More than 9,600 homes across Duval County are owned by large, institutional investors — companies that have more than 1,000 homes nationwide in their portfolios, according to an analysis by the News4Jax I-Team.
Giant investment companies are buying single-family homes as rental properties, the report said. The trend is being blamed for contributing to rent hikes, leaving first-time homebuyers with fewer options and worsening Jacksonville’s affordable housing issues.
House prices and rents in Jacksonville have gone up nearly 50% since 2018, driven by people moving to Florida, a period of low interest rates and institutional investors.
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