Single family home investors have been a large part of the real estate market in recent decades, with some of the largest companies coming into the game as the sector’s attractiveness has increased. However, recent data from ATTOM Data Solutions shows that smaller single family home investors have also seen their share of the market remain fairly steady, despite the recent downturn.

ATTOM Data Solutions found that in the first quarter of 2020, larger single family home investors (defined as those who own 10 or more properties) owned 16.6% of all single family and condo properties with an estimated market value of $1 billion or more. This was down from 17.2% in the first quarter of 2019, though the decline was not too dramatic. However, smaller investors (defined as those owning 5-9 properties) saw their share of the single family home market stay at a steady 13.9% over the same period, indicating that the sector’s appeal remains strong.

The data also showed that single family home investor activity eased in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period a year prior. ATTOM Data Solutions revealed that despite the declines in investor activity from big players and the steady rate from small investors, overall single family home investments stayed relatively flat compared to the first quarter of 2019 due to relatively low home prices.

A major factor for the resilience of the single family home investor market despite the downturn has been the historically low mortgage rates. While these rates may not stay low forever, the current mortgage environment is favoring buyers and helping to keep the single family home investor market afloat. While the trend of larger companies coming into the single family home investor market is likely to persist, the fact that smaller investors are continuing to stay involved is a positive sign.

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