Overlooked Reason Home Prices Soared Over Pandemic
Q: Why did home prices go up so fast during the pandemic? Sam, Westfield, NJ
A: There are several reasons home prices went up so fast during the pandemic, but one overlooked reason is the “investor mania” that was unleashed by speculative home buyers and investors. Many amateur real estate investors and buyers poured into local housing markets during the pandemic in hopes of building Airbnb and VRBO empires. In addition, Institutional investors ramped up their algorithm-driven home buying and rapidly expanded their residential real estate portfolios during Covid. All this increased demand for residential homes drove home prices higher than otherwise probably would have been. Thanks for your question, Sam.