Why investors have pulled back from the housing market

Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal.

Investor home purchases in metro Orlando plunged 52% year-over-year in the fourth quarter, according to data released Feb. 15 by Redfin Corp.

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Why this story matters: Investor buyers have a big influence in Orlando’s housing market, where they have represented as much as 27% of homebuyers during the last two years. Many of those investors were deep-pocketed corporations that helped drive up Central Florida home prices.

Many investors backed off from the local housing market last quarter as home price appreciation, on a rapid upward trajectory in Central Florida, faltered and reduced potential returns. Plus, interest rate hikes last year made it more expensive for investors to borrow money.

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