50  percent  on  a  business  loan  in  order  to  be  able  to  borrow  more  from  a  lender,  without  limits.  Methodology  The  study  was  conducted  using  ORC  International’s  CARAVAN  Omnibus  survey  using  both  landline  and  mobile  telephones  on  August  9-­‐12/16-­‐19/23-­‐26,  2012  among  3036  adults  ,  1,515  men  and  1,521  women  18  years  of  age  and  older,  living  in  the  continental  United  States.    Some  2,285  interviews  were  from  the  landline  sample  and  751  interviews  from  the  cell  phone  sample.    The  margin  of  error  for  the  survey  is  +/-­‐03%.  All  CARAVAN®  interviews  are  conducted  using  ORC  International’s  (ORC)  computer  assisted  telephone  interviewing  (CATI)  system.      
  3. 3.  About  Memphis  Invest  Memphis  Invest  provides  single-­‐family  rental  real  estate  investment  services  to  domestic  and  international  clients  looking  to  include  residential  real  estate  ownership  in  their  investment  portfolios.  Founded  in  2004,  the  company  is  a  full-­‐service  investment  company  that  provides  all  of  the  essential  services  for  an  investor  from  acquisition,  renovation,  rental  and  on-­‐going  property  management  for  individuals  looking  to  build  their  real  estate  investment  portfolio.  A  privately  held,  family-­‐owned  business  based  in  Memphis,  Tenn.,  the  company  is  led  by  three  generations  of  the  Clothier  family.  Memphis  Invest  is  committed  to  providing  a  personal  level  of  customer  service  to  investors  that  are  looking  for  a  company  that  mitigates  risk  while  protecting  investment  capital.    About  BiggerPockets.com  BiggerPockets  is  the  nation’s  largest  and  most  active  real  estate  investing  social  network,  designed  to  simplify  and  enhance  networking,  deal  making,  data  evaluation,  education,  marketing  and  transactions  for  investors,  consumers  and  professionals.    Its  mission  is  to  help  educate  people  in  all  aspects  of  real  estate  and  real  estate  investing  and  to  provide  tools  and  resources  to  enhance  real  estate  knowledge,  networking,  deal  making,  and  marketing.    Since  its  founding  in  2004,  BiggerPockets  has  revolutionized  the  way  people  in  the  real  estate  world  network.      

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