The Impact of 28.1 Million Real Estate Investors on Housing [Infographic]

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As we already covered in “The $9.2 Billion Impact of 28.1 Million U.S. Real Estate Investors,” the impact of real estate investor on the housing market has been substantial, to say the least, over the past few years. Our Joint / Memphis Invest National Survey of Residential Real Estate Investors outlined a slew of important data points about investor intent has received national press coverage, and has help illustrate the real power of the individual real estate investor.

Not only have they been spending billions of dollars annually on rehabilitating and renovating our neighborhoods, but they have demonstrated their long-term commitment to their investments by signifying their intent to put down large down payments in order to receive unlimited financing of future properties.

To help further illustrate the results of this survey, we’ve put together the following infographic, which we welcome you to use, provided you follow the terms of use included below the pic (with embed codes)

Real Estate Investment Realities: The $9.2 Billion Impact of 28.1 Million Real Estate Investors

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About Author

Joshua Dorkin

Joshua Dorkin is a serial entrepreneur, investor, podcaster, publisher, educator, and co-author of How to Invest in Real Estate. He started BiggerPockets to help democratize the real estate investing landscape for himself and others, aiming to make it accessible for everyone, regardless of income or education. Today, BiggerPockets is the premier real estate investing website online with over one million members and reaching over 70 million people with the message of financial freedom through real estate investing. Joshua, along with his wife and three daughters, make their home in Denver, Colorado, and spend any time they can traveling, exploring, and adventuring. Read more about Joshua’s story in 5280 and


  1. Thanks Joshua for putting this advertising graphic together.It definitely shows the positive impact that investors have made. There are some who just like the words & statistics, but nothing beats a good picture diagram.

    • Thanks Dale. The industry term is “Infographic” but I suppose in this case, it may be considered an advertising graphic, as it does advertise our survey’s data. Either way, I’m glad you found it to be valuable. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Great infographic..

    The rehabilitation spending amounts planned is noteworthy for our market in Las Vegas. Nevada passed a pretty strict “Robo-Signing” law that went into effect on October 1st 2011 that has dramatically dropped available inventory for sale.

    Quite a bit of inventory has entered the shadow zone because of “programs” or robo signing laws in Las Vegas. The amount of money (and jobs) rehabbing the homes is worth going into more detail and how political interference could be doing more harm to the local economy then good. I’ll certainly be using the infographic above in an upcoming post with the instructions provided for sharing. Thanks!

  3. Josh, that is just a killer infographic. Nice work. We’ll be embedding it on our blog this week. That $9.2 b figure just blows me away. The RE investment community is certainly doing its part to stimulate the economy, that’s for sure.

  4. Chris Clothier

    It is amazing to me how clearly some information comes into focus when it is presented in picture form. I still find it amazing that 51% of investors use traditional financing and that they put from 20% to 50% down on the properties. I know real estate is market to market, but there are going to be a lot of real estate investors who look back at this time period very thankful for the level and the manner in which they participated in this market. There may be some significant generational wealth produced!


  5. This is super helpful info. I have been selling real estate for 17 years. Starting to see more people realize the opportunity of owning real estate. In my local community of Mandeville, LA – 45 minutes north of New Orleans, we can buy homes and realize a 8% return on our money. Great to see blogs such as this one that share the same passion for real estate as my staff and I.

  6. That’s a great infographic Joshua, I’m going to use it to show people that it’s not all doom and gloom in the real estate market and that even modest levels of investment can make a significant difference in stimulating the economy.

    I wonder how much overlap there is between the 28.1 million who invest in real-estate, the 28.5 million who own a Roth IRA and the 29 million who invest in money market funds.

  7. Josh,

    As a current Marketing student and enrolled in a Marketing Research class, I asked my professor to view the report. He brought up a question that is bothering me that I hope that you could answer.

    “Perhaps it’s just me but I’m having a hard time reconciling what the term “residential real estate investor” means. Take a very simple example: According the Census data, there are 130 million total housing units in the U.S. and 755,000 of those are “extra units” classified as for investment purposes ( How can there be 28.1 million residential real estate investors with so few “extras” in play? Am I, as a home owner, a residential real estate investor? Something is not fitting together for me.”

    Thank you!

  8. jeffrey gordon on

    Hey Jerry, interesting perspective from the professor. Just off the top of my head on a Sunday am I would observe that most flip investors do not hold their properties–they buyem/fixem/sellem so the property would not necessarily be in the “extra unit” class for long if at all–knowing what govy stats are like–I doubt they might ever in be in the “extra unit” class.

    As a student I might suggest that looking for valuable nuggets in govy stats is an exercise of diminishing return, probably something a professor might do, but not something I have ever seen many savvy investors use for guidance during my 40 years in the real estate business..

    just saying!


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