The dynamics of the single-family rental investment market of late has been a classic question of whether the chicken or egg came first. Did investor purchases drive up prices and rents, or did an increase in prices and rents attract investors? A bit of both in either a virtuous or vicious circle, depending on your orientation.

According to the CoreLogic analysis, it started with the pandemic, as home prices nationally lifted 41% between 2020 and 2022. “During this period, investor activity in the housing market hit an all-time high. In 2021, investor made 23% of all single-family home purchases, and by 2022, that figure was 25%,” they wrote.

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