Investors are moving out of housing. Here’s why

First-time homebuyers could say the same. Usually about 40 to 45 percent of the market, they made up just 29 percent of buyers in June, according to the National Association of Realtors. A lack of supply has made the market far too competitive for these buyers, who usually need financing and have smaller down payments.

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“We can thank investors for that limited inventory, of course, as many entry-level buyers are now going to have no choice but to rent,” said Peter Boockvar of The Lindsey Group.

Even as investors move out, cash is still king in this market. Thirty-one percent of sales were all-cash. That share is usually below 10 percent. June’s home sales were largely unaffected by the recent rise in mortgage rates, as contracts for those sales were signed in April and May.

The Realtors’ group expects higher rates to slow sales in the coming months, and if investors, who drove the market for so long, continue to exit, those sales could be even slower.

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By CNBC’s Diana Olick. Follow her on Twitter @Diana_Olick.

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