The long-term decline in California real estate investors


Real estate is not a quick money-making scheme, rather, it is an investment which gains value over time, like a collectible. But today’s investors are acting impatiently, making quick decisions without considering all of the factors driving today’s market, which will ultimately determine the success of their investments.

Closer to home, domestic investors are fleeing California’s major metros to areas with lower home prices and higher returns on investment (ROI). Not a single California metro area made the top ten for domestic investor homebuying in 2020, according to CoreLogic.

In the beginning half of the last decade, California was widely known to be an investor paradise after the Great Recession when countless foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) properties were sold at discount prices. In 2011, the top eight metro areas with the highest investor activity were all in California, including:

  • Los Angeles;
  • San Jose;
  • San Diego;
  • San…

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