SOURCE: RealtyTrac


October 28, 2013 10:58 ET

RealtyTrac Unveils Exclusive New Investor Insight Report at Mortgage Bankers Convention Showing Investors Purchased More Than $1 Trillion in U.S. Real Estate Since 2011

54 Percent of Investor Purchases Were All-Cash, 93 Percent for Investors With 1000+ Purchases; 57 Percent of Investor Purchases Re-Sold, Only 1 Percent Re-Sold by 1,000+ Purchasers; Investors With 1,000+ Purchases Bought 36 Percent of Properties as Foreclosures

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 28, 2013) - RealtyTrac (, the nation's leading source for comprehensive real estate data, today announced its first-ever Investor Insight report, titled Real Estate Investor Purchase and Finance Patterns: 2011 to 2013 which looks at a number of investor habits relating to real estate purchases since 2011, including the volume of properties purchased, breakdown of cash versus financed purchases, property situation (distressed, non-distressed, underwater etc.), investor purchases by property value, and number of investor-purchased properties that have since resold.

The report will be available for purchase at the Mortgage Bankers Association 100th Annual Convention and Expo this week in Washington, D.C. The report provides the data broken down by investor name, lender name and state name, allowing users to customize the data and analyze the trends relevant to them. Some key high-level findings from the report include the following:

  • Out of the more than 950,000 purchases totaling more than $1 trillion made by investors since 2011, 54 percent were all-cash purchases. When the data is filtered for just entities that purchased at least 1,000 properties, the all-cash percentage skyrockets to 93 percent.

  • Investors have purchased more than 370,000 properties so far in 2013, already more than in either of the previous two full years.

  • The majority (54 percent) of properties purchased by investors were underwater but not in foreclosure. Meanwhile 24 percent of properties purchased by investors were in foreclosure or bank-owned, and 23 percent were a regular, equity purchases.

  • Among entities that purchased at least 1,000 properties during the three-year period, 36 percent were in some stage of foreclosure (22 percent auction alone), while 37 percent were underwater and 27 percent were regular equity sales.

  • Among all investor purchases during the time period, 57 percent have subsequently been re-sold, but only 25 percent of properties have been re-sold by entities purchasing at least 100 properties, and only 1 percent of properties have been re-sold by entities purchasing at least 1,000 properties.

"The new investor insight report is the first of its kind and offers customers an exclusive look into investor decision making that has never been done on this scale before," said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. "We examined in-depth a variety of factors from cash sales to lender financing that impact real estate investing and offers key insight that no one else in the market can deliver."

This report features purchasing activity of real estate investors across the U.S., identifying key variables by state and quarter within the last three years. The report identifies an investor as any person or entity that purchased three or more properties within a 12-month timeframe and provides key insights into the transactions made by investors over this time period, which was marked by the U.S. housing market moving from full distress mode to full recovery mode including.

Key metrics covered by the Investor Insight report:

  • Transaction by Financing Type identifies by investor name how many properties were purchased with 100 percent cash, 100 percent finance, mixed cash & finance, or unknown along with the amount identified for each category.

  • Finance by Lender identifies by investor name which banks by name financed investor purchases, how much was financed and how many properties were involved in the financing.

  • Transaction by Situation identifies by investor name the type of situation (if any) the property was in at the time of purchase (i.e. in foreclosure, underwater, or regular purchase).

  • Transaction by Amount Range identifies by investor name the number of properties purchased within set sale price ranges.

For more information or to order a copy of the investor insight report, please contact RealtyTrac Data Solutions at 800-462-5193 or online at

About RealtyTrac Inc.
RealtyTrac ( is the leading supplier of U.S. real estate data, with more than 1.5 million active default, foreclosure auction and bank-owned properties, and more than 1 million active for-sale listings on its website, which also provides essential housing information for more than 100 million homes nationwide. This information includes property characteristics, tax assessor records, bankruptcy status and sales history, along with 20 categories of key housing-related facts provided by RealtyTrac's wholly-owned subsidiary, Homefacts®. RealtyTrac's foreclosure reports and other housing data are relied on by the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury Department, HUD, numerous state housing and banking departments, investment funds as well as millions of real estate professionals and consumers, to help evaluate housing trends and make informed decisions about real estate.