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Josh Miller
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How many real estate investors (SFH) exist in 2020 in the US?

Josh Miller
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Posted Feb 16 2020, 23:50

Start with this 2012 post by Joshua Dorkens stating there are 28.1 Million "Real Estate Investors" in the US. Bigger pockets post

According to Biggerpockets stats https://www.biggerpockets.com/stats , over 1000+ new members signup every day and at the time of this post, they have 1.6 million+ members.

Jump onto Facebook and I see lots of investor groups in the 50k - 100k range but nothing larger.  

Talking to some real estate software providers, they have between 300 - max of 20k paying users.  

I am interested in finding out how many people are not "learning", but are actively looking every week for a new investment property to buy/flip/wholesale AND ARE ACTUALLY BUYING?  How many investors are purchasing multiple homes every year?  Does anyone have a good scale on this number or have any resources I could dig into?  

My hypothesis is the US has 30,000 active investors but it's just a guess so posing this question to see if anyone has done any actual research into this number?

As a side discussion. With 85-95 million SFH in the unites states, lots of opportunities. :)

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Replied Feb 17 2020, 00:15
Originally posted by @Josh Miller:

Start with this 2012 post by Joshua Dorkens stating there are 28.1 Million "Real Estate Investors" in the US. Bigger pockets post

According to Biggerpockets stats https://www.biggerpockets.com/stats , over 1000+ new members signup every day and at the time of this post, they have 1.6 million+ members.

Jump onto Facebook and I see lots of investor groups in the 50k - 100k range but nothing larger.  

Talking to some real estate software providers, they have between 300 - max of 20k paying users.  

I am interested in finding out how many people are not "learning", but are actively looking every week for a new investment property to buy/flip/wholesale AND ARE ACTUALLY BUYING?  How many investors are purchasing multiple homes every year?  Does anyone have a good scale on this number or have any resources I could dig into?  

My hypothesis is the US has 30,000 active investors but it's just a guess so posing this question to see if anyone has done any actual research into this number?

As a side discussion. With 85-95 million SFH in the unites states, lots of opportunities. :)

"Actually buying" is the interesting part as far as I'm concerned. There are about 2,000 members in the local REIA which charges $20 a month to be in, and I know of several other investment groups that are over the top charging upwards of $20,000 to join, but who is "Actually buying"? Well, there is me and a couple of other guys (he says tongue in cheek) and we're in the 5th largest city in the country. ;-) A fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the people on BP are actually buying. I never encounter competition on the properties I buy. I could say that it's the fact that my marketing is so outstanding that nobody else stands a chance, but that just isn't the case. People are afraid to make offers and that's okay with me.

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Sam Josh
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Replied Feb 17 2020, 06:25

@Josh Miller

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Jace Perry
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Replied Feb 21 2024, 17:32

Were you able to figure this number out?